So since all the drama surrounding birthdays this year, it got me thinking about birthdays in general and I noticed that as people get older (and I don't mean old, I mean 8-9-10 year olds), birthdays seem to be less about excitement, celebration, or even fun and more about it just being another day on the calendar, lackluster and bland. Birthdays slowly stop being a reason to celebrate someone who has survived and thrived through yet another year of a well-lived life and turn into Eh what day is it again. It's less about fun foods like birthday cake and more about depriving yourself by eating salad. You no longer get balloons and cards, but the steady stream of half-assed Facebook wall posts from people you may not even know any longer streams in all day. There isn't any singing, instead it's a whole lot more moping & sighing. And I'm changing that for me this year!
I'm not usually so excited for my birthday to get here, but this year I am super stoked to be entering birthday month. I'm planning celebrations, gifts & funs the whole month long. Oh yeah Baby! You see I've been working really hard and I'm pretty dang proud of my almost 43 year old ass. Here's my current "after" pic. I'm down about 47 pounds since Sept 2015 and a total of 13 inches overall. Now I realize that I am not an after, but I am seriously proud of my current status and the work I've done.
I have been doing a pretty decent job at staying on my 21 Day Fix program Sunday through Thursday and have actually lost about 15 pounds in July. And yes you heard that right, I run 21 Day Fix during my work week (Sunday night through Friday morning), eat my containers & work out when I get up and some days before going to bed again. And then I take a minor break on Fridays and a big break on Saturdays. I don't go full out piggy and eat a whole chocolate cake, but if I have been having a craving for chocolate cake (or any thing else for that matter) I indulge on Saturdays. Now don't get me wrong, I don't eat everything that's not nailed down. But by allowing myself to take Saturdays off and not feel like I'm cheating on myself by eating something off my diet, I am totally able to go back to my new normal eating schedule during my work week.
So this year for my birthday, I'm celebrating the entire month! I'm taking the entire month leading up to my birthday (8-25) to honor the awesome power of me. It’s so easy to get caught up in everyday life and ignore your own needs.