Now when I said I was taking baby steps, I mean I am taking baby steps! You might laugh when you hear what my health goal is, but like I said before, if you aren’t taking care of the fundamentals, the rest isn’t going to stick. I wish we could apply this philosophy to education, but I won’t even get started on that! So back to my health goals…I have been absolutely the worst about drinking water. When I say I have been the worst about drinking water, that doesn’t mean that I go crazy and chug sodas all day long. It literally means that I neglect to put any liquids in my body. I got to the point where IF I finished an entire 20 0z bottle of water in A DAY, I was patting myself on the back!
As a teacher, it can be quite the conundrum to use the restroom when you are obligated to supervise young children all day long! Sure, we get a planning time, but other than that 45 minutes out of the day, you are kinda responsible for keeping 20 young children alive and on task so that would be one of the reasons that having the freedom to use the facilities when necessary is like the greatest form of freedom for most teachers! So between the issue with using the restroom and the deeply deluded idea that if I just keep working (and not take a break to raise a cup to my lips) I would EVENTUALLY catch up, I am surprised that I haven’t crumbled into dust from pure dehydration.
SO while my goal may seem very basic, it is desperately needed. I am sure that hydrating my body AND my brain, I will feel better and be able to think more clearly. To prepare for this I bought three 30 ounce insulated tumblers that all look alike. I have trained myself to always have my tumbler with me. I don’t drink out of anything else so I am not having to figure out where the lid to the 876th random cup is. (Remember, I am still decluttering!) It is routine for me now and therefore does not take up any of my precious little brain cells.
Steps for Success:
-Drink 120 ounces of water a day. (That is 4 of my handy dandy tumblers for those of you that like to math!)
-Stick to a consistent bed time. This is connected with my schedule goal as well.
Like my other goals, this goal will evolve and grow as I master one component at a time. I aim for having more fruit and vegetables throughout the day but that comes more easily to me since I am feeding a toddler and accommodating her nutritional needs. Now the trick for truly mastering this goal will be training my bladder to handle the change! Wish me luck!