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Check out this posting from an actual Diet.com member. It is a touching letter from a food lover who's made the decision to break up with her long-time love... FOOD.

I found it funny, emotional... and wildly inspirational and freeing. So I am sharing it with you.

If food has been your nemesis for far too long, you need to read this letter and follow this Premium Member's lead.

Breaking up is hard to do. Going through life overweight, ever sick and always tired is even harder.

Come on... I challenge you to make your own "Dear John" letter for food -- and share it with your peers here at Diet.com.

The Break-Up Letter

"Dear Food,

"It is with a sad heart that I must write this letter. You and I have been constant companions. You were always there for me. When I felt lonely, I always knew I could come to you. If I was down, I could always reach for you and you would be there for me. How I loved to plan our special times when we could be alone together. You were the most important thing in my life, and I thought of you all the time. When we were apart, I dreamed of being with you again. I was crazy about you and I could not control myself around you. I let you take control of me. I just could not resist you.

"We spent so much special time together at social events too. Christmases, birthdays, barbeques... you were always the most important part of the day. I was so focused on enjoying YOU that I barely noticed the other people at the party. I was so devoted to you that I would actually ignore my friends and family, and think only of YOU. I was blind to the opportunities to really pay attention to and listen to the people I was supposed to be celebrating with. Whenever there was a special occasion in life, I would make sure YOU were the most important part of the celebration. It was really fun for a while. We had some good times!

"But I have come to understand that you don't really care about me. You were only there for a good time; you are not really capable of loving me back. You aren't really good for me; you have really hurt me. I can see that now.

"I have moved on. I have discovered that only real human beings can give me love. I now am learning to find pleasure in other ways. I am learning to care for my body. I am discovering that my body wants to move and be active. And so, I am taking back control. You will no longer be in control of me at parties, special occasions or any other times. I am going to focus on other people, and pay attention to what they have to offer.

"I will miss you. We will see each other around, I'm sure, but you will no longer be the most important thing in my life. You'll be there at every event, but I will choose how much time I spend involved with you. I want my life to include other things now too. I will control how much time we spend together and what we do. I am in charge of my own life. I am a human being and I can make good decisions and choices that affect my life. SEEYA!"

Wow... I can relate to the sentiment. How about you?

To get the support you need to break up with food and start treating your body with the respect it deserves, click here and become a Diet.com Premium Member.

And don't forget to write your Dear John break-up letter to food!

@ 10:24am ET on June 19, 2008
Thanks for passing this on!!! It is so true!!! Patty

@ 10:43am ET on June 19, 2008
That was great!! Nice of you to share it, thanks!

@ 11:27am ET on June 19, 2008
How true....thanks for passing this on!


@ 11:17am ET on June 20, 2008
Wow that is so true.

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