I never fancied the term resolutions. It's not specific enough. For a solid type A personality, I prefer a more detailed plan. I like to take this time of year to write specific goals for the year, including smaller steps or actions and how I will know I have achieved my goal. It would be fun if you'd all play along. It'll keep us honest. Try to use SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time bound) principles and break the goals down into manageable pieces. I'll do an example of one I'm working on: I will lose 25 pounds. Sub goal - Fitness - I will get back to playing badminton again. I will start weight training again at least 1-2 times per week. I will continue with yoga at my studio. I will continue running and training for my ultra marathon in April. I will continue with hiking and snowshoeing weekly. I will start going out swing dancing again. Sub goal - Nutrition – I will stop eating when I’m full. I will start recording my caloric intake again. I will significantly reduce the amount of bread and pasta I have been consuming and I will avoid sugar. I will eat more protein. I will be mindful of portion size. I will be careful when shopping and cooking, so that I don’t feel that I must consume huge amounts of food to prevent it from being thrown out. I will plan meals and snacks ahead of time as much as possible and I will keep healthy, low calories snacks available. Success – I will know I have succeeded when I have reached my weight loss goals, when I feel stronger and more in control of how I treat my body. At one month, I will be down to at least 169 lbs.