Judging from the amount of traffic the blog is getting and the thoughtful comments that are coming in from all over the country, it’s been a dream come true! I feel like I’m helping unveil something that has been weighing on far too many of us, and I hope to continue to raise awareness and create a discussion about disordered eating, it’s causes and effects, and what we can do to combat the unhealthy thoughts and behaviors that ensue.
While it’s comforting to know I’m not alone, it’s certainly sad that so many women have been/are going through this at all–and worse, that many of us don’t seem to necessarily have the tell-tale signs of what would lead someone down this path. Many of us appear to “have it all,” and we all know appearances can be deceiving.
So today I want to let you know how I’ve been doing.
It’s one thing to talk the talk, and it’s a completely different thing to walk the walk. Well, I’m proud to say on a scale of one to ten, I’m a 9.5 and very much walking the walk since my nascent blog began!
I’ve kept my promise about not journaling on Sparkpeople or counting calories eaten/burned on my spreadsheets.
I’ve varied up my exercise routine to include more running and less gym-time. And I have taken at least one day off each week and just biked.
With respect to food, I have only had one semi-purge incident (two days ago) and I felt terrible afterwards because I knew deep down what I was doing. But I didn’t beat myself up over it; I moved on. And though I had a couple midnight incidents (during that time of the month–which I know to expect now) I didn’t overeat or punish myself with exercise.
Mentally, physically and emotionally I feel like I am in a better place already. Of course I am not saying I am cured, but talking about these issues is really helping me. I am still considering therapy, but for the time being, I am really feeling strong and empowered to make good choices because they make me feel good–not because I will lose more weight or look better in my jeans.
On that note, have a wonderful weekend and thank you for reading.