Recovery Quote Of The Week: March 26th 2010

All that is required now is that you continue to till the soil of your soul. Just as you would not neglect seeds that you planted with the hope that they will bear vegetables and fruit and flowers, so you must attend to and nourish the garden of your becoming.
Jean Houston

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New Beginnings: Inspirational Recovery Quotes

Each day the world is born anew
for him who takes it rightly.
~James Russell Lowell

Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.
~Nido Qubein

If all you can do is crawl, start crawling.

Gratitude is a form of wisdom. It is patient, loving, hopeful, and rigorously honest. It denies nothing, and it overlooks nothing. It looks reality full in the face and says: This is true, this is me, this is my situation, and I have the opportunity to build from here. This is my starting point, and I will succeed!
~Phil Humbert

Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.
~Alan Cohen

Begin doing what you want to do now. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand ... and melting like a snowflake.
~Marie Beyon Ray

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
~St. Francis of Assisi

You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.
~Joe Sabah

More powerful than the will to win is the courage to begin.

I wake up every morning with a great desire to live joyfully.
~Alexandra Stoddard

Every morning is a fresh beginning. Every day is the world made new. Today is a new day. Today is my world made new. I have lived all my life up to this moment, to come to this day. This moment...this as good as any moment in all eternity. I shall make of this day...each moment of this day...a heaven on earth. This is my day of opportunity.
~Dan Custer

The two important things I did learn were that you are as powerful and strong as you allow yourself to be, and that the most difficult part of any endeavor is taking the first step, making the first decision.
~Robyn Davidson

Every day is a fresh beginning. Every morn is the world made anew.
~Sarah Chauncey Woolsey

Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.
~Meister Eckhart

All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first thousand days, nor in the life of this administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.

Your mind, this globe of awareness, is a starry universe. When you push off with your foot, a thousand new roads become clear.

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
~Eleanor Roosevelt

Whatever you do or dream you can do ... begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.
~J.W. von Goethe

The beginning is the most important part of the work.

He has half the deed done who has made a beginning.

Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
~Henry Ford

You will never win if you never begin.
~Helen Rowland

I wake expectant, hoping to see a new thing.
~Annie Dillard

From small beginnings come great things.

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
~Theodore Roosevelt

A hard beginning maketh a good ending.
~John Heywood

There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory.
~Sir Francis Drake

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
~Lao Tzu

The greatest masterpieces were once only pigments on a palette.
~Henry S. Hoskins

What the caterpillar calls the end the rest of the world calls a butterfly.
~Lao Tzu

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.
~Maria Robinson

The distance is nothing; it's only the first step that is difficult.
~Marquise du Deffand

Whatever you want in life, start today. Not tomorrow ... today. Let it be a small beginning ... a tiny beginning. Your happiness depends on starting today ... every day.
~Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Making the beginning is one third of the work.
~Irish Proverb

Sometimes when you think you are done, it is just the edge of beginning. Probably that's why we decide we're done. It's getting too scary. We are touching down onto something real. It is beyond the point when you think you are done that often something strong comes out.
~Natalie Goldberg

So many fail because they don't get started... they don't go. They don't overcome inertia. They don't begin.
~W. C. Stone

There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.
~Louis L'Amour

Standing in the inspiring vision of my future, I boldly take every step - large and small - with courage and intent.
~Jonathan Lockwood Huie

All glory comes from daring to begin.
~Eugene F. Ware

Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident, and more and more successful.
~Mark Victor Hansen

When there is a start to be made, don't step over! Start where you are.
~Edgar Cayce

The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning.
~Ivy Baker Priest

What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.
~T.S. Eliot

The journey of a thousand leagues begins with a single step.
~Lao Tzu

The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
~Chinese proverb

What appears to be the end may really be a new beginning.
~ Unknown

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
~George Bernard Shaw

Almost everything comes from nothing.
~Henry F. Amiel

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
~C. S. Lewis

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
~Carl Bard

Don't be afraid if things seem difficult in the beginning. That's only the initial impression. The important thing is not to retreat; you have to master yourself.
~Olga Korbut

It is necessary; therefore, it is possible.
~Guiseppe Borghese

Every end is a new beginning.

Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose ... not the one you began with perhaps, but one you'll be glad to remember.
~Anne Sullivan

Exploration leads to accomplishment. All of it begins at the beginning, with the first small and scary step.
~Julia Cameron

Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
~Martin Luther King Jr.

Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be.
~Marsha Petrie Sue

One step must start each journey.

Do not despise the bottom rungs in the ascent to greatness.
~Publilius Syrus

Every exit is an entry somewhere else.
~Tom Stoppard

It was on that road and at that hour that I first became aware of my own self, experienced an inexpressible state of grace, and felt one with the first breath of air that stirred, the first bird, and the sun so newly born that it still looked not quite round.

When you feel that you have reached the end and that you cannot go one step further, when life seems to be drained of all purpose; what a wonderful opportunity to start all over again, to turn over a new page.
~Eileen Caddy

If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it.
~Jonathan Winters

The metamorphosis that transforms the lowly worm into a beautiful butterfly reminds us of the loving miracle producing Creator always at work before us, around us, and in us. To witness this marvel is to experience our own resurrection, new life, and beginning.
~J. Lloyd Ewart

Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities
within us and new beauty waiting to be born.
~Dr. Dale Turner

Wherever you are is always the right place. There is never a need to fix anything, to hitch up the bootstraps of the soul and start at some higher place. Start right where you are.
~Julia Cameron

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before beginning to improve the world.
~Anne Frank

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
~Vincent van Gogh

Today is the first day of the rest of your life.

Celebrate endings for they precede new beginnings.
~ Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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PURGE: Eating Disorders Poetry


Pain devours my judgment.
Unsatisfied it consumes my spirit.
My heart lay torn
All the threads of time
Will never make me whole again.

My eyes scream for mercy.
But my shallow breath
Gets caught in my throat-
Choking all that is left of me.

Tears stain battered soul.
As I long for forgiveness
The evil in me strikes.
Naked and bruised
It has finally stolen the last of my strength.

My worn and crippled body waits.
Sweet starvation softens the ache
Until torture rots my veins.
My enemy. Myself.
I beg you to stop.
Let go.

Yet I cling to you.
My disorder- my comfort.
You take me as your victim,
Smirk at my weakness.
Removing my identity until all that remains
is the outline of everything I used to be.

Beautiful. Thin. Free.

Lost and judged
I suffer on my own.
Tainted by obsession
Wounds masked by smiles.
You wouldn’t understand.

Nowhere else to turn, I depend on You.
Always faithful and always present.
Forever linked to me like a bad dream.
Please, God, wake me up.
I’d die to know how life feels.
written by: Anonymous

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Domestic Violence Help: Hotlines, Organizations, Websites, Resources, Tips

*WARNING: Your online/phone activity may be monitored by your abuser without your knowledge. Be sure that you are using a safe computer/phone line when seeking help (see below for more safety tips & warning signs).

*If you have an emergency call 911


  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline: (800)799-SAFE (7233)
  • Safe Horizon Hotlines:
  1. Domestic Violence: 800.621.HOPE (4673)
  2. Crime Victims: (866)689-HELP (4357)
  3. Rape, Sexual Assault & Incest: (212)227-3000
  4. TDD phone number for all SH hotlines: (866)604-5350
  • Domestic Abuse Hotline for Men & Women: 1-888-7HELPLINE (43575463)
  • Johnnies House: (888) 696-5379
  • Center Against Domestic Violence: 718-439-1000
  • Domestic Violence Hotline in the US: 800-799-7233
  • Domestic Violence Hotline/Child Abuse: 800-4-A-CHILD (800 422 4453)
  • National Resource Center on Domestic Violence:1-800-537-2238
  • Love Is Respect Org: National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline 1-866-331-9474
  • American Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center:866-USWOMEN (879-6636) live chat

Websites & Resources:

Legal Matters:

Stay Safe While Seeking Help:
*Warning: Taking these steps may not completely hide your activity from your abuser.

