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Christmas Past and Present


Sunday, December 09, 2012

Yesterday, I bought and set up this year's Christmas Tree. It is a small one, like last year's, much snippier with its needles than last year's but very pretty, I thought. This is the tree right after we got it home and set up in its special stand.



After the tree was decorated, which included the annual last minute run to the store for more lights (why are there never enough lights?), I tried unsuccessfully to get a decent photo of the three dogs and me by the tree. If I am holding the camera, my dogs are like professional models, except for their hearty appetites. If others hold the camera, they are like... regular dogs with little interest in having their pictures taken. The Lhasa tends to complain bitterly about being by the Border Collie. The Border Collie tends to look long suffering. The Sheltie is old, deaf and not feeling well these days, so she actually is suffering a bit and looks unhappy. This was the best photo of me with my little pack after several attempts:



Last year's photo was more successful in my dogs looking semi-cooperative (the Lhasa was distracted by something out the window so had shut up when the photo was snapped). I was at least 70 lbs heavier last Christmas than I am now, but closing in on a weight loss of 100 lbs for 2011, so I was very happy with how I looked at that time.



When I was really heavy, I never wanted my photo taken. I used to joke that people could only take my picture from my eyebrow up. But the reality was that it was just too painful to see what I truly looked looked like. I'm not sure how I managed not to see myself in the mirror every day, but photos were always appalling. So at Christmas in 2010 and several Christmases before that, there are no photos of me by the tree, with family and friends, or even trying to coax dogs into posing by my side. There are few photos to be found of me at all for years and years. For an extra, extra large person in real life, I did my best to be invisible in photos and, heaven help us, videos.

I'll end with the best photo of this year's sad lot. The Lhasa got his Christmas Wish to be the only dog, at least in this pose with me in front of our pretty little tree. I only have 1/3 of my pack with me, but then again, there's not a whole lot more than 1/3 of me, compared to what I looked like at Christmas 2010.



Happy Holidays to All (especially Lhasas)!
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FROMNDTOGA 12/19/2012 3:21PM

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STHOMAS1009 12/17/2012 3:56PM

    It's funny how my husband doesn't even think to take my photo. I do avoid mirrors, but when I do catch myself, I'm mostly looking at my face. I don't turn side to side to check out the "goods". Photos seem to take a real picture of me. I need to see that, so I can say to myself, "What are you doing? Take it one day at a time and get down to a normal looking person! Geez!"

I'm glad I'm not alone in this journey.

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 12/17/2012 1:26PM

    You look really nice, you are an inspiration to me. I need to lose over 100 lbs and it is so hard. Especially during the holidays. I too have very few pictures of me. I hate the weight. But you give me hope. Thank you. Hope your holidays are full of fun and healthy times with family and friends. Pat emoticon emoticon

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ALIHIKES 12/16/2012 2:27PM

    What great photos! Thanks for sharing. The dogs are a joy, and you look fabulous!

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HOLLYM48 12/16/2012 12:38PM

    You look just awesome! Wow, great job! I love the dogs too, being little stinkers which is generally what dogs do the best! Well, mine does anyway! Thanks for sharing these great pics and I am so happy for you that you now are happy to have your picture taken!
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KAREN91 12/16/2012 12:33PM

    I love your pictures! Great job on your weight loss, very inspiring. emoticon emoticon

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CLAIREINPARIS 12/16/2012 12:29PM

    Such a special blog! You look great and so do your little dogs!!! Lovely Christmas tree too.

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WATERMELLEN 12/16/2012 9:57AM

    Pretty tree, pretty dogs, pretty lady! Isn't it fun to be in a space where the camera no longer makes us cringe and hide???

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KANOE10 12/16/2012 9:25AM

    You look wonderful and I love your dogs. Great job on being healthy!

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LAHUDSONCHEF 12/15/2012 10:53AM

    This was great! Congrats on your losses...you look wonderful.

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DAWN14163 12/15/2012 10:00AM

    I love, love, love this blog! You look so happy and content. What a fantastic transformation. Pretty tree and cute doggies too! Seasons greetings to you and yours xxx

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KELLIEBEAN 12/14/2012 10:15PM

    Congratulations on your accomplishments! You look wonderful!

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SAKS20111 12/14/2012 6:26PM

    amazing!! congrats on your progress youve made this far!! great job! you are an inspiration!

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LINDAK25 12/14/2012 11:17AM

    You look great. Love the pictures by your beautiful tree with your pack! My dog and cat (they're gone now) used to love posing by the Christmas tree!

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JANEMARIE77 12/14/2012 7:50AM

    great job wonderful blog thank you

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MILLIE5522 12/12/2012 4:23PM

    Wow! You look great! I love your idea of getting your dogs together around the Xmas tree!
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ILOVEMALI 12/11/2012 2:46PM

    Ah, Liz -- you look wonderful. And your dog's cuter than Mali, too! LOL -- you are my inspiration. Thanks for all of your sweet support.

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MANDELOVICH 12/11/2012 11:38AM

    Liz, you look amazing! What a huge transformation and what a beautiful NSV to feel confident in photos and enjoy taking them. I'm so happy you feel so good in your body now, as you should! Amazing and inspiring!

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MJZHERE 12/11/2012 10:24AM

    Look how far you have come - amazing! Very inspirational. Thank you for posting the pictures - you look great! The pups too.

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HAKAPES 12/11/2012 5:02AM

    Wow, that's what I call TRANSFORMATION! You look awesome!
And I love the dogs! :-) Do they follow you to get leaner?

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SLENDERELLA61 12/10/2012 11:26PM

    Love your tree and your sweet doggies!! You have come so far. You look just fantastic. You have to be so proud of yourself. You are just doing great. Congrats!!!



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BIGPAWSUP 12/10/2012 1:50PM

    Love your pack! My girls are the same way - mommy has the camera we get great pictures, mommy in the picture = chaos!

You have a very cute tree, I would love to have a little on like that.

The difference between the tow photos is AMAZING! I'm so happy and proud of you. Congrats on looking GREAT!

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CHRISTINASP 12/10/2012 9:22AM

    I see nothing wrong with the pics or the dogs! I like them all.
I'm smiling because I'm a dog lover too. I can just imagine the problems you must have to get them to be a model!


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TINAJANE76 12/10/2012 7:29AM

    You look fantastic! What a difference from last year! It's great to see you, your pooches and the beautiful tree. Have a great Christmas!

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TORTISE110 12/10/2012 5:15AM

    You look just fabulous. What a Christmas to remember! Enjoy every minute of it and be sure to savor your success. Loved the blog post!

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NUOVAELLE 12/10/2012 1:37AM

    Your dogs are lovely and you are... transformed!! One year has turned you into a different person. I can't imagine what we would say if we could compare pictures of previous Christmases with this one!
Enjoy your holidays with your dogs and your loved ones.
Have a blessed Christmas!
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1CRAZYDOG 12/9/2012 10:13PM

    I think they're perfectly wonderful pictures of YOU and the furbabies! Amazing to see such a sparky transformation, isn't it!

HUGS and happy holidays to you AND your babies.

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