True recovery from anorexia and bulimia involves learning to:
Listen to your body.
- Listen to your feelings.
- Trust yourself.
- Accept yourself.
- Love yourself.
- Enjoy life again.
(source)I found this article online, and thought it had some great points on recovering freom eating disorders. However, I did find it focused mainly on finding a treatment team; inpatient or outapatient. Not that that is a bad focus, but from what I’ve learned recovery comes from yourself, and no matter how much you are influenced by your support networks, and treatment team, the choice is always yours; To continue with ed behaviours or to change them. You have to truly want it in order to overcome ed.
Tessa wrote an amazing post on the choice of recovery that really got me thinking of where I am going with mine.
-I make a conscience effort to increase my calories each day, while this is only a small step, it is a step in the right direction.
-I have been trying to decrease my activity level. I haven’t been doing hard cardio or running of course, but I do walk a lot and doing yoga. These are not intense activities but still are burning a lot of the energy my body desperatley needs.With that I have concluded I am not actively choosing to move forward right now, ed is tricking me into thinking im okay,and I’m on the right path, but I am not. I have been an inpaitient 3 times and I know the massive amount of calories my body needs in order to gain even a little weight per week.
I am being honest with myself, and I don’t like the outcome.
So, it’s time for more drastic changes. Changes that are my choice. Changes that will last.
I’m taking the plunge, because life is not worth living when your greatest fear is;
food nourishing for your body to the fullest.
No longer do I want to live in fear, hiding behind a mask.
I want to be able to wear a bathing suit, go swimming, have friends,& laugh.
I want a life. I have the choice.