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Resolutions Fit for a New Year

New Year’s resolutions go for a dime a dozen this time of year, but there is a reason people feel compelled to make them: a new year means new beginnings, and there is something tantalizing about making a fresh start.

Most resolutions, it seems, are renewed commitments to health and happiness, and those of us who work at Main Street Connect are no exception to that rule.

Below you'll find (in no particular order) how the writers and editors you've come to know in the past year or so, plan to stay (or, become?) fit and healthy during the New Year.

Danny LoPriore, reporter:  "I plan to continue my cardio-healthy diet, take long, hill-filled walks and spend time with my four grandchildren, which is also a great workout."

Fenella Pearson, home and garden editor: I'm going to increase my dark chocolate intake. It helps ease stress!

Carli-Rae Panny, assistant editor: I’m so excited to welcome 2012 by continuing my strict healthy regiment of smiling, laughing and spontaneous dancing.

Katherine Pacchiana, reporter:  "I am looking forward to more quality time with my dog Kima."

Brian Marschhauser, reporter: I’ve been a regular gym-goer for years. Actually was going to go to school for personal training before I switched to journalism. The biggest change I personally can make to my health in 2012 is my diet. I am typically very good at avoiding cheeses and starches, but we all have our vices. Mine happens to be coffee. I don't think I'll ever be able to give it up completely, but cutting down on how many cups I drink a day is reasonable.

Art Cusano, reporter: I want to run at least one marathon, hopefully two. Between that and work I'll be so busy I won't even have time to think about whether I'm happy or not!

Sue Guzman, managing editor: For 2012 my plan is to get more sleep, do more yoga and actively seek out some much-needed downtime, all of which should help me, I hope, to be healthy, wealthy and wise--at least spiritually!

Natalia Baarge-Lord, reporter: More sleep is my main goal. Another is to just remember to breathe and not let the workload or the pace of life consume me.

Tom Renner, sports editor: I am running my third Boston Marathon and 10th marathon overall in April!

Erin Lynch, reporter: As the New Year approaches, I am 100-percent committed keeping a promise I made to myself to quit smoking for good. I am proud to say that have been tobacco free for two months and I plan on keeping it that way.

Karin Annus, chief content officer: I'll stop using my exercise bike as a coat rack and start using it for its intended purpose.

Alissa Smith, reporter: My plan for getting healthier in 2012 is thus - Much of the plan includes becoming spiritually healthier through increased amounts of meditation and yoga. However, I also plan on eating better and drinking more water. The rest of the plan is taking time for myself every so often, and for me a great way of doing that is making sure I have time to read a book. It doesn't have to be a particularly good book, but reading is a wonderful way of coming down and out of the stress of life and relaxing.

Justin Stock, reporter: I will continue to eat balanced meals along with healthy snacks in between. I will also continue to have a smile on my face and keep a positive attitude and outlook on things.

Matt Zalaznick, managing editor: Try not to get abducted by aliens.

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