Yesterday my brother and his wife left the UK for a new life on the other side of the world, in New Zealand. I went down to Heathrow to see them off, which I'm glad I did, even though it took me forever, and I had to stand for almost two hours pressed up close to strangers in a crowded railway carriage. Made me appreciate my reduced figure, though - in the past, I'd have taken up twice as much space, have got all sweaty and smelly, and my legs would have started to give out after the first hour...so that's progress right there!
I was a bit bad and stayed behind with my family after they'd gone through the gate, to sit down and have a drink and a bite to eat. I'd already eaten, but thought it would be nice to spend some time with the family I still have in the UK before heading back to my flat. Didn't go crazy - just a chicken baguette, although it was served with fries too. Still, I'm going to let myself off for that, especially as I ran the night before.
Don't know when I'm going to see my brother or sister-in-law next. I won't have the time or the money to go back to New Zealand and visit them - not for a few years at least, until I've graduated and am earning again! Their visa is only for two years, and they might come back for a holiday before then, but there's always the chance they'll fall in love with the place (as I did) and decide to stay (as I didn't). Not knowing when I'd see them next got me wondering - what will my weight situation be when we next meet? Will I have reached my goal by then? Will I still be trying to lose? Will I have collapsed and rebounded and be heavier than I am now?
Only time will tell I guess, but I would certainly hope that, when we next cross paths, I will have finally put all my weight issues behind me. I would like to think that, by the new year, I will be almost at goal. I need to step up my weekly losses if I'm to achieve that, but I'm going for another run tomorrow night, so hopefully Monday's run wasn't a one-off, but the start of a new lease of running life. If I can be nearly at goal by the new year, reach goal and then maintain that weight consistently for 2012, I'll be happy. I want 2011 to have been my Year of Losing Weight, and 2012 to be my Year of Being Slim! Well, not just Year...the first of MANY years!