Monday, August 6, 2018

A Life Way Beyond Your Eating Disorder

Sunday, loves. We have lots of work today, but there are birds outside, and their sweet little voices make everything easier. This video of a kitty who thinks she's a husky helps, too:


Last week, I walked into a gym for the first time in a long time and then left because the mini trampoline was already taken. It was amazing to just leave without feeling guilty, and while I'll admit that I'm not 100% "easy-breezy" yet, I am definitely in a much better place than I was when I ran every single day. As I've said before, running can be wonderful and awesome for some of us, but we're all different, and we need different things at different times in our lives. Right now, running is not ideal for me, and if you're also in recovery, it may not be ideal for you, either. It takes a lot of energy and endurance to push yourself fast and far, and, like it or not, recovery is a time of restoration, not exertion.

I know, I know . . . "restoration" and "recovery" don't sound fun, do they? They're not glamorous or exciting. They aren't the big neon words printed on the cover of Shape magazine, and they definitely aren't sewn onto a gym tote bag. And there definitely isn't as much "recoveryspo" as there is fitspo! But, before you fall into a little hate hole and start getting angry at the world and at everyone in your life who is encouraging you to let go of your eating disorder, remember that true health is not about a size or a macro count or a diet plan. True health is about treating your body and mind respectfully so that you can be fully present in your life and actually do something meaningful with it.

Image from Mad Kitty Media

Releasing the guilt and anxiety complexes around diet, fitness, and beauty is liberating, isn't it? When "health" is characterized by treating yourself with the respect and compassion needed to live life presently and fully, then it seems so much more achievable than it does when it's characterized by strict rules and routines.  As soon as you release the inelastic and unloving beliefs that your eating disorder pushes on you, your whole life opens up. You reconnect with yourself, with your spirit, and with your body.

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