The new year symbolizes a fresh beginning for most people after the champagne toast, the next day brings about new year’s resolutions.
People brainstorm new year’s resolutions and begin working on them in the first week of January. Some Portales residents are not so sure people can achieve their goals throughout the year.
“Many people think they can make these changes,” Rodolfo Sanchez said. “But many people don’t make the changes — then they make the same resolutions the next year. I think back to about how I would have liked things to have turned out. I would like to incorporate those changes during the year.”
Some residents don’t believe that the time should be set aside on Jan. 1. Many people focus on Jan. 1 as the day to begin making changes.
“The concept is certainly worthwhile,” Rusty Torgeson said. “It is nice to have a fresh starting point. My personal feeling is that you don’t have to wait until the end of the year to make changes. Usually (people are) trying to quit smoking or something that’s a real challenge and during the course of the year they prepare for the big day.”
Usually, the most popular resolution is to spend more time with family and friends. According to a recent poll conducted by the General Nutrition Centers, 59 percent of Americans vow to appreciated loved ones more as the top resolution.
The second most popular New Year’s resolution stated by the poll is to exercise. The website stated that 55 percent of adults in America are overweight.
“I hear a lot of people tell me that they are going to start going to the gym,” Sue Gray, owner of Fitness and More in Portales, said. “We have lots of new people in January, but we lose probably 30 percent of them. Starting next week we’ll see a lot of people coming in.”
Gray said that even if the numbers begin to dwindle after January, that it’s not such a bad idea to make new year’s resolutions, which give people hope and faith.
“I think it’s great,” Gray said about the resolutions. “I would like to start coming in here and working out, instead of just working (at Fitness and More). I want to set aside more time to work out for myself.”
Some of the other top New Year’s resolutions according to the poll were to quit smoking, enjoy life more, quit drinking, get out of debt and learn something new.