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...
Goodnight, Sparklers, wherever you are!