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reverb13-blog-button Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb13: Reverb is a way to reflect on the past year and project into the next year with a prompt a day for 31 days.  December is the perfect time to reflect on 2013 and start to create intentions for 2014.

Day 6: Blowing Out the Candles
You’re another year older!  How did you celebrate the passage of another year?  Did it turn out the way you had hoped?

I love birthdays! My own and everyone else’s.  From the time I was a young girl my parents always made birthdays my own private holiday. (For both my sister and me). There’s nothing more special than feeling like the entire day is dedicated just to you.

This year, I had a nice, quiet birthday.  Since it was a year without an 0 or a 5 in it, I spent the day doing all the things I love.  I woke up to my parents on the other end of the phone, singing me “Happy Birthday.”  Then I got on the scale, and saw a nice weight loss (great gift!).  Then Sofi and I went on a long walk, followed by some pool time.  Later in the afternoon my sister and I had some sister time getting a pedi.  And then the evening was spent opening presents and going to dinner at a great seafood dinner with my family.  My friends took me out for dinners and drinks and coffee dates the days before and after.

It was wonderful to spend the time surrounding my special day with everyone I love.  Sure, I would have loved to have a huge surprise party with tons of friends and family, or go on a trip to Vegas with all my girlfriends, but spending a quieter day doing all the little things that make me smile was fitting for the year I’ve lived.  This year I’ve spent so much time making my life better through health and fitness, and while the overall changes have been dramatic, they came about in small, subtle ways.

They say the way that you spend New Year’s Eve is the way that you’ll spend the year ahead.  Since I consider my birthday my own little “new year’s day,” I guess the same can apply.  I spent the day doing all the little things that make me happy, and this year has been my happiest yet.

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birthday-candlesToday has already been a fabulous birthday, and I it’s not even half over.

I woke up to the phone ringing, and when I answered it, my parents were both on the line, singing “Happy Birthday” for me.  So cute!  My parents have always made my birthday a special day.  They’re such special people, and I know just how lucky I am to have been raised by them, but even more importantly, that I have such an amazing relationship with both of them.

After I got out of bed, I hit the scale, as I do every morning, and today I was given a great gift: 60 lbs down!!  My official weigh in won’t be until Sunday, but I just couldn’t resist sharing the great news.  60 pounds off is such an accomplishment!  I’m really proud of all of my efforts, and I love seeing the results on the scale.

When I logged into FB, it was fantastic to see so many of my friends sending me birthday wishes.  That’s really when social media is at it’s best – it allows you to share the love on special days.  It feels so great to see how many people thought of me today.

Next, Sofi and I got out of the house and got in a long morning walk before the temps heat up too much; today’s going to be 102! Then I came home, ate breakfast, and headed back out to the pool.  Since I got my hair blown out at Dry Bar yesterday, I didn’t want to get it wet, but I did float along and kick my feet the entire 45 minutes.  Treading water burns a decent amount of calories!

Last night Tinkerbell and her hubby took me to a great dinner at our local grill restaurant, and I had 3/4 of the huge burger left, so I had 1/4 of it for lunch today.  (That’s another great thing about WLS – I can get so many meals out of a “standard” portion).

My sister and I are about to go get pedicures (I’m thinking red with white polka dots), and then we’re getting changed for dinner with my parents.  We’re going to Steamer’s, a seafood grill restaurant.  And then, of course, PRESENTS!  My Amazon Wishlist included quite a few health & fitness items, and I can’t wait to see what I got.  I’ll definitely give an update tomorrow.

I’m so grateful to have such great friends and family who go out of their way to make me feel special today.  I’m blessed.

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I first wrote this post about birthdays back in 2007, and since today is my 41st birthday, I thought I’d share an excerpt with you.

Growing up, I loved having my birthday in the summer because it meant I didn’t have to go to school on my birthday. Sure, I missed out on cupcakes with the class, but I got fireworks. I think in that trade-off, I got the better deal, don’t you? A summer birthday meant that most people were more relaxed and ready to have fun.

