December 2007


Yes, it’s that time of year again – time to reflect, make plans, and set New Year’s resolutions. But, how can we make this year’s resolutions a success?

For me the acronym K.I.S.S. perfectly reflects the essence of a good New Year’s resolution – Keep It Simple Stupid!

In a study (1997) to understand the factors predicting success in keeping New Year’s resolutions, Miller and Marlatt found that 63% of people do actually stick to their New Year’s resolutions for at least two months.

“The keys to making a successful resolution are a person’s confidence that he or she can make the behaviour change, and the commitment to making that change,” says Miller. In addition, the study indicates that “resolutions are a process, not a one-time effort that offer people a chance to create new habits.”

Ten tips for setting simple New Year’s resolutions that you can keep:

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Free ReportHow many times have you made vague New Year’s Resolutions, such as “I want to be healthier,” or “I want to feel fitter?”

Have you ever managed to stick with such goals? If your answer is no, you’re definitely not alone!

But, can 2008 really be any different? The good news is, it can! Mike and James from Passion for Health will be releasing a free report, “7 Reasons Why Your New Years Resolutions Will Fail” on the 1st of January.

This report promises to “remove all of the stumbling blocks that have tripped you up in years gone by,” they will also reveal the “huge issue that’s holding you back, and arm you with everything you need to enjoy a happy, healthy lifestyle.”

If you’re tired of making resolutions which seem impossible to keep, this report is for you. To receive the free report on January 1st click here, to enter your name and email address.

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Christmas hamsterDear all,

I hope you have a truly wonderful Christmas, filled with precious family, and friends; delicious food, special gifts, and all the things you love!

I’ll be back later in the week.

Best wishes!

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Do you know people who always seem to be on time, never miss a deadline, and still seem to manage their affairs at home with ease? What is their secret?

According to bestselling author Jack Canfield, by planning your day the night before you can achieve success in all areas of life.

Check out Jack’s top time management tip:

Jack Canfield: Planning Your Day

Jack has written a number of books the most recent being, “The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be.” This book has received a considerable amount of great reviews, and it’s now become one of my top “things I would like” this Christmas!

Do you plan your daily activities? What are your tips?

If you’re tired of slaving away in the kitchen on Christmas day help is at hand! Eating Well have produced a fabulous collection of healthy Christmas recipes and menus, giving you more time to spend with your family and friends this year.

The collection includes sample menus, “make-ahead” dishes, and even a menu planner of what to do, and when to do it!

Check out the site for yourself for more fab recipe suggestions: Eating Well.

(Thanks to Ruth at Eating Fabulous for writing about this great site.)

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Here are some of the best festive links I’ve discovered over the last few weeks:

If you’ve discovered a great seasonal article, or you’ve written one yourself, please contact me, I’ll be happy to add your link to my list.

ThoughtfulFor many people, stress has become a daily problem – work deadlines, traffic jams, family commitments, exams, even world events. But, for some Christmas is a particularly stressful time of the year.

Research suggests that some stress is in fact normal, and can improve our performance. However, when it becomes something more permanent, instead of protecting us, it can eventually make us more vulnerable to health problems, including headaches, stomach upsets, high blood pressure, and even heart disease.

In fact, the more this stress response is activated, the more difficult it becomes to turn it off in the future. Therefore, we need to learn how to effectively deal with stress levels, before they escalate out of control.

So, how can you manage stress this Christmas?

There are various lifestyle strategies that can help, but did you know that how you eat can also make a difference to the way you feel? Food alone doesn’t remove our stress, however eating can help to make you feel more in control of a situation, therefore improving your resistance to stress.

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