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3 Ways to Set Healthy New Year’s Resolutions

January 8, 2018

It seems to be the most popular New Year’s Resolution of all time: to lose weight.


We watch countless weight loss ads on television in between our favorite shows, and we see them in magazines. You know, the ones that shout at you: “Energize Your Weight Loss!”, “Lose Weight and Keep It Off!”, and “Reach Your Weight Loss Goals!”. Apparently, the right way to ring in the New Year is to join a gym or make an appointment for liposuction.


We cannot avoid those advertisements, but the danger ensues when we begin to believe that those ads are right. When we start believing we have to be smaller to be happier, we buy into a life-threatening lie.


Don’t fall for it.


Life does not begin when we reach that desired number on the bathroom scale. Life does not get better when we can slip into a Size 0. How much we weigh does not determine our happiness or our worth. Don’t let someone else mandate your goals for the New Year.


Here are 3 things to remember while creating your New Year’s Resolutions:


  • Focus on skill, not numbers.


Forget about the numbers on the scale. Your body is beautiful and should be celebrated for what it can do, not about how much it weighs. Instead of a weight loss goal, let’s make goals about a skill we want to achieve or strengthen. Perhaps you want to be able to run a 5k without stopping or learn to shoot a 3-pointer. Choose activities you enjoy that will keep you active.


  • Make them about you, not the people around you.


We tend to listen to everyone except ourselves when we make decisions because we do not want to make the wrong one. We want to fit in and avoid becoming “weird”. Resist that temptation when creating your New Year’s Resolutions this year. What do you want to accomplish this calendar year?


  • Avoid making all of them about your body.


You are not your body. You are your heart and soul. You are the things only you can offer the world, the way you can make anyone around you giggle with your big, boisterous laugh, the stories and songs bubbling up out of you. Don’t reduce yourself to your weight, or even what your body looks like or can do. Choose something you want to do this year which has nothing to do with your body: Learn to play the piano. Write a book. End the school year with those grades you want.


I challenge you to keep these guidelines in mind as you think about your New Year’s Resolutions.


Remember: you are beautifully and wonderfully made in the image of God (Psalm 139:14 & Genesis 5:1). Whatever your goals are for 2018, I pray they create a healthier, happier, more whole YOU.


What are your New Year’s Resolutions? Share them with us in the comments section below!



Bailey Jo Welch – Column: Hope Rising
Bailey Jo Welch is a passionate storyteller and faithful truth-seeker. She believes in finding Jesus everywhere, especially in life on the water and around the table. Her work has been featured in several publications, including RELEVANT Magazine Online. When not writing, you can find Bailey reading, hiking, drinking coffee and eating Mexican food. You can find her writing at baileyjowelch.com and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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