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Happy Birthday to Me - the best gift I have ever gotten

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Today is my 30th birthday. As I write this blog I am sitting in Greenjeans Restaurant in the Toronto Eaton Centre waiting for my family to descend on me and the party to begin. So before the chaos of Christmas happens, I wanted to take a few moments for a minute of self-reflection today.

When I turned 29 last year I was honestly scared of what would come of this year. I weighed over 300 pounds and though I wasn't unhappy (my therapy has been helping me overcome my unhappiness for a few years now), I wasn't satisfied either. I knew if change was going to happen that it had to happen soon - but I still didn't know how.

In April I discovered Spark and never looked back. Now 72 pounds lighter, I enter my 30s with a hope and a joy that I never experienced in the whole decade of my 20s. I'm down right exuberant! And though this journey has been challenging at times, I'm still doing it - something I never even thought possible given all my failed attempts.

This morning I woke up before my alarm. Even though I was at my brother's house I had been planning to run on my birthday for a few months now. I was excited. Last year I couldn't walk a mile without being winded. Today I ran 2 miles and wanted more. My brother helped me plan my route and watched in amazement as the person I have become headed out the door into the cold morning. What a gift. What an absolute wonder that I have given myself. I have given myself my life back...and this morning I ran 2 miles to prove it.

I have every hope that my 30s will quickly become the best years of my life. But for some reason I don't feel like I need to hope that hard - because I already KNOW they will be.

Happy Birthday Jenn! May you continue to love yourself in the future as much as you love yourself today.
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WOLFKITTY 12/30/2010 2:11AM

    Aww... Your "Flirty Thirties"!! HEhee.
You know that I know exactly what you mean. I started SparkPeople when I was 29. Lost 60 pounds by my 30th birthday. And there's still so much more to experience. You have a bright and beautiful future to behold!!

All the best!
Lots of love!
Jocelyn

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ABB698 12/30/2010 1:45AM

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Happy 30th Birthday! So glad to hear it was DONE just right! Cheers to many more and to good health!
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KT-NICHOLS-13 12/30/2010 1:37AM

    You are amazing! What a fantastic gift you gave to yourself.

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RIGBY31 12/27/2010 8:33PM

    YOU are the gift that keeps on giving! Have a terrific 2011 (and you b-day next year...wow!)

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JENJESS48 12/27/2010 2:44PM

    You've done an amazing job this year! And take it from me: your 30s are WAY better than your 20s. Things aren't so dramatic, life-and-death all the time anymore. You know yourself better and are more confident in your own skin. And your journey to health is only going to help with that. Happy birthday!

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SLFRISBEY 12/27/2010 9:52AM

    Happy Birthday!!!!

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CHICAT63 12/27/2010 8:25AM

    Happy Belated Birthday, missed this blog earlier. Turning 30 is a new beginning and you doing amazing, you are down 72 pounds and counting. I am sure 2011 will bring you many joys and triumphs.

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BECOMESTRONGER 12/27/2010 1:31AM

    Happy Belated Birthday! The 30's are WAY BETTER than the 20's! emoticon

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RUNNINGOLLIE 12/27/2010 12:55AM

    What a great blog and a great accomplishment!!!! emoticon emoticon

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MESEATURTLE 12/26/2010 11:44PM

    Happy belated birthday to u!!!!!

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EUPHRATES 12/26/2010 11:31PM

    Fantastic!!
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EAGLE101 12/26/2010 3:07PM

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YINYANGSJM 12/26/2010 2:29PM

    Happy Belated Birthday to you :). What a great present for yourself. I didn't realize until my 40's that I deserve to treat myself well and do things that make me happy, good for you realizing it now. Great job!!!!!

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RABBLEROUSER75 12/26/2010 2:05PM

    Love it!

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HSMOM2FOUR 12/26/2010 1:19PM

    Happy Birthday!! What an awesome start to your day! I hope it only got better from there! I know your 30's will be awesome - how can they not be when they are being started off in such a great way?! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KELSCATT 12/26/2010 1:12PM

  Happy Birthday and congrats on the weight loss and putting JENN first.
YAY for the 30's :)

congrats on the running - its something that continues to amaze me, like what we can do!!!

Spark on!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 12/26/2010 1:03PM

    Sweet. 30 has turned out well for me as well! Happy belated birthday to you.

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TEENY_BIKINI 12/26/2010 12:51PM

    Spark on, gorgeous. You deserve the best.

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KRAWRS 12/26/2010 12:47PM

    Fantastic! Happy Birthday (belated)! I love all your new pictures, they turned out GREAT!

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LAURIETAIT 12/25/2010 12:00PM

    Happy Birthday! You look great. You feel great. You're 30's will be awesome!

P.S. You've shamed me into getting out there and exercising. I can't use Winnipeg weather as an excuse. It's pretty nice here!

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MEADSBAY 12/23/2010 9:08PM

    Happy happy happy birthday, Jenn
You are an amazing young woman and you deserve every wonderful thing that has happened to you!
Savor it.
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LOVE your new profile pic- you're gorgeous!


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HDHAWK 12/23/2010 7:50PM

    Happy Birthday to you! You've accomplished so much!

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SYN-CA 12/23/2010 6:48PM

    Kith, what a wonderful story and birthday gift to yourself! One of the things I have owned in my life is that my body nor my weight defines who I am. The body is just the vehicle that carries YOU around! Though I have always been overweight since age 13, up/down/ up/down, it has not slowed me down. Wonderful victory for you in what you have accomplished so far! Happy Birthday and Happy Holidays! xxoo
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KSGROTHE 12/23/2010 6:34PM

    Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday, dear Je-ennnn!
Happy Birthday to you! (And many moooooore!)
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- Karen

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TWOTIMESS 12/23/2010 6:06PM

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Beautifully said! Happy birthday!

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CECE0330 12/23/2010 3:53PM

    What an excellent blog! Happy birthday & Congrats! You're absolutely right: The best gift you can give yourself is good health! Have a great day!

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KAKIPOPUP 12/23/2010 3:49PM

    So far my 40's have been my favorite decade - but the best is yet to be! Happy Birthday! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CALLIKIA 12/23/2010 3:35PM

    I love it! I hope to have a similar experience next month when I hit the big 3-0 (which I'm no longer at all terrified of...I'm looking FORWARD to it now! Who would've thunk it?) Happy birthday to you! Enjoy 30!

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SARAWALKS 12/23/2010 3:23PM

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Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas to you! Rejoicing!

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TWANGGIRL 12/23/2010 3:07PM

    That is terrific! Congrats and happy b-day to you!

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