Reduced anxiety, stress and depression. Increase in energy and more mood stability. Almost eliminated the chronic bellyache I had, solely based on my food choices. Confidence in feeling basic instead of wearing loud prints and flowy fabrics in an attempt to distract from my size (I still love a bold pattern, but I’m not trying to hide behind it). Feeling more accepted in a society that shames us enough when we already feel bad. Better relationships with my friends, family and interacting with strangers. Addressing my addiction to sugar and caffeine, not letting cravings rule my life. Recognizing my triggers, boundaries and emotional reactions. Being strong, proud, funny and comfortable enough to embrace my own personality, regardless of outside opinions. Breaking the cycle of gossip, negativity, blaming and self-pity. Sticking with something for the first time in my life because I finally know what makes my body feel the best it ever has. I do this for a lot more than the number on the scale. The way I eat and move is not a trendy diet, it’s how I will continue to choose living because now that I have the knowledge, not utilizing the tools I’ve worked so hard to acquire would be the biggest personal failure I could think of.