Lately I've felt great! Like, Tony the Tiger great. The past few months I've felt somewhere between run over and extremely drained, so this sudden bounce in my step is pretty awesome! Since I was trying to adjust to a baby's demands, getting up 2-5 times a night and not running on my body's own selfish schedule anymore, I thought feeling so exhausted was normal. And then.
And then I realized the only liquid I was drinking all day was Diet Coke, realized I don't get close to the recommended amount of liquid (not even water, just any liquid), and that my skin was not tolerating the seasonal change well. After looking up the recommended amount of water to drink every day (nursing moms = 80 ounces!) I decided to commit. Just for a few days, to see if I was missing anything (besides 50 trips to the bathroom).
The first day I drank 60 ounces and felt amazing. I wasn't planning on feeling different, but my energy level jumped. My lips aren't constantly chapped, my hair isn't as brittal, and I don't feel like I have a refrigerator strapped to my back (because, you know, it gets hard to walk around like that after 3.23 seconds). I don't even buy Diet Coke anymore (possibly because there is literally no room in my stomach after so much water). Maybe I'm experiencing a "no-duh" moment, but I'm still surprised at much better I feel. From now on, all my water bottle hears from me is, "oh heyyyy!"