Online poll: More exercise, less weight top New Year's resolutions

More than 54 percent of respondents to last week’s caymancompass.com online poll made a 2015 New Year’s resolution, with a goal of losing weight or exercising more being the most common. 

Of the 423 total respondents to the one-week poll, 193 of them – 45.6 percent – did not make a resolution for the new year. That figure, however, is much less than it was in 2013, when 66.7 percent of the respondents to a similar caymancompass.com online poll said they didn’t make a New Year’s resolution. 

“I never can stick to a resolution I make, so I just take it one day at a time,” said one of the people who didn’t make a resolution for 2015. 

Of the 230 people who did make a resolution, 33.5 percent of them – 77 people or 18.2 percent of the total respondents – said they wanted to exercise more in 2015, and 32.6 percent of them – 75 people or 17.7 percent of the total – said they wanted to lose weight. 

“My real resolution is to lose weight, but to do that I’ll need to exercise more and cut down on my alcohol intake, as well as changing my eating habits,” said one person. 

Forty people – 9.5 percent of the total respondents – said their New Year’s resolution was to cut down on or stop drinking alcohol, and 14 people – 3.3 percent – said they resolved to stop smoking. 

Another 24 people – 5.7 percent of the total – responded “other” to the question, including one who commented “all of the above.” 

“My New Year’s resolution is to help people in need,” said one person. 

“To stay positive and not get upset over the small things in life that I cannot change,” said another person. 

“To be more realistic about the expectations that I put on myself,” said someone else. 

“To become proficient in Spanish,” commented one respondent. 

“To be a better person in 2015 than I was in 2014,” said another. 

“Eat only healthy food,” said someone else. 

“To become a more dedicated Christian and become closer to God,” said one person. 

“Get a job as I was laid off on Christmas day,” said another. 

Several people put a little humor in their response. 

“I opted for evolution over resolutions,” said one person. 

“I resolved to stop abstaining,” said someone else. 

“To never again vote for PPM as I am a Driftwood now,” said another respondent. 

Next week’s poll question  

What grade would you give the Cayman Islands civil service for customer service? [Explain why in comments]  

  • Excellent 
  • Good 
  • Fair 
  • Poor  
  • Terrible 
  • I don’t know 

To participate in this poll, visit www.caymancompass.com starting Jan. 19. 

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