Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Birthday's,my new normal in weight maintenance

I had a recent birthday. On my lunch walk, all the "woodland" animals came out to visit me. Very cool! I felt like Snow White. For about 30 minutes. Then it was back to work. And, I don't have team of 7 who will do the house work for me, either!
 Anyhoo, on my weekend walk. It became very clear what I wanted to do for my birthday. A grass-fed burger, protein style at Pure Burger
 Some berries, cinnamon, and chocolate- all things I would normally have in my evening meal, but at a coffee shop. A decaf Americano and visiting with my daughter. Fun! Rich. Low stress. On food template. Yep! Just like that. The new normal feels... normal. Works!

No triggers, no struggling. No worries about what I should eat. No explaining it to others. Just making a plan that seems right and carrying it out as best as possible.
So lucky to have grass-fed burgers

Feels good to be getting older and feeling better than I did in my 20's and 30's.

What's working
1. Sticking to my low-inflammatory food template. Birthday's, holiday's.
1.5 Eating rich foods, that don't trigger overeating.
2. Making a plan and working the plan, sticking to it.
3. Fine tuning the plan, as needed.
4. Letting others know MY birthday plan

What did not work in the past
1. Eating cake (wheat) and frosting (sugar).
1.5 Over eating on cake and sugar for many days post birthday.
2. Not planning for my long term goals, short term goals, even on my birthday.
3. Not adjusting the plan to what I'm currently working on- I let habit make me believe I HAD to have cake on my birthday. Not so, for me!
4. Letting other people tell me what I was going to do on my birthday. Yep! I allowed that. Crappiest Least fun birthday's ever!
Berries, 85% chocolate, decaf Americano
 Honored and blessed to be here another year!

Great flavor combos- so rich!

I see you, Blue Heron!


  1. Happy birthday! And good for you for doing exactly what you wanted to do, not let other people dictate what's right for you

  2. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! And GREAT job! The power of control...the sense of inner AND outer peace from it, cannot be overstated! Well done! :)

  3. Glad you had a nice birthday!

    I think eating the way that makes us feel our best is the best gift we can give ourselves!

  4. Happy belated birthday, Karen! How great that the coffee shop actually offers an on-plan treat like that!

  5. Warmest Belated Birthday Wishes ...and YES the Birthday Girl is looking Swell ! (Not too bad poetry? LOL)

    So pleased you had a nice birthday. You are definitely in a good place and have worked and researched well for it. We are just pleased for you and pleased that you have shared your journey with us.

    Lovely pictures too .... enjoy the rest of the week

    All the best Jan

  6. Yes, isn't it amazing to feel normal? Not just to look normal but feel normal. I have basically no issues now when I go out - there is always something I can choose even if it's not 100% perfect. And I agree, eating cake certainly didn't work for me. I had some at Christmas time and it was like heroin, I just had to eat it. Thankfully it is not something at all in my daily life that I have to struggle with.

  7. Happy birthday again:) And that dessert looks amazing. Perhaps I will do something similar this June:):):) You look wonderful!

  8. Happy Birthday! You look sooo wonderful! Hope you had a very happy day!

  9. Happy Birthday!! You SO deserve a team of seven to clean your house for your birthday at least!!!!!

  10. Happy Birthday Karen!!! I'm glad you did your birthday *your* way. :-)

  11. Jeannette, Gwen, Vickie, Andrea, Marion, Cheri, E. Jane, Michelle, Leigh, Lynda, Jan and Hils... Thank you so much. :) It's an honor to be another year older, in a better frame of mind. :)