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New Year’s resolutions end early and often

New Year’s resolutions end early and often

January 20
01:38 2012

By Emily Peek/ Intern and Michaela Dean/Intern

Twenty days into 2012, lasting New Year’s resolutions are as hard to find as remaining leftovers from a mid-December holiday party.

While Guru Magazine noted that 41 percent of people kicked off this year with a resolution, the last minute self-help schemes don’t normally last. The University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology reported that just eight percent of people follow through on their resolution and almost half fail by the end of January.

Dr. Martin Binks, CEO of Binks Behavioral Health, noted four ways people let their resolutions go awry: creating unrealistic goals, being near temptations to break the resolutions, having too many resolutions and failing to prepare for change.

Photography junior Erika Edwards has already found obstacles in staying true to her resolution.

“Basically, my resolution was to have more positive energy towards myself and the world. I’ve been somewhat successful, but quitting smoking has been more of a priority,” she said. “Things going on in my personal life have limited my New Year’s resolution, but that’s all the more reason to keep a positive outlook and keep trying.”

On the other hand, pre-music major sophomore Alexis Romero has been the exception to the rule by sticking to his goal of losing weight.

Romero said he’s been using weight lifting, cardio and the P90X weight loss tape all month to achieve the goal.

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