Happy 5 Years!

I have been in recovery for 5 years. Yup, it feels just like yesterday when I stop digging my bottom and ask for help.

5 years ago…

My life consisted of identifying the perfect diet that would make me lose the weight that was slowly creeping up in my body.  I remember signing up to Weight Watchers as the last resort if I know what my number was I would stop binging and purging. Unfortunately, that didn’t happened as I started to go back purging 6 to 8 times per day. I was taking Adipex to curb my appetite but my mind was so strong that nothing worked.

My life was empty. I was running away from everything. I was breaking apart.

Thank goodness I asked for help.  I remember my therapist saying you need to go to OA. In my head that is for fat people and I am bulimic (proudly).  How is that going to stop me from purging?

My first OA meeting I heard that there was a solution. That people were living without purging and most importantly they were living lives beyond my own wildest dreams.

Process…

I stopped purging and got honest with my food. In the process I stop binging because I knew that sitting with my food would be the most uncomfortable act I can do with myself.  I learned to ask for help.

I discovered in the process that I was a compulsive restrictor. I lived off trying the perfect diet food, managing the ideal food ritual as a way to avoid living life.  The healing came in when I started to let go of the fake foods and started to eat real food.  I manage to make peace with my food. I learned that my food plan is not my abstinence nor my source of happiness.

Where I am today?

I have a solid emotional and spiritual recovery. I broke through old beliefs and barriers. I have learned that I can handle feeling the feelings. I am strong enough to do it.  I exercise on a regular basis. I know what foods to eat for nutrition and energy. Yet I also know when to ask for help.

I want to focus on releasing the extra weight that for so long has kept me from living a big life.  It is time to let go of the belief that I will always be a fat recovering bulimic. As I faced the scale today to the highest number I have ever seen, I realized that I can celebrate the greatest victory of all.  This number doesn’t define my happiness. This number is just merely a guidepost/anchor from where I can track the record.

 

 

Thirsty Thursday

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Comments

  1. Congratulations- that’s quite a huge accomplishment! thank you for sharing such great wisdom- you are an inspiration to others.

    • Thank you so much for your support Amanda! It really means a lot. I know that by being honest and really sharing what recovery looks like it can be possible for others to see that they can too recover.

  2. Katherine H. says:

    Happy 5 years! AND to many more of success, peace, pleasure and JOY!

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