  • Change passwords and disable automatic password entry. Choose passwords that are difficult for someone to guess. Do not write passwords down.
  • Watch what you put in your email address book. Disable automatic entry of email addresses.
  • Disable automatic name completion for email.
  • Clear incoming and outgoing mail.
  • Clear cache, history, and cookies.
  • Use a computer outside of your own home.
  • Be careful using instant/text messaging
  • Be aware that your location can be monitored, without your knowledge, by GPS on your cell phone.
  • Be aware that your online activity can be monitored without your knowledge, including each keystroke that is made.
  • Safety Planning List

Protect Yourself After You've Left:
  • Get unlisted phone numbers (cells and landlines)
  • Use a PO Box instead of your new address
  • Cancel all shared credit cards and banking.
  • Use a different bank when opening a new account.
  • Apply to your state's Address Confidentiality Program.

Types Of Abuse Include:
  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Emotional
  • Verbal
  • Economical

Warning Signs Of Abuse:
  • Social isolation: limiting what one can do, who one can see, and when one can see them
  • Unexplained physical injuries
  • Victim may show signs of depression: weight loss or gain, constantly tired, extremely anxious
  • A batterer can be verbally abusive in private or in public
  • Extreme jealousy
  • Requiring permission to do certain things; ex. See people, spend money, etc.
  • Controls what one wears
  • An abuser might have a history of violence; short temper, fighting with others, abusing animals and or property, has easy access to weapons, becomes angry after consuming drugs or alcohol
  • Stalking: when not together, constantly calls and inquires whereabouts; shows up to victim’s home
  • Victim is apologetic for abuser’s actions, makes excuses for them, rationalizes them, blames themselves
  • Victim is constantly “on edge;” does things to keep the abuser happy, very afraid to make the abuser angry
  • Victim loses interest in once-loved hobbies and activities, most of his or her time is spent with abuser or doing tasks for the abuser
  • Abuser threatens self-harm or suicide to guilt the victim
Warning signs source: Abuse Victim Hotline

Questions To Ask Yourself:

  • Are you ever afraid of your partner?
  • Has your partner ever actually hurt or threatened to hurt you physically or someone you care about?
  • Does your partner ever force you to engage in sexual activities that make you uncomfortable?
  • Do you constantly worry about your partner's moods and change your behavior to deal with them?
  • Does your partner try to control where you go, what you do and who you see?
  • Does your partner constantly accuse you of having affairs?
  • Have you stopped seeing family or friends to avoid your partner's jealousy or anger?
  • Does your partner control your finances?
  • Does he/she threaten to kill him/herself if you leave?
  • Does your partner claim his/her temper is out of control due to alcohol, drugs or because he/she had an abusive childhood?
If you answer yes to some or all of these questions, you could be suffering abuse. Remember you are not to blame and you need not face domestic violence alone.

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Eating Disorder Poetry: TRAPPED


My body is trapped in this mind
I try to break free, with fragile arms
No match for the burden of
This madness, sadness
That is heavy

My mind is trapped in this body
Stagnant thoughts long to break out
To be strong, to step off this painful record
that just won’t

My song is trapped in this mind
Why now does it just sound
Like noise, static. It screeches,
Incessantly, urgently. Where is

My love is trapped in this body
Somewhere, hiding, beneath this
Cold, callous shell. Oh, it’s real –
Delicate, vulnerable, and trapped

Written by: Bethany
of U of I Free People

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Eating Disorders News: March 2010

Exploring Diabetes' Link To Eating Disorders
Medical News Today

Diabetics, under the gun to better manage their disease by controlling their food intake and weight, may find themselves in the sticky wicket of needing treatment that makes them hungry, researchers said.

Attempts to maintain healthy blood sugar levels and prevent weight gain may suggest an eating disorder when the disease and its treatment are to blame, said Dr. Deborah Young-Hyman, pediatric psychologist at the Medical College of Georgia's Georgia Prevention Institute.

