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Notable Buffalonians share their 2019 resolutions

Kate Welshofer, WGRZ feature reporter

“This new year is also very close to my first anniversary at Channel 2, which is so hard to believe! It was a really scary time a year ago with so many big changes on the horizon for me, so this year it’s a reminder that good things come when you take a few chances. And I’m just very grateful for the warm welcome I’ve received.”

Micah Hyde, Buffalo Bills safety

“Eat less candy and drink less pop.”

Diane English, creator of Murphy Brown on CBS

“Watch less cable news!”

Michael Murphy, president, Shea’s Performing Arts Center

“I’m looking forward to creating more exciting and powerful opportunities to engage WNYers in the arts, particularly theater. I will reconnect with friends from near and far. I will be more specific. I will be more innovative. I will work with more students. I will enjoy more of the outdoor goodness and natural wonders of WNY. (Hooray Zoar Valley!) I will consolidate my to-do lists. I will keep these resolutions.”

Leslie Zemsky, partner, Larkin Development Group

“As Director of Fun in Larkin Square, I resolve to personally have a little fun each day in 2019!”

Felisha Legette-Jack, head women’s basketball coach, University at Buffalo

“To keep getting better spiritually, personally and professionally.”

Lou Billittier, owner, Chef’s Restaurant

“To help people relax and love each other. As silly as this sounds, everyone seems to have lost that caring feeling for each other and I would like to help people help each other more.”

Top trending resolutions from 2018

  • Save money: 53 percent
  • Lose weight/get in shape: 45 percent
  • Have more sex: 25 percent
  • Travel more: 24 percent
  • Read more books: 23 percent

Source: Statista 2018

Buffering for success

According to research from the University of Scranton, just 8 percent of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions. West-Seneca based child and family therapist Maggie Dreyer shared the five stages of change used in professional therapy sessions, and how they can be applied to your own resolutions this year.

Pre-contemplation. This is the very beginning, when a challenge or potential improvement is brought to your attention (by yourself or someone else). For example, you’re drinking too much or you haven’t exercised in six months.

Contemplation: “This is where hope comes in,” said Dreyer. You may still be ambivalent about making a change, but you’re also thinking about previous attempts and what may have caused failure—and how you can correct it.

Determination: Bingo! If you’ve set your resolution already and you’re committed to move forward, this is the stage you’re at. “Ambivalence is no longer a barrier to change at this point,” said Dreyer.

Maintenance: You’re appreciating the small steps and accomplishments you’ve made. You’re asking for and finding support. And you’ve acknowledged that perfection is not attainable, but your goal still is.

Termination. You’ve done it! You’ve reached your goal and figured out a way to make it part of your long-term lifestyle. Congratulations. – Jennifer Lata Rung

**Related read: Self care tips with a local twist

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