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While participating in ministry, we minister to others. Who ministers to us?  Where can we go to to be refreshed and rejuvenated?  How can we add a health and fitness regimen to an already-busy lifestyle?  I submit to you that setting health and fitness goals and creating a plan to achieve them is a fantastic way to minister to yourself.  Making your health a priority shows God that you acknowledge that you cannot minister to God’s people adequately if you are in poor health, be it physically or mentally.

There is a saying that, “A goal without a deadline is just a dream.” In that vein, I encourage you to pray about the health and fitness goals you want to achieve.  God will reveal to you the best course of action for you and your lifestyle.  Trust what you learn.  Place a realistic deadline on achieving those goals and create your plan(s) for getting there.  Do not focus on your previous attempts to live a healthy and fit life.  We are forgetting those things!  I have not only placed a deadline on my health and fitness goals and created my plans, I have also reduced the goals and plans to writing so that I can be held accountable. Here they are.

1. I want to lose 78 pounds at a rate of 1.5 pounds per week. I can reach my goal weight in 52 weeks, which would be the week of April 1, 2013. My husband told me to re-evaluate this goal at the 50-pound mark, which would be the week of November  19, 2012.  I will be re-evaluating this goal around that time.  My plan includes eating healthy meals and working out at the gym four times per week for at least one hour and fifteen minutes each time.

2. I want to run my first 5K race during the Spring of 2013.  My plan is to walk on the treadmill for 50 minutes each time I go to the gym.  I will walk at a pace that I can sustain. I will work daily to increase my pace until I get to the point that I can run.

Once I reach my goal weight, I will continue to eat healthy and exercise regularly so that I will maintain that level of health and fitness. I want to live an abundant life without taking medications for cholesterol and blood pressure.

Oftentimes, we get discouraged when we fail to reach a particular goal.  One issue that I have learned about myself is that sometimes I bite off more than I can chew.  When I divide a goal or an assignment into smaller, more manageable parts, I can celebrate the small victories and remain encouraged that I will achieve my desired result.  With my health, fitness and weight loss goals, I have given myself a realistic time frame to reach my desired weight and fitness level.  I will only weigh myself once per week so that I do not get discouraged by temporary fluctuations in my weight and fat percentage.  My scale gives me a double whammy.

This list of goals is evolving.  Please pray for me as I work toward achieving these health and fitness goals.  Feel free to share your health and fitness goals in the comments section or in the Facebook group or on Twitter, so that we can encourage one another.  You can also complete the form on the Contact page.  “Iron sharpens iron.”