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Mere in India is doing 31 things including…

drink more water

13 cheers


Mere has written 5 entries about this goal

have really been slacking off

I drink half a liter at work +2 cups of tea. Definitely poor. I hate the water at work( smells awful).

Note to myself-
1. Just get another 1/2 liter bottle and carry it to work.
2. Drink two glasses of water before leaving home in the morning.
Practise the above two for three weeks; Hopefully it will have become a habit.

The temperature was 45 C( 113 F)

And yes… I did drink a lot of water. Unfortunately today was the day my field expedition was scheduled.. I can’t begin to describe how hot it was. I was watching the gauge and when it crossed 44.8, I looked around.. It was so bloody clear what we all needed to be doing.. do what the villagers were doing. Sit in the shade panting.

I know I drank two liters over a span of 2 hours; that was besides the three tender coconut water I had.


this goal is going okay. I am yet to figure out if the quantity of water I drink is directly proportional to what the temperature is. On a cool (can it ever get cool here???!!!) day, will I still drink at least 2 liters of water? Don’t know.

Since the only other liquids I consume are three cups of coffee and a glass of fruit juice a day, I suppose I will end up consuming around 2 litres over the course of day (when it is not blazing hot).

I have decided to count this goal as accomplished if I continue to drink the bottle of water I carry to work and the other one on my return trip back home everyday for the next two months. I think I have been doing this regularly over the past 1.5 months. Anything above and beyond the two litres I would consider good. Let’s see…....

This is absurd

The temperature today was 45 Celsius (113 F), high humidity. I drink so much water to cool down. I sweat so much; the slightest movement triggers a serious bout of sweating and so I am constantly dehydrated. I think I drank close to 3 liters of water today + every liquid I was offered.

Guess this goal is gonna be one of those that will be an achievable yet distant one whereby I am constantly moving forward yet never getting anywhere.

Drinking a LOT of water

I started out hoping that my daily consumption of water would increase. But… wow few months later… I am consuming and I mean consuming so much water.

I must mention that I moved back to Chennai recently. I had quiet forgotten what summer is like in Chennai. It is only March and the peak summer months are April and May. I sweat so much that I am constantly thirsty. I think I drink a couple of gallons of water.

I am not sure whether I can with all confidence say that my consumption of water has gone up. Maybe the true test would be when the heat goes down( it never goes away in Chennai)...

Mere has gotten 13 cheers on this goal.


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