As part of an ongoing, uphill battle in the care and feeding of my lazy, pizza-loving bones, last week I made a serious commitment to drinking more water. I bought a pitcher and a boat load of fruit, and started dressing up the tap with orange and grapefruit slices. Because I am frequently guilty of acting first and thinking later, I decided to set a water goal of 3 pitchers full.
Day One, I drank 3 pitchers full of water, and I did not feel great. On the plus side, I also did not want any pizza. Or anything else, for that matter.
Day Two, I drank 2.5 pitchers full of water, and I did not feel great. I also had a massive headache.
Day Three, I drank 2 pitchers full of water and then started wondering exactly how much water I was drinking. There was no measurement information on the bottom of the pitcher, so I guesstimated that I was putting about 2.5 bottles of water into the pitcher, and I thought those bottles had about 12 ounces in them. I decided 2 pitchers was probably the most I should drink.
Days Four and Five I drank about 2 pitchers, and ate Tylenol because my head was so hurty!
I skipped the pitcher over the weekend and just drank normally, and felt better. Hmm.
So, today I actually measured. My pitcher holds, including the fruit slices, 3.5 bottles of water, and those bottles of water hold 16.9 ounces each. I’ve been filling this thing to the brim, meaning on Day One, I drank 177.5 ounces of water PLUS a few cups of coffee. No wonder my head started feeling like a cement balloon.
The Mayo Clinic would like you to know that while the amount of water a person should drink varies, most women do well with 1.9 to 2.2 liters of fluid per day–water or other liquids. More than that is overkill.
If you don’t count the coffee, on Day One I drank 5.25 liters of water.
Days 2–5, I drank somewhere between 3.5 and 4.375 liters of water.
Go big, or go home.
I think I’ll be dialing it back a few notches. Like 2 notches. 1 pitcher of water a day is plenty enough. I’d hate for you to have to wring out my sodden corpse after I collapse from Water Intoxication. Although, it does explain the headaches.