Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Lordy, Lordy, Momma's Forty!


Happy Birthday to me! I know that age is just a number but I must admit that this day is one I've been dreading. I have issues with getting older, I mean really, I cried on my thirtieth birthday. Over the year, I have watched all my high school friends turn 40 on facebook and although there are two who still hang on to 39 for a couple more days, I really enjoyed being one of the youngest... I guess graduating at 17 has some advantages. ;)

Being a "holiday baby" has always been something I've enjoyed. Others have asked if I got "ripped off" at the holidays because I am so close to Christmas, but as a child, my parents always made sure to keep the days separate and it's really nice to start off a new year with a new age AND an actual new year, it makes keeping track of events pretty easy if that makes any sense. I've also felt like the celebrations just continue from Christmas all the way through to New Year's... nothing wrong with that!
2009 has been quite a year for me. I've had lots of ups and many downs but I don't generally like to discuss my "downs" on my blog, I try to keep this a positive place for myself so, for today, I'll just focus on the positive happenings from the past year.
  • I continue to have loving support from all my family and friends. The Son is thriving in Kindergarten, The Husband loves me through thick and thin, (pun intended) I've made so many new friends at the Y this year and my dogs keep me happy and healthy (most of the time.)
  • I lost 83.8 pounds in 2009! I will definitely reach my goal of a total of at least 100 lost some time in 2010. This is an accomplishment I never thought I could do but I can now look back and say it's been a really fun journey. I've learned simple things that will keep me healthy for the rest of my life and I know I will never been obese again.
  • I am running! RUNNING! And... I actually like it. I have so much more to accomplish with my running but I love that it's the kind of activity with which I can always set goals to improve, be it increasing my speed, my distance or just trying new runs outside. I will never get to the point where I can't improve and that's the kind of activity I like. I can reach the goals and then set new ones for myself to just keep getting better and better... do you think that in 10 years I'll be talking about running marathons? It's possible!
So, those are probably the best things that happened to me when I was 39, I look forward to what 40 will bring for me. I do have some goals to set for myself but I'm waiting until 2010 to write about them... my goals for today however are simple and a fun way for me to celebrate my birthday. I am heading to the Y to run six miles today, this will be the longest run I've ever had and I will probably be very sore when it's finished but I know I can do it. (I'll be taking tomorrow off from the gym, I will need it) After my work out, I am getting my nails done, not something that's terribly pleasurable but at least it will be done. Following my nail appointment, I plan on heading to the Goodwill for a little thrift shopping, I know to most this wouldn't be an exiting birthday but I can't get enough of my finds at the Goodwill and I get compliments on my wardrobe all the time... little do people know... I will also hit Trader Joe's to pick up a few of my much needed items, European yogurt and my tomato soup, yes, I'm an addict! After that, I'll be coming home to a clean house! The Husband took off from work today so that he could clean the house for me and as most women know, this is a fantastic present! The Son is obviously home from school today and The Husband also took off so that I could enjoy my day by myself. We'll be eating a yummy healthy dinner of filet, shrimp, asparagus and roasted potatoes for dinner. Woo HOO!

Well, my bloggy friends, I'm off to the gym. I hope you all have a fantastic December 29th... I know I will!

9 comments:

Kristi said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

Darlene said...

Happy Birthday to you....
Happy Birthday tooooo you....
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR CAREN......
Happy Birthday toooooo YOU!!!!!♥

WOW your weight loss accomplishment is fabulous!! Have a fun day by yourself...enjoy!!! Also, what a fabulous present...a clean home!!!!!!!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Holla at ya Momma!! :-)

Wow...39 was a FABULOUS year for you -- what a way (weigh? ;-) to usher in your fabulous 40s! You look incredible and it's been an amazing privilege to see you through your journey in 2009. Through thick and thin, if you will (tee hee…loved that!).

A very, very Happy Birthday! Thank you for being a very bright part of my 2009. Wishes for health, happiness and fitness in 2010.

Chrissy Cuz said...

Happy Birthday Caren Cuz. I am happy you are finally 40 with me. LOL!! Sounds like you are having a great birthday. :o)

Melanie said...

I hope 40 looks as good on me! :o)

Cathy said...

sounds like the perfect day!
Hope it was special!

morewineplease said...

Happy Birthday! You amaze me!!!!!

skinnysweetpea said...

I wouldn't have even guessed you were close to 40! Hope you had an amazing birthday!

You'll have to share how you made those notecards in your last post. Those are adorable! I bet his teacher was thrilled to receive those. I know I would be!

A Southern Accent said...

I soooo want to get into running! I just can't get there yet!!! I hope this year I can lose at least 50 lbs! That's a big goal, I know, but hoping if I start running, I can do it!