Yesterday I officially became a member of the 30's Club! That's right. The Fourth of July is my birthday
! When I was 27 I told myself that I had until I was 30 to get my weight under control. At that birthday I begin my first stint with SparkPeople. I was gung ho and gave it my all. My "all" lasted 10 months. I was able to lose 47 lbs and successfully gained 52 back. Even still, I kept reminding myself of the promise I made to be healthy by 30.
While I still have a ways to go, I am excited to say that I am MUCH, MUCH happier and healthier than I was 3 years ago.
This picture with my little brother shows a compeletly different woman both physically and mentally than the one I was three birthdays ago.
To make my birthday even more exciting, my brother got me a bike! He could only afford a used one but that didn't matter. He polished and shined it up. I have been wanting a bike since mine got stolen 20 YEARS AGO! I swear I have asked every guy I have ever dated, both of my parents and Santa Claus for one and it has never showed up. I was super excited! Now I know they say that you never forget how to ride a bike, but I don't know about that! A sista was pretty wobbly. Thankfully with all of the running I do, my quads are pretty strong and I attacked the hills. My family joked that I was the only person who rode better uphill than down! I cannot wait to take my bike to the trails near my house.
Some of you may recall my issues with my dad from a previous blog. He came to my aunt's house yesterday for my birthday. He wasn't there for long. I thought I had some real personal growth since I wrote that last blog and read your comments. Typically when he is around I follow behind him like a little puppy dog. I try to make conversation. I try to entertain him, to make sure he is comfortable. I can remember doing this at 5 years old. Yesterday I didn't jump up, hoot or holler when he pulled up. I kept on with my conversation. When he approached I gave him a hug and continue with what I was doing. I didn't follow him inside, I didn't make his plate or offer him anything. Some time later I went to the backyward to check on my fiance and he was sitting there. I walked on past and sat with my brother, fiance and cousins and we laughed and carried on. When we got tired and got ready to leave, he initiaited conversation with me. He showed me his pedometer and told me about some healthy changes he has been making. I told him "Good Job" gave him a hug and left. I really love my dad. I do. I think it is time that he put in the effort to make our relationship work. I didn't do any of those things yesterday to be spiteful. I just realized that at 30 years old, I am only going to do what makes me feel good and give my energy to those who give it back.
Speaking of 30. Just two days before my birthday I woke up early in the morning and ran three miles without exerting much effort and it only took me 35 minutes. 10 hours into my 30th birthday, I try to go for a 4 mile run and two blocks in my hip starts aching!! I have never had a hip problem! I try to run through it and then my shin and knees begin to hurt. My 4 mile run turned into a 3 mile walk! What the hell??? Please tell me its a coincidence!
I hope you all had a great time celebrating me and our country yesterday!
Here are some more pics from my birthday.