Grit and Growth Mindset for Anorexia Recovery

As a higher education professional for 15 years, I have learned a thing or two about two concepts that are HUGE in the world of student success: grit and growth mindset. I’ve been working hard to develop a workshop for my students on Resilience, Grit, and Growth Mindset and realized, “Oh…I should probably practice what…

The real deal on recovery.

What’s tricky about this blog is that most people who go public consider themselves “recovered” or at least beyond the throes of their eating disorder. In contrast, I am quite deep in it. So my goal with this site is to be authentic and honest about what recovery looks like…without being super negative. So, what…

These are a few of my favorite things.

In my last post on holistic recovery, I mentioned that I’ve spent some time thinking about my favorite people and why they are my favorites, and that NONE of them are my favorites because of their appearance. To elaborate on this, I did an exercise early in treatment about sources of self-worth and value. If…

Pass Fail.

I had a weekend pass on Sunday for a few hours. The plan was to go home and play with LK and the dogs while JJ took a well-deserved break. I took the freedom of not having another adult around, particularly a support person, to fail big time. I did not eat the AM snack…

Introducing Ana.

I’ve decided to call my eating disorder Ana instead of Ed. For a few reasons: I’m more connected to my eating disorder as a female than male. It’s more specific (Ana for anorexia rather than Ed for eating disorder). Ana is still extremely present in my life, maybe more now than ever, but she has…

I knit now.

One of my roommates, who discharged last Friday and was totally awesome, started teaching me how to knit. As part of my recovery, I have a goal to pick up some new hobbies and interests. It’s a way of getting to know myself again and developing other things I can value about myself than my…

Meal Mantras.

We discussed meal mantras in a session that we can use to help us get through meals. These were some of my favorites: Full does not equal fat. Food helps me focus. Eat like a child. Choose the functionality path and don’t look back. Identify parts of me that want recovery for myself (not others).

Do you think that’s healthy?

Breakfast. Sitting with 3 other clients (staff member had not joined our table yet). I’m putting peanut butter on my eggo waffle. Client next to me says, “Do you really think that’s healthy?” (towards my peanut butter on my waffle). I was caught totally off guard. Food judgments is NOT something we do here. But…

Le weekend.

As a level 3, I had passes for the weekend. My first time to leave this place, other than one trip to Fred Meyer last weekend. On Saturday, we went to our parents group’s 2nd birthday party. All 8 families were able to attend, so there were 16 adults and 8 ~2 year old kids….