Since mid-September, I've dropped about 20 pounds due to better diet, exercise and the gypsy curse. Because of the exercise, the excess inches are going even faster than the weight. I had to buy a new belt and I'm going to have to get some new pants, because I've dropped 2 waist sizes (4 inches) from where I started. If I can drop another 15 pounds, I'll be back to my late 20's / early 30's weight, and I'd be within 10 pounds of my optimum.
Nonetheless, I intend to pig out pretty good on Thanksgiving. You have to reward yourself once in awhile. Maybe the day after, too.