LEAN: My one little word for 2015. I chose my OLW easily, based on my goals: 1) Lose weight and be more healthy/lean, the “staple” New Year’s goal, and 2) lean towards the future and live my dreams.

Lean is a multiple-meaning word; I like a word that is short, yet complex — like me. I feel like I’m living multiple lives right now, with home and work/school and my dream life of becoming a writer, and this word that means so much emulates me this year. There are so many OLW choices, and as I read others’ posts, I say to myself, “Yes, that’s a good one, too.” I love reading about the reasons people chose their One Little Word. I feel inspired and hopeful and excited for the future. My reasons, and my word, LEAN, are simple, but complex.

LOSE WEIGHT AND BE HEALTHY

The adjective, lean, means “thin, especially healthily so; having no superfluous fat.” (Google it!) Although I do want to lose weight, and walk (or run?) in the local Sunburst races in June, I love that lean means healthy. I am a terrible emotional eater, and this past year I gained more weight than ever. I definitely intend to lose weight, however, I really want to be healthy instead of just thin. I’m off to a good start here — 24-Day Advocare Challenge and T25 workouts — fairly simple to start, but also to maintain. I’m not one to stay with a program of dieting or exercise, and this is only 25 minutes, and I’m still eating, just better food! (I say this now — talk to me in March to check on my progress — LOL.) LEAN = fit. I’m ready to be fit.

Bonus: “Having no superfluous fat” also inspires me to clean the clutter in my house. I’ve done a pretty good job so far cleaning out old papers, organizing books and household items. Of course, it’s an ongoing process.

LEAN TOWARDS THE FUTURE/LIVE MY DREAMS

Lean is also a verb meaning to “be in or move into a sloping position.” I really like the way I’m “moving into” a position of forward direction in my life. Not bent over, not standing still, but I am leaning towards the future, not looking back. One of my drawbacks in the past is that I have dreamed without acting. I’m ready to change that. I want to write, I want to travel, I want to learn more about life outside of Indiana– it’s all going to happen this year! One of the ways to meet my writing goal is to post more on this blog. I have scheduled time to write and I have topic ideas. I thank all of my writing buddies at “Slice of Life” (www.twowritingteachers.wordpress.com) and Twitter for their supportive and motivating comments. Now I can write about my One Little Word, LEAN, as well. So many topics, so little time! (Well, a year is an ample amount of time, right?) This is my start!

Another Bonus: Another adjective for lean is “efficient and with no waste.” I love it! I’m not wasting time or money. I started a “save jar” for my traveling funds. When do the plane tickets go on sale?

I found some quotes to motivate me to keep my OLW, LEAN, as a priority:

“Lean is about being an athlete, not a skeleton.” (Sami Niemela, designer and co-founder of Nordkapp, in Finland)

“We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in.” (Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook)

Looking for a visual, I found The Leaning Tower of Pisa — one of the landmarks I want to visit someday. When I look at this Britannica pic, I think of my goals.

Exterior of the Leaning tower of Pisa

LEAN. That’s my One Little Word for 2015. Have a great year, everyone!