Thanksgiving was fabulous.

We packed and headed out about an hour after Jon got home from work on Wednesday, which put us arriving at my mom’s house around 11P since it’s generally a 6 hour drive across the state.

Molly kept figuring out how to get out of her harness and we stopped to grab dinner – so I guess we actually made it there around midnight. Long night.

Her ability to wriggle out of her seatbelt/harness was cute for about the first hour. 😕

I’m glad I didn’t sign us up for a Turkey Trot. I almost did it since we had so much fun last year in GA, but my mom lives in the middle of nowhere (suburb of Memphis) and it would have taken 40 minutes to an hour to make it to one – which would have taken a chunk of the morning since the only one I found didn’t start until 9A. Good thing since the dogs were wound up and kept us up half the night and our internal clocks had us up at 5A – meaning we slept like 4 hours Wednesday night (a FAR cry from my typical 8-9 hours). (Also I haven’t really trotted in something like 5 months … so there’s that.)

We bundled up and took Molly for a walk in our pajamas, though, since we could.

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We spent Thanksgiving morning and afternoon hanging out with my mom and brothers preparing for dinner.

Breakfast (plus eggs and bacon):

Every day should start this way. Happy thanksgiving, everyone!

We snacked a little throughout the day (and skipped lunch) and took a short nap at some point, but we mostly just helped her finish up last minute stuff.

Also took pics:

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My mom invited a bunch of people, which was super convenient for me since I was able to see everyone in one place – all of her siblings, several of my cousins, my brothers (and all partners, of course) and my dad and his wife came.

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My aunt has cancer and has been in the midst of treatment for several months, so I was glad to see her.

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Fun night.

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Good food.

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We hung around on Friday and ate leftovers, talked, played with the dogs, etc.

We were finally brave enough to let Molly play with my mom’s 6 pound puppy, which turned out to be fine. We knew she would never intentionally hurt the puppy, but she’s big and clumsy and we worried she’d accidentally step on him or something. It was fine, though. She’s super gentle and very much knows how to tailor her playful ways.

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The puppy loved it.

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He wasn’t afraid of her in any way.

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It was nice to spend a quiet day hanging out with everyone.

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I saw this picture after my mom took it and instantly remembered another.

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Dec 2006:

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It’s almost unbelievable.

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It’s also unbelievable that I was still about a year away from changing everything (started Jan 2008).

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I really just can’t even imagine being that person anymore – except I am.

I haven’t had 100% success at shaking the body thoughts this year (my 2014 goal), but I’m still working on it.

Gaining 10 pounds has actually been kind of helpful in this regard because I’ve solidly realized that I feel just as “fat” at 170 as I did at 160 – and have felt the same at every.single.weight. I’m honestly not sure that I feel any differently now (in this regard) than I did at 270 or 280. Changing my body weight isn’t going to stop the thoughts. Changing the thoughts will change the thoughts. Seems so simple, huh?

I’m ready to let it all go. I’m not constantly obsessing or anything (actually pretty far from that) – I just want to be the healthiest I can be. Mind AND body. It’s kind of amazing to me that it seems so easy to lose the physical weight, yet so hard to drop the emotional.

Anyway.

We woke up at 4A yesterday (Saturday) morning and started the long drive home. I have two final exams and a paper due and a baby shower to co-host within the next 5 days, so we couldn’t stay all weekend.

Heading home.

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Super fun time. Now back to the real world.

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