One of the most common concerns in the emails I get is about eating "junk food" during recovery. People tell me, "But that food isn't good for me!" You SHOULD eat junk food in recovery! People are very concerned with their health, to a sometimes orthorexic extent, and want to feed their body with nutrient rich foods. I get that. I lived that. There is SO much health information out there now about kale-this and super food-that, that it seems that the ONLY purpose of eating is to . . .
Clothes sale #2 = success! There are a few more pieces still unspoken for, and a few that are newly available from others backing out, so get over there if you're interested! **************** I've created a little bit of an editorial calendar for the blog (meaning I have a sticky note on my desktop with post plans for the next two weeks = most organized the blog has ever been), but today I had to shuffle some things around and fit this post in. Yesterday I ate a looooot and it inspired me . . .
This is a reader request post that I'm more than happy to answer, though I don't know that many people will like my answer. I can't speak for everyone, because people that are binging because they have a true Binge Eating Disorder won't be helped by the same things that helped me. However, I think many of my readers are in the same place I was-- maybe at a healthy weight, but still trying to be fit and thin and so being very careful and somewhat rigid about what is eaten. I was . . .
I feel like every time I do a recovery update I'm a broken record: life is good. source Life isn't perfect. I'm not immune to body image woes or societal pressures to be super thin, but I can avoid them and reframe my thoughts. That's what matters. I know I can talk about things being rosy, but please know that I'm only human (and female.) It's a daily choice to love myself and honor my body. I've been increasing my exercise slowly for about 3 months now (I know it seems like it's been . . .
As I got in bed to go to sleep last Thursday, I stopped to reflect on how different Thanksgiving felt this year. In a wonderful way. I didn't wake up at 6am to run a Turkey Trot, so I was able to stay out with my friends and have a few drinks on Wednesday night without worry. I let myself sleep in and actually skipped the workout class I was going to go to with my harp teacher, but wasn't upset. I needed the sleep. Then I went downstairs and made myself a full breakfast instead of . . .
This has been on my mind for a while. I am hesitant to post because every time the idea pops into my head it's during one of those bad body image days. It's those days that I have to ignore my thoughts the most and recommit to my new happy, healthy life. I don't want anyone to think I want to diet or get super thin again. I don't. BUT I do want to feel good. I want to be able to eat well and make decisions to pass on a piece of cake, and maybe order a salad instead of fries. I want to be . . .
Sometimes I think people will feel sorry for me. Maybe it's all in my head, but I worry that when people I haven't seen in a while will look at me, it'll be a look of pity. People tend to compliment weight loss, not weight gain. Why is that? source I've heard it before. I've been guilty of it before. The "Oh man, she gained some weight," comments. It's not making fun of or shaming anyone, but (strangely) feeling genuinely bad that they now take up more space in the world. That . . .
I mentioned a few weeks ago, during the height of my eating-more-not-working-out-getting-my-feminine-stuff-in-line-final-recovery process that I can't read the same blogs I used to. Nothing against those ladies (many of whom are my friends!), but they were just writing about things that aren't appropriate for me right now. So used a little reader responsibility and cut out my daily dose of the stuff that was hindering my goals. Also, I find that they just aren't as interesting to me now! . . .
This topic has been on my mind over the past couple of months, as I've witnessed some pretty bad treatment toward people that are still on their journey to health. It's based on my own experience and thoughts, and so of course may not hold true for everyone. I've learned a lot during this hopefully final recovery, and one of those things has been how misguided I was before. Many have pointed this out to me, but I assure you I am aware. I was trying to be a role model when I . . .
I've learned a lot over the past few months of true recovery, weight gain, and getting my period back. I notice that lots of people, when asking me about my experience and while struggling with their own, are always curious what I weigh. They want to know what I used to weigh, what I weigh now, how much I gained, if I'm still gaining, etc. That, I believe, has a lot to do with the preoccupation with numbers as well as the societal expectation to be skinny. Interestingly, I don't even know what I . . .