Family can be awesome for weight loss, or turn my willpower into a non-existant afterthough whilst chowing down on yummy food. This weekend, it was both!
I had a family wedding shower for my cousin's finace yesterday, a rare chance to see all the women in my extended family on my mom's side. The last time I saw them was at my Grandmother's wake/funeral in May 2009 (so a solid year+ ago). I weighed 215 pounds and was a stressed out college Senior. When I went up to say hello to my relatives yesterday, a few mistook me for my sister! She's 130 pounds, size 4, and with all the weight that I've lost we look quite similar now. A few other relatives didn't realize it was me at all, they were like, "wait, Sara... Patty's daughter? WOW!" And then there is my Great Aunt Rita, essentially the family matriarch that keeps us all in line. I walked up to her to say hello and she looks at me and said "where is the other half of you?" LOL!!!!! In Aunt Rita terms, that's quite the complement. She also asked if I have a boyfriend yet, and I was incredibly happy to tell her yes for once! After a nod of approval and a hug, I was sent on my way, finally passing muster with her.
At that same wedding shower, I did eat quite a bit of food and some cake, and the night before my parents and sister took me out to dinner and I had some delicious Shepherd's Pie. But it's nice to have a normal family weekend every now and then. Yes, the scale yelped in pain when I stepped on it this morning (water and normal healthy food is on the menu for the entire week to make up for it), but it was a great weekend. It was nice to show everyone (especially Great Aunt Rita) how much I've changed in a year. I was grinning the entire shower, between being fabulous in a wool mini skirt, knee high leather boots, and a cute top and cardigan and actually having a guy that I'm dating to tell people about.
At this point, I can worry about the scale all I want but it's important to keep it in perspective. I'm already SO TINY in comparison that I still look in the mirror and wonder, like Aunt Rita, where is the other half of me???? I'd love to hit my mini goals of 150 for Thanksgiving and 145 for Christmas. But I'm not going to miss out on family time and eating like a normal person... haha. So if I can get to those goals in time, fabulous. If not, I'll hit them soon after. I've got a whole winter of wearing cute clothes that cover up everything until i'm thrown into sundress and swimsuit weather (when I REALLY want to be at my goal of 130-140). February, March, April... whenever I get there, I'll be thrilled.