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.