There’s just something about the date January 1 that makes us want to make a change for the better. The changing of the calendar combined with holiday overindulgence — overeating and overspending — means that, for many of us, making some positive New Year’s resolutions seems like the right prescription.

Whether our resolutions center around health, money or something else, all are worthy pursuits. But studies have shown that less than 10 percent of us are successful in keeping those resolutions. With all that in mind, we asked: What are your New Year's resolutions and how do you plan on keeping them?

Our polled residents of Bakersfield said:

Hector Sanchez: "Hopefully, finding a new and better job or I'm planning on moving out of town. Maybe move into L.A. and get a better job out there." 

Jerry Baranowski, owner of Jerry’s Pizza: "I have two resolution: As far as the business, increase the sales because we need more money; and my personal resolution would be remain the same. ... Full energy and a lot of enthusiasm; do not even lose a piece of it. ... I'm getting a little bit older."

Loyld Allen Kennedy: "My New Year's resolution this year is to finally have a New Year's resolution and stick by it throughout the year."

Ralph Ortiz: "Usually I have one but this year I've been doing pretty good. So, I don't think I really need one this year; just live life to the fullest."

See those responses and others at

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