One more week of work and then I'm on leave for seven weeks. I'm so excited to be going home to the States and I know there will be temptations there ... foods I have missed so much that just are not available in Australia (Chicago deep dish pizza and Reuben sandwiches come to mind) but whatever happens I will reach my goal this year. If I come back from America heavier than when I left I know ADF will help me get back on track and cross that finish line. Nothing is going to stop me.
This week two people who have not seen me in a few months said I looked amazing ... it sure felt good to hear that. One said my face has changed so much, and she probably last saw me when I was just 10-15 pounds heavier. That amount wasn't so noticeable when I was over 200 pounds but now it seems it makes quite a difference. I look in the mirror and I can see my mother now. People have said I looked like her but when I was obese I didn't see it so much. Now I do and I can't wait for family and friends back home to see me again. I have lost weight (and regained it) several times in the past, and when I was last home about nine years ago I was probably about 90 kg (200 lb), not the 130 kg (287 lb) I found myself at two years ago. I don't think I've weighed this little since the late 80s. So if I haven't reached goal before I go it won't matter at all, it will still be a big change for them.
We've had such a cold spell here this week ... there was snow just an hour's drive from me! I have not seen snow in 12 years and I like it that way! It feels sort of like Christmas in July. I'll be going home to the last month of summer and coming back to spring -- it's usually is quite nice here by September so hopefully I can kiss the rest of winter goodbye very soon.