Best. Birthday. Ever!

Thanks for all the birthday wishes guys!! I really appreciate it.  🙂

So yesterday was awesome.  Massage, manicure, pedicure, lunch at a tea room, shopping…what more could a girly-girl want??  I spent the whole day by myself doing the things that I wanted to do. It was bliss!  A few years ago, it would not have occured to me to spend my day alone, but yesterday I didn’t really want anyone with me. I think what made this birthday so much fun is that for the probably the first time ever in my life, I wasn’t depending on someone else to make it a special day.  I didn’t expect anything from anybody, so really there were no expectations of how I thought the day should go. And whaddya know, it was one of the best days I’ve ever had!  I even went to the little tea room and had lunch alone (my spa day ran late, and Shawn had already had lunch by the time I was finished) but it was lovely anyway. I loved every minute of it!

Oh, and I stopped by Goodwill and picked up two very cute, very still-had-the-store-tags-on-them new summer dresses. They need to be altered and taken in a bit, but they are easy fixes that I can do myself this weekend.  I can’t wait for warmer weather so I can show them off!  I also bought myself (not at Goodwill, just various random stores) new flip flops, a stainless steele water bottle, and a toe ring.  I know!! A toe ring!! I have always wanted one, and plus I needed something to draw attention to my lovely newly pedicured toes, so when I saw the rack of toe rings, I found one I liked and I bought it for a whole $5.  It is sterling silver, so I don’t have to worry about it turning my toe green. It’s the little things in life that please me so!  🙂

I had a piece of cake, of course, but I didn’t go nuts with it or anything. Had my peice and I was done. Back to the no-sweets thing again today. I also didn’t get any formal exercise in yesteday, but with all the shopping I did, I think that counts right?  So back to the workout challenge again today. I’m tired, but I’ll muster up the energy to get it done. Somehow. Between dinner, laundry, my iChange conference call, and more laundry, I’ll fit it in.

How’s the iChange thing going, you ask? Hey thanks for asking! I’ll tell you – my group is…how do I put this? Frankly it’s floundering. I had one group member and she hasn’t been on the site in about 6 days, so I’m afraid I have lost her. I think the other group leaders are having a hard time as well.  We are going to talk tonight about some different things we can do, but I feel like the wind has been let out of my sails. Just FYI, anyone can join iChange for free and use the trackers – you don’t have to sign up for one of the groups. If you are the type that likes to do things on your own, you can totally do that too, or you can join my group (the funnest option, I think), or you can join one of the experts’ groups.  There are a lot of ways to use the site, if you feel so inclined. Just thought I’d throw that out there in case you were wondering.

As far as my success with iChange, I had a little melt down and decided that I absolutely hate counting calories. I can’t see the forest for the trees when I’m counting things (calories, points, etc), and I get really obsessive about food. It brings out The Crazy, and it took me a long time to shut her down… I don’t want her making a reapperance. So I decided that I”m just going to focus on eating the best food I possibly can, not too much, but just enough and use the trackers without the calorie info.   I breathed a sigh of relief and two days later, I lost 2 pounds.  My head really can get in the way of my weight loss if I let it.  I’ve been doing this whole weight loss thing long enough to know what works and what doesn’t. So all that, plus my no-sweets challenge, and my work out challenge hopefully will blast me through the 155 wall that I’ve been sitting at for awhile.  154 will be a sweet victory!

Speaking of sweets, Diane wrote about SugarStacks in her post today.  It’s a website that uses sugar cubes to visually represent the amount of sugar in everyday foods.  Very interesting, and very relevant for me. Oh, and there’s a blog too, cause we all love a blog, don’t we?!  Go check it out! 

Have a good day!  😉

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6 thoughts on “Best. Birthday. Ever!

  1. First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Glad you had a wonderful day!

    I love that Sugar Stacks site. Pretty interesting stuff!

    I know what you mean about counting calories. I was doing that, but recently slacked off. I did like having the data on my fiber intake, but counting every.little.thing seemed to make me think about food and eating more often. Sometimes it’s just *tiring* to think about it so much. Maybe I’ve just been okay with the intuitive approach because I’ve been so busy. I might go back to tracking for fiber consumption purposes, though.

  2. Thanks for sharing this, it was real eye-opening for me.

    I absolutely hate counting calories. I can’t see the forest for the trees when I’m counting things (calories, points, etc), and I get really obsessive about food. It brings out The Crazy, and it took me a long time to shut her down… I don’t want her making a reapperance. So I decided that I”m just going to focus on eating the best food I possibly can, not too much, but just enough and use the trackers without the calorie info. I breathed a sigh of relief and two days later, I lost 2 pounds. My head really can get in the way of my weight loss if I let it. I’ve been doing this whole weight loss thing long enough to know what works and what doesn’t.

  3. I’m so glad you had such a good day. Those are my favorite kind of days. And toe rings–I got into those a few years ago when I started painting my toenails. Kinda done with that, though. And, I just recently got a stainless steel water bottle (trying to be more green) and I love it! I drink a lot more water at work, I think.

    About the iChange thing, I still think it is difficult to make serious connections online. It can work, but it takes time, I think.

    Now this thing that you said ( focus on eating the best food I possibly can, not too much, but just enough ) is exactly what I have been thinking about for a little while. Not so much because I hate counting calories. I don’t mind that at all. But I think I am a little off-kilter because I eat all my calories no matter what, and can’t wait for the next meal just because I like eating, and don’t pay enough attention to being hungry. So I was thinking about trying to go without counting, and just eating when I am truly hungry. Maybe we can encourage each other in this.

    And I hope you are having a fun family celebration today! Eat the very best cake that you possibly can, not too much, but just enough!

  4. This may be the wrong advice, but I dont believe in calorie counting. You have to change your whole view of eating.

    Where alot of people run into problems is once the “diet” is over most people go right back into their regular food and routine.

    It is my opinion anyone who truly has a struggle with their weight (meaning, not ever happy with how they look) has an eating disorder. So its more than just changing your food and exercising, its a mental thing also.

    I’m not saying everyone has an eating disorder, but alot of people do and dont recognize it.

    I have you thought about seeing a nutritionist?

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