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How do you celebrate your birthday in a fun and healthy way?

By July 3, 2008 - 12:18pm
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Just a fun post!

Would love to hear your thoughts and ideas on how you would like to spend your upcoming birthday, or tell us the best fun & healthy birthday celebration you've had. I'm looking for ideas!

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This year I want a healthy birthday, so I was thinking of some ideas today. I want to wake up and make an egg white omelet. They are so good. I also want lot's of fruit and veggies for snacks during the day. I thought about having a BBQ with chicken kabobs, corn, beans, and a salad. For desert I wanted to have sugar free ice cream. Does that sound healthy? I hope so. It sounds so good to me!

July 8, 2008 - 8:05pm
(reply to Anonymous)

This makes me think of a great Bed & Breakfast, and you could really go over the top (in an easy and inexpensive way) with your idea. Plan everything the day/night before, so you can really enjoy it on your birthday.

I went to a B&B for an all-day work retreat, and they had the healthy snacks you spoke about laying around the room; there were throw pillow and blankets, candles lit/lamps on (no over-head lights), reading "nooks" with paperbacks open. The snacks included fruits, veggies & dipping sauces (mint yogurt was yummy!), water and lemon in pitcher with ice and glasses already set out, healthier cookies (oatmeal). We walked around the grounds, enjoyed nature during a break. You could end with a nice pampering of a bath, self-pedicure or facial. Sounds great!! (I might have to do this on a weekly basis, actually!)

July 20, 2008 - 12:58pm
(reply to Anonymous)

How about a nice walk through the park or somewhere lovely, too?

July 18, 2008 - 7:08pm

When approaching my half century milestone, I had announced to my darling groom that there would be no surprise party because I planned on surprising the family by slipping away to some beautiful beach somewhere. Little did I know that I had thrown the family off-guard because they were all planning a surprise party, haha!

Anyway, it was going to be my first Mother's Day away from family, as well (as the two occasions usually fall within the same week). I found a lovely, little-known island in the Caribbean where we would be staying in a traditional Great House on 3 miles of white sandy beach. My darling groom managed to tell the hotel staff about my birthday and they pulled a surprise party together, complete with a really cute cake that the mother of one of the staffers baked, and they invited all the hotel guests saying they were doing a Mother's Day special. It was such a blast - even Elvis was there (the real name of one of our favorite staffers).

Talk about healthy - fresh foods and wonderful seafood prepared by world-class chefs in little local establishments, clean air, a morning run every day, crystal clear sea, happy and friendly people, beautiful surroundings and Elvis, lol! We were so ready to find a place and move there - and then 9/11/01 happened. Who knows, we might still try to retire there, and I hope to go back there for my 60th.

July 3, 2008 - 4:59pm
(reply to alysiak)

this year i turned 35, kind of yuck number for me! i was doing the "how did i get so old already?" feel sorry for myself thing for a while, and then coincidentally, a friend told me about this web site, Every Monday Matters. EMM's purpose is to get us to use the yucky-ist day of the week, Monday, to give back, instead of complain. they have a whole web site of awesome ideas to do something meaningful. one of the ideas was to have a giving party, instead of getting. the occasion could be anything, but since my birthday was just a week away, i thought, hey this is definitely a message from God for me! so i invited all the girlfriends i have and told them, don't bring me a present, instead, please bring new crayons and pencils. then at the party we ate yummy treats and used my art supplies to make beautiful pictures. i took all of the crayons, pencils and drawings to a friend who takes supplies to ugandan orphanages (where the kids go crazy over new crayons!). my friends loved it! i loved it! it was a wonderful, feel good birthday, that totally celebrated everything i want to be about in this world. i can't wait to do something similar next year.

i love this question, and can't wait to see how others celebrate their birthdays in healthy ways.

July 18, 2008 - 6:03pm
(reply to sasha)

haha! You're as old as you think. My mom says she's 39 1/2 for the Nth time.

It sounds as though you had a wonderful celebration with your friends.

July 18, 2008 - 7:05pm
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