Friday, January 7, 2011

Birthday Pics

Count-down* is complete; I've just celebrated my 42nd birthday.  It was wonderful, and I am so thankful for a loving family to share it with.  The blessings in my life are rich -- not monetarily, but being surrounded by people who love me.  (And I just realized I didn't have b-day pics taken with my parents!  But, I am so happy they've been able to move near us).  Everyone made sure I had a pleasant day.


We dropped the kids off at school, had a nice morning together, went to Deseret Book Store where I bought a book for myself and picked up the cake at the Lion House Pantry there.  Danny took me to lunch (Mimi's Cafe -- mahi mahi with brown rice and veggies - yum).  Picked up the kids.  Everyone came over to celebrate, then dinner at my parents.  Oh, yeah, and a "Dexter" marathon with Danny that night from Netflix (I don't watch tv, not even the news, but I do enjoy some Dex).


*When I began this blog, I was at the end of 39.  I had made it a goal of mine to get fit mentally, spiritually, and physically within a year.  I added a counter at the top of my blog.  So, am I fit?  Yes and no.


When I was at the end of 41, I was also just at the end.  I was empty.  Not only was my body out of shape, but I was also mentally drained, and my spirit barely flickered.  Everything just seemed to be a struggle.


Someone may see I'm still overweight and judge, "Aw, she failed."


It's true I'm not the "image" of fitness, although it is better than a year ago, but, I'm not the same person I was a year ago, either.  You can't measure mental-fat-percentage or spiritual-fat-percentage.  If you could, you'd see those are leaner.


I used to binge when I didn't know how to deal with anxiety, etc.  I was mentally and spiritually depleted and too numb from the binges.  I don't have those binge episodes anymore.  Now I'm working on portion sizes and developing habits to listen to my body's stop signals.


I used to never plan meals.  That's still a hard one for me, but I do a lot more planning than I used to.  That brought me to my new blog "What Am I Supposed To Do With That?" where I've been teaching myself new vegetable recipes that my whole family likes (picky 5 year olds don't always count).


I hardly ever prayed.  But it has become so important to me to take quiet time and just be still and say what I'm thankful for, what is on my heart, and what I need help with.  Then I listen.  During the day I say several mini prayers of gratitude.


And I have so much gratitude.  And I think I have enough mental fitness to know to never put another counter on my blog or life, again.

Danny and Me

With Thomas, 11
With Marie, 9
With Skye, 5

11 comments:

  1. Love the photos. Sounds like you made a lot of progress:)

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  2. Happy Birthday, Gina!!! You are at a far better place now than you were a year ago. Way to go! I love the fact that you always tried to work toward the spiritual, mental AND physical aspects of who you are as a human being. You are correct: the mental and spiritual domains are hard to measure or index like the physical, but just as important. I would say it has been a winning year for you! Congratulations on all you have accomplished! Bravo!! Happy Birthday!! Love the pictures of your family. Your kids are precious. Michele

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  3. Happy Birthday Gina!!

    You have come along way. And I think the work you are doing now is going to be so far reaching and lasting that the pounds lost will be secondary to your emotional happiness. :) I'm glad you had a great birthday!!

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  4. Wonderful! Wonderful! And a Happy Birthday to you! :)

    You're doing great! I wish you continued health and happiness in this next year of your life.

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  5. You look beautiful and so does your family.
    Happy Birthday! :)

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  6. You're doing great! Happy birthday!

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  7. Wishing you a belated happy birthday! I do believe you are the most radiant 42-year old I know!

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  8. Happy belated birthday, Gina. Love the photos of you and your family.

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  9. A good year, you look lovely, and what great pictures of you and your loved ones! Happy birthday!

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  10. Thank you for the birthday wishes! That was nice of you to stop by.

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  11. OH CRAP! I missed this.. Happy bday & beautiful pics!!!!! I subscribe to blogs by email & since this is not part of your subscribe, I have to remember to stop by.. sorry I am late!

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