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Celebrating 40,000 Hits with a Giveaway! Joy Bauer’s “Slim & Scrumptious” Cookbook! WINNER ANNOUNCED…

And the winner is…Pam Fulton! Congratulations! Please email me your mailing address (at mel.mckinnon@gmail.com) and Joy Bauer will ship you a copy of this fabulous cookbook! Enjoy!

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On New Year’s Eve, My Journey To Lean hit 40,000 hits just before midnight! What a way to ring in 2012! And, in celebration of this moment, my readers have a chance to win a great cookbook for free (one winner will be drawn at random and will receive a free copy shipped directly from JoyBauer.com)!

Slim & Scrumptious: More Than 75 Delicious, Healthy Meals Your Family Will Love by Joy Bauer, “New York Times Bestselling Author and Nutrition Expert for the Today Show.” Published by Harper Collins in 2010, this book contains over 200 pages of beautiful photographs by Joseph DeLeo, delicious, easy recipes from Joy Bauer, as well as helpful tips on what to shop for (and avoid) at the grocery store (from economical and nutritional perspectives), how to get kids interested in cooking at all ages, and basic necessities for every home kitchen. Retail value of this book is $24.95! It contains some inspiring recipes, including healthful brunch and dessert options! Here’s a sneak peek:

Front Cover Snapshot

Table of Contents Preview (that's only half of it)

Sample of Recipe Format and Photos

So, are you ready to kick off the New Year with a free cookbook from Joy Bauer? All you have to do is tell me one of your New Year’s Resolutions (or why you laugh at those of us who make resolutions) in the Comments section. Ready, set, go! You have until Thursday, January 5th at 5:00PM EST!

Happy New Year!

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New Years is a good time to look back over the last year and set goals for the new one. I look back and see some things I’d like to do better this coming year. I’m hesitant to write them out because it seems like if I tell other people my goals, I’m less likely to do them. So I’m posing them with a “Let’s see…” phrase instead of as an “I will…” statement.

Things I’d like to do this year:

  1. Let’s see if I can live a simpler, calmer life and resist the temptation to busy myself and fret over things I can’t change this year.
  2. Let’s see how many days I can read my Bible this year.
  3. Let’s see if I can share the gospel with more people this year (to do this, I have to make the gospel more of a priority in my own life: see #2).
  4. Let’s see how many days I can walk 3 miles this year (I still want to do strength training, Pilates and Yoga as well).
  5. Let’s see if I can get to sleep earlier and get up earlier this year.
  6. Let’s see if I can do with less coffee and more water this year (I won’t eliminate coffee because I believe there are some health benefits to the beverage in moderation, but I do need to drink more water).
  7. Let’s see if I can eat well this year (sub-goals of this would be to see if I can limit dessert to only once a week at most, not drink soda, stick primarily to the outside aisle of the grocery store, concentrating on produce and fresh, all-natural meats and eggs, limit dairy products other than yogurt, and reduce my intake of items that contain gluten).
  8. Let’s see if I can get certified as an A.C.E. Personal Trainer this year (my study materials arrived this week!).
  9. Let’s see if I can read more books and watch less TV this year.
  10. Let’s see if I can live on a tight budget and still save this year.

Finally, I wanted to share a prayer that has been hanging in our house since I was a little girl, The Serenity Prayer:

“God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

“Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.”

–Reinhold Niebuhr