It has given me time to enjoy my in-laws (I really do enjoy them - funny folks) and dogs and exercise. We have even played games and watched movies. Like families used to do in the olden days.
I have been thinking of some things that have changed from last Christmas to this Christmas. So here they are:
- I had lost 40 pounds and was so proud.
- I was scared to death that eating too much at Christmas dinner would make me gain back all 40 pounds (this is no exaggeration)
- I was super nervous about leaving my environment and schedule.
- Travelled by car for days to see all the family (exhausting and not healthy).
- Realized I was still pretty fat, even after all I had lost and exercised.
- Never thought I would lose 100 pounds.
- Elf was my favorite Christmas movie.
- I have lost another 75 pounds and I am even more proud. I FEEL so good!! Especially in my new size 10 jeans (this seems so unreal to me).
- I know I can eat over in calories. It is just a holiday. I need to just keep exercising and get back to my routine when I get home.
- I am super relaxed. I know I can do this. I brought things that I need to keep up with my workouts and am doing cardio on the in-laws treadmill (I am making it up myself and doing well I believe).
- We travelled to see one family and asked that the other come to visit us (and they actually are). Much healthier (for me anyway).
- Realized that if I never lose another pound, I will be EXTREMELY happy with where I am.
- Cannot believe I lost 115 pounds. Now I am wondering/studying/researching maintenance.
- Elf is still my favorite Christmas movie. Some things never change. And never should.
The realization of how far I have come and how great my health is - that is the present I get today. It may not come in a box with pretty paper and a bow but it is by far the BEST present I could ever get.