Keeping your New Year's resolution

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December 31, 2010, 4:43 pm
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(NECN: Lauren Collins) - Give up on the diet? Fail to kick the habit? You're not likely to admit to it on TV. Keep the resolution you made a year ago, and you'll gladly share the accomplishment.       

"We talked about getting a budget out by April, we succeeded at that.  We talked about opening up government and putting more contracts on line, we've succeeded at that," says Mayor Ted Gatsas (R-Manchester, NH).

Stonyfield Farm President and CE-Yo Gary Hirshberg says last year he vowed to buck the recession. "We were going to grow our company, grow the number of farms we're supporting, grow the number of acres we're supporting organically and, actually, that's what we did."

The Rev. Christina Doucet, walking with her husband in downtown Manchester says resolutions are about the day to day.  "Every day things.  To be more conscious, more loving."

It's that time of year when we pledge to do better by ourselves and our loved ones, or not, says John Doucet who doesn't generally make resolutions because, "when you make resolutions you're sort of setting yourself up either for failure or you're just getting too wrapped up in things that are hard to execute."

So many resolutions begin and end at the gym.  We all have excuses, like, "I didn't bring a change of clothes to work."

Nikki Raczynski, a fitness trainer, says "a lot of people, they have so much going on.  Some people, they have from one to five kids."

Which is why an estimated 60 percent of gym memberships go unused, even though more people join the gym right after New Year's than at any other time of the year.

Ryan Moran, the general manager at The Workout Club in Manchester says the first of the year is hectic.  "A lot of people come in with the New Year's resolutions and really try to hit the gym hard. "

Trainers know that well-intentioned promise to get fit is unsustainable without a little - or in some cases a lot - of motivation.

"They need someone to give them the push ," says Raczynski, "so that when they do get three months, six months out, they have someone that keeps them going."

You may just find that attitude around Manchester city hall in 2011 where the mayor has pledged - only one cupcake a week.

"We've talked about this year starting more of a fruit and walking diet so even if it's walking up and down the stairs a few times a day to make sure that we're a little bit healthier."

A little healthier and perhaps more true to ourselves.

Tags: new hampshire, Lauren Collins, resolution, New years
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