Ring in the resolutions

By Krystal Allan - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - You've probably heard this one before.

"The road to hell is paved with good intentions, so I intend well," says Todd Roy.

But, for many, those good intentions are often the only things that go well when it comes to New Year's resolutions.

"I try to motivate myself, but it never seems to come to fruition I guess," says Roy.

But, it doesn't stop Todd Roy or others from trying year after year.

"Mine's a typical one. It's to lose weight in the coming year, but, I'd also like to slow down and enjoy life more," says Linda Nix.

"I would like to surround myself with very positive people, very creative people, so we can kind of feed off each other," says Patrina Rutherford, owner of Twilight Therapy.

"I can't talk about them in public because they scare people," says Biloxi resident Steven Etchison.

Some prefer to do a lot less talking and take a lot more action.

"I didn't make a resolution this year because I prefer to act on it as opposed to speaking on it," says Jenira Boykin of Biloxi.

"I would say write them down and tell other people about them, so people can remind you when you start slipping," says Sandy Jackson of Biloxi.

Though resolutions seem to be the time-honored way to ring in the new year, people like Christine Holland say why wait for the ball to drop.

"If you're going to do something to better yourself, why wait for the new year?"

The American Psychological Association has these tips to help you keep those resolutions:

  • Start small
  • Change one behavior at a time
  • Talk about your goals with family, friends or a support group
  • Don't beat yourself up
  • Ask for support, including professional help if needed