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: