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It’s that ‘clean slate’ time of the year again, a time that I reflect back on the previous year and think about the things that went well and those that didn’t.  I celebrate the memories of friends and family members who have passed out of this world and rejoice that new friends and family members have been put in my life.  I take stock of the misdeeds I’ve done, consider the many things I left undone that I should have done, give myself a quick ‘attagirl’ for the things I did well, and I contemplate how I can operate differently this year.   I look at the many tools available to me as I endeavor to make 2015 the best year ever.  From the Bible to apps on my iPhone; from fancy scales and Fitbits to “One Little Word”, from the feedback of family and friends to my own little inner voice, I have many ways to set goals and measure how well I do.

My mantra for this year is “Lean and Green in 2015”.  That could mean a lot of things, but for me, it’s mostly about food.  I will eat healthily – lean meats, lots of fruits and vegetables, moderate portions – and I will take the steps necessary to get lean and fit.  There, I’ve said it.  Now to do it!  That brings me to my “OLW” for the year.  Mine is “act”.  Stop talking about it and do it.  Stop thinking about it and do it. Stop procrastinating and do it.  Now!  Those things may sound easy, but I know it will be a struggle.  For me, it’s a one day at a time thing.  I am prepared to succeed on some days and fail on others and I will not beat myself up over the failures.  But you can be sure I will celebrate the successes!

Will this be the year I get a Day2Day book completed?  Quite possibly, although it may be full of food photos!  I’m participating in p2P’s very first Project Studio called “Home Is Where the Heart Is“, and so far I am caught up!  Woo hoo!  I’m counting on the support of that group and the discipline that comes from having a daily prompt (along with the expectation that I will post my daily photos) to get me off to a good start.  It’s not too late to join the fun, and you don’t even have to be a p2P member to participate.  If you’re interested, click HERE.

Everyone in my family has a Fitbit, and we have our own little activity group that we use to spur each other into action (as only families can do!).  I still peek on on the Sitter2Fitter Fitbit activity group, too, to see how I compare to Sarah and Nandini and Dana and Eleanor and Cheryl.  Wow, are they ever motivating! (If you’d like to join our group, email me at jan@pixels2Pages.net from the email address associated with your Fitbit account.)  I’m using my Lose It app, as I’ve learned that if I am really conscious about what I eat, I don’t eat as much as I might want to.  My daughter and I are challenging each other to eat a salad a day for the month of January.  We are using Pinterest to help find and share good sounding recipes, and now my head is swimming with ideas about a book I could do using the Recipes for Life Blueprint book as I chronicle my Lean Green year.  So, I reckon I should just act on those ideas, huh?

Here’s my first “Home Is Where the Heart Is” page.  The content I used is that which was included as part of the class from Janet Carr of Little Feet Digital Designs, and the font is KG Love Somebody.  Blueprint is from the Home Is Where the Heart Is Blueprint Book.  Now if you’ll excuse me, I have about 8000 steps to walk!  Have a wonderful, prosperous, healthy, happy, friend- and fun-filled new year!

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4 Responses to Blog: Lean and Green in 2015

  1. Liz Propst says:

    Much wisdom here Jan!! New Year Blessings to you…If you’re ever in my neck of the woods there is a room with your name on it at my house.

  2. Lindie says:

    You go girl. I have a fitbit, but have not been meeting my step goals. I have been choosing to work 12 hour days (new position as a 3rd grade teacher-with all that that entails) and not getting my work done for me. Even during winter break, I have not worked out, though have been playing with two granddaughters. Time to put me first again and get it done. A few pounds were added recently, don’t want that trend to continue. Need some accountability and pushes. Will be looking forward to reading about your progress.

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