Monday, August 9, 2010

The “Prime” Of My Life

At 8 a.m., I dug a splinter out of the bottom of my left foot. By 4 p.m., the garden was weeded and pruned, the garage was swept, the birdbath was algae-free, the porch plants were watered and the porch was swept, the bathroom rugs were washed, the wireless network was set up, the Jeep was clean (inside and out), my legs were shaved, and the checkbook was balanced.

Clearly the excitement of seeing the bottom of my foot for the first time in 7 weeks started an adrenaline-fueled chain reaction.

Now I’m sitting on the deck with an ice pack on my knee, but it’s worth every minute of today. Plus, it gives me time to think about the close of my 46th year – a year of physical pain, yet perseverance. Still, I won’t be sorry to see the screen door hit its ass on its way out.

I turn 47 on Saturday. I’ll be “camping” (in a cabin) in Cook Forest with my family (including the g-babies!), and my birthday cake will be a s’more. Not sure where we’ll put the candle, but I can’t think of a better way to start my next prime number birthday.

Either by coincidence or the mystery of mathematics, prime number ages have been the most complicatingly life-changing.

19: My daughter was born and my husband died.

23: I divorced a big mistake.

29: My “cougar” year. Although can you really be a cougar at 29? Junior cougar, maybe? Cougar-in-training, perhaps? Whatever, it was a fun year.

41: I started thinking seriously about losing weight. Journaled. Tough but necessary work.

43: 2006. The year of the wedding. Before the deck, before the grandbabies, before goal – things that made me super happy from 44-46 – 43 ranks as one of the best years of my life. By my 43rd birthday, I’d lost 130 pounds and was exercising, my daughter was marrying a great guy, and I was on the path to figuring out who I am.



47: It will be a good year. I can feel it. Even if my knee is swollen like a grapefruit and cowering under a bag of frozen peas.

As my birthday gift to you, I am giving away my copy of “Women, Food and God: An Unexpected Path To Almost Anything” by Geneen Roth. I mentioned it in my blog from a few weeks ago, “Wiggle Your Toes and Breathe.

I was introduced to mindfulness practice four years ago (prime age 43!), so the book was a good reminder of why I practice. If you’re not familiar with the book, here’s a snippet of the review from Amazon.com: “If you suffer about your relationship with food – you eat too much or too little, think about what you will eat constantly or try not to think about it at all – you can be free. Just look down at your plate. The answers are there. Don't run. Look. Because when we welcome what we most want to avoid, we contact the part of ourselves that is fresh and alive. We touch the life we truly want and evoke divinity itself.”

If you’d like to throw your name in the hat for this book, leave a comment or send me an email at lynnbering@verizon.net, especially if you use Firefox or Safari because it’s nearly impossible to leave a comment on my blog if you use those browsers for some technological reason that is way beyond my understanding. Don’t be afraid to send an email! I promise I won’t spam you. Pinky swear.

I’ll draw a winner next Monday (Aug. 16), when I’m officially my latest prime-number age.

15 comments:

Connie said...

Wow - Lynn I happened to read Shapes facebook update and find your blog -
What a creat post - prime numbers. I had to take a moment and think about my prime number years.
As I quickly pass towards the 50 mark I have to say life has had some ups and downs - right along with my weight. Today it is up - hopefully tomorrow it will be down.
I think I will keep reading - need the inspiration.
Thank you for sharing.
Connie

Tricia said...

You are such a inspiration. Put me in for the drawing.

Jane said...

This was a great post, and it required me to think mathematically, and not just about calorie counts and weight. Sometimes I get a bit obsessed about those two number games. This was a lot more fun!

Bobbie's Babbles said...

I should really go back and review my prime number years... and a few others for that matter. I'm lucky. Life has been good for most of the even and the odd years. A few blips, spills and tears, but mostly, calm seas. Off to Austria with my hubby for a vacation filled with a week of tennis camp, hiking, yoga, horse back riding and lots of lovin. I won't be around to wish you a happy one on your birthday, so here is my wish for you...may the years that follow this one be filled with happiness and health for you and for your family. xo

Jodi said...

Thanks for another inspiring post! I heard about this book recently on Oprah (I think it's the same book) and would love a chance to have it! Thanks for your motivation, Lynn! Happy birthday!

Jae said...

I love the pic of you in the middle getting kisses from the girls! Precious!

Would love to win the book to use for our WL group's next PassAlong. We read a book, make comments/highlight passages that touch our heart, then PassAlong the book to next member.
Thanks!
Jae

debby said...

Lynn, how good to hear you had such a good day. And yes, I think you have had a banner year, and next year can't help but be better. I look forward to another year of great inspiration from you.

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

Sharon said...

Lynn,

I am so excited that I finally found a way to comment directly to your posts. Had to buy a whole new computer to do it! LOL! (It was my birthday present, but I'll let you think it was so I could comment on your posts!)

Have that book on hold at my library, but would LOVE to have my own personal copy. Throw my name in the hat for the drawing.

Happy, happy birthday.

Sharon

Chris said...

Lynn - Happy Birthday to a fellow 47-year-old! What a great way to view our age, by prime numbers - I'll have to think back to my own primes and see what I find :)

My favorite picture is of you and your husband - the look in your eyes and the smile on his face are both so lovely!

Tish said...

Happy Birthday, young thing. Love your prime number post. You'll have fun camping with the grands and everybody. Maybe a sparkler can accompany your s'more b-day treat. I'd love to be in the running for the book. Thanks!

Victoria said...

Wow, I really like the picture of you and your DH. Very cute.

sharon said...

I was tired just reading what all you did by 8:00! Would love the books. Please put me in for the drawing!

Pam said...

Just found your blog, a link from Pasta Queen's. Love reading another weight loss journey, as I am on one of my one. At 59, and as near as I can figure, that's a prime number. I am in the process of losing 150 lbs. (have lost 97), and hoping to drop below the 200 mark by my 60th birthday on Jan. 1, 2011. I would LOVE to win the women, diet and God book (forget the exact title), I read a few reviews and I just eat up any weight loss stories right now. They keep me motivated and I need that.

Hilary said...

I don't think I've ever thought that hard of the # relationships to the year...
tres interestante... I should go do that. :)

Shannon said...

The amount of things you did in one day i don't think i have done in one week in a long time! crazy. your story is amazing! I hope you drop my name for the drawing :) have fun camping!