Shira is teaching me to care for myself and it’s really paying off. I’m more patient and loving when I put my kids to bed because I’m no longer totally depleted. Since I stopped struggling about food so much I have way more to give them. Also, I can have days when I eat things like hot dogs and buns, or regular fat milk, and still feel good! Or, when drinking an ice coffee, I’m able to pay attention to my fullness signals and feel satisfied without needing to finish the whole thing. I feel proud of myself for that. I’m confident that slowly, slowly, I’ll shed some of my excess weight. The main thing is I’m feeling encouraged in a way I never have before.