What are your New Year’s resolutions? Do you want to lose weight? Save money? You’re probably worried that–like so many of your previous resolutions–these goals will not be accomplished either. The solution? Ask yourself ‘why,’ not ‘how.’

Every year, in January, our resident prophet John Hogue tells us what’s going to happen in the coming year–and every June we hold his feet to the fire and examine whether his predictions came true. This January, we’re also going to interview Starfire Tor about whether her 2009 predictions came true in 2010 (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to these shows).

I’ve gone on a long journey, both mental and physical. It’s time to take stock of where I’ve been. This year we decided to drive to Texas to spend Christmas with Whitley’s family, since some of them are getting quite elderly and may not be around to celebrate with much longer. While going from one party or gathering to another, we visited lots of homes but two of them stood out especially for me.

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to LOSE WEIGHT, and if it’s yours too, here’s something you should know: The first step to reaching your ideal weight in the New Year may be as simple as writing it down–Keeping a daily journal of meals and snacks is one of the best strategies of successful dieters.