Welcome Back – We are spending the next year together working our way through 52 Small Changes:One year to a Happier, Healthier You by Brett Blumenthal. I am so grateful you have joined me! I have neglected my health long enough, it is time to really make it my focus for the next year. I owe it to myself and my family.
Week #2 and I am still with you hoping to be healthier this upcoming year! Let’s keep each other motivated.
This Week’s Change: Get seven to eight hours of sleep every night. (Week #2)
Blumenthal shares that “The 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill off Alaska, the Challenger space Shuttle disaster, and the Chernobyl nuclear accident have all been attributed to human errors in which sleep deprivation played a role??” It is so important for our health and well-being that we get enough sleep.
My Current Habit: I have been doing pretty well this one recently. I tend to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night. This wasn’t the norm previously, but I have been working on getting up earlier in the morning. I consistently am up around 6:00, but want to work up to getting up at 5:30 so I have some free time in the AM to work on a project. Getting up early sure motivates me to get to bed at a decent time.
Last Week’s Change: Hydrate with water! “Drink an adequate amount of water each day to maintain a healthy level of hydration”
How did you do last week?? I think I drank the recommended amount of water 3 times, so definitely need to work on that. I drank way more than I normally do, which had me running to the bathroom more often. Since it has been cold in our office, I have been drinking more herbal tea, but I am still counting that towards my ounces for the day. The problem I am finding is that I am able to drink water frequently at the office, but on the weekend at home we are on the run so much, I barely drink anything. How do you stay hydrated when you are on the run??
What Worked for me: If I scheduled my drinks of water, I did well and if I was at the office, I did well. If I was left to my own devices, I would not have even my first drink until about noon when I had lunch. I worked on having a cup of water as soon as I work up. I have to keep a water bottle with me at all times, or I would not drink any water.
What worked for you? Were you already drinking adequate amount of water?
Stop by next Wednesday for the next change and to share your progress. Now, GO GET SOME SLEEP!
1. Drink 1/2 your weight in Water (increase water intake)