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What is a RE-BIRTHDAY?

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Hey everyone,

I've gotten a couple of people asking me what a re-birthday is. Well simply put, it's the day when I had gastric bypass surgery.

But it really means more than that to me. It's the day my surgeon gave me a new life, I was literally reborn and not only was a newborn in learning new habits with eating and exercising. But also in learnin about myself. My strength, and ability and how far I could REALLY push myself. It was about exploring my limitations and doing what I had never been able to do before to create a new me!

It was about reaching emotional lows and realizing what life was like...REALLY like...as a fat person. About what happiness meant then and what it means now. It also meant emotional highs and feeling things I had NEVER felt before. (I was obese my entire life, even when I was in elementary school).

My re-birthday is about exploring how people view me and how I view myself and recognizing how that viewpoint has changed through the year as I lost 121 lbs.

In essence it's a time of reflection and recommittment. The re-birthday doesn't just have to be for those who are going through Gastric Bypass, I recommend it to everyone who wants to celebrate the new you! and keep reminding yourself of how far you have come!

The re-birthday is a time to celebrate our accomplishments instead of berating ourselves for what we could have done better.

You deserve it!
Take care everyone!
Jen

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  • GLAMOURGIRL-9
    AWESOME!!!!! emoticon AND emoticon
    3488 days ago
  • KATRINIA17
    HAPPY RE-BIRTHDAY!

    I love the idea hon, thanks for sharing.

    Hugs-Kat
    3488 days ago
  • RUNNER4LIFE08
    Makes sense now... Thank you for explaining it!

    And..... HAPPY RE-BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!
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    What a great day to celebrate!!! I like your idea of this. As you stated, what a great reminder to show how far you have come!


    3488 days ago
  • KSMILEY69
    Jen,

    You totally nailed that explanation. Thanks for sharing it. I am going to let my husband read this blog. He has been exploring spark people lately to try to get a better feel of what I am going through both physically and mentally.

    Btw you look awesome. You are come so far and it shows. Great job.

    Take Care and God Bless ! ! !

    Kat
    3488 days ago
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