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One of my best birthday presents was joining Spark People ~

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

60 years young ~ the one I was dreading until SP helped me feel good about myself!

Birthday weekend, and my 'official' birthday, are over for another year. Thank you all who sent me birthday wishes ~ it was a wonderful day, filled with love, joy, kindness and lots of food and gifts. I am a very blessed woman and am incredibly grateful. :)

I did overeat 'some' but I don't think I went over maintenance calories and, if I did, not by much. The rest of the week I will stick to the low end of my calorie allotment and, hopefully, make up for it.

I, basically, ate healthy. A dear friend took me for lunch yesterday and I had a garden salad and a vegetable stack. On Saturday when we were celebrating 'our' birthdays (my son's is 2 days before mine. HE always is my best birthday gift!) ~ I ordered grilled chicken with mango. Both amazing meals and both on track. I did indulge in a bite or two of the desserts but certainly not a lot.

I got flowers from my 'birthday son', yesterday ~ a very unexpected surprise since I got a wonderful present on Saturday. I got some awesome presents from my other sons, as well. Resulting in a very spoiled and very happy, grateful Mom! :D

A wonderful gift that I received, also from my 'birthday son,' is this gorgeous bell set. It is good for feng shui with the moving water and the tinkling bells and, also, wonderful for meditation.

The biggest gift is the one I gave myself! The gift of Spark People! The gift of getting to below 200 lbs before my 60th birthday. :) The gift of exercise. The gift of eating healthy, nutritious foods. The gift of getting healthy. Which, in turn, has given me the gift of self-love, self-acceptance and good self-esteem. The gift of fitting into smaller clothes, being able to smile at myself in the mirror, feeling awesome about the way I look and feel. The gift of promise, of a great tomorrow and a bright future. Yes, the gift of Spark People just keeps on giving ~ and making me healthy and happy. My new Spark friends, maybe, the best gift of all!

I am happy to be 60 years old ~ I feel better than I felt at 50 or even 40. I am very blessed. Thank you ~ ALL ~ from the bottom of my heart. emoticon

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GRATEFUL_BEING 1/29/2013 5:38PM

    Sorry I'm late Happy Birthday!

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BLINGANDBOWS27 1/29/2013 4:22PM

    I cannot believe I missed your birthday! Here't to a very very Happy Belated Birthday. May this year bring to you achievements and happiness. Best of love and luck in your new year! emoticon

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Mindful Moment for Monday ~

Monday, January 28, 2013

If you advance confidently in the direction of your own dreams, and endeavor to live the life which you have imagined, you will meet with a success unimagined in common hours. ~ Henry David Thoreau

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Mindful Moment for Friday ~

Friday, January 25, 2013

The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new. ~ Pema Chodron

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Mindful Moment for Wednesday ~

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. ~ Albert Einstein

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PHOENIX1949 1/23/2013 3:26PM

    Sure enjoying my subscription to your blog.

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JOYCECAIN 1/23/2013 1:41PM

    Loved this photo. So true.

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Mindful Moment for Tuesday ~

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Health food may be good for the conscience but Oreos taste a hell of a lot better. ~ Robert Redford, actor/director

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PHOENIX1949 1/22/2013 9:50PM


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MANDIETERRIER1 1/22/2013 8:15PM

    So true

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LAWANDMUSIC 1/22/2013 8:09PM

    Yes, indeed!

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  I really love that man!

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