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How to achieve New Year's resolutions

The BBC's Kristian Digby has been finding out how to stick to New Year's resolutions.

Right, get gym-tone body like David Beckham's, find love and stop listening to Chubble Wobble. Oh, sorry I was just refining my new year's resolutions, but the question is, is it really worth it? Because apparently only one in ten of us will ever stick to them. Surely, we can do better than that. Surely. Time to find out.

How do you ever had a new year's resolution?

Have I have one?, (Yes) Yes, I have.

And what was it and did you stick to it?

Ur, I can’t remember, actually I don’t remember whether I stuck to it.

Do you not do it any more?

No.

Never? So nothing for this year?

No.

Because you know that you are never gonna stick to it?

That's probably true.

Weak-willed!

I know. It's so weak.

An embarrassment to the nation. (I know, it’s a whole embarrass.) Apologize to the nation now please.

I am so sorry.

There you go.

Excuse me, is your resolution to keep fit by any chance?

Is it now your resolution to keep fit, no?

A lot of count, /

Alright. OK. Well it’s worth considering it as a resolution? Lots of people do.

I always start with good intentions as not drinking and things like that and then can never stick to it.

For many of us new year resolutions are all about improving our relationships, or most to the point, finding one in the first place.

So Joe, there are plenty of souls out there looking for lover at this time of year and it's their resolve to do something about it. So what do we do?

One of them is to take advantage of all opportunities, I think. Some people think, in if, there isn’t a party, or there isn’t a club, or there isn’t a bar to go to, I can’t meet somebody. Give yourself some sorts of, you know, reasonable target. They say it's ok. I'm going to join an online dating agency. I am going to go to a singles' event. I'm going to go to that event that doesn't look at all promising.

OK, but what about the really tricky beat, which is, you know, you've seen someone in the club, you've got you hair cut, you're going in for the maneuver, what do we do? You know, that moment of dialogue.

I think, I… often people do find that very difficult. Their opening conversation. Actually for guys or women the best opener is Can I get you a drink? The thing to do is not do it, like few not do, when she hasn't seen you. Get a bit of eye contact going. Get a smile going. Then make your approach.

Well, in that case then. Joe, do you fancy a coffee?

Let's go.

Great, let's go. Great. It works.

Well, whatever your dating techniques may be, recent research from the University of Harvad says the best way to achieve your resolves is to set yourself very definite goals, and to tell as many people as possible about your aims. So, I want to lose 2 inches of the waist, and tone up my glopes.

I'm feeling slightly better aready.

Dieting is of course a very popular resolve, but how can we always end up feeling so disappointed by the results?

One of the big problems of weight loss is it takes a lot of time to actually lose a significant amount of weight. So anything that claims to drop your dress size in two weeks, just abandon that, it’s going to be expensive, it is not going to work in long term.

So, Catherline, do you think that actually setting yourself a diet mission as a new year's resolution is a good thing or a bad thing?

On the whole, I have to say it’s a bad thing, because you're almost setting yourself up to fail. It’s cold. It’s miserable outside sometimes and then people want warming foods which tend to be the stodgy type of food, and once you've broken your expected diet, then you just lose confidence completely.

It's also advisable when choosing your resolutions to go for something new, or approach an old problem in a new way. I’m certainly gonna be taking more care, of my figure.

This is Kristian Digby in central London reporting for BBC News about to break his resolution in record time.

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