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Happy Birthday to Me

Friday, September 25, 2009

For the first time in my life, I did something really truly for myself on my birthday last week. Birthdays were always an excuse to *treat* myself to some decadent dessert or meal. There was an unspoken understanding that all birthday celebrations would necessarily include a family trip to a restaurant. As my birthday approached this year, I realized that something was really different. In times past, I would be scouring local reviews and thinking (daydreaming sometimes) about some wonderful, succulent, decadent meal to crown the day's celebrations. Not this year. As a newer member to SparkPeople, I found myself worrying how I would choose a healthy alternative - would I go there and give in to my twisted way of thinking that treating my body badly was somehow a celebration? (not that there isn't a place for some decadence in moderation).

And it hit me, eating badly is not a celebration at all. So, for the first time in my life, I told my disappointed family that what I wanted most was to stay home, cook together a healthy meal (cajun barbecue shrimp baked with olive oil instead of butter - YUM), and watch a movie. There was some protest and I finally said, "my birthday, and this is my gift to myself - I give myself health and well being". It felt good to still feel good (instead of bloated) after my birthday meal, and I enjoyed our time together. So, I realized, every day, I can give myself the gift of health and, on the days things don't go as well as I planned or hoped, I can give myself the gift of forgiveness and understanding that tomorrow is a new day.
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    Excellent gift to yourself,dear!! Congrats to another year of life,and allowing yourself to celebrate another one next year!!! emoticon
    4247 days ago
    Congratulations on your first blog. Keep up the good work. The more you put into you program (blogging, huddling, tracking food and exercise minutes, posting on your team pages, earning spark points) the more you will get out of your program- besides weight loss, you will get emotional support, friends who understand exactly what you are going through, accountability, focus, dependability...and the list goes on...

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    Happy Birthday to you!! What a great gift - and good inspiration, too. Way to go! emoticon
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    Happy Birthday!! Good for you for making healthier choices
    4248 days ago
    Happy Birthday! I am glad you had you had a wonderful health filled day!
    4248 days ago
    Good for you! You rock! Happy birthday!
    4248 days ago
    Happy late Birthday. You have such a Wonderful Attitude.
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