! It's a great feeling. I lost weight over Christmas as well including an inch and a half off my waist over the past 3 weeks!
I followed a lot of what you did such as eating low calorie subsitutes, stayed drinking water to keep myself full, ate lots of lean proteins and veggies, but I have to have my fruit! I never denied myself things either. I couldn't eat 10 cookies at once like in the past, but I could have 2 and eat them slowwwwly to enjoy them.
I also kept up with my workout regimen and carried water, homemade protein bars and granola bars in my bag so I wouldn't get tempted as much with all of the snacks around. That worked really well for me.
Also congrats Lindsayanne
! 12 pounds in 2.5 weeks is amazing.