"I definitely started because of the trip we have coming up, but have made some changes which aren't depriving me of anything. I hope these habits have become more than just this "trip". I've never felt this strong before and it can be addicting to keep fighting and changing what you thought you needed to live with."
That last sentence...read it again.
Are YOU living with health issues or extra weight and baggage because you think you have to?? Because you think that because it's your reality right now...you have to live with it?? YOU DON'T!!!
Life is too short to put off things you need to do now.
Your health should be a PRIORITY!!
What you eat should be a priority!!
Your life matters and you matter so GET RID of all your excuses and jump in!! It doesn't have to look perfect...it never is. The stars will never be perfectly aligned, so you just need to start. Baby steps. Start eating a piece of fruit every day instead of that candy bar, start parking farther away from the door when you go to the store, get a salad instead of french fries next time you go out to eat etc...
It's the small, seemingly insignificant things you do on a daily basis that will change your life!!