Just a Good Reminder

“I know how hard it feels to let go of something you’ve been holding on for so long but if you think about how much you’ve been missing while holding on to just that one thing you might not know it, but you’ve just let a whole lot of other opportunities pass you by.”   

After the past few weeks that I’ve been having, this quote hit home to me. I must realize all that I cannot grasp hold of if I’ve still got the Eating Disorder in my hand.

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Death Grip- An Anorexia Story By Skylar Brady

So I know it’s not typical for someone to reblog their own post, but with how stressed I’ve been lately and how loud ED has been screaming, for my own sanity I needed to repost this. Rewatching this brought tears to my eyes because ED has been so loud lately. There have been days where all I’ve wanted to do is give in to the urges and throw away the almost two years of progress that I’ve made because I just am tired of fighting. Some days, lately, I don’t even want to get out of bed because the urge to relapse is so strong. I haven’t felt like this in a while and I can’t chalk it up to just one thing.

I always told myself that I wouldn’t be someone who would depend on medicine to keep myself healthy and out of my eating disorder. Well, when my doctor stopped filling my anxiety prescription, I realized I was doing just that. But, I also didn’t realize how much those meds were helping me not even have urges. So, being off of these meds almost three weeks now, I am re-realizing how difficult this fight can be sometimes. How stress can latch on to negative thoughts and eating disorder thoughts and how it just seems like a giant road block in my mind. And lately I’ve had a lot of stuff going on, but the desire to conquer that stuff and move forward has been minimal. I’ve had this voice consistently in my head telling me I won’t be able to get anything done or that it won’t matter because I’m not going to be successful in life regardless. These are thoughts I haven’t battled in a while, and I guess I got so used to them not being there that I forgot how to ball them up and throw them away. So I’m going to start taking some time, right here, right now, in the midst of the craziness of finals, and final projects, and animals wrecking things, and just try and breathe. Life is never as bad as my mind can chalk it up to be, it’s just a matter of talking down my anxiety and talking down the ED voice.

I know I definitely don’t have life as bad as others do, and some days I just need to kick myself in the pants and get up and go. However, sometimes I just need to vent what is going on in my head so it’s not just stuck there, I can see it on paper. I can see how exaggerated ED is making everything, and how I should be thinking. I just…I guess even someone in recovery for almost two years still needs support and isn’t perfect. I thought that when I made the decision to stop acting on symptoms that I would be flawless with my recovery, that I wouldn’t have urges or need someone to talk me down from having ‘ED brain.’ That, my friends, was a completely insane thought. And yes I still kick myself for not being able to just ‘get over it’ some days, but those are the days that I should be asking for help and I simply don’t. Well, today I just need support, prayers, positive thoughts, uplifting messages, what have you. No I don’t have it the worst in the world, but eating disorders are like sickness, certain seasons are more prone to bring up symptoms and sometimes even when you’re doing all you can do to just get past it, you still can’t ‘get better’ on your own.

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My story got made into a documentary by a beautiful and fabulous individual! I thought I would share it here and share it today in case any one needed some lifting up. Despite everything going in my life, I know that God is good, my recovery is solid, and that He has a plan for my future; plans to prosper me and not to harm me. All of that means that I have faith and I have hope and I know that no matter what this world throws at me, He has my back. He has placed amazing people in my life to help me, to help share my story, to lift me up when I’m down, or to kick my butt when it needs kicking in gear. But today, today I laid things at the feet of Jesus and today, today things feel right again. I can’t tell you…

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14 Gifts You Should Definitely Buy Your Girlfriend This Holiday

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A down comforter

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Women love to be cozy (men too, they just like to admit it less). A down comforter is the coziest, most expensive-feeling way to sleep. It makes every single night feel special and relaxing.

Luxury candles

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Nothing makes a woman feel fancier than nice candles. They turn any night at home into a romantic event, any normal bath into a spa experience, — basically any commonplace thing into the upgraded version of it. And, honestly, they just look pretty sitting on the shelf.

I’m in the middle of writing a forthcoming review of about a dozen different candles so my friends at Neom were nice enough to send me their Christmas candles for this year. I lit up one of these small candles in my (large) living room before I had guests over, and the scent that filled the room made everyone feel…

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