Turns out, it’s normal! I’m normal! This was another first. I was able to let go of the ongoing tape in my head that was so quick to label me a failure.
Next question to my respondents was, how do you maintain?
Over and over I got a variation on this answer: “When my pants feel tight, I cut back until they fit properly again.”
No drama, no fuss. It’s that easy.
So now, almost three years after I started the diet, I’ve found a happy gray area. No longer is my life about dieting or cheating on a diet. It’s about eating. I have vegetarian days, and animal protein days, and sometimes, like yesterday, I have ribs-biscuits-butter-and-ice-cream days. And that just might be breakfast.
All I know is that it works. My body is thin, which is fabulous, but equally fabulous is that I really see myself that way. Because of my new image of myself, I have peace and quiet in my brain, which is the most fabulous of all. To quote my accountant, trust me on this.
SUSAN AVERY is a freelance writer based in New York City.
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