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Advice On Making Your New Year's Resolution Stick

Eyewitness News spoke with a psychologist about sticking to New Year's resolutions
Clarks Summit, Lackawanna County - "I've always wanted to get in shape," James Fazio, a Clark Summit resident, told Eyewitness News. "I know I've been trying to push myself to do it."

Eyewitness News caught up with Fazio at Brown's Gym in Clarks Summit Wednesday night. That's where he mentioned he started going to the gym a week ago with the hopes of getting a head start on his New Year's resolution.

"I pretty much want to get a six pack of abs by summer," he said. "That's the thing."

Jim Brown, the owner of Brown's gym in clarks summit said Fazio's goal is a typical one.   That's why his gym gets packed on the first day of January every year.

Brown said that he only sees about 1/2 of people who signed up for a membership to start the year on February 1.

According to officials at the University of Scranton a little less than half of people who make resolutions are able to stick with them through July.

"I'm not a big fan of saying 'I'm going to get all A's or I'm going to lose 50 pounds'," Dr. David Palmiter, with Marywood University, said. "I'm a bigger fan of setting up daily behaviors that facilitate those things long run."

In addition to working for Marywood University, Doctor Palmiter also works as psychologist.

He told Eyewitness News that it's better to make daily goals because they make it easier for people to get back on track if they mess up. He also said people tend to see rewards a lot quicker."

"At the end of each day (you) have the opportunity to feel good about each day instead of having to wait 6 months, 5 months, whatever," he said.

Doctor Palmiter also suggested that people write things down. He added that people shouldn't be afraid to make mistakes, but he said that if someone finds themselves messing up a lot they can't be afraid to ask for help. 

As for James, he's already getting support from his friends on his goal of a better beach body.

"Everyone is telling me it's going to pay off," Fazio said. "I'm really looking forward to that!"

For more advice from Doctor Palmiter about keeping New Year's resolutions click here.
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