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Annie's Online Journal...2
August 2,2002

Your life is the sum result of all the choices you make, both consciously and unconsciously. If you can control the process of choosing, you can take control of all aspects of your life. You can find the freedom that comes from being in charge of yourself.

Robert F. Bennett

In just ten short weeks I will have been on this journey one year. How wonderful it has been and how grateful I am to have found this plan and gain control over who and what I am .
I have learned so much over the last year. I have learned that eating six small meals a day does keep one from being hungry and increases the metabolism. I have learned that 100 ounces of water is the magic key to losing weight. I have learned to love exercise and the benefits it gives to me. I am no longer sluggish, I feel energetic, a good morning walk allows me to plan my day and reflect on yesterday. I have learned to forgive myself, not sabotage myself. Most of all I have learned how to be in control...food is for nourishment and the only obstacle in achieving my goal is me.  One can not change thier lifestyle for anyone else, it has to come from within. If you believe you can do this then you can.
  When I started on this journey I just wanted to lose some weight, I never imagined that I could be a thin person, I just wanted to be less obese. So this plan has surpassed all that I thought it could do.  I have taken more time off this summer, I am not sure if it because of my lifestyle...being on vacation for the summer, my husband being off for five weeks, entertaining and relaxing or if perhaps I am testing my new found me.
Twelve pounds to go and it seems as though it has been an eternity that I have said that. I am itching to be at goal..it is so close I can taste it and boy it tastes better than anything I can eat.
I had wanted to be at goal by August and it didn't happen...I  guess the old me might get discouraged and give up...but when I feel that way I think of how far I have come and how much I like the new me.  There will always be temptations and those temptations don't seem to get any easier I always have to be on guard and willing to fight the fat monster and I will because I am in control!