Monday, March 25, 2019

A Thing a Week- Week 2: DOG TRICKS/GAMES

First, a wrap up of last week's challenge, which was drinking at least 64 oz of water daily.  DONE and DONE. It actually wasn't all that challenging and I easily drank 64 oz, no prob. 

I continued to read more about recommended daily consumption of water, and over and over it was recommended to drink anywhere between 1-2 oz of water PER POUND OF BODY WEIGHT.  So for me, that was 50-100 oz.  That's a huge variation.  But because I walk outside many miles each day in a dry climate, I decided it's probably better to drink more than that goal I had set of 64 oz. I ended up averaging about 112 oz a day.  Yay, Me!
my weekly tally sheet of 8 oz water glasses i consumed daily
One thing that made it easy to do that was using a glass that holds 8 oz.  I drank one whenever I thought about water.  Gulp, gulp, gulp- and after about 10 gulps- It was gone.  And I felt a sense of accomplishment each time I would get to mark a new tally on my little Post-It.

I'm not sure I felt different drinking all this water, and I actually still drank a Diet DP each day.  But I know making sure I get all that water in can't be a bad thing!  I think I generally consume a lot of fluids.  Fortunately, most of them are water.  And very fortunately, I rarely drink alcohol.  I'd probably be a huge lush if I did.  Because I'm not a sipper.  I'm a gulper.

Week 1 was a great start and made me feel successful. So now, I'm ready for Week 2.

I thought this past week, "What do I want to do next?" I had several different ideas cross my mind, all of which I'll eventually get to.  But I thought, besides drinking a healthy amount of water daily, what else is super important in my world?  And the easy answer is MY DOGS!!!!!

Lucy and Ricky are both Super Smarties.  They LOVE playing games like Hide and See, Fetch and they love learning new and practicing old TRICKS!  I used to spend a lot of time training them when they were babies.  We still do it occasionally and they always love it.  (Because learning tricks equals getting treats and kisses!) I always think to myself, "Why don't I do this with them more often? They love it and so do I!"

So, my commitment for this week is to spend a minimum of 5 minutes a day (per dog) practicing tricks with them.  Just 5 effing minutes!  It doesn't sound like a lot, but it's a great start.  This week, just fun stuff.  There are some things I KNOW we need to work on, like not barking at strangers (people and dogs), and getting better about going places together. (Currently, they act like monkeys if we attempt to take them anywhere together.)  But, this week: JUST FUN STUFF.    Brushing up on old tricks and maybe learning a  new one.  We'll see.

Dogs have short attention spans, and I know it works best to keep things short, and sweet, and most of all, FUN.  So 5 minutes, per dog, it is.  I KNOW we got this.  I'll report back next Monday with the results!
The rare occasion of walking in public together, and acting civilized!  The long term goal is MORE OF THIS. ❤️

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