Wednesday, November 02, 2005

I've come out!

Everyone in my family now knows about me losing weight. I had deliberately not been telling the ones who don't live locally, as I preferred to keep it to myself for a while.

Over the last few months I've seen my parents and most of my siblings, so they've all caught up with the changes. I realised yesterday that the only one who didn't know was the sister who lives in Adelaide. So I rang her last night and told her. She is very excited about my news.

One of my motivations that I haven't shared with everyone is that we're having one of our family gatherings in December. We like to have these big gatherings for things like decade birthdays - my 40th was the last one, in March. I'm the last one to turn 40 (there are five of us) and the first 50th is a couple of years away.

But this gathering is an extra special one. It is Mum and Dad's golden wedding anniversary - that's right, 50 years married!

We're having the do in Kerikeri on 17 December, which is the actual day of the anniversary (and Mum's 72nd birthday). It is a lunch at the yacht club followed by dessert at Mum and Dad's house.

We're all descending on the place at various times in the previous week, and then most of us will stay for Christmas. We'll basically take over a camping ground - a nice, quiet one just out of town.

My lovely parents will have in attendance: their 5 children, 4 partners of children, 8 of their 10 grandchildren and 1 of their 2 great-grandchildren. As well as lots of other relatives, old friends, new friends and sailing buddies.

Looking forward to a really lovely family time, and to the fact that I will look and feel completely different from last time we all got together.

15 comments:

Emily said...

How awesome for you! That all sounds really exciting, I love family time like that.

How proud you must be knowing that you'll be 40kg slimmer than the last big do!!! Well done, you deserve all the recognition of your hard work that is coming!!

Emily said...

PS. Happy birthday Jake!!!

michelle said...

They may now know but will still be absolutely amazed when they see you. You will be feeling soooo proud of yourself. Well done!!!!!!!!

Leighanne said...

Sounds like a great reason to celebrate all round!!

Julie's journey said...

It all sounds heavenly and very special. Wish we could see peoples faces when they see you again. See from your "Marking my Progress" that it is your sons birthday today - so Happy Birthday to him.
:o)

Anne said...

How exciting and how special that family gathering will be! It sounds like fun and it's so great that most of the family can be there. Also imagine the faces when they see you! Be proud - you will look a million dollars!!

BigCol said...

That sounds really exciting. You could go dye your hair and wear sunglasses and see if anyone recognizes you.

It's extra motivation to finish out the year going strong.

kathrynoh said...

Congratulations to your parents, that's quite an achievement! and a happy birthday to your son.

what a motivation to keep going!

Philippa said...

That sounds lovely Sue, what a wonderful family celebration. And won't it be lovely to show off your new body, and revel in all the well deserved compliments!

I'm hoping to have some similar reactions from family and friends when I go back to Tassie for the New Year!

Slim Suzy said...

That sounds like a wonderful family get-together. Yay for all the compliments you will get.

Happy 17th Birthday to your DS for tomorrow too! Sons are so special. (Daughters too of course).

Slim Suzy said...

Oh, I just realised it's the 2nd today. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOUR DS FOR TODAY!

Kt said...

sounds lovely :) I'm sure a lot of people will be surprised at how fabulous you r looking

fattyboombastic said...

Wow! Family gathering coming up huh? Something to look forward too. I like how you've kept it quiet with the weightloss and only shared with those around you, I have done the same myself lol.. I'd like for it to be a surprise too when we have another family function which doesn't look too near. Keep up with the weightloss, you're doing great! :)Congratulations!!

Kate said...

Oooh, that just sounds gorgeous!! I love Kerikeri - we used to spend summers at Matauri Bay, and used to venture into KeriKeri for a bit of shopping! And just think how much more energy you will have, and how much more comfortable camping will be since you are so much smaller now!

Oh, p.s. thanks for reminding me about decaf coffee - it was you wasn't it? I checked the brand I buy, and it says 'decaffienated with water', rather than the chemical process - but still - I'm not having it every day now, thanks for reminding me. I had read something about all the yucky chemicals too!

M said...

So glad you didn't annouce you were gay - not that there is anything wrong with that :)