Oh I get the red and itchy bit too sometimes, even hives if I get too cold..fortunately, it doesn't get as cold here in my area of the Pacific NW as it does in my home area of NY state (I remember 25 below before the wind chill!).
We are off to the v-e-t to get Patrick's weight checked, then fun at petsmart buying litter and critter crunch (we feed squirrels and birds) and suet w/nuts or berries (a favorite for the red flickers who grace my backyard often).
My one year of changing how I eat is coming up end of February, I had a 3 1/2 lb. swing up after Thanksgiving day (salty foods do that to me every time, and I so love olives and proscuitto!), but 1 lb. is back off as of this morning, and I'll just keep pushing the water.
Wherever you are at with your weight, it hasn't a thing to do with your heart and soul, put on your comfiest, prettiest things and go enjoy good food and good times with the ones you love - warmth, happieness, smiles...are contagious