Happy (and Healthy) New Year!

Monday, December 29, 2014


Jenni Eickelberg poses with her sons after running a 5K
and proves that with hard work and determination, you can meet your goals.

Contributor: Jenni Eickelberg, Senior Community Relations Specialist at Thrivent Financial

It's almost the start of a new year and you know what that means…the annual pressure to make a New Year's Resolution. According to a 2014 University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology study, 45% of Americans make a New Year's Resolution, but only 8% are successful in achieving it. And, can you guess what the most popular resolution is? You got it - to lose weight. This year, we want to inspire you with the story of one community member who, with extra motivation from the newly established Weight of the Fox Valley initiative, met some amazing goals. Below, Jenni Eickelberg, Senior Community Relations Specialist at Thrivent Financial, shares her journey of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight with us:

"Early last year, I made the decision to eat healthier. I was successful, but was missing a component to a healthier life: exercise. I attended the Weight of the Fox Valley kick-off event and 'Took the Pledge' to start one new healthy habit. On my pledge postcard, I wrote a reminder to myself to schedule a session with my employer's fitness center to set up a workout routine. A few weeks after the kick-off event, the postcard arrived in my mailbox. I put it in my purse and brought it with me to work as a reminder. I scheduled the fitness session and started to add exercise back into my life. I started running for 2 minutes. Yes, 2 minutes. I added a few minutes to my run every time I went out. Bit by bit, I became a runner. I set a goal and met it: I ran my first 5K this past summer. If you would have asked me last year if I would be a runner, I would have laughed at you! By taking the pledge, I've become healthier, lost over 40 pounds and exercise regularly. Thanks Weight of the Fox Valley!"

Jenni's new goal is to complete a 10K or half marathon - and we know she can do it! If you would like to join Jenni and a community of people who have committed to starting one new, healthy habit, you too can "Take the Pledge". Download and print the "I took the pledge!" sign, take a selfie, then share your pledge on the Weight of the Fox Valley Facebook page.