I'm sure you have all witnessed the recent/current heatwave that seems to have taken over. Its been extremely hot and as any one who has carried a few extra pounds knows this can make the heat even more unbearable. I can constantly feel my thighs rub together and I sweat more than I think I ever have previously. With this it has made me super conscious of how I look; what I'm wearing and whether sweat marks could become visible on my clothing, as well as remember what clothes are suitable for my active and sometimes physically demanding job. As a result of all of these elements combined I often wear the same clothes...jeans and a top, or leggings with a long top/dress. As you can see these items are not the coolest wardrobe attire in this heat. What has this got to with my lack of posts, I hear you say. Well all will be revealed...
So keeping my choice of clothing in mind, each day around the same time I was starting to feel sick due to having a headache. By the time I got home I had a full-on migraine, now some of you may remember I was taken ill recently and I'm still taking my medication for it which means I take around 26 pain relief tablets a day (I try not to take these if I can cope with the pain as I hate thinking about what they are doing to my insides) so I couldn't understand why they hadn't nipped my migraine in the bud when it was just a headache. As a result I shut myself away and waited for the migraines to diminish.
Now by the time it got to Thursday I was wondering what on earth was going on. Why was I constantly having headaches.... That's when I had my light bulb moment.
If you haven't guessed already I wasn't drinking enough! Due to the heatwave, my choice of clothing plus running around after the little ones at work I became so dehydrated that my body was screaming out for water. Now I thought I did drink a lot so I have been measuring my intake of fluids and I calculated that I don't drink half of much as what I thought I did. So I'm on a mission to up my fluid intake this week.
If you have suffered from dizziness, light-headiness, headaches, tiredness or dry mouth/lips/eyes these could all be symptoms of dehydration. You can check out other symptoms of dehydration on the NHS website.
Moving on to my achievements and goals this week...
- I tracked 3 days out 7- not fantastic but I'm getting there.
- I upped my fluid intake - if only for the past few days
- I hit a personal goal of 9.24 miles on my bike and concurred some very steep hills.
- Track, track, track
- Up my fluid intake
- Cover 10 miles on my bike.