Keep those New Years Resolutions

It seems New Year’s resolutions are just as easily made as they are broken.  Here are some tips to make sure you stay on track for your health and weight goals

1.  Be Realistic

Setting the bar too high is almost ensuring your failure. Set realistic and attainable goals for yourself and you will reap the long term benefits.

2.  Plan Ahead

Impulses are passing, to enact real change in your life it requires a change in your mind set. Be mentally prepared to make serious life style choices. Break your big goals into smaller ones and outline not only what your goals are but how you will attain them.

7.  Track Your Progress

Keep track of each small success. Short-term goals are easier to keep, and each small accomplishment will help keep you motivated. Instead of focusing on losing 30 pounds, focus on losing the first five. Keep a food journal to help you stay on track, and reward yourself for each five pounds lost.

5.  Talk About It

Don’t keep your resolution a secret. Find an accountabili-buddy to help you stick to your plan.

6.  Reward Yourself

When you hit a milestone in your plan celebrate your success by treating yourself to something you enjoy that doesn’t contradict your resolution.

8.  Don’t Beat Yourself Up

Obsessing over the occasional slip won’t help you achieve your goal. Do the best you can each day, and take one day at a time.

9.  Stick to It

It takes about 3 weeks for an action to become routine and six months for it to be part of your personality.  Keep with your diet and exercise even on days when you aren’t feeling it.

10. Keep Trying

Making lifestyle changes is not easy, but it is worth it.  If you fall off your regimen, just dust yourself off and try again.

Is it a Cold or the Flu?

Cold and Flu Season is here! When you wake up sneezing, coughing, and have that achy, feverish, can’t move a muscle feeling, how do you know whether you have cold symptoms or the flu?

 

It’s important to know the difference between flu and cold symptoms. A cold is a milder respiratory illness than the flu. While cold symptoms can make you feel bad for a few days, flu symptoms can make you feel quite ill for a few days to weeks. The flu can also result in serious health problems such as pneumonia and hospitalizations.

So how can you tell the difference?

Colds tend to start with a sore throat and progress to the congestion, runny nose and cough that we all hate.With cold symptoms, the nose teems with watery nasal secretions for the first few days. Later, these become thicker and darker. Dark mucus is natural and does not usually mean you have developed a bacterial infection, such as a sinus infection.

If cold symptoms do not seem to be improving after a week, you may have a bacterial infection, which means you may need antibiotics.

Flu symptoms are usually more severe than cold symptoms and come on quickly and include sore throat, fever, headache, muscle aches and soreness, congestion, and cough. Most flu symptoms gradually improve over two to five days, but can cause fatigue and soreness for days after.  The real danger in the flu is the possibility of pneumonia, a risk that is increased in children and the elderly.

If you have fever with severe aches and pains you probably have the flu. If you have a sore throat and runny nose it is most likely a cold.

Whether you have a cold or flu, it is important to stay home and rest to avoid spreading germs and to help your body recover. If your symptoms last more than a few days or your symptoms are getting severe such as a very high fever or having trouble breathing it is time to see a doctor.