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How to conquer all of your New Year’s resolutions

Science teacher Matt Johnson keeps his New Years Resolution to be a better father by cooking with his kids.

Science teacher Matt Johnson keeps his New Years Resolution to be a better father by cooking with his kids.

Ashley Johnson

Ashley Johnson

Science teacher Matt Johnson keeps his New Years Resolution to be a better father by cooking with his kids.

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Do you ever find yourself on New Year’s Eve holding a bag of Doritos and a can of coke while being 20 pounds heavier than you were at the beginning of the year?

Did you break your ‘healthier lifestyle’ resolution that you made 11 months ago? Let’s face it, it’s actually harder to keep a New Year’s resolution than everyone thinks it is.

The truth is 7o percent of Americans make resolutions but only after two weeks, 40 percent of those people are still at it. By the end of the year, only eight percent of people who make resolutions claim to have achieved theirs.

So, why do only eight percent of Americans actually keep their resolutions? It’s because those people actually have a drive and purpose behind it that keep them motivated to stick to it every day.

One of the many people that have made a resolution this year is science teacher Matthew Johnson. Johnson not only has one resolution but two.

His first is to think about what he says before saying it. “I need to do it because my kids are getting to the age where they are repeating everything,” Johnson said. To achieve his goal, he has set up a system where every time someone catches him saying a curse word he will have to drop and do ten push-ups.  

Johnson’s second resolution is to “be the best dad for my kids, be the best husband, be the best son, be the best teacher, be the best coach, be the best everything.” He plans on continuing with his personal health and fitness, putting a positive change on his lifestyle.

Aside from Johnson, senior Katerina Molina made a resolution to stop procrastinating as much. “Since it’s senior year I have to finish strong and to do that I can’t be procrastinating,” Molina said. She plans on keeping the resolution by keeping an agenda book so she can stay motivated to do the work.

Junior Samantha Naya also made a resolution to be healthier and more positive. “I found that I could have a much better year if I just looked at things more positively. For the health goal I decided to do it because I have a history of diabetes in my family so I wanted to reduce my chances of getting it,” Naya said.

Senior Aaron Merlos also decided on a health resolution by going to the gym four to five times a week. “I want to be the best I could be [in preparation] for the track season,” Merlos said.

Even though we’re a few weeks into the new year, it is never too late to set a goal for yourself that creates a positive change in your life. No resolution is too big or too small, just find something that is fitting for you and stick to it!

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