"You can't use the same criteria to diagnose eating disorders that you use in non-diabetic populations because what we actually prescribe as part of diabetes treatment is part of disordered eating behavior. Food preoccupation is one example," she said.

Preoccupation with food, in fact, is required for optimal disease management. Questions like "What are you putting in your mouth? Did you know that was going to raise your blood sugar?" are a part of life, Dr. Young-Hyman said. Young women, and increasingly young men, also are not immune from societal pressures to be thin, she noted.

continued: Exploring Diabetes' Link To Eating Disorders

March Is Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month is a campaign that focuses on the importance of helping children and teens make healthy food choices and develop sound eating and physical activity habits. Estimates of the number of overweight children range from a low of 13% to a high of 30%, having doubled since the early 1970s. This means that approximately 6 million children could be at-risk for current and future self-esteem and health problems. On the other side of the weight issue, an estimated 7 million girls and 1 million boys have an eating disorder. The age of onset of these potentially life threatening disorders is getting lower, with children as young as seven being diagnosed.

Weight is determined by a variety of factors: genetics, environment, activity, and emotions. With respect to the psychology of eating problems, some of the same feelings can both result from and lead tounhealthy eating behaviors. For example, it is unclear if such feelings as loneliness, sadness, anger, anxiety, lack of control, worthlessness, low self-esteem, or disordered body image are the cause or the effect of eating problems.

When dealing with children and weight issues, avoid calling attention to the child’s weight. Nagging is unsuccessful when you’re trying to change behavior. To a child, pressure to lose weight can feel like a crushing criticism and ultimately backfire. Praising and encouraging children in other areas will go farther with respect to improving their self-esteem.

continued: March Is Nutrition Month

Eating Disorders Can Affect Anyone
The Southern

Diets and weight loss have been a very popular issue among college students. Many students have gone over board with weight loss and developed many different eating disorders.

According to American Medical Journal, an estimated 10 percent of female college students suffer from a clinical or sub-clinical eating disorder, of which over half suffer from bulimia nervosa.

An estimated one in one hundred American women binges and purges to lose weight. Approximately five percent of women and one percent of men have anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge eating disorder, according to the American Journal.

Kathy Picate, Florida Southern College's health advocate, talks to many different students who struggle with day-to-day eating issues.

"Its very sad to see students struggle with eating disorders," Picate said. "They have food or their weight on their mind all the time. Many people would be surprised with how many students suffer from these disorders."

Not only do women students suffer from the pressures of being thin, but men also struggle with many eating disorders.

According to Men's health magazine, studies suggest that five to ten percent of people with anorexia or bulimia are males.

continued: Eating Disorders Can Affect Anyone

New TV Show Perpetuates Anorexia Myths
Discovery News

A new VH1 show called “The Price of Beauty,” hosted by Jessica Simpson, will premiere soon. The theme of the show is the extreme measures that some women will endure to look beautiful. It’s a worthy subject, but unfortunately the series is already spreading misinformation about a serious disease: anorexia.

In one of the first episodes, Simpson and her friends interview former model Isabelle Caro, who suffers from anorexia. Caro made international news a few years ago by putting a photo of her emaciated frame on billboards. She is now an activist trying to pass a law prohibiting very thin women from becoming professional models.

Simpson told Oprah in a recent interview, "It makes me very emotional because just the pressure that women feel to be thin or to be beautiful--the pressure that the media puts on women--is so unfair and so disgusting." The show’s efforts seem sincere, but its understanding of anorexia leaves much to be desired. The concern over thin models is nothing new, to either the media or the fashion industry.

What Isabelle Caro, Jessica Simpson, and the VH1 show don’t realize is that anorexia has little or nothing to do with fashion modeling. Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia are biological diseases, not voluntary behaviors. The idea that a model, photo of a model, or Web site can "encourage" anorexia is not supported by science or research. Images of thin people cannot "encourage" anorexia, any more than photographs of bipolar patients "encourage" bipolar disorder, or photos of diabetics "encourage" diabetes.

