In 2008 I Resolve to...? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/29/07

In 2008 I Resolve to...?

The Top 10 List of New Year's Resolution for 2008:

  • 1. Spending more time with friends and family
  • 2. Exercise more
  • 3. Lose that excess weight
  • 4. Quit smoking
  • 5. Just enjoy life more
  • 6. Quit drinking
  • 7. Get out of debt
  • 8. Learn something new
  • 9. Help others
  • 10. Get organized

Saturday I found that Lubbockite's, for the most part, were right in line with the rest of the country. Here's what a few people had to say:

"Haven't thought about it yet... I have no idea."

"I haven't made a resolution."

"Probably lose a little bit of weight."

"To make my husband very happy by being on time and not being late."

"I want to grow in each way in my life as spiritual first and then I'll be a better mom, better sister."

"I'm going to try to be kinder and nicer and gentler"

"Spend more time at home with the wife and kids and make more money."

"I want to go on more jogs and runs with my dad and my mom with my pets."

"I want to play less video games and spend more time with my family."

"To live life to the fullest. To try to be has happy and healthy as I can."

"To be healthier. To take better care of myself."

"I'm usually just always trying to just be with everybody else. I think I need to have more me time..."

That's what people are saying but the reality is that within the first week of 2008, 22% of adults will fall off the resolution wagon. And come March, nearly half of all Americans will call it quits to the resolutions they had every intention of sticking with in January.

So that begs the question, how do we stick with these goals? Here's what some psychologists suggest:

  • 1. You need to have a specific goal - don't just say you're going to lose weight. Give yourself a specific goal.
  • 2. Write it down and tell someone else about your goal. That will help you hold yourself accountable and if you don't, your friend will.
  • 3. Track your progress. Mark it down on a calendar or in a journal so you can visually see how you're coming along.

Experts say if you follow these simple steps you may just find yourself completing that goal come 2009.

Now here's a little trivia for you. How long as the "New Year Resolution" been around? Believe it or not, it goes all the way back to 153 B.C. That's when the Romans changed the first month on their calendar from March to January, after Janus - the Roman god of all new beginnings.

 

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