Pre-Challenge – Sunday
I swore at the start of the summer that I would make a positive change in my life. But, as things always seem to go with me, I’m now three months into that period of “change” and nothing’s actually changed. I got a fringe cut in and hoped that would count, but I’m not letting it.
I realised just how quickly time was passing by, and I totally freaked out. I was supposed to be the epitome of health upon my return to university, and yet this morning I had some Haribos for breakfast. Reflecting on this, I’ve realised something: my diet is the WORST.
I’m not talking about having little guilty snacks here and there – my sugar intake is actually appalling. I’m not putting myself in a good light here, but I swear I’ve got some sort of issue with Irn Bru – easily consuming a 1L bottle of luminous orange liquid in the space of half an hour cannot be a good thing, and when your only barrier to drinking it every day is simply because you’ve moved home to a rural island and need to drive 40 minutes every time you buy it, you need to stop and really question yourself! I also drink an awful lot of fresh orange juice, which makes me feel like I’m being healthy but I really know is full of sugar, and coffee when I’m at work; black coffee, with about two spoons and then three sugars. My mother is a diabetes nurse, and her reaction to my intake actually concerns me a little bit. Change is a’calling, drastically!
For this reason, my first port of call in my big lifestyle shake-up is to replace all this caffeine with the good old recommended daily 2L of water. This would be so simple to so many people, and I know I could do this alongside my usual (albeit decreased) intake. But I hate water. Don’t ask, I just do; I like to make things difficult for myself. So in doing this, I’m hoping positive effects will spur me on to stop viewing it as a challenge, and to make it just a normal thing! In order to keep myself feeling upbeat about it, I’m going to complete a week’s diary to see how I get on.
Day 1 – Monday
My first hurdle came about when I realised we actually have no still water at work – our tap water can be a bit iffy over here, so I wouldn’t really chance it. So, that set me back a little! Eventually picked up a bottle at lunch, so my total intake today has been 1.5L. Not the start I was looking for, but I did stay away from any fruit juice, Irn Bru AND coffee which is pretty big for me. Only downside was that I was pretty zombie-like at work, and I ended up getting a horrible headache around 3pm which still hasn’t gone away as I get ready for bed now – mum’s suggesting it’s a withdrawal headache, which doesn’t sound too great, but will push through nonetheless!
Day 2 – Tuesday
I mean, I wasn’t expecting results right away… but where was my clear skin and upbeat attitude to waking up this morning? I didn’t get a good sleep, so struggling through the day without my caffeine fix was less than ideal, plus that headache is still there… I also totally forgot that I already have the bladder of an 80 year old as it is! Still, I managed the 2L finally, so hopefully things will pick up soon!
Day 3 – Wednesday
Hump day. Started off the morning absolutely exhausted, so the thought of no coffee killed me! Got to work and aimed to have finished my first 500ml by 10am – succeeded! I eventually picked up through the day, and actually ended up feeling very positive which definitely isn’t something I normally achieve without my caffeine fix. My only downfall was that as part of work, I had to judge a cocktail competition for some of our visiting bartenders, so I did have to break my water streak briefly… Not that I was complaining!
Day 4 – Thursday
Started off my morning by finishing a 500ml bottle without even thinking; very impressed with myself! Had a wee day out and about the island, so I wasn’t sitting around the office to drink… I was also very aware that my shocked bladder wouldn’t thank me if I continued my drinking in the middle of a barley field, so I made sure I was getting my drinking in when I’d return to my desk for a while. Seems to be getting a little easier!
Day 5 – Friday
I inspected my skin while I was doing my make-up today… I wasn’t expecting much of a change in such a small amount of days, but it’s certainly cleared up a little bit since Monday! I also realised upon finishing my third 500ml of water that I was suddenly finding it a lot easier to just drink without really thinking about it; beforehand, I was viewing it as more of a task rather than just a normal thing I should be doing every day. I’m honestly so glad about this, because it’s good to know that I now (hopefully) won’t struggle with the thought of just drinking it!
I feel like this is a good place to leave the diary, for now at least. Here’s hoping things continue!