Though many people are convinced that anorexia is a threat to most young women because of the media images they see, that’s not what the scientific evidence says. Anorexia is a very rare and complex psychological disorder with many indications of a strong genetic component; as anorexia expert Cynthia Bulik noted in her 2007 study “The Genetics of Anorexia,” published in the Annual Review of Nutrition, “Family studies have consistently demonstrated that anorexia nervosa runs in families.” Most research studies have failed to find a cause-and-effect link between media images of thin people and eating disorders.

continued: New TV Show Perpetuates Anorexia Myths

Only The Beautiful Need Apply
Medical News Today

New study flags damaging effect of joining a sorority on body image and eating behaviors.

Undergraduate women who join a sorority are more likely to judge their own bodies from an outsider's perspective (known as self-objectification) and display higher levels of bulimic attitudes and behaviors than those who do not take part in the sorority's recruitment process. Over time, those women who join the group also show higher levels of body shame. These findings, part of Ashley Marie Rolnik's senior honors thesis at Northwestern University in the US, are published online in Springer's journal Sex Roles.

On college campuses across the US, thousands of women join sororities every year through a structured recruitment process - the sorority rush. Although these sisterhoods provide college women with opportunities for personal growth and enrichment, they have been criticized for their potential to lead their members to focus excessively and unhealthily on their appearance.

continued: Only The Beautiful Need Apply

More Eating Disorders For Women Over 30

Eating disorders are usually seen as a problem of girls and young women. But experts say they're seeing more women in their 30s, 40s and even older seeking treatment for anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.

"We went, literally, from having zero at any given time to having a subgroup of anywhere from five to 10 . . . It's a big increase," said Kimberly Dennis, the medical director at Timberline Knolls, a residential treatment center in Lemont for eating disorders and substance abuse.

Lynn Grefe, chief executive officer of the National Eating Disorders Association, said the group hasn't done formal research on the trend, but, "anecdotally, we are hearing more and more cases of women over 30" seeking treatment.

continued: More Eating Disorders For Women Over 30

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Eating: An Eating Disorder Poem


nibbling at my nerves

picking at my priorities

licking away my laughter

feeding off my fear

gulping down my growth

consuming my confidence


swallowing my self

Recovery Quote Of The Week: March 11, 2010

The light of starry dreams can only be seen once we escape the blinding cities of disbelief.
Shawn Purvis

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What Ana Says To Me: The Lying and Degrading Voice of an ED

*WARNING: This post may be triggering.

What Ana Says To Me…

“Good morning. You are looking very fat today. Can you see those huge thunder thighs? Or how about the stomach rolls you disgusting pig- you are so worthless. You deserve to be sad and alone. Nobody would want you as a friend. Wonder why you are so unpopular? Maybe if you lost 10 pounds you would have more friends.”

“But I want friends, Ana. I want to lose weight too. I hate being so unpopular. I feel fat, ugly and alone like you say. I would be oblivious if you didn’t point it out. What would I do without you?”

“It’s breakfast time. Deviate from your meal plan. If you can’t hide any food, then only measure half a cup of cereal and milk, instead of a whole. Besides you can make it up at school by purging and throwing away some of your lunch. Remember how fat you look? If you do what I say you will feel better. You won’t have to feel anything at all. All of the pain will be gone. Once you lose all of the weight, you will not have to feel any of that depression or anxiety. Then again, it’s your entire fault that you feel that way anyway. It’s your entire fault. I am here to help you get what you want, remember?

“Yes, Ana. I will measure the way you tell me. It’s my entire fault, but why Ana? I’m glad you’re in control of me. You know how much I fear having control and responsibility. Thank you Ana. What would I do without you? I don’t know what life would be like if you weren’t here. I would be all alone and so lost.