My parents always made birthdays a big deal. Bigger than Christmas, because it was YOUR special day. My sister and I would get lots of presents, sure, but the best part about our birthdays was that the whole day felt like a huge celebration. The birthday girl got to decide what we had for dinner that night — whether it was a favorite recipe that Mom made or a restaurant you wanted to try out. Since my birthday fell in the summer, we usually took some kind of day trip for my birthday. We could go anywhere I wanted to — San Francisco, Santa Cruz, a movie at the mall, whatever. Birthdays are usually celebrations, but in my family, they were like our own special holiday.

When I got old enough to work, I always took my birthday off, because it was my special day. As a teenager, I’d usually do the family thing in the morning and earlier part of the day and then hang out with friends later. Or, we’d all go out to dinner, my parents’ treat.

Birthdays are always a time of reflection for me.  I take stock of the past year of life and celebrate my successes and see what I can learn from the disappointments.  And I usually celebrate it with food and drink alongside family and friends.

But not this year.

This year I told everyone that I didn’t want to go out for drinks or to a special dinner for my birthday.  A few of the people were surprised that I was saying this, but once I explained my thinking, they understood.  This summer my priority is weight loss.  I’ve been serious about it in my actions, and just because today is my birthday, I don’t want to blow all of my progress.  One day of indulging can throw me off for an entire week, as evidenced by the Father’s Day BBQ I had a few weeks ago.  This time of year is tough because my dad’s birthday is a week before mine, then mine, then 4th of July, then my niece’s birthday.  Whew!  Lots of celebrating.

So I asked everyone if we could do non-food-related things to celebrate and keep it all a little more low key.  Plus this year isn’t one that ends in a 0 or a 5, so there’s no real need to go nuts with the parties. I’m still going to celebrate:

  • I had iced tea and opened presents with my parents on Sunday.
  • I decided a great gift to myself would be to start today with a 9am bikram yoga class, with my friend Ani. (I’m also buying an unlimited 1-month pass for myself, and the plan is to start my day with Bikram at 9am as many days as possible for the month of July).
  • Afterward, I think I’ll head for a dip in the pool to cool off and refresh after all that sweaty bikram.
  • This afternoon my sister and one of my good friends are taking me to get pedicures. Lots of ways to be social without including food and drinks.
  • Tonight I want to keep things simple – take a leisurely walk with Sofi, read a great book in the backyard, and enjoy the evening quietly at home.

Because if I can stick to my goals this year I could almost be at my goal weight by my next birthday. How amazing will that be?!!

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I first wrote this back in 2007, but since today is my 40th birthday, I thought I’d share it with you.

Growing up, I loved having my birthday in the summer because it meant I didn’t have to go to school on my birthday. Sure, I missed out on cupcakes with the class, but I got fireworks. I think in that trade-off, I got the better deal, don’t you? A summer birthday meant that most people were more relaxed and ready to have fun.

My parents always made birthdays a big deal. Bigger than Christmas, because it was YOUR special day. My sister and I would get lots of presents, sure, but the best part about our birthdays was that the whole day felt like a huge celebration. The birthday girl got to decide what we had for dinner that night — whether it was a favorite recipe that Mom made or a restaurant you wanted to try out. Since my birthday fell in the summer, we usually took some kind of day trip for my birthday. We could go anywhere I wanted to — San Francisco, Santa Cruz, a movie at the mall, whatever. Birthdays are usually celebrations, but in my family, they were like our own special holiday.

When I got old enough to work, I always took my birthday off, because it was my special day. As a teenager, I’d usually do the family thing in the morning and earlier part of the day and then hang out with friends later. Or, we’d all go out to dinner, my parents’ treat.

In my late teens and early 20s boyfriends didn’t always understand why birthdays were such a big deal. (Probably because they didn’t grow up with my mom who got so excited when one of our birthdays was coming up). I’d try to explain, and they finally got the hint that if they were going to stick around for awhile they’d better get on the birthday bandwagon. Suddenly elaborate surprise dates were planned. It didn’t have to be expensive or fancy, but it did have to show care and concern.

