We start at Key One: Motivation, Patience, and Hope. One of the assignments from this Key is to interview someone who is recovered - here is what our Founder Kristie has to say...
"How hard it was - I didn't realise the magnitude and how long it would take. The self-awareness aspect of it that I had been distracting myself with, blaming it on my body and food. The deeper stuff still had to be addressed even when I had reached a maintenance weight, It took me 4-5 years to be 'done done'. Also, how good recovery is - a freedom I can't quite describe. Peace, space in my brain to think about things other than my food. Recovery is priceless."
That Recovered is possible; that there was support available. It is so important to find someone who gels with you, who gets you
Recovered! And worked on the body piece sooner - after I had recovered I still struggled with my body image a lot. You get to do YOU in recovery.
Educate yourself - read books. This helped my trust my body and realise that it's not my fault my body is the way it is. Also, surrounding myself with body positive stuff, such as books, podcasts, journals, talking to others, blogs, music - anything that wasn't my own fears.
An assignment from 8 Keys to Recovery From An Eating Disorder Workbook: An interview with someone who is recovered.