The weekend before last I spent with my my family down in London. I stayed with my Dad and his partner, but I saw most of the family at some point over the weekend, including my younger brother and sister (twins). I also saw my cousin and my favourite Uncle. I hadn't seen any of them since February so everybody commented on the weight that I had lost. I got loads of really nice, complimentary comments and everyone heaped praise on me over and again. I must say, I don't want to sound churlish, but it started to get me down after a while! I think, in a funny kind of way, it puts extra pressure on me to keep going and not to fail.... As I told my consultant at the Support group this weekend, I continue to look forward at the weight I still have to lose, not backwards at where I have come from. I think of it as though I had surgery yesterday and today is day one of the rest of my life. I know lots of people don't agree with this approach - but that's me - there you are!! So when people say nice, lovely things, I often feel like reminding them that the hard bit is still to come - I can take the complements but I can't be complacent.
Anyway, this morning, out of the blue, I received a card. It said 'Well done - I am so proud of you' on the front - and since I haven't passed my driving test recently or passed any exams, I was a bit confused as to why anybody would be sending me a 'Well Done' card! Upon opening, I discovered that it was from my sister, and this is what she wrote:
"Dear Theresa. Just to say I am pleased with your determination to improve to a healthier lifestyle. I know you have some time yet to achieve your target weight but you will do it. Keep up the pilates! Lots of love, Jayne. x x x". Ahhhh, wasn't that nice?!