I admit it: I’m a New Year’s resolution junkie. While I don’t excel at actually keeping my resolutions for the long haul, I love the process of creating them. (I’m not alone on either count: nearly half of Americans regularly create New Year’s resolutions, but of those goal-setters only half keep them for six months or longer.)
Part of my enthusiasm for holing away with a pen and my journal is simply my personality; for you fellow Myers-Briggs aficionados, I’m a big-time J. I feel most settled when I can draft daily to-do lists and relish in the sense of planning and accomplishment. (Another confession: I’ve been known to jot down “brush teeth” just for the thrill of checking it off.) So the annual opportunity to draft a great big to-do list at New Year’s is right up my type-J alley.
If you’re a resolution-junkie like me—or even if you’re just thinking about how to recover from holiday cookie consumption—chances are that one of your current goals is likely health-related, such as a new workout regimen or a weight-loss goal. But beyond just numbers on a scale or a dress size we want to fit into, how can our food and fitness goals connect to our faith? In “A Healthier Year, Body and Soul,” Food Network star Melissa d’Arabian shares some of her own struggle with body-image issues and highlights how her relationship with Christ has given her a more whole and healthy perspective on fitness and food. And in “Pursuing God, Pursuing Fitness,” author Trillia Newbell draws from her experience as a fitness instructor to provide practical insights for making—and keeping—solid exercise goals.1
Confessions of a Resolution Junkie
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