How are you doing on that New Year's resolution? If you've already broken it you're not alone. A recent survey showed that 88 percent of those who make them, break them. Men who did succeed had set small achievable goals. Women were more successful when they made their goals public and got support from their friends.

East County locals interviewed at random talked frankly about the problems and successes they have with New Year's resolutions.

Patrick Townsend of Brentwood resolved to get only A grades this year. "I figure I have a 40 percent chance of success. I'm working hard at it," he said. "The previous year was a bust. I resolved to lose weight and get in shape. That goal lasted only until February."

Ashley Deabreu of Antioch said her resolution is to save money this year. "I want the money for college expenses and to travel. In truth I haven't saved a dime so far," she admitted. "But, I do want to take the train to New York with a friend for spring break."

"I resolved to read a chapter in the Bible every week and pray every night," said Mark Sipes of Antioch. "I'm sticking to it. It gets easier once you make it a habit. Most people fall short because they set their goal too high and it's unrealistic."

Erica Walton of Bethel Island set her goal to eat right and stay healthy. "I want to cut down on eating fast food and hold my food intake to just three meals a day," she said. "I usually can keep my resolution for a few months. So far, it's been going pretty good."


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Brentwood's Carol Paiva said she no longer makes New Year's resolutions. "I work at improving my body and mind all through the year without setting deadlines," she said. "When I did try it, it always ended by Valentine's Day when the lure of chocolate sabotaged my good intentions."

Robin Hary of Brentwood said her resolves never last more than three or four months. "But I'm determined to set a record this year," she said. "My goal is to stay healthy with exercise and sensible eating. That means lots of sports ... hiking, biking, skiing, golfing. I'm also going to the gym five times a week."

Antioch's Betsy Sanford is set on helping her brother and her daughter. "My goal this year is to help with fixing my brother's home and to see my daughter through needed therapy. I've started on both. I usually can keep a resolution for three or four months. This one I've promised to be working on all year," she said.

Joseph Basco of Brentwood has given up on resolutions. "I used to do it as a kid and it usually was broken almost immediately. So, I gave it up," he said. "If you have motivation you'll do it without setting specific goals. The only problem is motivation gets harder the older you are."

Justa Aventura of Brentwood said she's an independent goal setter living by her own rules. "I still don't have a resolution for 2013. I live life on my own time schedule. My goal probably will be to live happily."

I'm taking my time in trying to evolve the best plan. My guess is that I'll decide before February."

Contact Ed Arnow at BrentwoodBuzz@aol.com.