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      Almost three years ago, I finally admitted that I was a food addict. I said those very hard words out loud and in my mind – “I AM A FOOD ADDICT.”  That was a very painful admission. It meant that I had a greater problem than any diet or exercise plan could solve. It meant that I had to FULLY surrender to God. It meant that a new way of life had to be learned and executed if I wanted true healing and success.

        With those words also came an excitement that was born, a hope that was created, and a fire that was stirred.  I started down a brand new road; a road that I knew was going to get me where I wanted to go, but also a road filled with unknowns and challenges.  This was a road that I gladly and willingly traveled.  This new road was paved with new ideas about food and the science of food addiction. There were lots of new road markers to study along the way.  I gathered as much information as I could as I joyfully skipped along the road. I couldn’t see what was around the bend, but I knew there were others up ahead of me that could extend a hand along the way.  Food boundaries were put in place in regards to food; no sugar, no flour, 3 meals a day, and measured portions. Sometimes they were hard, but mostly they brought freedom! I was free to plan my meals and eat what I had planned – nothing more, nothing less. My new lifestyle was born!

       Sometimes, just like in this picture, there is a staircase on the side of the road that may look tempting – an easier way, a new diet, a new weight loss pill – don’t get sidetracked. You might spot a side trail that looks tempting or think you see an alluring shortcut.  Whatever you do, just stay the course and keep your eyes on the road.  The road is successful and will bring freedom. There will be a freedom that allows you to just simply take one step at a time.

       If you happen to find yourself on a side trail, a staircase, or in a ditch; just find your way back to the path and there will always be someone there to help.  If you need help getting back on the road, the best way is to run towards it and yell for help.  Reach out to a friend, another person on the path, or myself – I am here for you.

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