On November 4, 2013, I published the first post in The Anti-Diet Project, saying something along the lines of, "This sucks, am I right?" I guess I must have been right, because that post became the column that would change my life — and continues to change it every day.
In the last year and a half, I've shared my ups and downs as I learned to embrace intuitive eating, rational fitness, and unconditional body positivity. As far as I've come, I know there so much more work ahead — and that's a good thing. I'm grateful for those challenges to come. Bring it.
Here's the best part: I will be inviting new voices to the column. As it turns out, I'm not the only one who's sick of feeling like an unhinged maniac around bagels, a prisoner of the treadmill, or a monster in her own body. In addition to my own story, The Anti-Diet Project will become a place to hear more people's experiences — the good, the bad, and the icky bits. The icky bits are the best part, after all.
So, perhaps today is not a celebration of a "new phase" as much as the next step in this long, fun, scary, exciting, and sometimes icky journey. I think that's worth celebrating, too.
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