Keeping Your Resolutions

By: Gordon Boyd
By: Gordon Boyd

Knoxville (WVLT) - What would a new year be without resolutions?

What would January second be, without breaking them?

Now, some of your neighbors tell you why it's so tough to stay on key, when you're trying to change your tune.

"One, Happy New Year!"

And happy clean slate.

For not ten seconds into 2007, the tunes in our head turn From Auld Lang Syne to:

"You ever kept a New Year's resolution?" Gordon asks.

"I don't even know what one is!" says Desiree' Dixon.

"Do you eat too much?" Gordon asks 9-year-old Jackson Brody.

"Um yeah," he says.

"Do you have any cavities?" Gordon asks.

"I have two!" says Jackson.

"I think one of the biggest ones is probably losing weight, it just don't work for me too well, too much temptation," says Jamie Rogers. "I like food too much."

"I have a Pilates tape that I haven't taken out of the box, but I'm gonna do it this year and get in shape," says Pam Branton, a psychologist and Jackson's aunt.

"How old is said Pilates tape in box?" Gordon asks.

"Maybe eight months!" she admits.

"I can work out, I don't need a gym, I can run around the block a time or two," says Jessica Nitzberg.

"How tough is it to change a habit, cause being the same way, for like years," says Desiree'.

Like say, smoking:

"Usually, your resolutions are unrealistic, you know," Branton says.

"Clothes are my weakness," admits Felicia Fowler.

"Maybe instead of saying, I'm gonna do my exercises every day, I should say I'm gonna do 'em once a week or something," Branton says.

"So a good resolution would be, I will buy only the clothes and shoes I need?" Gordon asks.

"That would be a good resolution. I bet my mom would like it a lot more too," Felicia says.

The root problem, says Psychologist Pam Branton, "we try to put everything into one day."

Friends can help make those resolutions stick.


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