Recovery is tough. It’s a TOUGH process. Some days you just have to slog through with your muddy boots, and it’s anything but pretty. You can’t just tell someone, ‘Eat a sandwich and get over it already.’ I know that it seems simple like that, but it’s not quite that simple. Sometimes you need to get into the mud with them and slog through together. You have to keep checking in on each other, asking each other how that tough challenge went, cheer each other on when someone eats a fear food, hug that person when they need you to just hold them, be there for them when they just need a listening ear.
I know dear friends who WANT recovery. It’s not that they don’t, but when your mind has gone to the ‘restriction’ place so often, it’s difficult to just kick those thoughts out of your brain.
It takes a day. by. day. by day. by day. walking in faith. praying. checking in with each other. not judging someone for where they are in recovery.
This year I’m in a much better place in recovery. I don’t think about calories nearly as much. I’m so thankful to say that I’ve had my PERIOD 6-7 months in a row, for which I PRAISE the Lord.
But. that doesn’t mean that I don’t still struggle some days. I noticed this the other day when I was out on the lake with my family. I could feel myself being afraid when my dad offered me a bite of ice cream sandwich. But I took it, and it was wonderful, and it was great.
the number one thing I’ve learned about recovery is:
(Disclaimer: This podcast could include triggers about being in the middle of eating disorder.)
FACE YOUR FEAR. Trust the Lord. Jump in and do it.
That’s what this episode is all about:
– How to dive into recovery when it’s really hard
– The most encouraging and discouraging things to say to someone in a hard place in recovery
– Pulling back from the ‘recovery community’
– The reasons to recover even when you’re really struggling
– Trying to fill the void that only God can fill
– The hardest mental parts of recovery
– Slipping back into restriction
– Being too busy to eat (making time to nourish)
– how to encourage someone who’s really struggling
– Being faith filled and trusting the Lord even when recovery just seems plain ole hard and ‘bleh.’
– Protecting your recovery from bad influences that will cause you to slip back into old habits
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Scriptures of Encouragement:
Psalm 16:11, ‘Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.’
Psalm 34:6-8, ‘This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.’
This is my PSA to you all:
It’s okay to reach out if you’re struggling, but it’s hard. It’s probably the hardest for me to talk about it in person. It’s easier for me to do it via:
text or Instagram messaging.
But. We do need to talk about in person, so if you ever need to talk about it with me on the phone feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me on Instagram (@colorado.girl.93).