My Dehydration Emergency

I had a little scare on Tuesday.

I felt weird but ignored it. Around 3 p.m. I realized I felt a level of fatigue that is very unusual for me. A few minutes later I was overcome by thirst. And by thirst, I mean a panicked I’ve got to find some water right now! A quick mental scan of my day reminded me I had not had one drop of water since 5 a.m. Not one drop.

Bottled water is usually kept in a cabinet for staff. I scurried over to grab a couple of bottles, but the cabinet was bare. I went downstairs and asked the office manager if there were any bottles of water to be found. I mumbled something about not feeling too good. She took one look at me and shoved two bottles my way. I guzzled the first one, then began sipping the second. I continued to sip water for the rest of the afternoon and early evening and I felt fine by 7 p.m.

Yesterday I again failed to drink water throughout the day. What gives? In a word, forgetfulness. I get busy.

In an effort to correct my water abstinence I whipped out my smart phone and downloaded this app. I anticipate the reminder is going to bug the heck out of me, but so be it.

A few months ago a lady in the UK noticed she looked about 10 years older than her actual age. She experimented with spending one month drinking the recommended amount of water each day. She took before and after photos. Here they are, along with a link to the story.

The photographer clearly used softer lighting for the second photo. But are these Photoshopped? I don’t know and I don’t care.  I choose to use them for inspiration.

I am committing to using the Water Your Body app, and putting up with the annoying reminders, for four weeks. My goal is to reestablish my water habit so that it’s automatic. I’ve made a note in my calendar to report back to you with my review and results.

What about you? Do you drink enough water? Ever found yourself in a dehydration emergency? Do you use an app? Hit me in the comments.

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