One of the side benefits of being a teacher was that I was guaranteed to have my birthday off. I could do whatever I wanted to for the day. Plan a trip, go on a shopping spree, or simply stay home and relax. Whatever I had planned, it always involved family and friends and having fun.

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I’m so thankful that I stopped working in the summer a few years ago and I have 2 months of days off.  Today’s plan is to lounge around until I feel like getting myself in gear and then go on a bike ride with LC.  I’m definitely going to make some time for relaxing and reading. And I think LC and I are going to do our own version of a beauty day – she’s going to paint my toes and in exchange I’m going to straighten her hair.  Then late this afternoon, we’re heading to my favorite wine bar to meet up with several of my friends to ring in this new decade of my life while to vino flows vigorously.  Tomorrow my parents and I are going out to dinner at one of my favorite seafood restaurantsCupcakes may or may not be eaten, as well.

It’s funny, 20 years ago when I imagined what my life would be like at this stage, I pictured a husband, kids, a house – the American Dream.  Other than teaching and wanting to hit my goal weight, I have nothing in common with the desires of my 20-year-old self.   My life is nothing like I pictured it back then, and yet I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m so thankful for the life I lead – the family, the friends, Sofi, my work, my attitude, my health, my home – I’m overwhelmed by my good fortune.  I’m happy that things have turned out as they have: I’m living the life I was meant to, of that I’m sure.

I’m actually really excited to move into this new chapter of my life, because it means that I’m entering into my healthiest decade yet.  I’ll finally be free of this weight during my 40’s!!  And it sure doesn’t hurt that I look about 10 years younger than I am (if I do say so myself), so I can take advantage of my young-at-heart attitude.  I can’t wait for all the adventures (and people?!!) my 40’s hold for me!

Do Life @ 40:  Fierce, Fit, and Free!!!!

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Saturday I turn 40, and I can think of no better gift to give myself this week than the gift of celebrating my good health.  Because even though I have more pounds than I’d like to on this body of mine, I also have a lot to be grateful for.  I can walk, swim, jump, and dance without any problems or pain. Sure, if I exert myself too much I get winded, but at 140 pounds overweight, you would too.  I’m lucky that I can what people half my weight can’t, so this week I’m going to show myself just how much I’m capable of accomplishing.

Monday – aqua aerobics @ 9am
Tuesday – swimming (mid day), Afro-Belly Boogie @ 6:30pm
Wednesday – swimming (mid day), Turbo Kick (kickboxing) @ 6:30pm
Thursday – Zumba @ 9am
Friday – Exercise TV*
Saturday – Exercise TV*

*I haven’t been using Exercise TV on On Demand through Comcast at all, and they have a lot of great workouts on there.  Since my closest gym is closing for 3 weeks for remodeling, I know I’ll be utilizing Exercise TV a lot more.  I can’t see driving 20 minutes each way unless there’s really a class I am interested in taking.  And I *could* go swimming, but I’m getting my hair done on Friday, so I’m hoping it will last until Saturday’s night out.

What are your plans for working out this week?

Don’t forget to enter my re-naming contest for the chance to help me and get a prize for yourself, all at the same time.

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I first wrote this back in 2007, but since today is my 39th birthday, I thought I’d share it with you.

Growing up, I loved having my birthday in the summer because it meant I didn’t have to go to school on my birthday. Sure, I missed out on cupcakes with the class, but I got fireworks. I think in that trade-off, I got the better deal, don’t you? A summer birthday meant that most people were more relaxed and ready to have fun.

My parents always made birthdays a big deal. Bigger than Christmas, because it was YOUR special day. My sister and I would get lots of presents, sure, but the best part about our birthdays was that the whole day felt like a huge celebration. The birthday girl got to decide what we had for dinner that night — whether it was a favorite recipe that Mom made or a restaurant you wanted to try out. Since my birthday fell in the summer, we usually took some kind of day trip for my birthday. We could go anywhere I wanted to — San Francisco, Santa Cruz, a movie at the mall, whatever. Birthdays are usually celebrations, but in my family, they were like our own special holiday.

