Although it seems miniscule, there is a monumental difference between a resolution and an action. For me that could be as small as a sugar cookie.

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Every year, 45 percent of Americans set New Year’s Resolutions, but only eight percent are successful in achieving these, according to Author Steve Shapiro.

A resolution is deciding what action you want to take. Basically, it means saying we will do something. We all know, though, talk is cheap.

Take for instance losing weight. How many people do you know who say they want to lose weight? A Gallup poll in 2006 showed six out of ten Americans say they want to lose weight. But a similar poll in 2009 showed only 30 percent are seriously trying to lose weight.

Just wanting to do something, even resolving to do something doesn’t always result in the process of acting.

This year, I feel pretty good about two of my resolutions. The first is to exercise at least six times a week for 45 minutes to an hour. The second is to eat more meat, vegetables and fruit and cut out sugar and white flour.

Last year, if I had made those resolutions I would have told you there was no way I would stick to them. This year, however, I’ve been doing the first goal for at least seven months. Sticking to it will be easier this year because I know I can do it.

The second is a work in progress. I cut out candy in April. That led to eat less sweets and by September I had cut out sugar all together. I’ve been at the process of cutting out white flour less time than cutting out sugar. It only formed as a thought sometime in October. Both goals fell prey to my affection for sugar cookies during the Christmas season.

Since I decided to do each of these things, I’ve been more successful in action towards them rather than against them. This encourages me and helps me know I can do this. Falling off the wagon one time or ten times is only self-defeating if I allow it to be.

The importance of my goals, though, are not just for the sake of marking something off of my to do list. My over-arching reason is to become healthy. The reasons I want to become healthy are numerous and all relate to my desire to help others’ grow in living a full and abundant life. I can’t do that if I am not healthy myself.

That keeps me exercising. That keeps me eating healthy. That keeps me from coveting your chocolate fudge nut brownies, but your sugar cookies? Well, I’m confident I’ll say no next time I’ve faced with that temptation. Or maybe I’ll just try sugar-free, wheat flour sugar cookies.

Actually, here’s a recipe. I’ve tried it yet but it’s on my to-do list.

Healthy cookies with stevia (Kristine Fretwell at

Ingredients for 15 cookies:

  • 1 cup spelt flour (or whole wheat flour)
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup margarine (Earth’s Balance or Becel Vegan) or butter (for not dairy free)
  • 6 packets stevia
Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 250 pounds. Her book, "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor", is the number 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir on Amazon. Her other books include: "Sweet Journey to Transformation: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Live Healthy", "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help", "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" and "Sweet Hunger: Developing an Appetite for God".

She also offers Overcomers Christian Weight Loss Academy and VIP one-on-one coaching program, both available under the weight loss tab. To book Teresa for your next event, check the Speaking tab on her website. Also check out her blog and Sweet Grace for Your Journey podcast under the tabs by those names.