Day 1: Mini-Goal Success (and a Whole Lotta Chaos)
First of all, don't fret: I'm not planning on blogging about my water intake every day for the next thirty days (although, it's fascinating, I know). But today was a great reminder about why those mini-goals I wrote about earlier are so effective, so I thought I'd share.
Let's just say that today didn't exactly go as planned. As seems to be the case with most "first days back," I had a ton of things to do and projects to make big progress on in a limited amount of time. It didn't help matters that I woke up to a barfing cat and a plumber at my door before 8:00 a.m. to fix the aforementioned, um, sewage issue. "No big deal, though," I thought. "He'll be out of here in less than an hour."
Yeah, that wasn't exactly the case. Five hours later, my new buddy Sean was finally able to determine that tree roots had wrapped themselves along the mainline. (Or something like that. I don't speak fluent Plumbing.) Point is, it's a big deal that's not going to be resolved quickly. It's not the end of the world, but it does mean no washing machine for a while. This is a first-world problem, but nonetheless a huge bummer when there's a baby in residence. Not to mention the fact that those five hours weren't exactly conducive to all of the work I planned to get done.
In fact, as it turns out, in the end I didn't really get much of what I wanted to get done today checked off the ol' list. But what I did manage to do was fulfill my mini-goal of drinking 64 ounces of water. In fact, I even surpassed it--very slightly, but still! Granted, drowning myself in water on the day when the toilets weren't working was perhaps not the best-laid plan (TMI?), but, hey! That's life.
(Bonus: because I'm not exactly spatially-oriented, I shocked myself by actually hitting my daily goal at the point where I thought I was only half-way through. I thought I was drinking out of an 8-ounce glass, then realized it was a 16-ounce glass, so I had finished double of what I initially thought. It's the little things in life, sometimes.)
I turned my personal challenge into a bit more fun for myself by downloading an app that allows you to track your water intake, Daily Water Balance. I put approximately two seconds' worth of time into researching this particular app, but what I can tell you is that it shoots off confetti and makes cheering noises as you move closer to your goal. I am easily sold. Perhaps I'll try some others as I move through the month but, for now, bring on the confetti!
So, as I lay in bed exhausted with my (finally!) sleeping baby girl rocking next to me after fighting sleep for the past hour (she's totally got FOMO--clearly, I've got her bamboozled into thinking I'm way more exciting than I actually am), I'm going to chalk today up as a win.
Here's hoping your first day back at it had some little victories. And, if not, there's always tomorrow!