Thoughts on the weekend: There are so many reasons I thought this weekend was amazing.
First, it was so nice to be in a room full of people who completely understand my issues. I often feel that having an eating disorder makes me feel very lonely, as few (if any) key people in my life truly understand what I’m going through. To be around others who are in the same boat as me was so comforting, and I found myself more trusting with them after a few hours than with some people I’ve known for years.
The second thing I thought was great was hearing stories others were telling themselves that resonated with me. It helped me to realize that I had anxiety and issues around things I was completely unaware of before, things I may not have thought of on my own. To hear other women express a stressor for them, realize it occurs in my life as well, and seeing it being worked out before my eyes was a great learning experience.
Thirdly, and most important for me- This weekend definitely pushed me closer to dropping the diet mentality and really starting to believe that natural eating without my crazy binges and restrictions will work for me. I came into this weekend knowing natural eating is what I should be doing, but still having a part of me wanting to restrict my food for a while longer. Even after a few hour period where I tuned out and decided to forget about natural eating, I was able to bring myself back to the present and trust in natural eating again.
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