Wowzer! Another new year is underway, and with it comes the opportunity to start anew, whether that means kicking off a new fitness and health regimen or taking up a new skill or hobby such as yoga or learning a new language. Did you make any resolutions for 2018, and if so, what?

In this, our Fitness issue, we have included articles on ways to re-energize yourself, a nonprofit organization’s efforts to help Norman kids get fit while also having fun, another nonprofit whose mission is to help on-the-go families plan and eat healthy meals together, and fitness programs offered through the Pioneer Library System.

I was personally pleased to write a piece on a friend, Haven Tobias, who practiced law in Oklahoma City for 40 years and since retiring has garnered a faithful following who attend her lectures and classes on meditation and related topics at area venues including the public library and OU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. During our interview, Tobias noted that many different motives drive people to meditation: some want to stop being so stressed, some people want to stop being so angry, etc. She added, “As to what one gets out of it, well, that’s the joy of it. Some days you get bored, and that’s OK. Some days you get inspired, and that’s OK. Some days you just get a tired fanny and some days you get bliss, and it’s all OK.” In other words, don’t let fear of failure keep you from the attempt—sage advice for goal-setting of any sort.

Studies show that moderate consumption of wine—red wine in particular—may help us live longer, protect against certain cancers, improve mental health and enhance heart health—and our wine expert, Bryan Kerr, enthusiastically (and humorously) offers his top picks for the “Wines of Winter,” which he describes as “all big, red and geographically diverse.”

Inside, you’ll also find a recipe for the tasty signature dish at Oliveto Italian Bistro, Pepperoni Chicken; Cleveland County Lifestyle publisher Jimmy Darden and Catherine Poslusny’s final write-ups on their nearly year-long fitness journeys at Orangetheory Fitness Moore and Pure Barre, respectively; and lots more.

With this issue, we celebrate our two-year anniversary! (Whoa! How did that happen?!) Whatever success we have had can be laid squarely to rest with you, our loyal readers, and of course, our advertisers. May you and yours have a happy and prosperous new year!