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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

They Say It's My Birthday

Today is my birthday and I have reached the ripe old age of 41. 40 was awfully good to me, but gosh 41 sounds old. I am IN my 40s, not just 40. I feel like it has been a year of change. My Sister M says that this diet has really changed me, and more then just my weight. She told me it made into the woman she always knew I was. I could get all defensive and weird, but I think she might be onto something.

Seems I learned not to sweat the small stuff or try to constantly control and worry about the uncontrollable. I learned to put myself first, so that I can take better care of those that need me. That sounded so selfish at first, but makes perfect sense now. You know how on an airplane they tell you to put on your own air bag and THEN put on your child's in case of an emergency? I learned that the more I put out there, the more I get back. I now know that if I open myself up with a positive attitude, good things start rushing into my life. I learned that we are all mentally and physically fragile, and being hard on myself year after year was taking its toll.

Granted, it isn't all sunshine and puppies (right Dave?). But the clouds and pitbulls have a certain charm too... and they will pass. They may rain on you and bite before they do, but they will. It may flood and get infected, but they will pass. They will, if you let them.

I would like to leave you with this video that Jorge sent out a few days ago. In the middle he shows off the back cover of his new book, and yours truly is right there smiling back! That, is me. Unadulterated, non photo-shopped me. I don't think I ever looked as bad as the BEFORE photo, and I certainly don't think I look as good as the AFTER photo. But there I am, in all my glory, as it is. My favorite response to this video was my sister saying "Who's that fat lady they put next to you?" Ummm, that was me.

But I want to tell you this, if I can make changes so great that someone wants to advertise them on the back of their weight loss book, then YOU can do anything!

Thanks this awesome unintended birthday gift Jorge, this re-motivates me to be the best I can be.

And yes that is my friend Anthony and Jessica that I have profiled here on the back cover too! How completely cool is that? I get to meet Anthony in person thanks to Jorge in a few weeks, but more on that later...

And no, I am not having any cake. Not a bit, sniff or lick.


  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! I love this post and all the exciting things that are happening for you! The 40's definitely seem more challenging than any other decade but I feel like the harder "work" brings greater rewards. Thanks for giving us all the gift of inspiration!

  2. Amber -- This is beautiful! I'm so happy for you, and so happy that I've met you in this year. Funny, you're turning 41 and thinking it sounds old and I'm turning 26 this week and, for the first time, feel like that sounds old! But... age is just a number, and we're still learning and evolving. Can't wait to see you soon!!

  3. ok you young 'uns--I'm turning 54 in a month! Glad to say that at 15 pounds lighter since February, I feel stronger and almost fit! Congratulations, Amber on the book cover and may you have many more years of good health and happiness!
    Pat in NJ

  4. Happy Birthday Amber - from someone turning 41 in September. Looking forward to it!


  5. Happy Birthday :)
    Sounds like you had a great time out in Palo Alto. Keep up the great work and inspiration..


  6. Happy Birthday! I just turned 48 on June 22. When you read stories about people they usually say that turning 40 or 50 was a great moment in their life, a time when they found out who they are and what they want from life. Your kids will still keep you feeling young but be sure and find things you like to do. Now that you have your health in control there is nothing stopping you from having the time of your life. I think you look great and being a "role model" to so many people has got to be a great confidence booster. "It's not the number of years in your life that's important, it's the life in your years that matter." HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

  7. Happy Birthday to you! I discovered your blog a week ago and find you to be a great inspiration!!!
    Karen G.

  8. Happy Birthday. I'm looking forward to our challenge this month.

  9. Happy Birthday Amber! Just found your blog a few days ago, and I'm inspired to see what a tranformation you have had this year! I picked up Jorge book last week while out shopping with my friend and jumped right on in with two feet. I took a photo or two (ponytail and all), and after viewing my images I am shocked to see how much weight I actually "own"! My goals and starting weight are similar to yours, but I'm 54... Believe me honey, you are a spring chicken! (You'll realize this 13 yr. from now:) Give thanks and celebrate life everyday!

  10. Thanks for all the sweet birthday wishes! Where did we get this idea that 40 was old? It doesnt feel old at all. I love Kasey and Pat's comments! You all are great!

  11. Amber,
    Happy Birthday to you!! Every year is an accomplishment. My middle son just turned 41 last month. He has been clean and sober for 5 years now and he looks younger and feels better. I will be 63 in September and never felt better. Being competent to live my life free from foods and additives that block the bodies ability to do it's best is a gift.
    Bless you!

  12. Happy Birthday Amber! I'm 41 as well. You definitely deserve a few minutes of fame. Congrats. Plus over this past year you've gotten younger, not older!!! You should definitely fill out the questionaire on realage.com to find out your "real age."

  13. Happy Birthday & Congratulations! I'll be joining you (41) in a few months. Didn't someone say that the 40's is the new 30's or was it 20's? LOL. I prefer my 40's brain but honestly, wouldn't mind my 20's body back! :-)

  14. Happy Birthday Amber....you look GREAT! I'll be on the down hill slide to 50 in November, i'll be 46! Oh well, i feel great, and am 32 lbs. lighter, thanks to this sight!!!!