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What’s your New Year’s resolution?

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – At the beginning of every year, many Americans – something like 50 percent of them – make resolutions for the new year.

The practice of making New Year’s resolutions began in ancient times with the Babylonians, anywhere from 2,500 to 7,000 years ago, and has become a worldwide tradition, according to http://www.history.com.

Some people choose to stop practicing bad habits, while others might choose to start practicing better habits. Regardless of what people decide to change at the start of the new year, a sad reality is that many often fail to stay true to their stated goals.

Canadian psychologist Richard Koestner reported in a 2008 journal article that 22 percent of the people who make New Year’s resolutions fail after one week, 40 percent after one month, 50 percent after three months, 60 percent after six months and 81 percent after 24 months.

Many of us know these statistics already, as evidenced by our previous years’ resolutions and our inability or simple unwillingness to achieve our goals. That being said, there’s an end to every year, and with that end we get a new beginning, so why not try to make some changes for the better?

Shawn Radtke, of Denver, said 2011 is the year he will stop drinking coffee.

“Why not?” Radtke said. “It can’t be good for you. It just seems disgusting.”

While Radtke plans to stop what he considers a bad habit, Maureen Boss, of Denver, plans to pick up a new habit.

“I want to eat more ice cream,” she said. “Because it’s delicious and I’ve deprived myself too much.”

The most popular American New Year’s resolutions according to http://www.usa.gov include goals such as drinking less alcohol, getting a better education, finding a better job, getting fit, losing weight, managing debt, managing stress, quitting smoking, recycling more, saving money and taking a trip somewhere.

The reasons people often fail to achieve these resolutions is because the goals are often vague or unclear, according to Koestner’s report. Instead of making a goal to simply “be more healthy,” Koestner says the goal should be more specific, such as “I plan on losing 20 pounds by June 1.”

The Vail Daily asked some skiers and snowboarders at Vail Friday what they have planned for 2011.

Kelley Buringa, of Golden, has done just that with her 2011 New Year’s resolution. Buringa is a beginner snowboarder and has plans to progress by the end of winter.

“My resolution is to do a black (diamond) run by the end of the season,” Buringa said.

Buringa’s friend, Drew Quagliano, of Cordillera, wants to accomplish something that she thinks should be achievable.

“(My resolution) is to be more responsible – pay my bills on time and not get any more parking tickets,” Quagliano said.

Justin Spraberry, of Texas, wants to be more responsible with his bills, too.

“I want to do better with my money, so I’m not blowing it on stupid stuff,” Spraberry said.

Jim and Bonnie Cheeseman, of Denver, have simple goals as well.

“I want to be more positive,” Bonnie Cheeseman said.

“I’m going to ski more,” Jim Cheeseman said.

Community Editor Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or lglendenning@vaildaily.com.

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