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We’ve hit the time in the summer that is both a blessing and a curse for me.  A blessing because celebrating special events with friends and family is always fun.  A curse because these memory-making events always come with indulgent foods and drinks. Still, I feel lucky to have so much to celebrate over the course of these two weeks:

  • Italian Heritage Night at the SF Giants (Tuesday night)
  • My dad’s birthday (Wednesday night)
  • A Silpada party (last night)
  • Impromptu BBQ w/ my parents (tonight)
  • SJ Giants baseball game (tomorrow night)
  • Dinner out with a friend for my birthday (Tuesday)
  • My birthday (next Wednesday)
  • 4th of July
  • My friend’s annual 5th of July party

At each of these events, I’m going to make the best choices possible.  For example, Wednesday night at my dad’s birthday dinner, which we had at a local bocce court and restaurant, I ordered steamed clams and mussels in a white wine/tomato/garlic broth.  Healthy and very delicious, but we also had red wine. Which is fine, and wouldn’t affect my weight loss, except that I had a beer at the Giants game the night before, and I had cucumber sangria at my party last night.  See what I mean?  None of these choices alone are bad; but together they make it hard to lose weight.

Which is honestly why I didn’t weigh in on Wednesday.  I’d had an Italian sausage (no bun), beer, and a bit of kettle corn the night before at the game, and I knew it would put me up on the scale, even if it is just water weight.

Now I’m not saying that during this next week and a half I’m going to throw everything out the window and eat with wild abandon while lazing around at home inactive. That’s just not me anymore.  I’m still making good choices, I’m still eating small portions, and I’m still working out as much as ever.  But at this point in my weight loss journey, indulging a bit and working out equals maintaining my weight, not losing. 

Which I’m fine with – until July 6th.  I’ve decided that I’m perfectly happy to maintain my weight loss for the next week or so.  I’m actually really happy with the way I look and feel right now.  I’m proud of all that I’ve accomplished and enjoy seeing the person who looks back at me in the mirror.  But I still weigh more than I’d like to, so I’m not quite ready to call this my goal weight.  Not just yet.

So beginning on July 6th I’m going to get back to my weight loss mode.  I want to drop another 30 pounds, and while I know it’s going to be a lot harder to do it now that I’m at this weight, I know I can do anything I put my mind to.  Those 30 pounds aren’t going to come off in just one summer, but I can lose 1/3 – 1/2 of them if I get back to being a bit stricter with my food choices.

Which is not to say that I can’t have fun this summer, but I want to keep my ultimate goal in mind. My journey isn’t over just yet, and I’m excited to continue on with it after this brief rest stop.

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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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Happy Monday! I hope your weekend was as great as mine was.  The weather around here was wild – 100 degrees on Saturday and then incredibly windy and mid-70s on Sunday. Our weather never fluctuates that dramatically in just one day, so it was really strange.  I did get a chance to hit the beach to beat the heat on Saturday, and it was a really fun time.  I love seeing the joy that Sofi exhibits the moment her little paws hit the sand. And really, is there anything better than walking along the beach? Yesterday I met up with EH, who had been subbing for my classes while I was on medical leave, and it was great to catch up.  I’d gotten her a really special thank you gift, and she loved it.  It’s so much fun to get someone something you know they’re going to love.  Then my sister and I spent most of the day together, acting goofy, cooking, and taking the pups for a long walk.

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

FMM: How Do You Celebrate?

1. When is your birthday?  July 2 – it’s coming up fast!  🙂

2.  Do you like to celebrate it or do you prefer to keep it quiet?  My parents were great about always making my birthday a fun celebration, even if it was just our immediate family.  Now that I’m older, each year the level of celebration differs – my sister organized a fabulous party for me when I turned 40 two years ago, but then on years like this one (which don’t end in a 0 or a 5), I’ll probably celebrate with a quiet dinner with the fam. But when in doubt, I say CELEBRATE!

