Like other Marylanders, Lt. Gov. Melvin A. Steinberg is on a diet. And his New Year's resolution is to make sure that he sticks with it, at least through March.
Yesterday, Steinberg was showing great resolve, eating a can of plain tuna for lunch.
Steinberg says he loses 15 to 25 pounds every year, using different diets. He regains the weight but doesn't consider his efforts futile.
"I keep making [resolutions] because I feel three months or four months is better than no months," Steinberg said, adding that he knows he'll adhere to his new diet plan through March.
Baltimore City Council President Mary Pat Clarke's personal New Year's resolution also concerns health -- "to be mean and lean," she says.
"As a person, I think I should run a mile every day, and I intend to do it," she says.
Clarke's public resolution is "to keep hope alive" in Baltimore. "That means keeping our streets safe and our schools places of opportunity," she says.
Visitors to Harborplace yesterday also shared their New Year's resolutions.
DeDe Booze, of Baltimore, said her resolutions are "to be happy, do the things that I never got a chance to do, love everybody and let everybody love me."
"We decided we're going to get along better," said David and Tammy Lemmon of Randallstown.
Longevity was on the minds of Marie Krier, 72, and her husband, John, 75, of Vincentown, N.J. "We want to live longer, at least 10 more years," they said.
Jay Turner, a construction company owner who lives in West Friendship, stood at the edge of his boat anchored in the Inner Harbor and said he might retire in the coming year and would resolve to enjoy his boat more often.
"I'm going to try to live twice as long next year, doing twice as much because [life] is getting shorter every day," said Turner, 60.
Priscilla Hayden, of Cockeysville, said she would like to donate more money to charity. Teddy Wilson, of Washington, said he would like to "obtain wealth [because] that's my biggest problem right now."
Tracy Ducoty, a perfume seller at Harborplace, said she has followed through with so many of her past New Year's resolutions that she has no new ones to make.
"I've kept up with all of mine," Ducoty said. "I quit smoking two years ago and I lost weight. This year, I don't have any left."
Lynette Young, chief of staff to Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, is not making any resolutions.
"Actually, I don't make any anymore because I break them every single year," Young said. "I usually last through New Year's Day and that's as far as it goes.
"You always say that you're going to be a better person, and that I stick by. But I live by that, so that's not actually a resolution. That's just normal," Young said.