The worst part? Whether or not I ate the cookie, I would be left with an overwhelming feeling of shame. Why can’t I be more like that woman next to me? Does she ever obsess about such things? Is she really completely free? Now I can pass on all the cookies. Do I occasionally indulge? Sure, but I’ve learned that the benefits of not having the cookie, or even several, far outweigh its fleeting taste. I no longer obsess and can focus on what’s going on around me, not on the next thing I can get in me.
When making this list, I tried hard to think about something I would miss about being obese, and perhaps eating the cookies is one thing. But that treat comes with a high, high price. And I never did enjoy those cookies, not really. I’m not sure I really even tasted them. It was the idea of them that appealed to me. But when you compare that sugar-induced pleasure with this partial list of things I won’t miss, there is no competition. And I always knew that in my heart, even when I was eating the sixth cookie.
I just needed to find the right path. If you’re looking for yours, keep heart. It’s out there, as are the eight things you won’t miss in your future.