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Amazing Birthday Excursions (Photos!!)

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Hi friends, I’m sorry it’s been so long since I last posted. I have had so much going on. I fell behind in my blogging intentions but I am going to restart them regularly. Despite the delays, I hope you will join me for my next 100 days. I have learned a lot about myself and about weight loss through my prior 200 day journey and would like to share with you what’s been helping me.

What’s kept me so busy the last few weeks is that I have been doing a tremendous amount of Fall cleaning in addition to work and family stuff. I’ve been selling off a lot of my used items – books, CDs and DVDs, old clothes, knic-knacs, etc., that are still in good condition – through flea markets, garage sales, consignment stores, and others I’ve donated to charities. It was time. I actually don’t abide clutter that well and things were getting too much for me. I had too much stuff that I’d collected through the years that I didn’t even use anymore. So it was better to sell or give it to someone else who could use it. It has turned into a bigger job than I realized. But I feel so much better having downsized the clutter. Also, it feels like I’m letting go of some extra weight.

I am declaring this a fresh start. The past 10 years have been rough with losses and challenges. There were a number of times when I felt like one of those cartoons where a character gets smacked on one side of his face, spinning him around only to get smacked on the other side. I had my struggles but I did not give up, and I thank the Lord that this year was a turning point. I feel a sense of positive expectation. I look forward to things again. Life is certainly not perfect but I don’t wake up sad every day or fighting my grief – this in spite of Covid 19. I’m grateful.

Anyway, I’ve been doing well with my diet and exercise since my doctor visit in August. I have gotten down to 168.8 lbs at this point. I stay on top of my food intake, and am conscious to stay active through the day. I work with weights 3 x week for 60-90 minutes and the rest of the days are cardio for 60-120 minutes. Sometimes I do cardio on the same day as the weights. Sometimes, if I didn’t get much cardio during the day, I will walk up and down the stairs in my house for 30 minutes to an hour (while listening to music or sermons). It is all helping and I am getting stronger and my clothes are getting looser! Yay!

As for my birthday, well, first I want to thank all those who sent me birthday wishes. I really appreciate it! Anyone who’s known me for a while knows I love my birthday. It’s not that I think my birthday is more special than anyone else’s – I’ve just always enjoyed them for the spirt of the day. I was blessed that my parents always made a big deal of them in our house so my sister and I keep the tradition going. It’s just fun. I usually spread my celebrations out for a week or more… having my family get-together, and then sometimes visits with friends spread out. Sometimes I will even take myself out for my own birthday celebration. :)

For my birthday, I had some friends visit me early the weekend before and we had a great visit. Below are photos from my birthday excursions last week…I always keep my iPod or camera handy. Hope you enjoy!

My Birthday - Thursday

My actual birthday was a mix of clouds and rain which gradually cleared up. My day started out with the mama deer and the 2 baby fawns in my backyard.



Also, I caught a picture of a dove sitting in the birdbath on my deck. The dove is a sweet little bird that’s been hanging out in my backyard the last few weeks. She often sits in the birdbath on warm days and drinks from it too.



I also noticed a beautiful spider web that a spider had woven between my deck and a nearby tree. It was beautiful and I am in awe of nature. I hope you can see the web - it's up against the deck railing in a wide circle.



My sister and I enjoyed brunch from a local restaurant outside – omelets, bacon, home fries, toast and I made coffee. We had a great visit. While we were eating, one of my chipmunk friends came to visit and kept scurrying back and forth past my chair on the stone wall alongside us. I got some peanuts and put a handful out for him. So as we ate and drank our coffee, the little chipmunk sat with us eating his pile of peanuts and stuffing some in his cheek pouches for later!





You can see his cheek pouches bulging even as he ate!




Then we enjoyed some birthday cake. It was yellow cake with vanilla pudding filling and buttercream frosting with lots of pink flowers - my favorite! It was delicious! And no, I did not eat the cake all by myself. emoticon







To close out my birthday evening, the young buck that’s been with the doe and 2 babies relaxed in my backyard for a bit before ambling off into the woods. For me, it was the perfect ending to the day!



