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Some say they kept their 2007 New Year's resolutions

November 30, 1999|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN ? At the beginning of 2006, Marq Crumpton made an unusual New Year's resolution: He wanted to move out of Montana.

Crumpton succeeded, and by July 2006, he landed a job in Washington, D.C., and was living in Hagerstown. He likes Hagerstown because it's warmer and it doesn't snow as much here as it does in Montana, Crumpton said.

Crumpton didn't make a New Year's resolution for 2007, but other area residents were happy to report success this year.

Colleen Harnett of Boonsboro wanted to get in shape. She ran several 5K races this year, Harnett said Saturday afternoon as she worked out at the Hagerstown YMCA.

Fitness is important to Harnett, and as she gets older, she wants to continue to be active, Harnett said. In the coming year, Harnett plans to tackle the Frederick Half-Marathon in May.

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Her two teenage daughters, Chelsea and Hayley Harnett, joined their mother Saturday at the YMCA.

Chelsea Harnett, 16, made running and getting fit her goal for 2007. Now, she wants to maintain her fitness and run the Frederick Marathon in May, she said.

Doug Batey, who grew up in Hagerstown and currently is attending school in St. Louis, Mo., also was working out Saturday at the YMCA. New Year's resolutions usually revolve around fitness, but Batey wanted to do something different in 2007, he said. He resolved to be an "overall better person," he said.

Batey defined being a better person as "trying to do the right thing, choosing your attitude every day." According to Batey, he succeeded in 2007, and plans to make the same resolution for 2008.

Bob Przywieczerski, of Hagerstown, doesn't make his New Year's resolutions at the beginning of January, but rather whenever the motivation strikes him throughout the year, he said.

Przywieczerski resolved this year to be more patient with his wife and children. He realized that he had more patience at work than at home, Przywieczerski said.

"I think I kept it," he said of his resolution.

Some New Year's resolutions are more specific in their scope.

Bill Yount almost succeeded in keeping his 2007 resolution to read the entire Bible. He made it all the way through the Old Testament and most of the New Testament, Yount said.

"The more I read it, the more I find it speaks to me," he said.

In the 1970s, Blanton Croft made the lofty New Year's resolution to earn his doctorate degree to advance his career. Three years later, Croft was awarded a doctorate in communications from Purdue University, he said.

Rachel Buffington doesn't remember what her 2007 New Year's resolution was, so she doesn't know if she kept it, but she does have a plan for 2008 ? eating healthier.

For Buffington, eating healthier doesn't involve cutting calories or avoiding chips. As a vegan, it's difficult to ensure she's getting all of the necessary vitamins, and she plans to improve her diet this year, she said.

Margery and John Ziegler also plan to eat healthier in 2008. She will eat less chocolate; he will eat in moderation.

Margery Ziegler already knows it's a losing battle.

"I make resolutions, but I don't keep them," she said.

Amelia Bickford, 9, wasn't sure what a New Year's resolution was, but after the concept was explained, she announced a last-minute 2007 resolution.

Amelia plans to stay up all the way to midnight on New Year's Eve to welcome in 2008.

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