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I drank (almost) nothing but water for the entire month of January!

I embarked upon an epic journey to spend a month drinking nothing but water. More than anything, I just wanted to see how incredible my body would feel by removing chocolate milk and soda from my dietary equation. I was also hoping for an awesome side effect like super strength or the ability to fly.

Kevin is a superhero

I'm basically all of these people rolled up into one. I'm that cool.

It turns out I didn’t get either of those abilities, but I did get four other superpowers from drinking only water!

Superpowers

  • Shapeshifting – My shape changed noticeably in the last month. I didn’t weigh myself at the beginning of the month because weight loss wasn’t a goal, but I will say that I feel like I look a little better when I look in the mirror. I bet I lost at least 2-3 pounds.
  • Supernatural Healing – Of all the benefits, this is my favorite. It’s been almost a year since I could run pain-free on the treadmill because of a bad knee. I only ran three times near the end of this month, but each time was pain free. I had no idea drinking water could help joint pain but I’m not the only one.
  • X-Ray Vision – During the entire month of January, I had could see very clearly right through my urine. I was seeing straight through it as if there was no color at all.
  • Budget Inflation – I could basically print money with this challenge. In 2010 my average monthly expense eating out was $182. This month it was $150. I ate out for 26 meals this month, and didn’t pay for a single drink on any of them. There’s my $32 right there.
  • Jedi Mind Control – It used to be hard to resist soda; now I don’t even crave it. I was thinking today about having a soda with lunch, and I wouldn’t have wanted one even if I wasn’t doing the Challenge.

Sacrifices

  • Sore Throat – I thought drinking only water would make my throat feel great, but I probably had a scratchy throat more in the last month than I had in six months of 2010. Maybe the water had nothing to do with it and it’s just the colder weather, but I wasn’t “sick” all month. I just had a little sore throat more than a few times.
  • Sour Milk – Without drinking any chocolate milk, there was no way I could get through a gallon of milk on cereal alone. I dumped at least half a gallon down the drain more than once this month.

Moving Forward

I don’t want to give up my superpowers, but I also don’t want to give up tasty drinks forever either. I’ve decided on the following compromise: I will drink only water for six days a week, and drink anything I want on the seventh. During those six days, I get to cheat once (which will probably be used for a Jamba Juice).

This way I hopefully keep all the superpowers and get a little extra flavor in my life once or twice a week.

Next Challenge

I really enjoyed this monthly challenge, so I’m going to try to do a different challenge every month. February is going to be the “Brighter Smile Challenge”. There are two things about my smile that I need to change, and what better way to make a change than challenge myself!?

I’ve bought Crest Whitestrips two or three times, but have never committed to doing all the strips on consecutive days. I will do a full treatment of Crest Whitestrips this month. To make it more challenging, I’ll also challenge myself to floss every day (which I do just about never as of today). Let’s see if I can have a movie-star smile come March! Hopefully I will save money by decreasing future dentist bills, and will retroactively save money by not wasting the whitestrips I’ve already paid for.

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