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Drinking Water is Dull, and Other Important Service Announcements

My progress in learning new habits has pretty much come to a grinding halt. This is mostly due to our insane schedule over the past few months, not that I need excuses but there it is. When I hardly have time to get a decent night’s sleep and my days are constantly go, go, go, it’s no surprise that I completely forget to reflect on how much water I drank today or whether I took my multivitamin.

As a reminder, here’s my habit list and the highlighted items I chose to focus on since my previous update waaaaay back at the beginning of July.

  1. Blog 2 times weekly.
  2. Drink 8 glasses of water daily.
  3. Eat dinner at the kitchen table every week night.
  4. Eat salad daily.
  5. Exercise for 45 minutes 3 times weekly.
  6. Floss daily.
  7. Go 1 day every week without TV.
  8. Go to bed by 10:30pm every week night.
  9. Keep a gratitude journal daily.
  10. Reduce alcohol intake to 5 drinks or less weekly.
  11. Take multivitamins daily.

I’m happy to report that going without TV at least 1 day every week was not only accomplished, it was knocked out of the park, and we weren’t even trying! Running, or cycling rather, between work and various after work activities, combined with so many weekends booked solid from Friday nights until Sunday nights, has led to very little TV time over the past two months. That’s not to say I didn’t indulge, oh no. The days that I actually had nothing planned, I started watching Orange is the New Black (I recommend reading the book first!), Tavis and I re-watched some episodes of Archer (phrasing!), and I also partook in some Xbox action (Dragon Age!). But there were days where the TV wasn’t turned on once, by either of us. That allowed us to focus on our time together, and do other activities we enjoy and that, my friends, was the whole point of this exercise. Gold stars!

The real challenge, I daresay, will be keeping up this habit as the biting chill of fall descends upon our city and I turn to my hibernation ways in preparation for winter. It certainly seems to me that bears must have TVs with which they wile away the long winter days, and if the bears do it… I’m going to keep this habit open for another few weeks and see if I can really engrain the sucker. After all, there are plenty of other indoor activities that we could partake in to keep us busy.

Like drinking! Calm down, I mean drinking water; and I realize that’s not really fun, or even an “activity”. Anyways, in order to figure out how much water I was already drinking, I took the measurements of my bottle at work (since that’s where I spend most of my days… sigh), and checked out Almighty Google for tips. My water bottle at work holds 20 ounces (that’s about 2.5 cups or 591 ml), and I drink about 3 of those bottles per work day, so 60 ounces. Admittedly, I drink less on weekends because I’m not usually sitting in one place for the majority of the day, but I still try to drink at least 3 glasses on water at home (where our glasses are about pint-size, or 16 ounce, 2 cups, 473 ml).

As for how much I should be drinking, that’s another matter. The typical “drink eight 8 ounce glasses of water per day” saying is the norm, hence my goal. That means I should be drinking 64 ounces (8 cups, 30ml) of water per day, and on a typical workday I drink about 60 ounces, so that’s pretty good. However, Almighty Google led me to believe it’s completely dependent on the individual and the environment or situation (e.g. if I were exercising I’d need to consume more water to compensate for sweating – duh). And some sites indicate that body size plays a role too, like this site that states I should be drinking 134 ounces due to my weight. Then there’s this one site that says “the rule should be reframed as: “Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day,” because all fluids count toward the daily total.” I know someone who would immediately note that beer is at least 70% water… yeah you know who you are.

Still, I upped my amount to try to drink 4 bottles of water at work every day, and I’ve been generally cognizant of keeping a full glass of water nearby on weekends to try to keep my intake up. Overall I’d say I’ve been successful, mostly because (OVERSHARE ALERT!) my pee has been clear or only faintly yellow most days, and we all know that’s a pretty awesome natural indicator of hydration, or dehydration as it were. As an aside, this makes me second guess the whole “don’t eat yellow snow” advice, considering that the snow wouldn’t change colour if the offender were well hydrated.

Moving on…

The last habit I was trying to adopt failed miserably, and that was taking a multivitamin daily. I blame this entirely on my memory and the fact that I already had so much going on, it just wasn’t possible for my brain to tell me to take those goddamn horse pills every morning (seriously, why do they make them so huge??). I’m also susceptible to persuasion, and it seemed that no sooner had I posted my previous update that I started seeing random internet articles attempting to debunk the benefits of taking multivitamins, many of which sounded very good (whether they were backed up by research or not – I told you I’m susceptible!). To top it off, I was with my mom as she spoke to a doctor recently, and the doctor said point blank that multivitamins just get peed out anyways so they’re useless. All of those things I read and heard, combined with my terribly full memory, resulted in this habit falling way by the wayside on my list of priorities; I probably took a total of 2 since my update.

I’m still not sure how I feel about peeing out my multivitamins (I promise that’s the last you’ll see of the word “pee” in this post!), but I’ve got so many bottles of the darn things and, as my mom keeps reminding me, I’ve got low iron so I might as well take them. Therefore this habit is now amended to a goal of simply finishing the bottles of multivitamins in our medicine cabinet, of which we have about 3 or 4, I think. After that, I think I’ll speak with our new physician (yep we got one – more on that later!) and see whether we should continue with supplementing our regular diet with multivitamins.

Two out of three ain’t bad, as they say. But I’m going to keep these three goals “open” for another 6-8 weeks while I attempt to learn even more habits, and see if I can keep it all together. The list is piling up! But I’m proud to say I still floss at least 4 times per week! And though I haven’t blogged twice per week a few times due to our full calendar, I’ve got plenty of posts in the queue, and we are eating salads on the regular. Hooray! Here’s what I’m going to try to engrain next:

  1. Blog 2 times weekly.
  2. Drink 8 glasses of water daily.
  3. Eat dinner at the kitchen table every week night.
  4. Eat salad daily.
  5. Exercise for 45 minutes 3 times weekly.
  6. Floss daily.
  7. Go 1 day every week without TV.
  8. Go to bed by 10:30pm every week night.
  9. Keep a gratitude journal daily.
  10. Reduce alcohol intake to 5 drinks or less weekly.
  11. Take multivitamins daily. Finish all currently owned bottles of multivitamins.

In summary, I don’t intend to eat snow anymore, yellow or otherwise, and I suggest you do the same.

S

 

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2 comments on “Drinking Water is Dull, and Other Important Service Announcements

  1. I always like getting a peek into people’s goals like this 🙂 I have recently been trying to drink 100 ounces of water a day (saw it recommended on the Lauren Conrad site), and of the month or so I’ve been trying, I’ve only reached it twice. But I set it high so that even when I fall short, I still have drank more water than most!

    • That’s awesome, good for you! I agree – you don’t always need to reach it but the act of trying takes you farther than you would have gotten without the goal in the first place. 🙂 Thanks for commenting.

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