Our expert says:
Hi Gemima !
What you describe isn't an uncommon situation. If only food weren't so darn consoling ! More of us would be slim, but, I suppose, unconsoled.
As to the reunion. After 3 years, we all change and look different ( they'll look surprisingly different to you, too ); but I'm sure that they will be so very pleased to see you that they are not going to stop and worry about whether you are a bit larger than you were before. Maybe while you're with them you'll be able to feel more comfortable and confident, and start making realistic plans to lose the unnecessary extra weight.
Deubel's suggestion of sending some pictures by email is a good one if practical, and a passing reference to some weight-gain will also lessen the degree of possible surprise.
And at 3 20 am, it's time you got to bed and some restful sleep, Gemima ! Let us know on your return, or when you get internet access over there, how the reunion goes
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