The daily challenges of recovery. Should I eat more? Am I hungry? I’m tired, but I love moving so should I move? I’m not tired, but would hard movement not be the right thing for my body at this point in recovery? These are all just a few of the challenges that go through my head on a daily basis, and I know that I’m not alone in these.
One of my favorite recovery Instagrammers has a weekly ‘struggle/win’ that she posts every Sunday afternoon, and one Sunday she got me thinking about the daily battles in recovery. Sometimes I get focused on the future, and I don’t think about fighting the battles day by day, and that’s where I get bogged down and discouraged.
Right now my daily battle is how much movement to do and how much rest to do; I love movement, and I honestly am doing movement more out of a sense of freedom now than a sense of obligation or forcing myself to do it, but I’m still struggling with how much to do if my cycle isn’t regular.
I first had Rachel on the podcast to share about Orthorexia and how she’s recovered/is recovering, but we came back to talk about how we deal with those daily recovery challenges.
What are some of those daily challenges?
– Balancing Food and Exercise
– Listening to Your Hunger on No Exercise Days
– Challenging Yourself to Fast From Exercise (this is something Rachel recently done but not something I’ve done for a while except back in January)
– Enjoying ALL Kinds of Food (Not feeling guilty about not craving chips and crackers and not feeling guilty about not craving a salad)
– Not Over-thinking Eating or Hunger
– Doing Recovery in Down Time/How to Keep Fighting Even When It’s Quiet
– Fighting Bad Body Image Moments/Days
– Trying to Eat Enough but Not Holding Yourself to A RIGID Goal if Your Body Needs More
I can tell you that I’m really working through each of these day by day. The biggest one for me is rest and movement, and I can tell you that napping and just being still are coming easier and easier.
It’s hard for me to feel like I should continue doing this blog sometimes or doing my Instagram, but I have to remind myself that I’m a work in progress. God is working on me and so many of my other sisters and brothers in Christ who are working through these issues and struggles.
I want to constantly keep this journey 100% real, so I can’t say I’m to the point of bing totally comfortable with fasting from exercise while listening to my hunger.
I don’t exercise nearly as much or obsessively as I used to, but I feel so much freer around exercise and food than I used to, and for that I’m sooo grateful.
God has been working on me, and the work in progress is not done yet; it’s going to be a work my entire life, but I’m thankful to share the journey with you.
To connect with Rachel you can message her at her Instagram @cooksandkicks! (Thank you Rachel for the pictures in the post!)
What are some of the daily challenges you still face in recovery/learning food freedom?