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Operation: Birthday

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

I'm pretty proud of myself today. It's not for something big, like exercising or eating a particularly good food. It's just that I logged into SparkPeople for the third day in a row. Again, small, but I am happy to check in and poke around on my page and my fellow Sparkers' pages.

Yesterday was my sister's birthday, so, being the Big Sister, I went into Birthday Mode. She started out her day not too hot at work, and I knew I needed to put on my Wonder Woman superheroine cape and come to the rescue. (NOTE: I had planned on doing these things anyway, but it REALLY came in handy yesterday when she was feeling down.) So I took off the rest of the day from work and began Operation Birthday.

Phase I: I got her 25 helium balloons, one for each year. Then I picked up a birthday cake (not the best thing, I know, but a birthday is once a year, and I don't make a habit of doing cakes every week anymore), a flameless candle and a stuffed frog (she loves frogs). I then popped into her workplace with The Entourage. All her coworkers looked up astonished, and she was so touched, she burst into tears as her coworkers sang Happy Birthday. (I was so choked up myself, I couldn't sing!) We shared a piece of cake together, arranged the balloons near her cube, and then parted.

Phase II: Our favorite cupcake store is downtown, and since cupcakes are way better than cake (particularly these rich, decadent cupcakes - one is almost too much for one person!), I buzzed downtown to pick up some for her and the rest of the people for the party later tonight. I also spent some me time - getting coffee, having my nails done.

Phase III: We went to the comic book store! Unfortunately, she didn't find anything she wanted, but we had a good time anyway.

Phase IV: We arrived at the pizza place, where I told her to go away as I decorated the booth with Happy Birthday signs. Fairly quickly, her friends arrived and the table was abuzz with laughter. She also was stunned to get some awesome presents!

At the end of the day, I asked her if she had a good time. She said yes, yes she had.

Maybe yesterday's birthday success is bleeding off today. I love my sister quite a lot, and it was a lot of fun to do stuff for her, to show her how much I loved her. Her day didn't start out great, but by the end, it was pretty dang good.

Being Healthy is more than just what you put into your mouth or how often you exercise. It's also about doing things you love and making yourself and others happy - or if not "happy", at least content and loved. Yesterday was a reminder to me to not only take care of my physical body, but to pay attention to my mental health as well.
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