Sleeping, Eating & Blogging

Most people don’t know about the connection between sleeping and eating. They think they do, and there are many tales of how eating one thing produced this or that kind of dream, or not sleeping on full or empty stomachs and the like. As it turns out, there are a few lessons one can learn about these two things, and how they’re related to blogging. Don’t think I can do it? Let’s find out.

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1. Did you know that you could survive more than 60 days without food if you at least have something legitimate to drink? That doesn’t mean it’s great living, but it’s survival, which means you have a chance to overcome whatever problems you might have if that’s the reason why you can’t eat.

It’s like blogging; your blog can survive if you decide to write only once a month or even once every 2 to 3 months, but is it really blogging? Will your blog or website get much benefit out of it without more output?

2. Did you know that you wouldn’t survive more than a week without sleeping (although there have been some anomalies, but it’s uber rare)? For most people, even if you tried not to sleep for more than 72 hours your body and mind will overcome you and you’ll dose here and there. My record is 81 1/2 hours, and I can honestly say it was miserable, but I got through it.

This is like blogging once you get into it. For awhile at least you’ll find yourself having more things to say and feeling a need to write, even if you’re not in the mood to do so. Of course this presupposes that you’ve fully embraced blogging and all that comes with it.

3. Did you know that when you get older you’d rather sleep than eat, but how dangerous that is? From around the age of 45 or so people actually do start eating less, even if their weight doesn’t always show it. Inactivity has more to do with weight gain at that point than how much one eats. However, when there’s the choice between sleeping and eating, most people will choose to sleep, and the older you get, the less energy doing that gives you as far as waking up or wanting to do anything else. The act of sleeping stems the act of being hungry, which is fine when we’re younger, but not so much as we get older. Most times, when a person in a nursing home starts sleeping and won’t eat, it’s pretty much known that they won’t be alive much longer.

If you don’t love blogging, and you have the choice between blogging and doing something else, you’re going to do something else, and after awhile you’re not going to want to blog anymore. In this case you probably won’t expire, but if you thought blogging was necessary for your business you’re going to find reasons not to do it and your blog will die out. This is the reason why some people recommend having publishing schedules if you’re blogging more out of necessity than enjoyment. Of course, the real idea of blogging is to find something you enjoy talking about so that you don’t tire of it.

4. Eating can help you sleep, but what you eat will definitely affect how you sleep. All of us have different types of food that affect us positively or negatively, and how close we eat these things to when we go to sleep or fall asleep can mess us up.

For instance, eating a high amount of carbs will put me to sleep during the day within 30 to 60 minutes, no matter what it is. If I eat it late in the evening, close to when I’m going to bed, there’s no effect at all. But if I eat something with acidic sauce, like tomato sauce, and go to bed within 3 hours I’m going to be sick all night, probably wake up sick, and sleep horribly. If I eat a salad I tend to sleep well, but I hate salads that late at night so it’s not something I do all that often; yeah, stupidly stubborn that way.

How you decide to write your blog will have a major effect on how much you enjoy writing on it. If you tend to write long, boring posts that are more like textbooks than prose, you’re going to hate it. If you niche yourself so much that it’s a chore trying to figure out what to write, you’re not going to be encouraged to write. This is why so many people recommend finding something you enjoy talking about and why I recommend that if you’re going to write on a certain niche not to make it so tight that it limits what you can write about. Most people should be able to figure out what they like to write or talk about without needing someone else to tell them how to do it or what to write about.

I think that’s enough for now; time for a sandwich, then a nap. 😉

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10 Things that Lead to a Happier, Healthier You

In my own way, to show that I do things for my own reasons and not for other people’s reasons, I’m taking on what I call kind of a meme, which is based off this article on a blog called TwitterMoms titled Share 10 Little Things that Lead to a Happier, Healthier You. Actually, the title is much longer, because it’s actually part of some contest where you can win a gift card and some Tropicana juice stuff. Frankly, I don’t care about all of that, which is why I’m not doing all the other stuff they’re asking for. Instead, I thought it would be fun to do this particular thing.

Why am I doing this? A few reasons. One, because I want to show some of the things I write about on my business blog, which includes motivational stuff here and there; I sometimes do that here as well. Two, because I want to show that I do know some things that might make me healthier and happier, even if I don’t do all of them.

And three, because I love some memes. I hope you clicked on the link above if you don’t know what one is. However, you can check out the other 3 memes I’ve played with: Passion Quilt; Soundtrack of Your Life; and 7 Things You Don’t Know About Me.

Anyway, here’s my list of 10:

1. Hug the people you care about at least once a day. I hug my wife multiple times a day, and when I see friends, I try to get hugs in as well. Had to learn how to hug my guy friends, but that only happens if they can handle it as well.

2. Find something that will make you laugh at least 30 minutes a day. I don’t do this one every day, but I find when I do it that I feel really good.

3. Eat in some kind of moderation so you don’t feel sick to your stomach. When I plan my meals I do very well, but a night like Monday night, when I was at a meeting, convinced me that I could break from my pattern and eat a lot of pizza, which I don’t eat at home; ugh!

4. Have at least one small sweet treat a day. If I don’t have a sweet treat every day I tend to get into a mode where I want a lot of it, and of course that’s not good for me. So my wife doles it out to me a little bit at a time, and I appreciate that she does that for me, even if I can’t figure out where she’s hiding it.

5. Find a reason to get at least 30 minutes a day to yourself in some fashion. I’m bad at this one because even when I take a break, I do it at the computer. I need to convince myself to get away from it here and there.

6. Find a way to get at least a little bit of exercise every day, even if it’s only 15 minutes. Yeah, this one I’m really bad at. I do something maybe 3 or 4 days a week, but when I can get myself into a good mode, I’ll try to do something longer and at least twice a day. When it gets warmer, if I’m home this summer, I’ll be at the lake in the morning and the afternoon walking.

7. At least a few times a day, do a little bit of stretching. What I’m learning is that it’s not necessarily that my being out of shape is what injures me here and there, it’s that everything is so tight. I’ve taken to doing some stretching exercises daily, and a few times a day I’ll just stop and stretch in a few positions for about a minute or two. It all helps.

8. If you feel bad in any way for 7 days or more, see a doctor. I refer you to my story of how I discovered I was diabetic back in 1997 by paying attention to some signs that many people ignore.

9. Try not to take yourself too seriously. Sometimes I have problems with this, but I also laugh at myself many times a day. I tend to view almost every situation as some kind of story, which means I try to recall it so I can tell it later on. If it ends up being funny, even better.

10. Feel good about yourself. When I talked about the movie The Secret, I mentioned this thing about the laws of attraction. If you feel good about yourself and think positive things, positive things come into your life. A motivational speaker named Zig Ziglar says “Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.” I like to add “and you’ll feel pretty good as well.”

And there you go. Now, I always ask people to do their own meme based on my participating, and to date no one has ever followed me and given it a shot. For this one, I wonder who’ll step up to the plate and keep it going; maybe one of my Power 50 friends? 🙂

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