Day 16: Drink Eight Glasses of Water #30DaysofGOOD Day 16: Drink Eight Glasses of Water #30DaysofGOOD
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Day 16: Drink Eight Glasses of Water #30DaysofGOOD

by Hillary Newman

October 19, 2011

Welcome to The GOOD 30-Day Challenge (#30DaysofGOOD). Each month, we challenge our community members to do something that will improve the world around us—and our own lives. The challenge for October? To get healthy. In an effort to help us all rise to the occasion, we're going to assign one small task every day. Each morning, we will post the challenge on GOOD.is and Twitter, along with a testimonial from someone on the GOOD team who's already completed it. We invite you to complete all 30 mini-challenges with us! Today, we challenge you to:

Drink eight glasses of water.

Completing this challenge feels almost like cheating, because I drink eight glasses of water every day, at a minimum. It’s important to stay hydrated, blah blah blah—we know. But it’s particularly important for me to keep tabs on my hydration situation, seeing as I drink water almost exclusively in my office, where I sit within 50 feet of a water cooler stocked with cold, fresh water. (I also drink water when it is delivered to me in restaurants).

I pee at work constantly.

When I leave these doors, though, all bets are off. When I say that I drink eight glasses of water “every day,” I mean every weekday. I rarely drink water in the comfort of my home, because I misplaced my Brita when I moved to Los Angeles. While I am not totally averse to tap water, I can only really force myself to drink it when it is really cold, and I am apparently too lazy to a. refresh my ice cube tray or b. buy a new Brita. Often, I’ll fill up a water bottle at work and transport the good stuff back to my apartment. Only when I’m really thirsty—when I’m pretty hungover, or have recently vigorously exercised—will I pour myself a tall glass of the lukewarm stuff. One night, when I found myself particularly thirsty, I just ate a popsicle.

To make this a real challenge, perhaps I should rephrase it as “Drink Eight Glasses of Water on a Sunday. Or Just Buy a New Brita Already. Seriously, You’re 26 Years Old.” As a matter of fact, I’m going to peruse Target’s water filtration options this evening after work. Right after I hit the water cooler. And the bathroom.

-Amanda Hess

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