Christmas Is Over

You there, reading this, silently creeping my blog: I hope you had a lovely Christmas. I hope you spent time with family and friends and took nothing for granted. There's been a lot of tragedy this year, and so many people had a holiday filled with sadness.

If you, too, are a fatty aspiring to be a hottie, I also hope that you made it through Christmas without packing on too many pounds. The most wonderful time of the year is sort of the opposite for those of us trying to lose weight. My mom made giant batches of about eight different kinds of candy, and on top of that, five different people brought us homemade pies and cookies and fudge. And I can't leave out the turkey and dressing feast we had on Christmas day.

I suck at self-control. If there's junk food around me, I'll eat it. Always. That's why I don't bring it in the house. Why I ask my parents to keep their cheese puffs and Peanut M&Ms hidden away in some top secret location unknown to me. But what are you supposed to do when people you care about spend their precious time making you tasty, once-a-year sweet treats? You can't say no! And it's almost ruder to eat one, then refuse more.

Well, I couldn't figure that one out. So I basically ate anything homemade that anyone offered me. And I gained some weight. I've been feeling pretty craptastic about that all week. I feel bloated and gross and disgusted with my lack of discipline.

But today, I uploaded the pictures we took Christmas morning, and I was in for an uplifting surprise.

They. Were. Great.

If you don't know my history, you might see that picture and say, "Um, what's so great about that mug?"

Well. When you've had the kind of pictures I've had at family get-together after family get-together, year after year, these photos are quite impressive.

Here are two side-by-side comparisons using pictures from last Christmas to prove my point:

Wait for it..........

Neither of these pictures have been edited at all. I honestly had to check to be sure, because I look stretched in the before photo. Seriously. It's starting to freak me out.

I needed this today.

If you're feeling some holiday regret and you're considering embarking on some wild and crazy weight loss journey in 2013, I pray you'll find some hope from my story of an incredibly lazy fat girl who decided to get up and make changes in her life for real. 

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