What a great thread. As SusanB so nicely put it, for me it is indeed that something clicked. One day something welled up from way inside, something that had been working away for many, many years, and said, I want to be a thin person and live the life of a thin person. It was one of those gifts that seem to just happen, but, I think, are the result of much work in our innermost selves. I knew I would just do what it took, and it's happening. Yes, I feel impatient sometimes and yes, there are feelings of wishing and regret because I know that now I would make wiser choices.
I do think our strongest areas are when we learn to become strong in the broken places, because we understand what it takes to heal the brokenness.
It's lovely to be mending, instead of still breaking. And I'm enjoying dancing along the way.