Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A Birthday Break

Me on my 30th!  
I'm going to take a little break from my Culver extravaganza, to post about this day.  I am 30 today.  Yes, yes....happy birthday to me!  I'm pretty excited about this one - because I've wanted to be 30 since I was about 15.  Perhaps I give Maddie too much grief for the constant "I'm pretending to be a teenager" bit.  Usually my birthday is a monster sized event in this house - but since we just got back from Culver, Rob wasn't able to take the day off.  So, it's business as usual around here.

BUT to make today better than usual, I'm going to post about something that I have been working on for a while.  Back in January, I was nine months pregnant and realizing that I was turning the big 3-0 this year.  After having put so much pressure on 30 (imagining it to be the best year of my life) I realized that in order for it to be the best year, I was going to have to make it the best year.  I thought long and hard about what would make 30 great for me.  What I decided was that I wanted to have my pre-baby body back.  I set a goal to lose all the Claire weight, plus 30 pounds by my 30th Birthday.

I had reached that goal by the end of April - so I decided to take it one step further.  I wanted to be the weight that I was when I graduated high school.  A few weeks ago I hit that goal - and through a lot of hard work and discipline, I have managed to lose almost 50 pounds.

I normally wouldn't talk about it, because I don't think weight loss is something that makes anyone a better person - or even is necessary for happiness, but it was a goal that I set, and accomplished.  For that alone, I will celebrate.

I'd still like to do a bit more - so we'll see how that goes.  But for now, I'm proud of myself AND my husband who took on the last little bit with me.  He started the Insanity Program with me, and looks AMAZING!  He didn't have much to lose, but he's finding muscles he didn't know he had and is feeling so much better.

I have seen a lot of joy in the past decade - including forming my own little family, and I can only imagine what great things the next decade has to offer.  So, here's to you, thirties. I'm looking forward to this next step in life.

CHEERS!

11 comments:

Stef said...

SO awesome! Congratulations!

Kendal and Alissa said...

Yay for 30! Happy Birthday. All the hard work definitely paid off. I can't believe you are at your high school weight. I guess I can't be jealous since I haven't set the goal or put in the dedication, but I'll admit I might be just a little :0 Hope your day is great. Happy Birthday again!

Stacy said...

That is a GREAT birthday present! Happy Birthday! How many people have 4 kids and weigh the same as they did in High School? Nobody does that! You seriously rock, and so does your body! :) I'm with Alissa on the jealous factor.

Sara said...

Totally jealous! haha! I'm not even ashamed to say it :-) You are amazing, you look great, and I feel so blessed to know you! Happy Birthday! You'll love thirty!

becca said...

Happy Birthday! I'm thinking 30s are bound to be even better than 20s. You look great.

kathryn said...

dayum! you are a hot mama, for sure!
happy birthday- we miss you!

Linz said...

I have been meaning to comment on previous posts about how utterly fit and fabulous you look! Happy belated!!! You're awesome and I love your blog.

ccooke said...

Amazing! 50 pounds??? 4 kids?? Unreal. You don't look a day over 7th grade in the MJHS cheerleading pics! Congrats to you and SO well deserved. Such an inspiring example for all of us to live our best life (including me, with 0 kiddos!) Happy birthday again, and I love your blog!

Unknown said...

Melissa you do look amazing! I didnt realize it was that much weight. Way to go!! that is so awesome. Wish I could loose that.

Babcock Family said...

sorry, that last comment was me

Mom said...

You look Maaaavalos. (hear that as Billy Crystal on Saturday night live) And we all know...it's better to LOOK maaaavalos than to FEEL maaaavalos. Lucky for you, you have both. So proud of you.