How I accomplished two health related goals by taking a “ripple effect” action.

I have been trying for over a year to make myself drink at least two quarts of water a day.  This is particularly important to me because I have a tendency toward forming kidney stones and one important thing you can do to avoid them is to drink lots of water. I bought myself a liter-sized Camelbak water bottle that I keep next to me on my desk and try to remember to sip from it on a regular basis throughout my work day — the goal being to drink 2 full liters each day. I often get through one of them, but rarely, if ever, do I get through two of them.

Another health-related goal is to get up from my desk every 60-90 minutes and walk around. I have a tendency to sit for hours at a time when I am involved in a project and forget to actually move my body! I bought myself timer for my computer that I can set to pop up on the screen at any interval I set and with any message I give it. I set it to pop up every 90 minutes with the message “Get up and MOVE!”.  The problem is that I’m often right in the middle of something that I can’t quit at the moment it pops up, so I press the button to dismiss the message.

Last week I took a new 2-step approach to accomplishing both of the above goals.  I decided that the first thing I would do every morning when I get up is to drink (guzzle) a 12-oz glass of water before I sat down at my computer.  I knew this would make me have to shortly go to the bathroom.  The second step of the approach was to guzzle a 12-oz glass of water every time I got up to pee.  The results of using this 2-step ripple effect action has been that I have easily achieved both goals.  I now easily drink at least six 12-oz glasses of water (or more) a day and I get up from my desk at least once an hour to use the bathroom.  Once I’m up I use that time also to do some stretches, step outside to breathe in some fresh air, or do a small chore before going back to my computer.

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3 Responses to How I accomplished two health related goals by taking a “ripple effect” action.

  1. Diane Berger says:

    Sounds like something I should try. Good advise

  2. Roz says:

    Carol, That’s Great! I love your approach, thinking about you, and taking care of you. I am asking the Lord for the very same thing as I have to transition to a new phase of life. I have to take time out for me. I started at the gym, at least. I have so much more to work on. Your kindness is also a blessing to those around you. Thanks for being such a light! And Funny too!

  3. Roz says:

    Hi Carol,
    Thank you for calling me the other day. Your kind spirit is a blessing to my soul. Have a Blessed ay!