One day, at the gym I was unusually hot. The seasons were changing and the air conditioner hadn’t caught up. I drank more water than usual, to try to cool off. Not a crazy amount. To be honest I can’t remember exactly how much. Maybe 3 bottles that were 16 ounces each. I completed my work out and went to the office. Within a few minutes I felt very very ill. I was nauseous, light headed and slightly delirious. I’m never sick, so I had no frame of reference for what was going on. There were other strange symptoms and I was pretty freaked out. A probation officer colleague came into the office, and I apologized for not being myself. I told him I wasn’t feeling well and shared my symptoms with him. He said, “I know what’s wrong with you! It’s called flushing. We lock people up for that!” Apparently, I drank too much water and knocked my electrolytes out of whack. Criminals will drink a lot of water to attempt to get drugs out of their system, so they won’t test positive. Probation said they see people with my symptoms all the time and it’s actually quite dangerous. What was most shocking to me about my water intoxication ordeal, was how close the threshold was between ok and not ok. I was doing what everyone tells us to do. But a little too much, turned out to be WAY too much. Even when our intentions are to be healthy, we need to find a balance. I consumed too much water. Some people exercise too much. Diet too strictly. Sleep too long. Stretch too far. I don’t think people wake up and say, “Today is the day I will overdue it!” It’s something that happens when we are not informed or being mindful. All extreme behaviors have consequences. We can undo all our hard work pretty easily. Are you feeling off balance? Does it make sense to ease up a bit to find your stability to go long term?