By RACHAEL GRAY
Diva Nusser works out most days at the Garden City Recreation Commission's Wellness center. She visits the facility in the evenings after work and on weekends.
On Saturday, Nusser worked on cardio, stability ball squats and lunges with a dumbell arm-raise.
But Nusser's New Year's resolution, unlike many, is unrelated to fitness.
"I really want to improve my handwriting," she said.
Nusser works as a receptionist at a walk-in clinic.
"I take messages all day long, and I write a lot. People need to be able to read the messages," Nusser said, laughing.
But fitness won't be excluded from Nusser's focus in 2013.
Through working out, she has reversed the early stages of osteoporosis.
"I just plan on sticking to it. People want such fast results. But it's something that takes time," she said.
Nusser is just one of many Garden Citians thinking about New Year's resolutions as the eve of the new year has arrived.
Juaquin Luna, 19, wants to get in better shape by not drinking pop, not eating fast food or sweets. He's not looking for a certain number of pounds to lose, but just to feel better and visit the gym more often.
Devin Crawford, 28, wants to become a body builder and compete in competitions.
"Getting paid to work out, wouldn't that be sweet," he said.
Like Nusser, Jessica Regan wants to build on the work she's already done in the gym.
"I'd like to keep up my fitness. I've been running for about a year, and I'm up to 12 miles a week," she said.
For beginning runners, Regan offers advice.
"Begin slow and steady," she said.
Darlene Holmes, trainer, fitness instructor and weight-loss specialist, has the same advice.
"Start off really small until you're able to do more. Usually when people start, they're not able to do a whole lot. Just add more and more to whatever your routine is," she said.
Holmes has lost 134 pounds in about 14 months. She began focusing on nutrition and exercise after her doctor's orders.
"Stick with it regardless. If you don't get your fast results, stick with it and ride it out," she said.
Holmes, who works for the GCRC, said she sees the gym become more crowded during the first of the year.
But do people stick with it?
"No. They start dying off in March," Holmes said.
To develop a good habit and routine, give it about three months, Holmes said.
She said the reason people make New Year's resolutions is to start the year off right.
"People just want a fresh start," she said.
Not everyone has a fitness-related goal for 2013.
Tobie Allsbury's New Year's resolution is to go to church more often.
The mother of three wants to find a good church and take her children there every Sunday morning. Allsbury grew up going to church every week. Although it seemed like a chore when she was a kid, she said it was important time spent with family.
"I just want to find a church we really like and take the kids every Sunday," she said.
Deb Fief, owner of Discount Liquor, says she wants to do something outside the box in 2013.
Fief's challenge for 2013 is to "dare to do something that takes hard work and can't be accomplished quickly."
"Jane Fonda says that there is one chapter in your life that is truly astounding. 2013 is the year I publish my first book. My goal isn't to be on the New York (Times) Best Seller's list. It's about the journey, and to be published. Everything else is icing on the cake," she said.
Some Garden Citians don't believe in New Year's resolutions, but like to maintain lifestyle improvement and set goals throughout the year. Ernesto Silva, a U.S. Marine, falls into that category.
"Every day is a new day, and you should always be better than what you were yesterday," he said. "And always share a smile with whoever is passing by."