They Say It’s Your Birthday

Happy BirthdayAs you may have noticed, I did not post yesterday because I was busy celebrating my birthday!  I had a very wonderful day, and weekend, and I did not deprive myself; though I did keep my celebration within reason.

I know many people do not enjoy turning another year older.  I, on the other hand, find birthdays to be a great reason to celebrate!  I’m always thankful for God giving me another year to live and I find that now that I have lost so much of the weight, I feel even better than I did ten years ago.  I NEVER thought I would be able to say that I would feel better at 41 than I did at 31!  It’s still amazing to me how much younger I feel without all of the extra weight.

When I first started this journey, I had the mindset that I could not engage in “normal” types of celebrations anymore.  As time goes by, I am slowly coming to realize that there is a lot of truth in the idea that most things are ok in moderation.  The “moderation” part is what I still struggle with, but I am trying to learn by practice.

Michael took me out to a wonderful dinner on Sunday night at The Melting Pot.  We ordered a very reasonable meal and shared it.  I did allow myself to indulge in dessert (dark chocolate with bites of cake, brownie, marshmallows, and fruit for dipping) and we shared that as well.  I would NOT normally eat any of the dipping items, other than the fruit, and I never eat chocolate either, so I felt like this was a reasonable indulgence for my birthday, especially as it was being shared.  I enjoyed a delicious dinner with beautiful ambiance and walked away feeling good.

Kassie and Michael

Kassie and Michael

Last night, my Dad and his girlfriend took Michael and I out for dinner as yesterday was my actual birthday.  We went to a great little local restaurant that we all love that has some delicious, healthy choices.  This time there was no dessert but we did have a hummus and pita bread appetizer.  Since I normally don’t have appetizers, I ate a little bit of it and decided to eat just half of my dinner and bring the other half home.  I had grilled shrimp tacos with black beans and rice.  There was no sour cream, guacamole, etc. on the tacos and they were still delicious.

Why am I telling you all of this?  I’m hoping you can understand, earlier than I came to understand, small indulgences every now and then are ok.  My Dad often reminds me, “You can’t stop living, Kassie.”  Of course, you have to keep in mind that a special occasion is just that; it cannot become a special week or special month, at least where food is concerned. Will a little bit of dessert or appetizer kill me?  We all know the answer to that question.

Kassie and Daddy

Kassie and Daddy

All of this being said, I am also prepared for the possibility that I may not lose this week and I could potentially be up a little bit and while I don’t feel like I can have that happening on a regular basis, I feel like I can be ok with it for one week during which I celebrated my birthday with the people I love.

Celebrating is good and celebrating with food can even be ok provided you remain portion conscious and remember it cannot become your “regular” way of eating again.  And remember, part of celebrating is enjoying time with loved ones, enjoying the event itself, and building wonderful memories for yourself.

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  1. Johanna B says:

    Happy Birthday Kassie! I attended my WW meeting this morning and imagine my surprise when I saw your face staring out at me from the WW Weekly. Congratulations on your appearance in WW literature. I told everybody about your blog and how much it has meant to me. I hope some of them become regular readers.

    • Thank you so much Johanna! My former leader recommended me for that article in the Weekly. Thank you for telling people about the blog. I really appreciate you spreading the word!!! I am so glad to have you as a follower. Enjoy your week!

  2. Happy belated Birthday!

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