Sunday, October 08, 2006
Yesterday, for perhaps the first time since starting sparkpeople, I was really, really thirsty.
During the week, I keep a water bottle with me at my desk, and every time it gets empty I walk (past the candy jar) to the water fountain to fill it back up, so during the week I have no problem getting all of my water. My weekends are not so structured however, so the habit here hasn't quite stuck yet even after SIX MONTHS (yay community team!) of sparking.
Yesterday, when I hadn't had much water yet, my husband and I decided to go hiking. We packed a backpack with water bottles, snacks and first aid stuff and headed to the nature sanctuary up the road. When we got there, the parking lot was full of cars. We felt that we wouldn't stay very long because of this, so just left the pack in the car. (mistake!) We ended up hiking for an hour solid, and though I was doing great as far as cardio I was really thirsty (I'd forgotten what that tasted like) and had a horrid headache by the end of it.
I remembered going on field trips as a kid with my day care in the summer. We'd ride around in this big van in the blazing sun, and all be thirsty by the time we got to wherever. When we reached a water fountain, we would all line up at it and the teacher would count down as each one of us drank, "Five, four, three, two, one... next!" and we'd have to leave, still thirsty. My husband remembers this same routine from field trips.
Day care was pretty stingy with liquids at other times too, I guess. Each of us was given a small glass of milk with lunch and it was not refilled. Many kids drank theirs immediately and whined the rest of the time, but I learned to not drink during the meal and save my drink until last. One time this got me and my tablemates *splashed* with milk as the teacher gathering the cups stacked one into my full glass, but even that trauma did not keep this habit from lasting into my adult life, unless I'm eating something spicy.
I know that anticipating that each child would like seconds on milk would effectively double the milk budget, but surely there are other options. Why not encourage children to wash out their glass, and refill it from the water fountain? Oh yeah, we weren't allowed to get up from the table. Were we allowed to bring water bottles/camelpaks on trips? Probably not. Then I'm sure they'd be counting down as we took turns in the bathroom. "Five, four ... you better hurry up in there, other kids have to go too ... "