ADA — As 2005 wraps up its final days, many people are considering plans not only for New Year's Eve, but also for the entire year.

Making New Year's resolutions are as much a tradition as the holiday season itself, and while it may seem like breaking them is also customary, there are helpful ways to carry out your good intentions.

According to the American Management Association, a couple of steps to keep your resolution in tow with 2006 are to tell your friends and family about your vow for the year. Letting the ones close to you know about your desire to break old habits or start new ones will keep you motivated and it will also open them up to support and help you if things start to go awry.

Local resident Judy Campbell said that she would like “to get back into the groove of working out and eating right.” A similar resolution was made by Faith Reeves who wished “to stop eating so many sweets and stop drinking soda.”

These resolutions can be met by joining a local fitness center or taking a walk in the park.

Another way of keeping the year-long promise to yourself, according to the AMA, is to keep tabs on your progress. Doing so will show the positive results and keep the drive to do better going.

“I want to stop smoking and pray more,” Sara Featherston said are her resolutions for 2006.

“My New Year’s resolution is to do something nice for at least one person every day,” Holly Walters stated.

Garion Patterson also said he wanted “to be a nice person” in the upcoming year.

While some choose to make improvements within themselves, others simply want better options.

"I would love to get a job close to home," Jonni Carreiro said, who currently drives from Holdenville to McAlester each day for work.

Some just prefer to see things in a different light.

"My New Year's Resolution would be to be thankful for everything and not take anything for granted," Maranda Smith said.