It's almost that time of the year again, when everyone makes a New Year's resolution and then promptly starts figuring out how to break it. It's not that they don't want to keep to these declarations, it's just that people are busy, they forget, priorities change and sometimes they just fail. The gym always seems so much further from home in February than it did in January. And the guy who vows to stop cursing? Well, f*** it.
So we're curious, as a new set of promises near--how well did celebrities honor the New Year's resolutions they made at the beginning of 2010? Take a look at some celebrity resolutions from this year--some more ambitious than others--and find out how they fared.
Resolution: "I'm going to under-promise myself for 2010 so if it goes well I'll be like, 'Oh, my God! Such a surprise!'"
How it played out: Decent strategy, although it's not clear just how low he set the bar. This year, among other ventures, Timberlake delivered a strong performance in the blockbuster movie about Facebook, "The Social Network," voiced Boo-Boo for "Yogi Bear" and supervised the music for "The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea."
Grade: B+, because he's been pretty busy but did not appear on "SNL."
Resolution: "Love my fans and do me."
How it played out: Brown's most public emotional moment this year came at the BET Awards when he broke down onstage, which seemed like a sincere gesture of appreciation for his fans. He seems to be getting himself back into the good graces of the public, performing his public service and domestic violence classes without incident. It looks like he'll even be performing a duet with Justin Bieber in 2011. Although, just yesterday, he got into some kind of angry feud with B2K on Twitter, which drops his mark.
Resolution: "Just to spend a little bit more time with my family and my friends and to really kick it up in the workout department and to try to eat better. I cannot get it together with eating. I eat way too many Oreos."
How it played out: The sisters are currently "taking" New York together, whatever that means, but they're doing it together so we think Kim has succeeded on the first count. As far as working out and eating better, well, you be the judge. Looks good to us.
Resolution: "I'm like, kind of a workout fanatic, and I'd just like to work out less. It's gotten to be six or seven hours a day at this point and I just can't do it anymore, you know? It's getting weird."
How it played out: Segel's resolution has been a massive success. He began the year a workout addict, and by October, before an "Amazing Race"-themed episode of "How I Met Your Mother" where each character chose a different way to race to Brooklyn, he said: "And of all the people they picked to run they picked me, which just seems odd. It's really unclear to me. One of them gets to take a cab, one gets the subway, and I'm the one who runs? That just doesn't seem smart on their behalf."
Resolution: "I will not use texting as a form of reaching out for superficial attention/affection at all hours of the night"..."By not micro-trading in my emotional stock value every second of the day, I may just end up seeing the bigger, beautiful picture"..."I will read books. I will listen to music. I will better track the words of others as they're spoken to me."
How it played out: Mayer, who had over 3.7 million Twitter followers in September, now has zero, because he terminated his account. As far as the text messaging, the John Mayer Emotional Stock Market, the bigger beautiful picture, books, music and words...well, only John Mayer knows, but the micro-trading is a tough habit to kick.
Resolution: "I give thanks on New Year's night, I give thanks for all the blessings that I've had, what a terrific year that has occurred and wish for more of the blessings for the next year."
How it played out: Not exactly a resolution, but we dig the vibe and hope Vanessa wishes for the same tomorrow.