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Many making weighty resolutions

December 31, 2000

Many making weighty resolutions



By TARA REILLY, BOB PARTLOW And STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writers


Ask some Tri-State residents if they're vowing to stick to newly made New Year's resolutions, and you'll probably get plenty of sarcastic snickers. Most residents said they either didn't keep them last year or didn't even bother to make any.

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When asked if she was able to carry out last year's pledge, Sherry Thompson, 33, of Hagerstown, let out a little giggle.

"No, I'm getting fatter," Thompson said.

Her resolution was to lose weight, but instead, she said she gained 15 pounds. She's making the same resolution this year and said it's an absolute must that she keeps it.

"I'm getting married in May, so I have to," Thompson said. "My butt's got to fit into the dress."

Mike Crawford, 33, of Hagerstown, made several resolutions: to pay off his bills, be more diligent at work and drink less.

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He kept the first two but came up a little short on the third, which he says he'll try to follow through on this year.

His roommate, on the other hand, never makes resolutions.

"I'm very happy with the way I am," Jim Sweeney, 33, of Hagerstown said. "I didn't make any resolutions last year. I don't make resolutions."

The same was true for Chris Wagaman, 22, of Hagerstown.

"I really didn't even make any," he said. "I haven't even thought about it."

One Hagerstown woman said making resolutions seems kind of silly.

"How many people keep them?" Kathy Lark, 27, of Hagerstown said. "They can say them make them, but they don't ever keep them. To me it's foolish, but to others it's not."

Lark said she didn't make any last year and doesn't plan to this year.

Virginia Hartman, 61, of Hagerstown, had similar thoughts. She doesn't make resolutions either. "As you get older you tend to feel that way," she said.

Keith Horton, 31, of Myersville, said he made three New Year's resolutions last year and was able stick to two. His successful resolutions were to remain injury free and not get any speeding tickets. His third was "to lose weight," he said. "I'm shooting for that in 2001."

Ricky Hart, 44, of Hagerstown, said he came out successful on his New Year's resolution. He vowed to be a better person and thinks he was able to follow through. "I tried to think before I spoke and acted," Hart said. "I tried to kick back a little more."

Others weren't so lucky.

Not even the promise of $500 could get Bucky Stull to stick to his New Year's resolution last year.

The Waynesboro, Pa., resident decided to give up chewing snuff at the beginning of 2000, but the pledge didn't last long.

"I think I made it about three days. Maybe not even that long," said Stull, 35.

He said his mother-in-law is making the same offer this year, so he's hoping to toughen his resolve enough this time to earn the money.

Stull's wife thinks her husband's intentions are great, but she doesn't try to make resolutions herself. "I never make them anymore because I don't stick to them," Kim Stull, 30, said.

That seemed to be the consensus of dozens of shoppers and employees at Chambersburg Mall Sunday.

"If I did make a resolution last year I didn't keep it," said Todd Ingram, who was manning his father's Beanies to Go kiosk on New Year's Eve.

The Chambersburg, Pa., resident said this year he does have good intentions that he plans to stick to.

"I've been working here to help my dad over the Christmas holiday, and I haven't exercised in at least two months," Ingram, 36, said. "I want to get back to playing racquetball and training to get back in shape. This is perfect timing."

Now that the holiday rush is over, Ingram said he heads back to work at a health club on Tuesday.

"I made a resolution last year to lose weight," said Linda Ambrozic, 53, of Martinsburg, W.Va. "I lost about 40 pounds." She noted the tough part is keeping the weight off, especially when you tend to eat meals later in the evening like she does. So she's resolved to lose weight more this year.

"My resolution for last year was to have a healthier year this year and I did," said Sharon Lambert, 45, Harrisonburg, Va. "I exercised more and ate better."

Her resolutions are usually last minute inspirations, she said.

"I usually way for the wee minutes before (midnight) to do it," she said.

"I'm terrible about sticking to resolutions," said JoAnn Parker of Shepherdstown, W.Va. "I've made them in the past and never really kept them. But this year, my resolution is try to exercise and get healthier."

"I make the same general resolutions every year, to treat people better next year than I did this year," said Woodrow Butts, 68, Martinsburg. He already has his resolution firmed up for 2001, however.

"Move, move," he said. "I think it's time for me to move out of my house and into an apartment. I just got this resolution because of the cold."

Grace, Swope, 68, also of Martinsburg, said he always resolves to lose weight, but "I never keep my resolutions anyway. I guess this year, it's to not spend so much money on my grandson (Dean Smith) so I don't spoil him."

As difficult as resolutions can be, Parker said she'll keep at it.

"It's fun to try," she said.

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