3. Have you ever had a surprise party?  Not yet…. This is actually one of my secret bucket list hopes.

4. What sign are you?  Does it represent you well?  I’m a Cancer, and while there are parts of it that are SO like me: nesting, being emotional and intuitive, showing loyalty, and loving family and friends.  But I’m definitely not introverted, or someone who is scared of conflict.

5.  Do you tell the truth about your age?  Absolutely! I’m going to be 42 in less than a month, and I am really proud of that.  No one ever guesses my age, and are usually shocked when I tell them.  I think it’s a combo of being young-at-heart and having good genes/great skin (no wrinkles).

6.  Share your best birthday memory.  Every birthday something wonderful happens, so I don’t think I could choose just one “best.” The best thing about every birthday is the love that family and friends show by spending time to celebrate me.

7.  Share a few item that could be on your birthday wishlist.  I actually have quite a few things on my Amazon Wishlist.  So many of them are practical: Fitbit Flex, Eggface’s Bento Box for lunches, and some new sneaks.  If it were an “anything goes” wishlist, it would include: an iPad, a Sephora shopping spree, and maybe a little something from Tiffany.

8.  What is your favorite kind of cake?  Believe it or not, I really don’t like birthday cake. I’m much more of a pound cake or carrot cake type of person.

9.  If you could be anywhere on your next birthday, where would you be?  I’d be on a Hawaiian beach, with my friends and family.

10.  Do you make a wish when you blow out the candles?  Every year!

Now it’s your turn to answer the questions! And also be sure to go back to Kenlie’s blog and leave a link to your FMM post in the comments! I really encourage you to comment on as many people’s posts as you can – I’ve met some fantastic people through FMM. You never know who you’ll meet today.

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Better than fine, really. Life is amazing, and I’m so happy.

Yesterday was my dad’s 70th birthday, and we (my sister, mom, and I) took him to the SF Giants game vs. the Boston Red Sox.  As much as I love the Red Sox, I definitely hoped they lost last night.  It wouldn’t be a lot of fun to take my dad to a game that our team didn’t win, now would it?  Luckily, the Giants snuck ahead and were able to retain their lead into 9th inning.  The best part about the day was spending time together, just the four of us, our little family from childhood.  Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love my nieces, but it is fun to just be “us four” sometimes, too.  It brings us all back to all the awesome memories we have from growing up.  Some things never change, no matter how old we get, and I wouldn’t change a thing.  Taking my dad to the game was supposed to be a surprise, but he figured it out because of some unintentional clues we gave him.  I was determined to be sure that he was somehow surprised last night, so I paid for a happy birthday scoreboard message for him.  If you could’ve seen the look of shock and joy on his face when he read the message, you’d understand why it was well worth the exorbitant amount I paid.  After all, you only  turn 70 once.

That’s the other thing that struck me yesterday.  70 is OLD, yet my dad doesn’t seem that way at all.  He’s so full of life, so young at heart, and simply enjoys each moment as it comes to him.  Since my birthday is exactly one week after his, it’s something I’m going to take with me into my 39th year.  Age really isn’t about the year you were born, it’s about the way you feel inside and out and the energy you put out into the world.  I think that’s one of the reasons that people are surprised to learn my age.  Well, that and the fact that maybe I’m a bit immature.  Just kidding.  I like to keep up with the trends, and being around 125 teenagers 10 months out of the year definitely helps with that.  Plus, I really do think you’re only as old as you feel, and I would say I feel about 31. So I think that’s where I’m going to stay.  🙂

Today is a gorgeous day outside, so I’m determined to make the most of it.  My sister and I are going for a leisurely, long walk with Lulu in a little bit, and then I’m heading to the pool.  It’s supposed to be in the mid-80s today, so why not enjoy the sun and a swim?  Then tonight, I’m meeting a few of my friends from high school to go to a new Persian restaurant for dinner.  It sounds like an absolutely wonderful way to spend a Saturday.

I hope you’re all out and enjoying life as much as you can because…

You never know when you’re making a memory.” ~~ Ricky Lee Jones

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