I opened the refrigerator and there it was: the bane of my skinny-self's existence: pizza. Cold pizza, which was even worse (or better, if i decided to look on the situation through the eyes of my tongue rather than through my actual eyes). It was so very tempting, just sitting there all alone. My hand reached for the box... I pulled it back.
"No," i said and reached instead for the broccoli. I measured out exactly one cup, and steamed it in the microwave. I carefully sprinkled the perfect amount of salt onto it and went over to the table to enjoy what was by far my favorite "safe" food.
Halfway through my broccoli, i was bored. I wanted to go read blogs or draw a picture or something while i finished up. But Ana wouldn't let me. "You've got to learn that you can't mindlessly eat; that's what makes you fat. The table is the only place you're allowed to eat from now on." I managed to obey her.
But then, as i took my empty bowl out to the kitchen sink, temptation called to me again. I opened the refrigerator door and peered in cautiously.
"Jo..." Ana warned.
"I just wanna look at it," i reassured her as my hand reached once again for the pizza box.
"Don't," she commanded.
I didn't listen. Before i knew what i was doing, the box was open and i held a slice of fat-filled pizza in my hand, and my hand was moving toward my mouth. I couldn't see anything but that pizza.
"Jo!" Ana shrieked. I paused, the food suspended just inches from my mouth. "Think of the people doing ABC with you!"
That snapped me out of my food-trance. I hurriedly threw the pizza back in the box, slapped the lid back down on top of it, slammed the refrigerator door, and ran from the kitchen, moving as quickly as i could so i wouldn't change my mind. I went to my room and closed the door, throwing a heap of clothes that had been lying dejectedly on the floor next to my bed in front of it. "No getting out now," i told myself. "No pizza."
Ana slipped through the door and floated over the clothes. "Good job, sweetie," she said, putting a hand on my shoulder. "I've never before seen you be so strong."
I smiled and replied, "I couldn't have done it without those lovely people and you."