*PERSONAL POST ALERT** Here are the 5 things I had to do to stop binge eating… (that I did not like) 😬⬇️
When I hit rock bottom (and hit it HARD), I committed myself that I was going to do whatever it took to overcome my binge eating *even if I didn’t like it* because I knew there was a better way to live.
- Even if that meant:
- gaining weight
- people knowing
- being uncomfortable
- being judged
- investing in a professional
- eating foods I hadn’t for years
👉🏼I was WILLING.
And even though I didn’t like it, I knew…
01. I HAD TO detach from the numbers.
Stop weighing myself. Stop counting calories and tracking workouts. And stop doing anything that involves numbers. No matter what I said, it didn’t serve me to justify “why I needed to know the number.” The numbers kept me from trusting my body, and I didn't need to know.
02. I HAD TO eat more than was *emotionally* comfortable during the day.
This meant responding to my hunger cues regardless of what time they appeared, eating to fullness, AND eating real freakin meals (instead of diet food) 🍝
03. I HAD TO start talking to myself nicer.
Enough said. It's impossible to live a happy life with negative thoughts. And speaking of thoughts…
04. I HAD TO challenge every thought.
And then rechallenge it. And again… and AGAIN. I recognized that after 7 years of engaging in these behaviors, it would take a lot to change them. It was going to take effort. And that effort was going to be worth it.
05. I HAD TO ask for help.
And then actually do the work. Ask questions. Open up. Journal. Reflect. Struggle. Learn. Ask more questions.
And once I did those things… I started to feel better, and things started to change. I began to see the light 🔦 Until I became the light ☀️ And here I am, on the other side 🤗 And let me tell you – I don’t regret any of it!! And I have never met one person who has been through recovery and said, “I regret it.”
So if you’re struggling, let me ask you the hard truth I asked myself 6 years ago.. what is it going to take for you to realize that even though you’re scared, what you’re doing isn’t working (because if it did, wouldn’t you feel different than you do currently?) 🤔 Is it time to try something new?