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Hi. I'm Dave Sanders, the senior pastor here at Connections.  My personal fitness blog can be found at  My reflection blog, Sky Gazing, can be found at  You can email me at

Two things happened this past year that signaled a new era in my life.  First, our first grandchild was born.  Second, I celebrated 25 years in pastoral ministry.  It is my desire to get all I can out of the next era of my life, which means I need to be as healthy as possible.  I'm looking forward to dedicating 2012 to that end.

Physical health goals: To identify my basic health numbers (blood pressure, cholesterol, etc) and make sure they are in the healthy range, to have the hip replacement surgery I've been putting off, to lose the 20 pounds I've gained since I've been unable to run, to consistently exercise for one hour at least 5 days per week, to take up one new health-enhancing, enjoyable physical activity, and to run a 5K race before the year ends.

Mental health goals: to read at least 25 books this year, to read every week the top 10 blogs in my field of leadership and church ministry, to write at least twice per week, to take one day off per week and do things I find refreshing on that day, to take all the vacation time I have coming to me, to talk to a counselor about some lingering emotional issues I deal with, to review all the Bible passages I've memorized over the years (which helps sharpen my thinking and clarifying my values), to take my study break this year.

Spiritual health goals: to have dedicated time for prayer at least 5 hours per week (perhaps a pathetic goal for a pastor, but an improvement for me), to interact with God through Scripture for at least 30 minutes 5 days per week (in addition to my Bible study and message preparation), to take one day per month for reflection, dreaming and communion with God.