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Friday, April 08, 2011

Yesterday I turned 60!! SIXTY!!

OK, cannot believe it. And have to say, turning 60 is probably the most traumatic "big birthday" I've experienced since 40. When my husband had to take me to Bermuda for a week. And arrange a catered party on our return home for a huge crowd of friends. At 40 I was home with kids, having left a great job as a college teacher, in between careers, wondering if I'd ever get back into the workplace.

By 50 I'd earned 3 more degrees and been called to the bar and was practising law and was preparing a manuscript for publication. But: I also weighed 85 pounds more than I do right now. Had paid a price -- a big one -- for the stress of commuting and academics and all the rest of it.

Yesterday's 60th was low key. Started the day at the gym. I worked hard all day and loved it -- actually made significant progress in resolving two big cases that I've been working on for a long time. Felt great. Came home a little early to warm April sunshine, made dinner for DH and DS, polished off a bottle of pink bubbly among the three of us (a new Argentinean rose which is a glorious colour) and enjoyed chocolate fudge cake and wonderful gifts. (I'll blog about one of these, from DH, soon . . . because there are people here who will want to try it, I'm sure!!)

It was a very good day. Through SP I've met so many people who make 60 look energetic and graceful and powerful: Sandy, you're key among them!!

And so I'm thinking that 60 is doable! Gonna be doing it anyway, right? Will be doing it with heart!! (And smelling gorgeous, as it happens -- but more about that soon!!)

(P.S. When I changed my SP page to indicate I'm no longer 59, I couldn't enter that info without changing my weight tracker because my weight at 144.5 was below my former "goal weight" of 150. So -- put in 142. But don't really know that 142 is my goal weight: I'm still Becksperimenting with lowest achievable/lowest sustainable weight. Did preplan and track everything I ate for the birthday feast: stayed within goal too, and did not gain any weight . . .).
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    Super happy belated birthday!
    2522 days ago
    Happy birthday, hot stuff!!!

    2531 days ago
    Belated but sincere happy birthday wishes.

    What a wonderful blog from a truly inspirational woman.


    Annie x
    2532 days ago
  • NICE125
    Wow!! I will remember you each time I think of 'retiring' and we all have those days! Law after 40?? amazing, write about that journey, very inspiring for us , hope to follow in your foot-steps!
    And a belated very Happy Birthday, may you have many more!
    2535 days ago
    Oh, Happy Birthday Month!!! Or do you prefer "year"? I figure you just have to celebrate every day of life to be sure. I'm not at all far behind you. I will follow you in grace as I cross that threshold too.

    Sorry to be so lax with my sparking lately. My job and life are so full of details and I never seem to manage to get around to all of them. At the end of the day, the last thing I want to do is sit at the computer.

    Thank you so much for keeping up with me from time to time. I appreciate your friendship and wishes. You are doing an awesome job and your goals truly inspire me.

    Take good care and may all the things that are important to you come to be . . . as always, love, Jan XOXOXO
    2536 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/11/2011 3:26:22 PM
    Wow..sorry I'm late to say Happy Birthday!! What a marvelous life you have..you've reached so many exciting milestones.. Have the best year ever..you deserve it emoticon
    2537 days ago
  • CMB2048
    My goodness! I didn't know you had a birthday coming up!!! You never said anything when I wrote about my 50th on April 1. Well, Happy Birthday! I bet you feel terrific being below your goal weight and all you've accomplished. Here's to a great year for you! emoticon
    2537 days ago
    I think you're doing 60 with grace and style...and three extra degrees to boot! Now you're talking my language...I was thinking depressed thoughts for my 50th (last week), but with the loving support of family and friends (especially here on SparkPeople!), I've decided this decade is going to be even better than the last...as it should be for you too!

    We stop growing when we die, so until then, we owe it to ourselves to never stop learning, and never stop moving...Happy birthday to you!!

    Take care.
    2538 days ago
  • BLUESKY_321
    Happy Birthday! So much to celebrate : where you are, what you've accomplished - hooray for you!
    2538 days ago
    Everyone is the age of their heart. ~Guatemalan Proverb
    One question.....
    How old would you be if you didn't know your age?
    Hope you noted mine and know that you have accomplished much in your short time here.......KUDOS.....Look fervently forward to the next and the next glorious birthday, darlin'. You're lookin' FABULOUS!!!!! XO Your geriatric friend...NOT (geriatric, I mean) lol...(and I don't mind) cuz age is just a number. Afterall, I AM just the age of my heart....63 YEARS YOUNG! Nite.......xo MaryAnn emoticon
    2538 days ago
    A very big HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! That's awesome. I do find it interesting though... why does there seem to be such a huge mental change when we move from one decade to another? I'm so glad that you are doing 60 with grace. You truly motivate me - There is still so much for me to accomplish, and age is the least factor in whether or not I attain my goals and dreams. Thank you. Enjoy 60 and every year thereafter!

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    2538 days ago
    Wow! Happy Birthday emoticon Birthdays are a chance to look back and plan forwards dear friend. You have reinvented yourself and the best is yet to come! I'm SO HAPPY for you.
    Usha xx
    2538 days ago
    Sixty is a GOOD age! And you certainly accomplished a heck of a lot between 40 and 50. Imagine what you can do now!

    Happy Birthday!

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    2538 days ago
    Happy Birthday!

    You make it look easy for those of us following in your well-respected footsteps.

    Hat's off to you!
    2538 days ago
    Happy birthday Ellen, emoticon , What wonderful achievements you have accomplished and your blogs are so full of the joy of living. You always lift my day, thank you. emoticon emoticon
    2538 days ago
    Happy birthday!!!!! May this be your best year yet!!!!
    2539 days ago
    I face the big 60 this year too! It's going to be awesome!!

    Happy Birthday - I agree with KMIRANDA - Life only gets better!!
    2539 days ago
    WOW!! I would have never guessed in a million years you are 60!!! You look fantastic!! All that in spite of a stressful career! You rock Ellen!
    Happy Belated birthday, so glad you had a great one! Gym and calorie counting, you are disciplined!! You for sure will make what ever goal weight your body feels is appropriate!

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    2539 days ago
  • KRISTI2661
    Oh, happy birthday! Sounds like you had a great one and are looking forward to what life has in store for you! Thanks for being my Spark friend!
    2539 days ago
  • NANCY-
    You certainly know how to party!
    You are one amazing lady. I'm sure you will keep that Spark!

    2539 days ago
    Impressive; impressive!! Especially that pre-planning your birthday. Going to gym on your birthday = great!! All your accomplishments. You've done so much. Just great. Your sixties will be great, too. I'm sure.

    Happy Birthday!! -Marsha
    2539 days ago
  • KMIRANDA2000
    Happy 60!!! Life only gets better!
    2539 days ago
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