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Anne's Profile:

The essay I wrote for our last anniversary started with this:

When I came to Healthy Living two years ago I told myself I wasnít there to work on weight.   Just as well, I havenít lost any weight that I havenít found again. in the two years.  But I found a lot of other things that will be more important in the long run.  Mainly, I found a community where I felt safe and valued.  It took me a time to believe the valued part.  The only inspirational part I felt I had to offer was that I quit smoking not that long before I ran into Char and Jhrdy on the web.  Iíd been trying to get a forum on healthy weight loss going myself, based on essentially the same ideas Ė NO quick fixes Ė and ended up joining her crew.

As far as the weight is concerned, Iím still there!   As for the ďmore important in the long run,Ē thatís still there too!

So where am I now that itís three years?  Iím progressing on my journey. I continue to learn, and some things I even apply (honest! Just not exercise!).  I have a wonderful buddy in Puzz, and I get so much out of reading everyoneís posts.   I have some favorites as Iím sure we all do, but most weeks I manage to read all of the personal and buddy journal entries, plus the introductions/miscellaneous entries, and try VERY hard to respond to anything in the Quit Smoking thread.

Fighting clinical depression is no longer the primary focus of my personal life.  Largely because of the support I found here, and in a quit smoking forum before my experience here, Iíve found the ability to look at myself and see something other than the blob.  (>Yaíll havenít convinced me that Iím beautiful, but keep working at it!) I find it almost impossible to express what a difference it makes to be able to cope with the depression without having to fight with it.  My world has colors again, and I love color.

Looking over last yearís entry, that Sheryl was kind enough to send to me, I see I thought I had the baby steps mantra down pat.  Hah!  Thatís a lesson I guess Iíll learn over again a few dozen times. I still believe that in the healthy journey, as in quitting smoking, thereís no failure as long as you keep coming back to the fight.  And Iím as pig-headed and stubborn as ever.

On a lighter note, I just love it when Nikkosguy gets a punsterstorm going!

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