MYST 164 Losing Weight During an Illness

It’s cold and flu season. That means at some point, you might get sick. How are you going to lose weight while ill?

You’re not! Don’t worry about it right now. Get healthy! The same applies if you are recovering from an injury or surgery. You need to get healthy before you can worry about losing weight.

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An excellent comparison between cold and flu (influenza) symptoms. From https://www.medicinenet.com/cold_vs_flu/article.htm

Chart Comparing Cold vs. Flu Symptoms and Signs
Symptoms Cold Flu
Fever (and/or chills) Rare Mild to high
Body/muscle aches and pains Occasionally, mild Usually moderate to severe
Headache Unusual Usually moderate to severe
Cough Mild to moderate Moderate to severe
Fatigue/weakness Mild to moderate Usually moderate to severe
Sore throat Usually Usually
Runny and/or stuffy nose Usually On occasion
Sneezing Usually On occasion
Vomiting/diarrhea Rare Occasionally
Abrupt onset of symptoms Gradual onset Sometimes within three to six hours
Severity of symptoms Mild Moderate to severe

 

More information, this from the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/coldflu.htm

What is the difference between a cold and the flu?
The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more common and intense. Colds are usually milder than the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations. Flu can have very serious associated complications.

How can you tell the difference between a cold and the flu?
Because colds and flu share many symptoms, it can be difficult (or even impossible) to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. Special tests that usually must be done within the first few days of illness can tell if a person has the flu.

What are the symptoms of the flu versus the symptoms of a cold?
The symptoms of flu can include fever or feeling feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue (tiredness). Cold symptoms are usually milder than the symptoms of flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems.

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Music composed and performed by Jason Shaw, courtesy of Audionautix.com

Voiceover courtesy of Matt Young. Matt is a professional voiceover artist. If you have any need of voice-over work, for your podcast, radio spot, or whatever, you can reach Matt by a variety of methods. He is on LinkedIn. On Twitter. And Google+. Follow his Facebook page to learn how to better use social media. Matt was also my guest on MYST 54. Give his story a listen!

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MYST 138 Stress Eating

Stress eating is a very common reaction to life’s stressors. It happens to almost everyone. It certainly happens to me! But how do we control stress eating?

The most basic method is to reduce the stress that is pushing us to eat. I realize that is easier said than done, but there are four common stressors–financial, health, family and career–and each can be handled. This is NOT an easy problem to correct, but ignoring it will not make the stress go away.

Work stressors
Work stressors

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Listen to Episode 114 to learn how alcohol could derail your weight loss program.

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Music composed and performed by Jason Shaw, courtesy of Audionautix.com

Voiceover courtesy of Matt Young. Matt is a professional voiceover artist. If you have any need of voice-over work, for your podcast, radio spot, or whatever, you can reach Matt by a variety of methods. He is on LinkedIn. On Twitter. And Google+. Follow his Facebook page to learn how to better use social media. Matt was also my guest on MYST 54. Give his story a listen!

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MYST 122: Success Beyond the Scale

Do you record these numbers?
Do you record these numbers?

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Do you monitor this?
Do you monitor this?

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Music composed and performed by Jason Shaw, courtesy of Audionautix.com

Voiceover courtesy of Matt Young. Matt is a professional voiceover artist. If you have any need of voice-over work, for your podcast, radio spot, or whatever, you can reach Matt by a variety of methods. He is on LinkedIn. On Twitter. And Google+. And you can read his really nice, contemplative blog. Matt was also my guest on MYST 54. Give his story a listen.