It took me a few times to decide if I liked it. There is stuff about the program that I didn't agree with and had to work through on my own, but I think that's part of the process.
I've made the commitment to go to a meeting no matter how I've eaten, because it's almost a sure-fire way to get me back on track. Kind of my back up plan.
Abstinence is complicated because it's self-defined. It's not like alcohol where it's all or nothing. But once you "get it," and notice the changes--the mental more than the physical, IMO), you realize that abstinence is so very important because it makes you a happier, healthier person.
My Journey of a Thousand Miles Footsteps of a Fool
1st goal--Get below 300 lbs. January 24, 2010
2nd goal -- 10% loss (284) April 11, 2010
3rd goal -- 274 (closer to 250 than 300)
4th goal -- 2nd 10% loss (256)
5th goal -- 249 (finally below 250!)
6th goal -- 3rd 10% (230)
7th goal -- 224 (closer to 200 than 250)
8th goal -- 4th 10% 207
8th goal -- 199 (OnderLand)