Friday, June 20, 2014

Entry 9

The students did a great job with the project. I appreciated their willingness to take on a topic that was meaningful for them. It was fun to hear them say things like, "oh I just messed up on my challenge, I need to start over!" This kind of self-monitoring is an important habit to develop. Please read author, Eric Jensen's article for more information: Number One Life Skill

Monday, June 9, 2014

Entry 8

Recently I watched a short documentary about the droughts in Texas and California over the past few years. Both are big states that contribute a lot of money to our economy. Much of our food is grown in California and Texas has many large farms as well. The lack of water has caused some big problems. Some towns are becoming ghost towns, and even big cities, like the city of Austin has a major water shortage problem. Scientists say that the droughts are a cause of global warming and the resulting change in weather patterns. Water is very important, not only for growing food, but it is used in much of our energy production as well. For example, the process of getting trapped natural gas out of rocks, known as fracking, requires lots and lots of fresh water. Its a sad irony that the same causes of the drought (global warming from carbon heavy energy) also require using a lot of our shrinking supply of freshwater. Many of the current conflicts around the world are over water. If things continue the way they are, we will have many more conflicts over water. Water is life, and we must treat it with respect, keep it clean, and take conservation seriously.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Entry 7

It has been much warmer this week. When the temperature goes up, it means that I need to drink even more water. Although the temperature has gone up, I haven't been doing a great job of filling my water bottle throughout the day. In fact, I am going to go fill it right now! ....
There, that's better!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Entry 6

One of the best parts of this challenge has been the help of the students. I know it might not seem like much, but when a student says to me, "Mr. McRaith, did you drink water today?" it really encourages me to be able to answer that question with a "Yes." It seems that by putting your goal out to others it holds you a bit more accountable and provides some motivation. It reminds me of when I started to say that I was going to run a marathon. I knew that if I started telling people that I was going to run one, I better actually run one! I used that kind of social pressure as a tool to get through the training and finish the race.

We all get by with a little help from our friends!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Entry 5

I was out my routine over the past 5 days. I thought that being out of my routine would cause me to go back to my old ways of not drinking water! But even though I was white-water rafting, at a theme park, and doing lots of things to stay busy, I was able to stay hydrated. In the past I might have had a soda or not had much water on this kind trip. I made a real effort to drink water and I felt better for because of that. I did drink most of the water I had from plastic water bottles. I know that bottled water in plastic bottles is not very good for the environment because the plastic is made from oil products. Oil products have a lot of carbon emission which is causing global warming. There is also the problem of increased garbage from disposable water bottles. I will try to improve this part of my habit, even when traveling. Here is a link that explains more: 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Entry 4

Well, over the long Memorial Day weekend I did my best to keep my new water drinking habit going! I think I did ok, but I can do better. On Sunday I ran about 6 miles as a part of the Burlington marathon. I knew that I needed to drink a lot of water before and after the run. For some reason, after the run I decided to have a ginger ale and an ice cream! I knew my body really water the calories from sugar, but water would have been a better choice. On the first day back to school (Tuesday), I picked up where I left off and drank water throughout the day. I think it is helping my energy level.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Entry 3

I think I am getting a little bit more used to my routine. I've gotten into the habit of looking for my water bottle throughout the day. I noticed that when I think to fill it or take a drink, there is still a part of me that thinks, "I can do that later." Since starting the challenge I am trying to catch that moment and take a drink or fill the bottle rather than push it off as not important. I'm hoping that drinking water throughout the day can become a permanent habit that no longer feels like an add on, but rather something that is just apart of my everyday life.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Entry 2

My first day in my new habit went well! I did bring the bottle of water to school and I filled it up three times throughout the day. At first I forgot about the water bottle and actually left it on someone's desk, but after that I was able to remember. I used the water fountain in the hallway to fill my water bottle. I felt a bit better than usual, and I think I had more energy. When I went home for the night, I did forget the bottle at school. I want to remember to fill it and bring in the car, because I was thirsty on the drive home.  

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Entry # 1, Getting started...

Everyone knows that humans need water to live. We learn at a young age that we need eight cups of water a day to be healthy. But is that true? For many years I have been trying to get into a better habit of drinking water throughout my day. For some reason, I have not been able to get this good habit going! When I asked the students to practice their self control to end a bad habit and start a healthy one, I knew this would be a great chance for me to finally start drinking more water. I am trying to start a healthy habit of staying more hydrated.

I believe that my challenge will be taking the time to prepare a bottle of water in the morning and fill it throughout the day. My first strategy will be to select a bottle I think will work well for me. My second strategy will be to fill the bottle the night before the next day while I am making my lunch. I already have the healthy habit of making my lunch for the next day each night. I will use this established habit to help support my new one! The picture shows which water bottle I selected. I selected this one because I like the size, it is easy to drink from and has a top that I like. I do not like the squirt kind of water bottles because it makes me feel like I'm on the field, and I do not like the the tops that are attached because you have to hold them back while you drink. I think this will be a good water bottle for me. Here is a video explaining the benefits of drinking water from HealthiNation, an accredited health content provider: