2017 Resolutions: New Year, New Huskies

Julia Moore, North Staff Writer

2017 is here, and with the new year comes new resolutions. Resolutions range from huge goals, such as losing 50 pounds, to smaller goals, like cutting down on sugar. The most popular goals serve to improve health, confidence and to start the year out right. Making resolutions is easy, but sticking with them proves to be difficult.

Senior Karson Reeder made a New Year’s resolution to train for and complete a half marathon. Reeder plans on competing in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on April 30 of this year.

Running a half marathon is something Reeder has wanted to do for a long time, and she decided the new year was the perfect time to take on this challenge. Reeder runs several miles every weekday, long distance on Saturdays and stretches and rests on Sundays.

“I’ve also changed my diet quite a bit to be healthier,” Reeder said. “It’s hard but good.”

Reeder has set many goals into place to be healthier this year and be successful in her half marathon; however, her determination to complete her resolution is rare.

Statistically, most people will end up failing their New Year’s resolutions. According to Psychology Today, 22 percent of people fail after one week, 40 percent after one month, 50 percent after three months and 60 percent after six months. The website cites the main reasons behind these failures as having vague goals and weak self-control.

Senior Koree Brown’s resolution is to stop eating junk food, specifically Little Debbie Snacks. Brown said he was eating too many oatmeal cream pies and chocolate chip cookies.

“They are very addicting and were affecting my health,” Brown said. “Before, I could breathe while walking up the stairs. Now I’m wheezing before the third step.”

He claims his diet has affected his performance in track.

“I can’t perform at my peak when I’m downing two of each snack,” Brown said.

Brown has had a rough time keeping up his resolution, as he usually eats a Little Debbie Snack in the morning or before track practice, but he is working hard to reverse this habit.

Both Reeder and Brown’s resolutions for the new year are put in place to improve their health. Although there are varying degrees of success for the two, they both express a desire to continue their resolutions throughout this year.

As 2017 has just begun, many New Year’s resolutions have been put in place to help people be their better self, and people everywhere are working hard to achieve their goals.