3 phrases on eating disorder / disordered eating recovery
All these came from the notes section on my computer. I have a bunch of random notes discussing ED / disordered eating recovery and decided to share a few here today. I didn’t always right down the source of the text, so if you know who said the text let me know so I can update the post :)
1. “Change is not easy. It is not a linear process. And your motivation to change or recover isn’t something that you “get” once and then never have to work on again. Ambivalence and reluctance are normal and do not mean you cannot recovery. All you need to do is to assess where you are and where you want to go, accepting what is now and committing to not giving up.” – from a talk I saw given by Karlee McGlone, LMFT and Anne Cusack, PsyD
2. “If you have been using your ED behaviors / disordered eating behaviors to manage everything from food to feelings, it will not be easy to stop all at once. In fact, it’s quite unlikely that you would be able to stop quickly and easily. You might make some progress but find self reverting back to old behaviors when life presents you with a new or stressful situation that you haven’t learned to manage. Unfamiliar situations, like starting a new job or a new relationship, are likely to trigger or prove feelings of insecurity and anxiety, which could lead to ED behavior if you haven’t yet learned how to manage in healthier ways. It’s easy to want to wake up everyday and have life be easy and to just be able to do life on autopilot. But if you’re choosing to value recovery and becoming the person you’re meant to be, you will have to be honest with yourself when you are struggling and make the choice to not engage in an eating disorder behavior.” –I believe this is an excerpt from 8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder
3. If you are in ED recovery right now and feel like you are barely staying afloat in the new relationship with yourself, don’t hit the eject button yet. Right now you are constantly choosing actions that run against your current mindset and that is tough. It can be so uncomfortable to be in a new body. I know. But it won’t always feel that uncomfortable and awful to be in your body. If you can tolerate the discomfort of your changing body for a little longer that is when you are about to get a dose of life changing wisdom. Start looking forward to the day when you won’t feel uncomfortable in your body. It’s kinda like Christmas morning, something you wait for with excitement. -first half probably from a podcast I listened to, second half from me
Would love to hear if any of these resonate with you. And if yes, which one resonates with you most?