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January 1, 2013

Checking in on last year's resolutions

So 365 days later, how’s that New Year’s resolution working out?

Most of us have attempted them, pledging to reform, to begin anew in the coming year. We will lose weight, stop drinking, reach out to friends and family, become more generous, or richer, or better in countless ways. And we knew it wouldn’t be easy.

But hey, if it were easy, you wouldn’t have to make a resolution to accomplish it.

A quick check of some North Shore residents contemplating 2013 reveals mixed results in the past and a variety of views on the value of resolutions.

Jay Fountain of Danvers states it simply. Last year, he vowed to lose 30 pounds in 2012. And he did it.

“My doctor is psyched,” he says. “He’s real psyched.”

It’s worked out so well, Fountain chuckles, that his wife half-seriously suggested that enough was enough when it came to losing weight. She likes husky guys.

As for next year, he notes that the doctor told him recently, “I’d like to see you lose another 10 pounds.”

Fountain gave the doctor a careful look before replying, “Why don’t you lose 10 pounds?

“You’re the patient,” the doctor retorted. Nevertheless — and his wife’s views notwithstanding — Fountain is resolved to lose those 10 pounds in 2013.

On the flip side of this is Middleton resident Ann Marie Senese, who had a simple resolution for the year past — “I tried not to be so political,” she said with a shrug, adding with a guilty smile, “I did not keep that.”

At which point, she is overcome with a need to explain the difficulty, given the past election and her devotion to candidates like outgoing U.S. Sen. Scott Brown. “I’m hoping he’ll get in again when Sen. (John) Kerry leaves.” (Kerry has been designated to become the secretary of state.)

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