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Day 59: Smorgasbord!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Rough night last night - I would no sooner than drift off when I'd *hack* *hack* *hack* and wake up again. I was reluctant to take the cough medicine I have (did you know in the UK codeine is available OTC? and after all these years it's still the best cough suppressant I know) because it throws my blood glucose out of whack, but if I do the hacking cough thing tonight... well, let's just say I'm making sure the cough syrup is at hand.

Still, there's no denying I'm feeling better. I'd rather have to put up with a cold on its way out than one on its way in, lol...

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I was writing to another Sparkler earlier today about different tips and suggestions for losing weight, getting healthier, all that - you know, like the ones under SP's 'Secrets of Success' category.

You read almost as many different things that work as there are Sparklers: 'Never eat after 8 PM' ... 'Always make breakfast your biggest meal of the day' ... 'Don't eat for an hour after cardio' ... 'Always have a snack right before bedtime' ... 'Make sure each meal is of equal size' ... 'Don't eat before cardio, but eat right after you cool down.' Well, what's right?

What's right, of course, is what works for YOU.

I tried not eating anything after supper. Drove me nutz. (No pun intended.) I was out prowling the kitchen by 8:30, and even when it's stocked with healthy stuff, hunting for anything - everything - to eat is not good. Did you know one ounce - less than 30 grams, about 6 fair-to-middling size - of Brazil nuts has almost 200 calories? D'you know how many of those little buggers I can scarf up when I'm ravenous? And that's not to mention how difficult I find it to get to sleep when my stomach is growling.

I tried having a banana just before bedtime, the idea being that it digests slower than some fruits so would 'tide me over' until breakfast. It did - but it also wreaked havoc with my blood glucose.

So I read one of the suggestions about having three 'mini-meals' each day, and two or three planned snacks. The article said not to worry about WHEN they were eaten: as long as the total calories, and the carb - protein - fat proportions, were more or less balanced out, it should be fine.

By golly. It worked. Or rather, I should say, it workS for ME.

I've done this experimentation-thing with several areas: after I hurt my back, I ferreted out several different exercises designed specifically to strengthen the lower back. A couple of them just didn't work for me, at least, not when I was in the throes of a bad spasm. Two or three wanted equipment I don't have. But there were a good half-dozen that I experimented with, found I could do, and that have made a world of difference. Yay me!

Bum knee: you guessed it. Right here on Spark there was an article that addressed 'knee injuries' and how to improve them.

The point is, if you're confronted with a problem - bad back, allergies, obesity, lactose intolerance, diabetes, aching joints - do some homework. Find out what people are saying works for them. There are plenty of free resources - the internet, television programs, your local library, and of course Spark People. Pick one thing and try it for a few days. Then evaluate whether it's helped you, whether you like it, whether it's something you can continue doing. If it helps, if it's working - stay with it. If you don't like it, or it's not improving things, quit, and try the next one.

If you persist, sooner or later, you WILL find solutions to the issues you're working to overcome. Might even apply to other areas of Life than diet and fitness.



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Still working on the alphabet manual: I've gotten sidetracked a bit with company and gadding about, then of course this cold has thrown a wrench into the works. But it'll all come right eventually. You're not in any rush, are you? lol...

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  • DEBIGENE
    That's what I did before I found SP, I searched and read and searched and read and then searched and read some more until I found just the right route to take me on my journey. I just worked at finding the best way to get were I wanted to go and finally found myself in the right direction. I'm still walking the path and can see the light up ahead but I know I still have a long way to go before I actually get there. Good thing I'm in no hurry cause I'm just takin' my time and enjoying the adventure. Thanks SparkPeople for being a big part of it.
    3656 days ago
  • ASPENHUGGER
    "I ferreted out several different exercises designed specifically to strengthen the lower back. A couple of them just didn't work for me, at least, not when I was in the throes of a bad spasm. Two or three wanted equipment I don't have. But there were a good half-dozen that I experimented with, found I could do, and that have made a world of difference. "

    "The point is, if you're confronted with a problem - bad back, allergies, obesity, lactose intolerance, diabetes, aching joints - do some homework. Find out what people are saying works for them. "

    OK, I need to know this. I signed up for a 4 week strength training course at the gym, & the lower body exercises sent my back into hysterics. So I think I have to strengthen up before I can strengthen up, if you see what I mean.

    Can I borrow your research?

    And I'm glad you're feeling more like your old self again. I missed your old self when it wasn't here.
    3658 days ago
  • DTOWNSEND1966
    Wonderful blog yet again. Thanks. It really is worth poking around when you have questions!
    3658 days ago
  • CO-CREATOR
    Thanks for a great blog, you make some great points. I hope you feel better soon.
    3658 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6687446
    Sorry to hear you're feeling poorly, my friend. Praying that you feel better real soon.
    3658 days ago
  • DEBRITA01
    I am not in a rush, but will look forward to the alphabet blogs again...whenever they come to you. Can't rush creativity, right?

    SP is a wealth of information on different topics, and with the internet you can find information on just about anything. It's always good to research some reputable sights for good information.

    Finding what works for each individual takes trial and error. I am still working on combating the night time munchies. Tonight I am trying some Greek yogurt to see how that works. I've tried abstaining after dinner, but that backfires sometimes. I do know having a "cut-off time", and sticking to it, works for me.

    Gotta go have my yogurt...it's almost quitting time emoticon
    3658 days ago
  • SEAWAVE
    Very true! I'm in the process of reacquainting myself with my metabolism after a combination of cancer, meds and just plain old age have wreaked havoc. It's definitely trial and error to find what works for me too!
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    3658 days ago
  • ONEKIDSMOM
    Wise words from a wise woman.

    Hope that hack leaves you alone tonight, and you get some good, solid rest! emoticon emoticon
    3658 days ago
  • MTULLY
    "One size fits all" just isn't so, as you so aptly point out. The key is not to give up as you are searching for what does work for you. It is all just part of the process. Good thoughts - thanks for sharing. Glad you are beginning to feel better!
    3659 days ago
  • LECATES
    You are sooo right----we have to pick what works for each one of us---we all have different journeys and different tastes and lifestyles. Glad you are on the mend.
    3659 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6484093
    Great blog, Kasey. Just as with everything in life, losing weight and/or getting healthy is a process. You have to keep trying and adjusting until you find the right fit for you. Glad to hear your cold is improving too!
    3659 days ago
  • LEANJEAN6
    Glad you are getting better! --Great blog----I cannot sleep when I'm hungry--I do find a few(that's the secret--a few)-walnuts help--if I can stick to a few------I do the mini meals too----It's just a long hard struggle--some days good--other not as good--but on the whole better than if I weren't on Spark--- Nice to see you back blogging-Lynda emoticon
    3659 days ago
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