The next day - Friday

On the day after my birthday, a Friday, I spent the day with a close friend. It was a cloudy day but thankfully it did not rain.





We went hiking for a few hours, and got takeout from a favorite Middle Eastern restaurant.

I had a Falafel platter with salad and seasoned rice and a warm pita. It was delicious! We took the food to a large state park and sat at a picnic table by a lake and ate our meals with a lovely view.







Then we walked around the park some more after dinner. Although it was a cloudy day, we enjoyed it and the views were lovely. The lake was pretty and we saw birds and flowers and a Blue Heron on the dock.



























The Blue Heron



We finished off the evening with an ice cream cone from Dairy Queen and some coffee. It was another great day!



That Weekend - Another Hike

I went on to go for another hike later that weekend at another of our local state parks with a huge lake. It was a beautiful day and the views were spectacular – more water views, trails and flowers. We also caught sight of a beautiful Egret bird in a nearby river.



























The first signs of Autumn I noticed - these red and orange colored leaves.



The Egret bird fishing in the nearby river.



All in all, I had a truly wonderful birthday week! Thank you for joining me in this blog! Next, I will be sharing Phase 3 of another 100 days journey! I WILL get to 130 lbs and continue to lower my blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

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  • no profile photo SJACKSONMENDEZ
    Karen,

    Happy, Happy Birthday!!!! Kudos on a very successful year. The best thing is that you share with others. I loved your prior post about being kind to yourself as well as tenacious. I am struggling to continue to lose more weight because I am overwhelmed with a growing business, family responsibilities and getting my finances in order. Sometimes I don't have enough time to get adequate sleep or exercise but there is nothing I can do about it for the coming few weeks so I am just going to really work at controlling my diet and getting in movement during the day whenever I can as I go about completing required tasks. You just have to keep moving forward. I can truly relate to your getting rid of clutter because that is something I am working on as well. I think an organized and comfortable home facilitate internal peace which allows you to focus on making healthy choices. I so love your pictures! My favorite photo this go round was the picture of your cake. It reminds me of a cake that my father bought for my 6th birthday. It was the prettiest birthday cake I ever had; full of those beautiful pink roses. He came striding into the front door of our home with a beautiful cake - one of my fondest memories. When I miss reading your posts, I always go back and read all of your blogs because they are a delight and a comfort. God bless and keep you on your journey toward better health and well being!!!
    15 days ago
  • no profile photo SJACKSONMENDEZ
    Karen,

    Happy, Happy Birthday!!!! Kudos on a very successful year. The best thing is that you share with others. I loved your prior post about being kind to yourself as well as tenacious. I am struggling to continue to lose more weight because I am overwhelmed with a growing business, family responsibilities and getting my finances in order. Sometimes I don't have enough time to get adequate sleep or exercise but there is nothing I can do about it for the coming few weeks so I am just going to really work at controlling my diet and getting in movement during the day whenever I can as I go about completing required tasks. You just have to keep moving forward. I can truly relate to your getting rid of clutter because that is something I am working on as well. I think an organized and comfortable home facilitate internal peace which allows you to focus on making healthy choices. I so love your pictures! My favorite photo this go round was the picture of your cake. It reminds me of a cake that my father bought for my 6th birthday. It was the prettiest birthday cake I ever had; full of those beautiful pink roses. He came striding into the front door of our home with a beautiful cake - one of my fondest memories. When I miss reading your posts, I always go back and read all of your blogs because they are a delight and a comfort. God bless and keep you on your journey toward better health and well being!!!
    15 days ago
  • PENNYSAVER2
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    I loved your pictures and hearing about your birthday celebrations. Thanks for sharing!
    26 days ago
  • WORKINGWOMAN31
    Glad you had an awesome birthday week, and it’s okay, we all get behind sometimes, as long as we pick ourselves back up we got this, so proud of you for how you’re handling your weight loss and how determined you are keep staying focused praying
    27 days ago
  • ROSALIE28
    Karen,
    Beautiful birthday celebration and beautiful pictures! Love it! Hugs and blessings for your continued journey!
    27 days ago
  • SEATTLESIMS
    Wow, what a great birthday weekend! Love all the pics. The deer and the dove in the yard, how fun to sit and watch..chipmunk too! Thanks for sharing and look forward to you next 100 days update!
    28 days ago
  • LINDA!
    Love, love, love the photos!! I am so happy that you had a spectacular birthday. You deserve it. emoticon
    29 days ago
  • REGILIEH
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    29 days ago
  • MSROZZIE
    I so enjoyed your birthday blog and wonderful photos. The chipmunk and deer were precious and I love the cake and matching plate. You are truly blessed and deserve the best! emoticon for sharing your birthday moments with us. I enjoyed all the pictures of the flowers, animals and countryside. What a wonderful place for taking hikes. emoticon Success on your next 100 day exercise challenge. emoticon emoticon
    29 days ago
  • PACEKA1
    Beautiful photos - you live in such a beautiful area. Sounds like your birthday was the best. I can't think of anything better than a visit from a family of deer. And sharing peanuts with that cute little chipmunk is so cool. Thanks for sharing your adventures with us!
    29 days ago
  • SPARKFRAN514
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    what an fun blog felt like i was right there with you . and together we will reach our goal .

