Wednesday already? Well, better late than never. I’m still here, I’m still drinking water, and I’m happy to say I haven’t drowned. Yeah!
|| 52 oz
||I determined that I needed to make an adjustment to my goal because I value my sleep and don’t want to wet the bed. No more water after 9 P.M.
|| 52 oz
||I don’t know if this is coincidence, but I noticed today that my lips did not feel chapped at all today. Normally I use lots of chapstick throughout the day, but today I only applied in the morning and in the evening.
|| 48 oz
||Not quite as much as the last few days. I realized that I was drinking 16-20 oz glasses and decided to drop down to 8 oz cups as a minimum. I noticed that I was forcing myself to drink, which defeats the purpose of mini-habits.
|| I’m kind of sick of water. Am I only counting water in this challenge or can I do other liquids? Does coffee and wine count? Hmmmm….
||This morning I was running crazy late and didn’t get my first thing in the morning glass of water. By the time I got to the office, I was thirsty… maybe this is the start of a really good thing.
||I had an awesome day today and was feeling great. Since we spent so much time outdoors I made sure to grab extra water.
||Today I was traveling and running around all day so didn’t do great. My lips still aren’t chapped, and my skin doesn’t feel as dry as it had been. That could be because it is Spring… but I’m also counting this as a victory.
||Start of a new week and lots to do. I’m not as tired as I have been, and I haven’t really changed much about my routine.
||I’m still at it and feeling good. Not a lot to report.
So after a week and some change there have been a few things I’ve noticed… my skin doesn’t hate me. I’m a little torn on if this can be totally attributed to drinking actual water more often, or to the changing seasons. Who knows.
I’m keeping at it and despite the fact that I’m a little sick of water I feel pretty good about this change.
photo credit: “Flying Saucer” by Muhammad Ahmed licensed under CC BY 4.0
After the first day I think I need to make a slight edit to my Mini Goal….
The problem I found is that the more I drink, the more I pee, the more I pee the less I sleep. Getting up in the middle of the night to use the restroom a bunch kinda sucks.
The goal of water out water in is great… but it stops at 9pm.
I don’t drink much water… and I’m hoping to change that. So for the next 30 days I’m drinkin’ me some water.
The problem with chronic dehydration is that you don’t feel thirsty anymore. Your body is so used to being just a little on the dehydrated side is that this becomes your new normal. Your body stops telling you that you are thirsty. That and you can ignore the thirsty feeling really well, or confuse it with hunger.
This is why one bit of diet advice I hear time and time again is to drink a glass of water when you think you are hungry and wait 20 minutes before eating. Something like that at least.
I’ve tried this many times in the past. I even have this handy dandy app that makes a water pouring sound every hour to help remind me that I need to drink. Problem is… I ignore it. It has become a bit of a joke at the office, and I’ve recruited my 4 year old to make me drink water when she hears it. (She loves it because she gets to tell Mommy what to do.)
So… my handy dandy app… it calculates the amount of water I need to drink based off of my weight and activity level and outside temperature. I actually think this is great because my 150 lb weekly workout self doesn’t really need the same amount of water as a 220 lb athlete. The 8 glasses a day for everyone never made much sense to me.
My goal – 76.7 oz of water a day… Which is 9.5 cups… That’s more than I thought it would be… WTF.
I’m going to accept the app’s recommendation. There are numerous rules of thumb and handy dandy calculators to help you determine how much water you should be drinking if you are so inclined to figure it out…. This one seems to follow the same calculations as the app I use. (Disclaimer… I know nothing about this website. It might be amazing, it might be terrible… I’m only linking it for the app.)
My Mini-Habit not based on drinking 76.7 oz of water. My Mini-Habit is simple… when water goes out, water goes in.
Simply put, drink some water every time I pee. Theoretically this will help me drink a lot more water… the more I drink, the more I pee, the more I drink… you get it.
Want to join me? Comment below. I’ll check back in next week.
photo credit: “a glass of water” by [cipher] licensed underCC BY 4.0
So let’s talk about kids… For those of us who have kids there are a few things we know and understand better than anyone else.
First, trying to talk to a toddler is like trying to rationalize with a tiny drunk person. It is almost pointless, but you think maybe this time is the time they finally understand that cookies are not an acceptable substitute for a meal and that they do in fact have to wear clothing outside the house. Yes… every day.
Second, even if you do get your kids to understand (or at least go along with) whatever necessary thing you want them to do… they can actually move backwards when pushed. I know… it seems far fetched. Children have the secret to time travel. Don’t get excited… it isn’t “Let’s go check out the Dinosaurs” or “I wish I could meet George Washington” time travel… it is “You are always going to be late for everything because I can make putting shoes on a 45 minute activity… Oh and by the way now that I’m in the car and we are ready to go I have to poop” time travel.
Finally… kids are pretty much assholes. They haven’t quite developed that handy dandy filter that gives most adults the ability to function without repeatedly getting bashed in the face during their day to day activities. They say whatever they want, whenever it pops into their darling little heads. The thing they do having going for them is that they are your kids… and by the time they can talk you are pretty much attached. So they might tell you that you are mean, or that you are annoying, or that your butt is giant, or any number of asshole-y things.
She really wanted to eat some triscuits… but since she hasn’t eaten any real food in something like a week because she is “not hungry” or what I’m serving is “disgusting” I decided that she was going to wait the 3-5 minutes it would take me to put the already cooked dinner on a plate and put it on the table. Evidently this was the wrong call…
She looked me dead in the eye, got a snarl on her face, and told me very matter of factly “Mommy you are uninvited from by birthday party.”
Fine by me. Mommy needs a nap.
photo credit: “41 Austin’s 13th Birthday 2012-Edit” by Meredith Bell licensed under CC BY 4.0