Yeppers, today is my birthday - I am now 46 years old...and if this is what 46 feels like, then I'll take it. Because I feel pretty damn good, actually! I cannot believe the energy that I have. Not that I always use it - believe me, I still like to park myself on the couch with a good book, but more and more I am actually getting out for a bike ride...even if I've worked out earlier in the day! I know, what is the world coming to?!?
On Sunday night we went out to Carinos for an early birthday dinner because the boys were still home. I behaved myself with sensible portions of the Rosemary Lemon Chicken, pasta (1/2 cup) and Italian green beans, and then I finally broke my "no baked goods" policy and had their Italian Chocolate Cake - oh my, it was so good! But you know what? I really didn't want much of it - I knew that after not eating that type of food for so long that it would affect me (and it did - I felt kind of nauseous on Monday morning while working out). But the good news is that after we came home from dinner, Jeff and I went on a bike ride around our neighborhood, and although he was ready to stop after just two miles (I have an odometer on my bike, so I can keep track of how far we go), I wanted to keep going, so we did - for a total of 4.5 miles. And it was easy! I couldn't have done this a year ago - a few laps around my street just about did me in.
This ability to DO is still kind of shocking to me. I had so many years where I was worn out - it's hard to want to be physically active when you are overweight. But today, even though I've not lost all the weight I need to, I have lost enough to enjoy moving again. What's weird, is that I do enjoy it...I always thought that I was sedentary because I just wasn't into the outdoors and sports and stuff. Turns out I *may* have been wrong. So now I'm wondering what this, my year of being 46 will bring. Can't wait to find out!