So, I am doing a total reality check this morning. I've written a note to myself and as an underscore, I'm posting it:
Self, you are fat. Yes, you are happy and yes, you deserve to be wined and dined; also, yes, you have worked hard all your life--as a wife, as a mother, as a working woman, as a divorcé trying to make ends
meet, as someone who survived bad times and who has finally emerged financially comfortable with few needs and wants and unlimited gifts that money cannot buy. However! Get over the cuisine reward-time! Over-feeding yourself is not good for you, girlfriend! And not putting exercise up there with the twice-daily ritual of brushing your teeth is not only foolish, but it will shorten your life! Get off the couch, step away from the computer--and don't go back there unless you first set a timer to less than 30 minutes.
Today is truly the first day of the rest of your life, so change for a better you! Give yourself the best reward--looking and feeling good--because you deserve it. If you can accomplish all that you have these past years, you can certainly do this. Do it...now.
How's that for a birthday gift?!