Jared Fogle was the only member of his family to struggle with his weight. He says, “Food was a comfort to me. It replaced personal relationships. It replaced extra-curricular activities. It replaced everything in my life.” As a result, his weight ballooned to 425 pounds while attending college.

After several failed attempts to lose the weight, he had an idea. He made a plan to start skipping breakfasts and eat only a couple of submarine sandwiches, baked potato chips and a diet soda each day, and implemented it. This cut his daily consumption of food from 10,000 calories a day to just 2,000.

Noticing he had more energy after a couple of months, he added walking to his plan.

In the matter of one year, he dropped 245 pounds, which he has been able to maintain for the past ten. As a result of his idea and subsequent action, Jared is now the national spokesperson for Subway sandwiches, champions the cause to combat childhood obesity and got married.

Many of us “hope” this New Year will bring about a new relationship, one that will lead us to our future spouse (that’s our idea at least). How many of us will actually have a specific plan and take “tangible” steps in order to further the probability of this happening?

Understandably, there is only “so much” we can do if it’s not God’s Will; however we also have to accept the responsibility to take some sort of action.

Faith by itself, if it is not accomplished by action, is dead. James 2:17

So, what is going to be your plan to help to make this happen?

Are you going to (finally) complete that online dating profile, walk up to that guy or girl you have been “eyeing” for the past year, or ask out that “friend” you’ve been talking to for so long? Will you ask for her phone number, make conversation with him or just start with eye contact and a smile?

Don’t lose another year of opportunity.

Every successful endeavor just started with an idea, a plan and a discipline to stick with it until conclusion. 

May 2013 be the start of the most wonderful time of the year for you! 

Cliff Young is a contributing writer to Sandlot Stories (ARose Books), as well as the monthly column, "He Said-She Said," in Crosswalk.com's Singles Channel.  An architect and former youth worker, he now works with Christian musicians and consults for a number of Christian ministries. Got feedback?  Send your comments and questions to cydmg@yahoo.com.

Publication date: January 8, 2013