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October 2006 Newsletter

New Year's Resolutions


Dear Fellow Business Traveler,


Is it that time of the year all ready???  Well, no...but, almost.  This month's newsletter discusses how to plan ahead and start making changes in your life now so that you will have better success at implementing the lifestyle changes we all feel compelled to after the holidays. 

Be sure to check out the newest additions to our Fit Hotels directory, including the Marriott Dulles Suites in suburban Washington, the Seaport Hotel in Boston, and the Quality Inn in suburban Phoenix.

To Your Health, 
Healthy Travel Network



squareStart Next Year Right, Right Now



res·o·lu·tion  (n.)
1. The state or quality of being resolute; firm determination.
2. A resolving to do something.
3. A course of action determined or decided on.
4. A formal statement of a decision or expression of opinion put before or adopted by an assembly such as the U.S. Congress.

Most all of us have made New Year's Resolutions at one time or another.  We have decided that after a holiday season of binge eating, drinking too much alcohol at holiday parties, and steady levels of inactivity throughout the cold weather season, it is time to put our foot down and make a stand for ourselves. 

 

Most people don't think about resolutions until after the holiday season for several reasons.  They don't want to remind themselves of how difficult it is going to be, or of how much they need to change.  It is a lot like the thought of "out of sight, out of mind".  Plus, they use the holidays and family visits as not only an excuse to prolong the behavior, but to indulge even more.

 

Resolutions are declared, written on paper and compared to others that friends and family come up with and then within the end of January or even sooner; these declarations are lost and we are back to our old lifestyle.  The idea is noble, but it doesn't last most of the time.  The ironic thing is that most of us who make some form of New Year's resolutions have made the exact one or ones many years in a row.  People try to lose weight, stop smoking, sleep more, start exercising, stop cursing… there are limitless bad-habit options for people to pick from to try and change.

 
Lifestyle Change

Resolutions, being something that people are trying hard to stop and usually have failed at stopping one time or another, tend to be a part of their lifestyle.  So in order to stop these behaviors, individuals must go through a behavior change or lifestyle change.  This is different than the "quitting style" that varies from individual to individual such as cold turkey, tapering off, negative association, etc.  A lifestyle change is just as it sounds.  In order to rid oneself of a negative aspect of their current life they need to replace it with something positive.  For instance, if you want to quit smoking, then as you stop that negative addiction, implement another form of positive behavior (which often is another New Year’s resolution) such as walking every day, or exercising. 

 
Preparing ahead of time

If you are one who knows that they have failed at this before, and so desperately want to rid themselves of one or more bad behaviors, then don't wait for the New Year to start so to speak. If you want to actually "start" on the first day of the new year, whether it be to have others going through the same thing, or that you know you might falter during the holidays and don't' want to let yourself down, then do so. But, prepare ahead of time. 

 

Start now with your lists of things you need to do in order to implement these new changes.  That way you will be fully in touch with what you want to accomplish and it won’t be such a shock to the system.  Find accountability partners now, look for a health club to join, find local support groups, start a journal.  Then when January 1st rolls around you can wake up really ready to start the new you. 


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The US government has a great site dedicated to helping people accomplish their New Year's Resolution goals.  You can check it out at their Popoular New Year's Resolutions page.

Here is another great page with tons of useful information and the ability to intereact with other people that are as motivated as you are so you can share ideas and have some support.  Check out How to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions.


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