This is me at 30.
I figured that I should start taking a picture of myself each year on my birthday to see how I age. Â I’m curious to see if this will happen to me:Â http://iamemiko.blogspot.com/2010/09/how-asians-age.html.
Today I celebrated with a not surprise birthday dinner. Â A couple of weeks ago, my husbandÂ asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday. Â I responded with “Dinner at Lento“. Â A few days later,Â my husband and I were at the movie theatre with friends waiting for Skyfall to start. Â I leaned over to him and asked if I should invite some of my close friends to dinner. He said “Sure”. Â Note: He was on his cell phone playing a game.
I leaned over to Badger and Weez to ask. Â They then looked at me funny and told me them being there was to be a surprise….Oops. Â My husband thought I was talking about something else…although he was obviously distracted and wasn’t focused on the conversation.
It’s all good though. I had a lovely dinner with my husband, Kampy, Badger, Kim, Andy, Cody, Brian, Sarah, Weez, Ivy and Matt.
I don’t feel older. I feel more…’seasoned’ and ready to conquer the world.
For the past year, I’ve been working on taking better care of my body and my mind. Â It’s all about developing better habits and turning bad ones into good ones.
This summer, I decided to get my body back in order. Â I’ve started to swim (still not 100% comfortable), biking, and even running. Â I’ve also started to cut down on grains and dairy and eliminate process foods. Â My energy levels are better but not quite there yet.
The best part is that my husband is also starting on this journey with me. Â Last week, we started to work on eliminating process foods and grains, and keeping sugar to a minimum. Â Also, getting at least 2 workouts in (30 mins long each). Â We will continue the same for this week. I’ve been scouring the internet for recipes and managed to find a couple of sites that had some good recipes (health-bent.com/,Â nomnompaleo.com/). Â I eventually found myself on this site:Â whole9life.com/. I think I will need to try the whole30. Â The question is – would my husband want to do this with me?
While I was at the library last month, I came across this book:
Securing your Financial Future by Chris Smith
I really wish I read this book when I finished college. It’s easy to digest and is equivalent of taking a class. There is a summary of points at the end of each chapter. Â After taking Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University – I found that I needed to further develop my husband’s and I financial plan. Â Ramsey’s course was a good starting point – especially with getting my husband on track.
I still have a couple of chapters left, but I learned so much and I believe that I will buy it.
Summer flew by. Â A lot has happened in the past year. Â This past weekend went by in a blur. Â The only thing I remember was watching Stuffin be put to sleep. It was tragic on how he died and my in-laws were on the other side of the country and was unable to say goodbye in person.
Today, my husband and I went to the pool. Â After swimming and floating for half an hour, we ended it by relaxing in the hot tub.
“Hunny, are you okay? Â You’re so quiet.”
I looked at him and responded “Just tired”.
“You did a good job. Â I’m so proud of you.” he said
Don’t get me wrong, I am proud of myself for going conquering my fear and going into the deep end. Â But it’s still hard. Â I was so physically and mentally exhausted. Â Half my energy was focused on not freaking out while the other half was focused on the physical aspect. Â Did I mention I also have asthma? Â I got to the pool first before my husband. Â I was in the middle of the pool holding onto an edge, trying to get use to my new environment. Â Before, I was at a YMCA at a swim lesson – now it’s a rec center with open swim.
I spent a good 5 to 10 mins just floating on my back in the deep end – just trying to get my breathing even. Â Working on getting comfortable. Â Even though I can swim and tread okay – I am still not comfortable. Â The fear is still there. Â But I know I will get over it. Â It will just take time.