It’s been five years since I was a patient at Milestones. I have been abstinent ever since. I know I still have a ways to go, but having lost 100 lbs has been a big step for me. I haven’t done things as you taught and wanted, but I have made it work for me my way.

I am off all antidepressants for a couple of years now and I am now doing and feeling good. I don’t go to meetings. I have never felt comfortable at the groups and have chosen not to go. I still meditate.

I still weigh and measure my food. It took a while for me, but I realize now that I will need to continue doing this probably forever since I seem to be incapable of knowing when to stop. I seem to lack that key body function.

I just returned from a 10 day trip to Italy. It was a scary experience, but I am proud to say I did really good. It was very difficult with all the pasta, but I managed to eat in control, although I had small portions of pasta, I was very careful not to be triggered by this.

Exercise is still a struggle for me, but I am more mobile and it’s getting easier for me to exercise. I will be retiring from my work at the end of October and am hoping to make the time to exercise regularly. I have learned to know what happens to my body when I miss a meal or don’t eat what I should as per my food plan. I have learned that something I don’t eat today will make me feel hungry one or two days later. My analytical brain is able to discern why I feel hungry and not give in to the urge to eat.

I have learned never to let the thought of food get to my salivary glands, since when this happens it is very difficult to stop. I do this by saying Nooooooooooooooooo nonstop until the thought is out of my mind. Like short circuiting my brain.

I want to thank all of you who helped me get to this point in my life. Starting with Theresa who finally managed to convince me to get my body to Milestones. Everyone at Milestones I thank you all.