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The Word "Healthy" Sucks

I’m the co-founder of a startup. Unfortunately, as all entrepreneurs know, this means that there is very little stability in my day-to-day life. I’ll often not know where or when my next meal will be or when I’ll have time to go to the gym. Or sleep. Or shower. (You get the point.)

I should also mention that my startup, Fitocracy, is a fitness startup, and its 1.2 million members look to me to tell them what is “healthy.”

The word “healthy” is emotional for me, as I’ve dealt with it for as long as I can remember. My parents are doctors, and growing up, they always instructed me on what foods or activities were “healthy” or “unhealthy.”

As much as I could, I did my best to do healthy activities, like running, despite hating many of them. I didn’t always make healthy choices, but I figured that I would just make it a point to do as many as I can. After all, “it all adds up,” right?

Unfortunately, by the time I was 16, I topped the scales at 220 lbs and most definitely wasn’t healthy.

The Mindset of a New Year's Resolution

On The Mindset

Has anybody ever wondered why they call it New Year’s Resolution and not New Year’s Solution? The word solution means “to solve a problem” and the prefix re is normally associated with the word again. So basically resolutions means resolving a problem again. I started reflecting back on previous resolutions and I began to realize that most of them were similar resolutions just slightly modified each year.

This led me to the startling idea that perhaps instead of constantly making the same New Year’s Resolution over and over again maybe it was time to reexamine some of these resolutions. As I began reflecting back on my prior new year’s resolution I was able to start seeing some of the mistakes I was making and also began to see how certain obstacles kept defeating me each year.

As many of you are reading this now, most of you will began writing your New Year’s Resolution pretty soon. I recommend that before each and every one of you start to draft these resolutions you take a minute and reflect over last year’s resolution. Make a check list and cross off everything you accomplished. The things that you didn’t quite accomplish add them to the *top* of your New Year’s Resolution and find out what inhibited you from completing those resolutions last year. One thing I do want to make mention is Ecclesiastes 5:5 NIV “It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it.”

Since this is a blog that focuses on “looking at things a different way”, I do want to offer a new perspective for those of you going into 2013-2014. I don’t know what any of your New Year’s Resolution are but I do think that it’s important to remember in a world that has become so secular, don’t take Jesus out of the picture.

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