Six Years of Recovery | NEDAwareness Week
Friends, this week has been the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) Awareness Week. If you’ve never visited NEDA before, let me assure you that it’s a great resource for those interested in recovery or loved ones wanting to learn how to help the disordered eaters in their lives (and themselves in the process). I have written about my bulimia many times but today I want to focus on my recovery.
I went into treatment twice for my bulimia and still it took another year after that for me to fully commit to recovery. That said, I’ve been free of my eating disorder for over six years now. I can honestly say my recovery is my greatest accomplishment. Why?
Because recovery was and is hard. Recovery is something you commit to every day of your life. On good days, that commitment is a whisper. On bad days, that commitment is stubborn but that’s when you say it louder. You say, TODAY, I CHOOSE ME.
I’m not here to tell you that since I committed to my recovery, I have never engaged in a disordered eating behavior. I couldn’t tell you that without lying. What I can tell you is that if you slip up (and you will, especially in the beginning), you are not starting over. This is part of your process and the only way to go is forward. If you slip up, you’re not back at square one. You recognize your behavior, you honor what it served for you and you commit to doing things differently next time.
That is how you commit to yourself every day. You say yes to yourself, your growth, and your life. Eating disorder recovery is possible. I, and so many others, are proof of it. ❤️