I have given myself the challenge of trying to create more order in my life. There are areas where I manage well and others where I fail dismally and cause me stress. I would love nothing more, than to have routines and habits that enable life to just flow better. I am hoping that by posting everyday the various areas that need I feel improvement, that it will keep me accountable and I will achieve my to do list for once in my life.
What happened to today?
It has been a rather busy day, a day where I have been chasing my tail all day.
So, I haven’t be able to do today’s post until now, so understandably I haven’t even managed the challenge!
So what was the challenge?
I have three girls and I am constantly reminded on Facebook and through the internet about the influence that the media has on children, eating habits and being thin.
I have weight hang ups. I am what I call ‘Skinny Fat’. From my chest up and from mid thigh down I am thin. I have small bones and I don’t carry any fat on my chest and my arms are skinny and have muscle definition. My legs from mid thigh are slender and so in the correct clothes, I can look very good.
That said, I’m not a board… I am ‘papple’ shape. Pre children I was definitely a pear, but since having children and possibly something from my eating habits, I have lost my waist and so am now an apple shape for the body and pear for the legs!
By the end of the summer holidays, I was at my heaviest that I’ve ever been (even when I was pregnant), have cellulite on my stomach (new to me) as well as my legs (that’s not new) and my waist was/ is now over the magic number for worrying about Type 2 diabetes.
(I realise that there are people who are out there who are significantly heavier than me and I’m not trying to make them feel bad, I’m just sharing my thoughts on the whole diet vs healthy eating stuff…)
But I have 4 children, 3 of which are girls. I don’t want to be on ‘diet’. I want to eat healthily and model to them about healthy eating and teach them healthy habits so that they never have to worry about ‘being on a diet.’
Hopefully this challenge will enable me to continue (with improvements )to model to my children the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.
Today, I’m starting with fluid. We hear all around us that we should drink water, and it is important to keep hydrated, but how much should we be drinking?
When I started to search the Internet about the benefits of drinking water and how much water we should drink, I discovered that the 8 glasses was a general figure, in fact there is no hard and fast rule that we have to drink 8 glasses of water a day.
I struggled, but eventually managed to find a formula for finding out how much we should be drinking: (Unfortunately I’ve lost my source)
Body weight in pounds
2 = number of ounces of water needed to drink.
I’m a metric person, so that doesn’t help me…
Using that formula, and with a bit of help from a calculator, I would say that a general rule of thumb is 35mls/kg of body weight.
Based on that, I need to drink about 2l a day!
The interesting thing about the research is that it doesn’t have to be water. Great for someone like me who doesn’t really enjoy water.
It needs to be fluid.
- Tea and coffee count. (Their diuretic quality isn’t that strong, but please don’t rely on just drinking these.)
- Fruit juice count. (But do you want to be drinking that much sugar?)
- Carbonated drinks (?????)
- Smoothies count. (Sugar again…)
- Alcohol DOES NOT count.
I am going to try and increase my water intake. Possibly this means I will reduce my tea intake. (I Love my tea- English breakfast, with milk, 6-7 cups per day at least!)
I have been introduced to a lovely green tea. (I can’t believe I’m saying this!) So I am planning to drink at least a glass of iced green tea and four or five glasses of water a day. Those coupled with my cups of tea, I should be well hydrated, and starting towards an even healthier lifestyle.
Note: as the health theme is more about lifestyle changes, I will give a little update next week Thursday.