For the past 30 years I celebrated my birthdays with ice cream cake. (a cake made entirely of ice cream and frosting. However, this year ice cream is off the menu. So what's a girl to do?
Food has been such a big part of celebrations for most of my life, not having food be part of the picture for a special occasion seemed weird. As I pondered my upcoming birthday, I wondered what I could do to replace that shortfall. Prudence struck while I was running on Sunday morning and I decided to leave the birthday plans to my husband and kids. Just spending the day with them brings me so much joy (much more than food ever did), why ruin it with over-planning?
When I look at the changes in myself over the past year I am surprised over and over again. Last year I could not run a mile, Now, I can run 12 miles. I wore a size 20 plus, currently my size 6 petite pants are loose. Finally, when asked where I wanted to go to dinner, my reply was, "It doesn't matter to me, it just isn't that important." These changes are significant not just physically, but also psychologically.
So, on my birthday I had a regular fun day: volunteered at school, went to the gym, met a friend, worked, wrote part of this blog, and eventually ate dinner with my family. They took me to my favorite pizza place for a piece of pizza. When we got home they had a sugar-free ice cream cake for me (which they made by melting the ice cream and re-freezing it in a round easy bake oven pan). I guess ice cream is not completely off the menu, after all!