4. Know where you are starting from
This is a great exercise from Carolyn Costin’s Book ‘8 Keys to Recovery from an Eating Disorder’
. Get yourself a journal. For an entire day keep a tally every time you body check. Record the time of day as well as your thoughts and your feelings before you body check AND after. This is your baseline.
If you are thinking "I don't need to do the exercise, I get the point...', you need to do the exercise. Your eating disorder will employ minimizing, avoidance or distraction techniques when it comes to anything that might move you towards recovery. Try it for a day, you have nothing to lose.
5. Be prepared.
Here is the kicker. Body checking makes you anxious. So does not body checking. The difference however is if you body check, the anxiety gets stuck in a vicious cycle.
If body checking is gone from your life – the anxiety will initially increase, but like any emotion...it will pass. It did for me and it has for thousands of other people. You weren’t born body checking, it is a learned behavior & you can definitely unlearn it.