Hi all!  Thanks for stopping by.  I have to tell you about my new toy cause it’s seriously saving my life right now.

I hate drinking water. 

Like really hate it.  When I was pregnant I must have gone to the hospital at least 4 times during my two pregnancies because I was dehydrated.  Even at the most important moments of my life I wasn’t drinking water.

Unfortunately for me I take ADHD meds which means I have extra incentive to drink water.  Blech! My meds give me dry mouth.  Dry mouth = bad breath.  Eeeewwwwee! Also, one of the side effects of my meds is headaches and staying hydrated keeps those at bay.  Although I may get the headaches because I’m dehydrated.  Either way,  I get headaches so I must drink water.  Otherwise Moo & Boo have to deal with a a grumpy mom and that’s not cool.

If you don’t take meds, drinking water is still essential to keeping you focused. Dr. Joshua Gowin from Psychology Today confirms how important staying hydrated is. “Years of research have found that when we’re parched, we have more difficulty keeping our attention focused. Dehydration can impair short-term memory function and the recall of long-term memory. The ability to perform mental arithmetic, like calculating whether or not you’ll be late for work if you hit snooze for another 15 minutes, is compromised when your fluids are low.”

Yikes! Compromised before I even wake up!  Doubly compromised since I haven’t taken my meds yet!!

How do we stay hydrated?

Even when taking our meds it’s easy to forget to drink water.  Sometimes I get into hyperfocus and water is the last thing on my mind or I am unwilling to break that hyperfocus to get some fluids in.

So this is where my new toy comes in.  I got an Ulla.

Isn’t it cute!

I have been staring at it on the internet for months and I finally broke down and got one.  It’s programmed to remind me to pick up my water bottle at least twice per hour.  It’s this cute little light that has a rubber band thing that I just put on my cup.   If I don’t pick it up at random intervals throughout the hour, it starts blinking at me.  It’s impossible not to notice. I mean, it’s a bright flashing light.  It would have to be behind me for me to miss it and even then I would see the flash against the wall.  I have never once missed the blink.

I am drinking a ton more water and the headaches are gone.  I now need to get one for home since I leave it at work. My home days leave me parched and eating junk

It’s not that expensive and so worth it if you have trouble.  My next purchase is going to be a water bottle that tells me how much to drink in a certain time frame.  I mean, even if I take a sip of water if the Ulla is blinking at me, it doesn’t help if I’m not drinking enough.  I found this one on Amazon.

So do yourself a solid.  If you don’t like drinking water and have trouble like me, pick yourself up an Ulla.  You can grab one by clicking here.

TTYL

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