Welcome to the My Faith and Fitness Blog

Welcome to the My Faith and Fitness blog!

My name is Crystal and I will be your tour guide as we embark on this journey of good health and fitness.  I started writing this blog for several reasons.  First, today is my 40th Birthday!  Around my birthday every year, I reflect on how my life has changed since the previous birthday.  Additionally, on milestone birthdays (30, 35, etc.), I think about my last two or three milestone birthdays and how my life has changed since those times.  Turning 40 is a huge deal for me.

Additionally, the perfect storm of events caused me to start taking my health seriously.  Before my husband and I joined Planet Fitness in early April 2012, I lived a sedentary life.  I practice law during the day (Yay Rutgers Law School!).  So, I am either sitting in my office reading and typing or sitting in court waiting for my cases to be heard.  During the evening, I would usually crochet something to sell in my online boutique, Interwoven Creations by Crystal. I was taking medications for high blood pressure and cholesterol.  The scale that my husband and I own not only tells the weight, but also indicates the percentage of body fat.  One day in early April 2012, the scale hurt my feelings.  Twice.   Hence, my new membership to Planet Fitness.  I looked in the mirror one day while getting dressed and realized that I needed to make a change in my lifestyle.  Cellulite is no bueno.  I am not working out to get skinny.  I am working out to get FIT.

In addition to the health benefits, I see fitness from a theological perspective.  I am guided by 1 Corinthians 3:16, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (NKJV).  Because my body is the temple of God, I must respect and honor God’s dwelling place.  Healthy eating and regular exercise show honor and respect for God’s dwelling place.

In addition to practicing law, I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  I earned my Master of Divinity degree from Drew University.  In seminary, one major issue that I noticed about my ministerial colleagues and myself was that many of us rarely made time to take care of ourselves.  It doesn’t help that there’s always some fried chicken at a church dinner.  But, I digress.  Consequently, our health suffers.  Writing this blog is a way to encourage my Christian brothers and sisters, especially my colleagues in ministry, to participate in self-care by making health and fitness a priority.  We must also support and pray for each other as we journey on the road of healthy living.  Just as Christianity requires a lifetime commitment, health and fitness must also be a lifetime commitment.  I will post articles and information that will help each of us live the healthiest life that we can.  This blog will not only focus on physical fitness, but on emotional, spiritual and psychological fitness, as well.

Please visit the My Faith and Fitness blog regularly.  If you are interested in participating in the conversation, feel free to leave a comment at the end of a post, follow the blog on Twitter or request to join the Facebook Encouragement Group.  If you just want to be a fly on the wall, become a Facebook Fan of the blog.  You can also complete the form on the Contact page.  I pray that you remain encouraged.

6 thoughts on “Welcome to the My Faith and Fitness Blog

  1. Tracey Pera says:

    I am with you girl. At 51, my hormones are saying ‘weight? what weight’. So now I am going to design and do my own Boot Camp. I will be following you as added support. WE can do ALL things in Christ, my friend!

  2. Michelle Ross says:

    Congratulations, Crystal, on this blog that tracks your special journey to take better care of the temple that you was blessed with. It’s refreshing to see someone step out on faith and open themselves up to others. I know you will learn so much more about yourself. You are not alone on this mission. The best part is it sounds like you AND your husband are doing it as a TEAM. What greater love can there be? I’ll stop in from time to check on you. ❤

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