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December 28, 2013

Residents gear up for new year changes

CLINTON — Losing weight, quitting smoking, exercising more and saving money are among the most common New Year's Resolutions and this year, history is repeating itself.

Many locals have set their sights on some of those common resolutions, but others are not interested in setting resolutions because of the commitment it requires to honor them.

"My resolution this year is to make no resolutions," Clinton resident Sarah Spooner Peters said. "I can't ever keep them."

For those who are committed to changing their lives in 2014, whether it be to lose weight or get healthy, many businesses are gearing up for the first of the year rush that typically appears.

Some are even offering special promotions for the people who really want to make a difference in their lives.

The Iron Horse Fitness Club is offering a New Year's resolution package that gives new members two months free if they sign up for a three-month membership with the gym.

"That's kind of how we're trying to keep people motivated to working out," Iron Horse employee Cory Svenson said.

Nutrition Plus owner Carey Everson is doing what she can to try to keep her customers motivated to living healthy past January.

"Resolutions have kind of switched to better eating habits and getting healthy moreso than just losing weight," Everson said. "We try to encourage things that are doable, because sometimes when you set a New Year's resolution to do this or that, it becomes difficult. We try to help keep people motivated in doing the little stuff."

Although weight loss is one of the most common resolutions, other contenders like quitting smoking, are still among the top of the list.

Stephin Mchenry hopes to quit smoking in the new year, but knows the challenge is more difficult than just resolving to do so.

"My resolution is always to quit smoking, but it's not really practical," Mchenry said.

It's because of that practicality that some people have decided not to participate in the resolutions at all, or choose not to take it so seriously and just enjoy life.

"I am resolving to eat more pizza and drink more beer," Mike Yackshaw said with a laugh.

But for Rishi Kolusu, making a New Year's resolution isn't about changing his physical appearance or making better decisions. He has committed to changing his outlook on life.

"My resolution is to make the most of the opportunities that I'm offered in the new year," Kolusu said.

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