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New Year's resolutions: How to keep them

Runners who were planning to participate in the

Runners who were planning to participate in the New York City Marathon, which was cancelled due to superstorm Sandy, instead ran through Central Park in Manhattan. (Nov. 4, 2012) Credit: AP

The New Year has begun, your resolutions have been made and now it's time to get in gear. Whether you want to shape up, learn a new craft or change careers, we are here to help.

Newsday recently spoke to a variety of Long Islanders about their aspirations for 2013 and paired their resolutions with ways to fulfill them.



RESOLUTION In terms of excelling at activities, Alison Meyer, 10, of Plainview, said, "I want to be better at ice skating."

SOLUTION Miss Meyer and others can sharpen their blade skills at Iceland in New Hyde Park. Sign up for group lessons or even join the Metropolitan Figure Skating Club, where you can show off your free-skating and dance moves. (516-746-1100,



RESOLUTION Rich Trapani, 27, of Hicksville, is hoping to relocate his family. "We are looking to move to the Carolinas," he said.

SOLUTION If you are heading south, nothing can prepare you like some down-home cooking. LL Dent in Carle Place, now in its sixth year, features the Southern specialties of chef Leisa Dent, who runs the restaurant with her mom, Lillian. Newsday food writer Joan Reminick suggests Toby's Georgia hash, and don't miss the banana pudding. (516-742-0940,



RESOLUTION "My resolution is to get fit and stay fit," said Eric Helming, 44, of East Meadow.

SOLUTION When it comes to getting in shape, Long Island's Synergy Fitness Clubs offer more than your average gym. In addition to access to all the equipment, they provide lifestyle coaching, nutritional support, weight-management programs and classes for Zumba, kickboxing, yoga and power cycling, not to mention cardio-sculpt boot camp. There are nine locations on Long Island throughout Nassau and Suffolk. (



RESOLUTION Nick Thanasoulis, 23, of Fresh Meadows had one simple resolution: "I need to get a car."

SOLUTION Fear not, Nick. Coming up this spring is the New York International Auto Show, March 29 to April 7 at the Javits Center in Manhattan, featuring "every make and model sold in the U.S." (



RESOLUTION When asked about her New Year's resolution, Barbara Jairala, 26, of Hicksville, simply said: "I try to learn something new every year."

SOLUTION Want a fresh challenge? Be adventurous and take a tandem free-fall jump out of a plane with Long Island Skydiving, based in East Moriches. You can even have the moment captured on video to prove how brave you are. (631-235-9968,



RESOLUTION Perhaps the boldest New Year's resolution comes from Mads Jensen, 37, of Oyster Bay, who declared: "I want to run a marathon."

SOLUTION You, too, can jump on the marathon bandwagon with the RunSmart training program. Beginning Jan. 26 at Old Bethpage Village Restoration, the program runs 14 weekends leading up to the Long Island Marathon on May 5. (516-349-7646,



RESOLUTION There's nothing like being career-oriented at the start of the new year. "I want to be a high school English teacher," said Iliana Vollmierez, 21, of Glen Cove.

SOLUTION If you are seeking a professional position, connect with job recruiters at the Long Island Career Fair on Jan. 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Melville Marriott. (



RESOLUTION As dad of a 3-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl, Peter Bartone, 42, of St. James aimed his resolution at his kids. "I want to be a better parent," he said.

SOLUTION The Long Island Parenting Institute, based in Ronkonkoma, offers a variety of common-sense parenting classes that focus on child development, the latest parenting research and emotional support. (631-737-9384,



RESOLUTION Renato Martin Jr., 39, of Herricks offered a wish rather than a resolution: "I want to see the Mets get back to their status of 1986," he said.

SOLUTION We can pass along the message to Fred Wilpon, the team's majority owner, but perhaps you can discuss the club's future strategies with former Met Rickey Henderson at a Steiner Sports signing in Roosevelt Field Feb. 16. (516-739-0580,

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