    "Success is steady progress toward one's personal goals."
    **Jim Rohn**
    We can do it~~~~one step at a time~~~~one day at a time!

    29 days ago
  • LORI-K
    Karen,
    What an AMAZING extended birthday you had! WOW! All of the critters, the scenery, the hikes, the fellowship with friends and family, and the CAKE!!! What a beautiful cake and it matched your plates too. ❤️
    I’m so glad you shared with us. It really made me smile and uplifted me to see what a great celebration you had. I am like you, and think birthdays are just so special. I always tried to do them up with my kids as they grew up.
    Your area is so beautiful, Karen. A nature paradise.
    Good luck with your next 100 days. I know you will do fabulous because you already are. Just keep it up!
    Hugs!
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    29 days ago
  • WATERMELLEN
    What a treat to read this wonderful blog and see all the ways you've celebrated your birthday so far. It's as if Nature was celebrating right along with you -- from the deer family to the spider web to the changing leaves and the heron and egret!!

    So glad that last year despite its challenges was better: and that you feel optimistic and peaceful looking forward.
    29 days ago
  • 1DAY-ATA-TIME
    Happy Birthday, Karen!! It's good to hear from you. Sounds like you had a grand time celebrating. Beautiful pictures; thank you for sharing with us!
    29 days ago
  • JACKIEWALKS4FUN
    You have been busy, and with all good things, so all is well. Glad you are sticking to your health and fitness goals. You are doing great and need to keep sticking with it as you are. I enjoyed all the beautiful pictures of the cute chipmunk eating peanuts and all the wildlife around your yard. Beautiful cake sounds so yummy. My Mother had plates just like the cake plates with the roses. So glad you had a nice birthday celebration. Loved all your beautiful hikes, views and flowers. I have a butterfly bush the same as the one you have a picture of. No signs of Fall here but I look forward to it and I look forward to your next 100 days. Thanks Karen emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    29 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/20/2020 10:24:33 AM
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    So happy you had a wonderful birthday, my dear. LOVE the pictures! HUGS
    29 days ago
  • TXGRANDMA
    Karen, Happy Birthday! So glad you enjoyed the days you celebrated and shared with us in pictures! The deer in your backyard were gorgeous and looked quite near to you! Also loved the pictures of the other animals that came to visit. As always I enjoyed seeing all the scenery around your home area, parks, lakes, woods, and flowers. Look forward to following along on your next hundred days and thanks for sharing your special day with us! Your birthday cake was so pretty!
    29 days ago
  • IMPROVINGME
    Beautiful pictures from your wonderful birthday celebrations! Thank you for sharing!
    I look forward to cheering you on for your next 100 Days!
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