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After being abstinent for a few years and keeping off 75 pounds (34 kg), I have a special Eighth Step amends to make— an amends to my body. I owe you amends for more than thirty-five years of stuffing and starving you; shaming and scolding you; shutting you up; shutting you down; disregarding your cries; and trying to cut myself off from having to deal with you, believing the physical didn’t matter. I was taught to avoid sins of the flesh, to avoid you. I was teased and humiliated about your size and shape. I took better care of my

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