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Watch That “2:30 Feeling” Disappear

By Mike Podesta                                                                                    

We’ve all had that “2:30 Feeling.” I admit it, I once broke down and used a 5 Hour Energy drink. It’s a short term fix with a lot of caffeine. I have tried limiting my caffeine intake and have sought natural ways to end that “2:30 Feeling.”

The best way to end that dreaded feeling? Eat healthy meals and get the proper amount of sleep. It sounds like a no-brainer. It is as easy as it sounds. I work four, 10 hour days at Central Ohio Primary Care. I am in charge of social media and processing refunds for the company. This means, there is a lot of sitting down and staring at a computer. It may sound great to have three days off but if you don’t get the proper amount rest and nutrition, you will be dragging most of the week.

My work day starts at 7:00AM and ends at 5:30PM. When my work day ends, it doesn’t mean my schedule of responsibilities are over. My next schedule is from 5:30PM until 10:00PM. That is the time I try to get everything accomplished before going to bed. Are there times I push it to 10:15PM? Sure. But maintaining a schedule is key.

My third schedule is my sleep schedule. I go to bed at 10:00PM and wake up at 6:00AM. When the alarm goes off at 6, of course I am still a little tired but after a shower and a healthy breakfast I am ready to go. I’ve had a solid eight hours of sleep. 

To avoid that sluggish, drowsy feeling in the afternoon, I have another healthy snack. It usually consists of a banana or an orange and I take a walk. Sitting at the computer several hours a day can make you a bit drowsy. Make sure you get up and walk around throughout the day.

Once you have a routine and stick with it, you will be surprised how quickly that “2:30 Feeling” goes away.

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*Please remember, any application of the techniques, ideas, and suggestions in this document is at the reader’s sole discretion and risk. Always consult your physician or health care professional before performing any new routine or regimen.

"What am I? 2/28/12

Good morning everyone, let’s see if you can answer the latest “What am I?”

I am an inflammation of the main air passages to the lungs. I may be short-lived (acute) or chronic, meaning that I can last a long time. I first affect your nose, sinuses, and throat and then spread to the lungs.

My symptoms include: chest discomfort, cough that produces mucus, fatigue, fever, shortness of breath and wheezing.

If you think you know the answer, leave a Facebook comment or send us a reply on Twitter. We will post the answer at 9:00 AM Wednesday morning.

How Twitter got me to run in the snow

Sunday morning I rolled out of bed freezing and half awake. It was 8 a.m., I made a quick breakfast and checked the Central Ohio Primary Care social media pages (Facebook and Twitter). I know a lot of the people that follow are physically fit and active, but I didn’t know how dedicated a few actually were when it came to having a workout routine and sticking with it.

 

A few of our followers were talking about running 3-5 miles that morning. Yes, that’s a lot of miles but what struck me, was that it was 10 degrees outside! How could they possibly function?

 

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After an hour or so, I set out to find out myself. After putting on four layers of clothes a stocking cap, gloves and face protection, I was ready to run. By this time it was 9:30 a.m. and a sweltering 18 degrees outside. I did a few stretches and had second thoughts of actually going through with it. I know I may be making this out to be more than it really is, but I am not a runner.  

 

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The last time I ran, was on September 5th, for the Central Ohio Primary Care Foundation’s “Run 4 the Health of It.” Even then, my goal was to finish without walking.

 

That day was a little different. Sure it was cool and windy out, but it was still 75 degrees. This time it was very cold and a little windy. My fiancée, Jenny, thought I was nuts for attempting the run. My goal was to run a mile and a half and walk back home.

 

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When I first started my run, the only thing running through my head was, “Watch out for ice and don’t fall.” I had a nice steady pace going and luckily I didn’t fall. Half way through the run, my face and lungs were frozen. The funny thing was, I didn’t stop and by the end, noticed that I was actually doing pretty well considering I took a few months off.

 

After finishing the run, I was exhausted but made sure I stretched before continuing the walk home. The walk back wasn’t bad either. Despite the cold, I had a smile on my face. I was glad that I had accomplished something new.

 

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I can’t say it was all fun and games. The rest of the day I was exhausted and my legs are still pretty sore. But, if I hadn’t looked at the Central Ohio Primary Care Twitter feed yesterday, it is likely I would not have had the motivation to run or be active. It’s funny what can be motivating.

 

Each week, it is my plan to do something new with a healthy twist to it and document it here. It could simply be trying a new health shake or going to a yoga class. I will continue to look on Facebook and Twitter for ideas. It would be great to have your ideas and comments as well on our health blog.

 

Please remember, any application of the techniques, ideas, and suggestions in this document are at the reader’s sole discretion and risk. Always consult your physician or health care professional before performing any new exercise program, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, elderly, or if you have any chronic or recurring conditions.

Mike Podesta

What am I? 11/7/11

 

I spread by person-to-person contact with nasal secretions or saliva. I am commonly spread among family or household members. I usually start to make you feel sick about 2 to 5 days after you come in contact with my bacteria. Some of my symptoms include: Fever, sore throat, chills, nausea and loss of appetite. What am I?

If you think you know the answer, leave a Facebook comment or send us a reply on Twitter.