It's that time again - time to set those goals for the coming year. But how many Americans actually stick to their New Year's resolutions?
For 78 percent of Americans in 2012, a resolution was just that, nothing more a resolution, according to the University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology. These Americans didn't follow up their resolutions with action, the journal found in its annual survey.
However, 8 percent of Americans followed through, according to the survey.
For some Long Beach residents, the theme of their resolutions for 2013 is different from years past, they said in recent interviews: It's not all about weight loss and saving money. Instead, the resolutions are based around spending more time with family and friends.
Rick Anderson, a bartender at Joe Jost's on Anaheim, and a new father, said in addition to cutting out creamer for his coffee, his resolution is simple: spend more time with his family.
"I want to be home more," he said. "I want to spend time with my wife and our new baby and enjoy the time I have with my family."
Jeff Breuklander, also a bartender at Joe Jost's and a new father, has the same resolution.
"I just want more family time," he said. "I want to be around for all the little milestones and enjoy them with my wife."
Spending more time with family and friends was the theme on Second Street in Belmont Shore as well. Of 25 people the Press-Telegram randomly interviewed this week, spending time with family was No.
Nationally, spending time with family just barely makes the Top 10 list of 2013 New Years resolutions, coming in last, according to the University of Scranton survey. The university found that goals like losing weight, quitting smoking and saving money were more popular resolutions.
In general, 47 percent of resolutions are self-improvement or education related.
Cabrillo High School teacher Ivy Gastelum, while working out on an elliptical machine at the Los Altos YMCA, said her resolution was to get off her cholesterol medicine by adding more days at the gym. But her No. 1 resolution was grading papers in a more timely fashion.
"The biggest thing I want to change next year is getting papers back to my students the same week they turn them in," she said. "Right now it takes a week or two, and I really want to address this. But getting healthier is always on my list, and I plan on spending more time here at the gym."
Gastelum, was working out with her best friend, Janice Pope, also a teacher at Cabrillo High School, and Gastelum's daughter Ariana, who both said fitness is a resolution for them in the upcoming year.
"I want to be more consistent about coming to the gym," Pope said. "I generally only make it three days a week, and I want to up that to five."
A manager at the Los Altos YMCA said January is the gym's busiest month, but participation begins to wear off in March.
This makes sense when looking at national numbers.
Just about 70 percent of people maintain their resolutions through the first two weeks, but that number drops to 64 percent after one month and all the way down to 46 percent after six months, according to the University of Scranton.
However, the poor follow-through doesn't stop Americans from making resolutions. In fact, 45 percent of Americans make New Year's resolutions each year, and just 38 percent absolutely never make New Year's resolutions, the university found.
While shopping in Belmont Shore, Marty Sparkman of Long Beach said her resolution revolves around keeping in touch with family and friends.
"I want to make an effort to spend more time with family and friends," she said. "I want to build relationships and just spend the time. Also, I'd like to not work as much and get myself to the gym."
The top 10 most popular New Year's resolutions for 2013, according to the University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology:
1. Lose weight
2. Get organized
3. Spend less, save more
4. Enjoy life to the fullest
5. Stay fit and healthy
6. Learn something exciting
7. Quit smoking
8. Help others achieve their dreams
9. Fall in love
10. Spend more time with family