A few mistakes people make when deciding what resolutions you should make are creating general resolutions without realizing what goes into creating that resolution. For example, many people say that their New Years Resolution is to lose weight. Well that's great but how much do you want to lose, how do you plan on doing it and what is your time frame for it? This is clear cut resolution failures. When giving a general resolution your thoughts will change from day to day on how to achieve them b/c you didn't set any specific guidelines.
The first thing when making a resolution is to decide what you would like to happen in the New Year that is feasible. A resolution like hoping my boss gives me a raise is not a good resolution to make b/c it is not up to you, therefor you have a 50/50 chance of it coming true. When you decide on a resolution such as the ever so popular, losing weight, then you must really think about it. Questions to ask are: Why are you overweight, what lifestyle changes made you overweight such as....working long hours so I stopped exercising and got fast food for lunch and on the way home. Or I had kids and it's easier to grab snacks all day to try to give yourself a pick me up.
Once you figure out the why, then you need to start making realistic goals to set to help achieve your resolution. For example, you may need to stop having snacks in the house. If they are there for a once in awhile snack yet when you get tired or stressed and you eat them all in one sitting then it is time to get them out of the house. Temptation is a hard thing to overcome and it is a lot easier to get rid of the temptation. I know for myself I don't let the kids get sugary cereals b/c I will eat it too and eat most of it in one sitting. So since I know my will power is weak for this then I just don't keep it in the house. Sorry kids, but mom needs her health so she can take care of you. I have 3 teenagers now and they understand why I don't have it in the house and guess what, after all these years, they don't hate me. In fact they have learned over the years about being healthy (complaining most of the way) but now they like knowing that info. They still like to have occasional junk food but they also like telling their friends on cross country/track team and soccer team about the best way to eat to help athletic performance and improve skills in school by eating the right things. They can tell a difference in their behavior and ability to sit still and listen attentavely when it comes to what they had to eat. Now the reason I bring this into the article is a lot of women/men I know say it is too hard to keep things out of their house b/c of their kids. Well, like I said, the kids will learn as long as you teach them what and why you are doing it. Help them help you with reading labels and being involved and they may become more receptive of the idea.
After making a list of some lifestyle changes that might need to be made to help you such as what you keep in the house, how and where you go out to eat and learning to count calories, then make some small goals to help achieve your final goal. Such as the first goal might be to just cut back on eating out for the first two weeks, then learning when you do eat out, find out the nutritional information for that restaurant so you can look at what you should order before you even go. For example if you are going to Outback Steak House then you can go to their website and look up calories, fat, sodium or sugar for their entrees and choose the heatlhiest option. That way when you get there you will already know what you are getting. This is a big plus. If the meal is big then have them box up half the meal so you can save it for the next night.