Thursday, March 13, 2014

Twelve in Twelve 2014: H2O


Who came up with the rule that you have to drink 8 glasses of water each day? That is confusing to me...8 glasses? What size of glasses are they talking about? What happens if I use the water fountain at school or the gym? How the hell do I keep track of this?  8 glasses is such an arbitrary number and not solid enough information for me. 

I've also heard that you should take your body weight divide it by 2 and drink that many ounces of water...again, this brings up a very important question...which weight are you talking about? My driver's license weight (from when I was 18), the weight from the doctor's office (which is too high because I had clothes on...duh) or the weight from my cheap scale from Walt-Mart...so many questions!!!
When I started this New Year's resolution I decided it was time to cut Pepsi (my addiction) and really focus on drinking more water. Like I said before I have read so many different things about much water I should drink, and I got so many different answers that I decided to give up on having the "scientific" answer and kind of just go with what I feel my body needs. I am always thirsty (sort of like the hunger problem I have) so I always have to have a water bottle with me. My favorite water bottle is my Camelbak.
Seriously...best.water.bottle.ever! I like that it is easy for me to keep track of how much I drink when I use this. I tend to drink a whole one before I go to work...then I drink one before my plan time (about 2 hours) then I drink 1 between then and the end of the work day (4hours) and then another before I go to bed at night. So all in all I drink around 100 ounces a day...which is more than the "8 glasses" or "half my weight" in ounces...but I sweat a lot...I mean we are talking major sweaty Betty here...so I lose more water during a day than most people...especially on a long run...so I imagine my body doesn't hate the extra ounces :)
 
Even Miss Finley is obsessed with her Camelbak :)

People are always talking about all of the great benefits of water...and while all of those things sound wonderful...how come no one talks about what it will REALLY be like if you drink that much water?
The amount of times I almost pee my pants in a day, is disturbing. I no longer casually think "Oh, I need to use the restroom" it has become "HOLY HELL, GET ME TO A BATHROOM RIGHT NOW!" Contrary to what Adam Sandler wants us to believe...it is NOT cool to pee your pants :)
You may think I am exaggerating...but trust me, I am not! Being a teacher makes this "issue" a little more complicated...what happens when I am in the midst of molding the minds of the future of America you ask?

I do have to admit though...sometimes I run out of my classroom while pleading with my students "to please be good" at the same time I am threatening them by saying "I can hear you from the bathroom" because I just can't hold it. Hopefully, one of these days my bladder will stretch out and my body will get used to the massive amounts of water I consume...but until then I will count myself lucky that I haven't peed my pants....yet ;)

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