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Old 06-15-2006, 03:07 PM   #11
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I'm at 4 3/4 years of maintenance, and I'm scared almost every day. I think the fear is helpful, as long as it isn't paralyzing me from living what I consider a normal, healthy life. Normal for me is a lot of exercise, weighing the cost/benefits of social eating and drinking, and being willing to forego situations and people who are toxic to my lifestyle.

The statistics may say that something happens at 5 years, but I really think that it's more a matter of accepting the total lifestyle change and accepting that the fear could be reality.

Somewhere along the line tho, you, or at least I did realize that I have the skills and tools to cope with a slip or even a 3-4 day blow out vacation.

Falling down is not failure....Failure is staying down.
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It's about learning to dance in the rain.

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