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What's Your New Year's Resolution?

Eating Christmas cookies is a time-honored tradition—as is the Jan. 1 resolution to lose the weight they left around the middle. What are you resolving to change or do in 2013?

Get healthy? Lose weight? Work less? Play more?

It's hard to pass from one year to the next without taking stock of what you liked and didn't like about the prior year. And often, those things you didn't like get turned into resolutions. 

The United States government has a list of popular resolutions. Things like drinking less alcohol, getting a better education or job, quitting smoking and saving money are on there—as is volunteering to help others. 

In January 2012, Time magazine put together another list: Commonly broken resolutions. And the lists look pretty similar. Time's list includes losing weight, learning something new, volunteering and drinking less. 

Statistic Brain compiled some New Year's Resolution stats. It seems 45 percent of Americans usually make resolutions, and another 17 percent infrequently does—but only 8 percent achieve them. And most of them are probably in their 20s. Of people in that decade, 39 percent achieve their resolution each year. That drops for the over-50 crowd to 14 percent. 

Not sure what your resolution should be? Check out this fun resolution generator

Carl Spackler January 01, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Remove Jerry Scrima from Mayor of Waukesha.
Cliff Kutzner January 01, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Buy American
Christine McLaughlin January 01, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Learn how to make my messy bun (that's a hairstyle) messier. Life: that's gonna STAY messy!
Joe Todor January 01, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Try to stop procrastinating .. ... in 2014
Tom Gaertner January 01, 2013 at 05:20 PM
Get my deer.
michelle January 01, 2013 at 06:21 PM
I agree with you Carl. But did you mean Jeff Scrima?
char miller January 01, 2013 at 06:42 PM
Adhere to the old saying "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all"
Carl Spackler January 01, 2013 at 06:57 PM
Yes but Jerry makes him even more funny. When is the next mayoral election? I love to watch our little "Napoleon" on Channel 25. I wonder if he uses a pillow to make him look taller in his high chair.
Rebel with a Cause January 01, 2013 at 07:02 PM
My New Years Resolutions: I will not sit in my living room all day in my underpants. Instead, I will move my computer into the bedroom. I will no longer waste my time reliving the past, instead I will spend it worrying about the future. I will do less laundry and use more deodorant. I will avoid taking a bath whenever possible and conserve more water. I resolve to work with neglected children -- my own. I will spend less than one hour a day on the Internet. This, of course, will be hard to estimate since I'm not a clock watcher. I will think of a password other than "password." I will not tell the same story at every get together. I will grow my hair. I will stop considering other people's feelings when they so obviously don't consider mine - if that unwashed fellow sits next to me again, I'll tell him he stinks! I will spend more time watching TV / movies. I will read less. I want to gain weight. Put on at least 130 pounds. I will stop exercising. Waste of time. Procrastinate more. Drink. Drink some more. Start being superstitious. And take up a new habit: Maybe smoking!
Brian Hofmeister January 01, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Holding my kids a little longer and loving them up.
Jake January 02, 2013 at 01:08 AM
Make sure that the people close to me know that I love and appreciate them. I never really did this before and this is an after the fact revelation. Don't wait for a kick to the temple, like I did, because it means alot more before the fact.
Taoist Crocodile January 02, 2013 at 01:19 AM
Stop commenting on Patch blogs. This is it for the year; see you hosers in 2014!
AWD January 02, 2013 at 01:35 AM
Work hard to politically DESTROY the Republican RINO establishment in D.C. If there is one New Year’s resolution all Conservatives must make, it is to rid ourselves of the scourge of the current loser Republican leadership. Never has any group of people in history perfected the art of defeat like the current RINO Republicans. Bipartisanship? LOL, I will only support individual candidates who want to reach across the aisle and politically rip out the throat of big-government Socialists in the Democrat Party.
Rita Hahn January 02, 2013 at 05:34 AM
I am getting an eraser and erasing all stupid people out of my phone book.This year I also am going to work on not letting dumb people get to me.
Laura Nankin January 02, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Rita, are you starting with AWD?
Peter J G Chiconas January 02, 2013 at 06:10 PM
This year I will learn to cook. What could be a more valuable skill in college?
Bren January 02, 2013 at 07:37 PM
1. Throw away dead weight. 2. Make this the year of terrifying organization. Adjust or get out of the way. 3. Make this the year of positive change.
CowDung January 02, 2013 at 07:40 PM
Maybe learning to drink?
Blair Nielsen January 02, 2013 at 08:42 PM
Bren, are you switching to being a Republican?
Bren January 03, 2013 at 12:44 AM
Blair, I have an aversion to party-affiliation in general, but until the GOP gets back to its core values it wouldn't even be a consideration. I live in the reality-based world.

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