The journey...

Life is in the journey, not the destination, so do what you can and take it one day at a time. Go slow, do it right, and make your changes permanent — then help out others who are where you were.

~Jillian Michaels

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

24 year ago...

Thanks for all the birthday love, messages, calls and gifts...

JULY 20, 1985

24 years ago God blessed me with life...NOW, I want to bless HIM with my life!

Favorite childhood photo - in red sweatsuit (click photo to enlarge)

"Baby Mesha"

Me @ age 5 on left




My good friend Richie (see below)

Not only did he text me at 12:01 am to wish me happy he text me later in the day too with a message that I thought was really encouraging and thoughtful. He said:

"Just think, you're 75 pounds younger" and one year older...

I literally said, "Ahhhh...." out loud at my desk because as simple as the statement was, it was really meaningful to me. He showed up at my job that afternoon with a $25 gift card to Price Chopper and said:

"I know eating healthy can be kinda expensive, so thought this might help you out."

Rich & I @ my job
I know I've talked about it before, but "bad company corrupts good habits." (1 Cor 15:33) It is so important, especially with weight loss, to be surrounded by a group of people who will encourage you and help you along the way. You can't be around those who are constantly pulling you down and tempting you in unhealthy ways. I am so thankful for my family, friends, co-workers, sisterhood sisters, blogger buddies, etc.
My manager brings in the cake of choice for EVERY birthday here at our branch. I prepared myself in advance and gave her fair warning 2 weeks ago that I DO NOT want cake for my birthday and "Thanks anyways." Without hesitation she said, "I understand. Can I get you a fruit tray or veggie tray instead. I'd still like to celebrate your birthday with everyone." How cool is that? So FRUIT IT IS!!! :)
(REMEMBER: "Everything in moderation...")
Although I didn't opt for the "healthiest" selections, I immediately separated half of my 6 oz steak, half of my LOADED mashed potatoes and a lovely dinner roll. Those are in the fridge right now waiting to be consumed in proper proportion. :)

DIET COKE W/ LIME (Compliments of Shauna)

I'm going to do their commercials ( my car I do them @ least)

Some times it's just the simplistic gifts in life that really make you smile!!!


Verse of the Day:

Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV)
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart;

Ecclesiastes 7:20 (NIV) - "Birth Verse" - I don't usually get into stuff like this, but an email once listed the following verse as my "Birth Verse," and I just love the scripture so I have since kept it handy. Just a reminder to me that NO ONE is perfect and we fall short. But yet God's word still calls us "Righteous."

"There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins."


Michelle said...

I'm glad you had a wonderful day! You deserve it!

Audrey said...

What?! No picture of you with your hard earned 50 bucks cash....

Kristen said...

oh I'm a day late but I hope you had a terrific birthday!!

ValleyGirl said...

Happy birthday, Mesha!! Sounds like you had a wonderful day! You do, indeed, have very thoughtful friends and co-workers ~ the fruit was an awesome idea as an alternative to a cake.

Do you know, I don't think we can get Coke w/Lime here in Canada. At least, I've never seen it. Hmmmm, seems dreadfully unfair to me!!

Shauna said...

Happy birthday....cheers. I celebrate you and your life!!