"That Saturday when she stepped out of the shower, Maria took the first good long look at herself since she started that very last diet of hers. Despite her remarkable achievements as editor, despite her depth of love and loyalty as a mother and a wife, despite her artistic touch in the garden, the image she saw reflected on that day was all lit up and shined brighter than anything else about her.
She clearly was halfway there. She could see herself not as still half fat, but as now half thin. Many small successes added up to faith, confidence, momentum—and as for hope, that door was wide open."