When I got old enough to work, I always took my birthday off, because it was my special day. As a teenager, I’d usually do the family thing in the morning and earlier part of the day and then hang out with friends later. Or, we’d all go out to dinner, my parents’ treat.

In my late teens and early 20s boyfriends didn’t always understand why birthdays were such a big deal. (Probably because they didn’t grow up with my mom who got so excited when one of our birthdays was coming up). I’d try to explain, and they finally got the hint that if they were going to stick around for awhile they’d better get on the birthday bandwagon. Suddenly elaborate surprise dates were planned. It didn’t have to be expensive or fancy, but it did have to show care and concern.

One of the side benefits of being a teacher was that I was guaranteed to have my birthday off. I could do whatever I wanted to for the day. Plan a trip, go on a shopping spree, or simply stay home and relax. Whatever I had planned, it always involved family and friends and having fun.

That is, until I started working in the summer. You mean I have to WORK on my birthday? Wow. Weird concept. That kind of makes it like a normal day. A day like any other. Suddenly the “specialness” is gone, because I have to get up and commute in to work like everyone else. I hate that.

So, today I decided that I would work from home. Yes, I’ll have to get work done and can’t do whatever I want to, but at least I won’t have to fight the traffic and drive that crazy commute. And I can type this blog in my pjs!! It really doesn’t get any better than that. I’ll take the simple pleasures where I can get them, today.

I know this makes me sound like a “princess,” which I’m not. I’m not really that high maintenance at all — except on my birthday, I guess.

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I’m so thankful that I stopped working in the summer and now I have 2 months of days off.  Today’s plan is to lounge around until I feel like getting myself in gear and then heading to the pool to swim a bit and relax while reading in the sun.  Then tonight, it’s dinner at a great seafood restaurant with my parents.  Mellow and low key, but I guess that’s what it means when you’re 39.

Since this is the last year of my 30’s I’m DETERMINED to make it my best yet.  No question.  I have a bunch of things I want to do before I’m 40, and I’ll go into more detail about that tomorrow.

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istockphoto_1093838-the-gift-of-health The scale said, “Happy Birthday, Bella!”

This morning I woke up determined to go to my WW meeting, no matter what.  I had gotten in so much activity that I was sure I was going to see great numbers on the scale, despite two very high-point days.  And I did!  I’ve lost 3.6 pounds from last weeks at home weigh-in, which is amazing.  But…last week I had gained, so according to my official WW weigh-in, I only lost 0.3 which is still great.  It’s a loss.

And besides losing weight, the biggest gift I gave myself was going to the meeting today.  Entering into my 38th year on this earth, there are a few things I want to do differently:

  • Attend meetings every week, without fail, no matter what the scale is going to say.
  • Keep up with the activity, even when I start teaching again.
  • Getting back to training with a personal trainer at the gym.  AYearFromNow has really inspired me with this idea. My plan is to buy the training sessions after I buy my new car (to see how much money I’ll end up with, depending on the amount of the down payment).  I’m thinking that starting the training sessions in the fall will be a great way for me to keep up with my workouts and active lifestyle.
  • Be more patient – with my friends and family, with my students, and with myself.  I am so extremely impatient, especially with myself, and while I know that my perfectionism is what helped me achieve so many of my goals, I think it can also hinder my progress in other areas, because no one is perfect all of the time.
  • Try to really cut back on the processed foods.  I usually eat pretty “clean,” but in my 38th year, I want to make a conscious effort to improve that even more.
  • I have a whole list of other things I want to do by the time I’m 40 on my life blog, if you want to read it.

Another interesting thing that happened today after my WW meeting was that I rocked the Wii Fit.  As you know, I’ve been doing it each morning first thing for at least 15-20 minutes.  Well today I hit new records on almost every single activity I did.  And I did it for 30 minutes.  It was really cute, too, because when I was doing the Body Test, the little Wii Board in the screen was wearing a birthday hat.  Too cute.

Today is going to be a fantastic day spent with family, but I also wanted to take a minute to check in with my other family, my fellow weight loss bloggers.

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