Recovery from an eating disorder or disordered eating is hard work. There are many peaks and troughs; times where you feel like you're on a roll and times where you wonder if it's all worth it.
Moving from where you are to where you'd like to be is a big decision. The journey can be rough and very challenging, but the gain from the journey well and truly outweighs the hard times, promise.
You not only learn and understand who you are, you also learn to trust your body, how to eat what your body wants and needs, to be ok with who you are, and to love and accept yourself (even the bits you don't particularly like).
Recovery is about making mistakes and learning from them. It's about seeking help and putting your trust in others so that you have support. It's about being vulnerable and opening up to let others in. It's about ending the fight in your head by not acknowledging either side and staying neutral. It's about replacing destructive habits with new life changing ones. It's about feeling your emotions and sitting with them knowing they'll pass.
I love seeing the change in clients when all the information we've been talking about and discussing eventually just 'clicks', I love watching them transition through different phases of recovery, I love being able to reminisce with them on how much they've been able to change and how their hard work has paid off, I love when we hit a bump in the road and work through it together and see them come out the other end.
Recovery is a choice and everyone is ready at different times. What may encourage one person to choose to get help could be completely different for someone else. Recovery is also very different from person to person and is a very individual process so it is VITAL that you focus on what you're doing and not what others are doing.
What encouraged you to seek help? What have you learnt from your journey?