“Look at that girl in the hallway. She’s so skinny. Oh, but look at her boobs and hips. If you ever looked like that I would abandon you and leave you to rot in the hell you live in. At least you can live in hell with me! Now, since its lunch time, go throw away half your lunch. Make sure you keep the pop so you can purge. When you purge, make it hurt. Make it burn. I want you to have sores in your mouth. I want your chest to throb in pain. I want you to pick up the vomit. Puke in your hands. You are so worthless and so low that you have to break up the chunks with your fingers, without washing your hands. You don’t deserve better. Remember though, that binging means you are impure and dirty. You haven’t binged ever yet- keep it that way or I will leave you. Oh, and heads up, I just noticed how ugly your face is. You need to do something about that. Or else I won’t be able to be seen with you."

“I don’t want to do that, but I will. I see the ugly too, and I’ve got to do something about it. I feel so bad, Ana. I feel so horrible about myself. And I don’t want to grow up. I am so scared. I am afraid of the responsibility and control over everything. Plus my body will digress from what I want it to be. I will be ashamed of my boobs and hips and menstruating. You have got to help me stop my periods, Ana. I just don’t want to feel so guilty when I have them. I abandon you when I menstruate. It’s the ultimate loss of control and the ultimate form of maturity. Please just save me from myself, Ana. Save me from all of my fears. I can’t rescue myself anymore.”

“You are so horrible. You weren’t perfect today. You must restrict on dinner. You are a fat cow. Nobody loves you, and you love nobody. You hate people because of their bodies. If they are too thin, then you are not worthy of their presence. If they are too fat and you caught hanging out with them, then you are a loser. Now be done with the lasagna. You have veggies left, and if you eat them then you are a failure. Then you will be sad and alone forever. And you know that those bad feelings are one of the things that make you the most uncomfortable. “

“Tonight you are not allowed to fall asleep. You’re stomach feels so fat- you must wait until you aren’t so bloated. Tonight you will wet the bed. Tomorrow you will wake up wet and disgusting. Everyone will know your secret and you will again be imperfect. Your parents will pity you and you will be a failure. If you wet the bed, then you will hate yourself. You are worthless and alone. Remember me when you think about eating, falling asleep, or smiling. I will never leave you, ever. I will always be with you. You will never have the freedom to make choices ever again. But then again, you fear that so it’s all good. “

This is what Ana says to me.

I am going to fight the ED and announce my fears to the world! That's what ED fears the most...!
Written by: Anonymous

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Seen Around The Web: What Other's Are Saying About Eating Disorders

The Voice of an Eating Disorder & 7 Ways to Shut It Up
By Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

One of the toughest parts of recovery for many people is separating themselves from their eating disorder and, more specifically, hearing their own voice, not the mean, manipulative, vicious, callous voice of ED.

Andrea Roe talked about the ED voice in her Q&A last week. Andrea said:

One of the biggest aha moments during my recovery process was really getting and feeling that I was not my eating disorder. For the longest time, it actually felt like I was my eating disorder and my eating disorder was me. It felt like “it” was my identity. I didn’t know who I was without it. I had forgotten.

And whenever I heard the voice in my head telling me I wasn’t good enough, needed to lose weight, etc. … I’d ask myself if that was the “real me” that was talking, or if it was the eating disorder speaking to me. I had to learn to separate these two voices — mine and the eating disorder voice. And when it was the eating disorder talking, I had to learn to fight back, talk back and disobey its commands. I had to learn to take control back over my life — after all, it was MY life, not the eating disorder’s.

Trying to drown out the voice of ED also resonated with several readers.
Read The Voice of an Eating Disorder & 7 Ways to Shut It Up in full here.


You Are Not Alone

Eating Disorder Awareness Week is coming to a close, and I've been trying to post related things all week (though I guess one could argue my whole blog is related). Today, I'd like to share with you a neat little site that was brought to my attention by a friend.

It's called You Are Not Alone and basically you can sign up to get a free support letter every month to give you encouragement on your path to recovery. It's sort of what I try to do here on my blog much more often than once a month, but this site is cool because it's an actual letter, sent to your email on a monthly basis. Every little bit of support helps, right?

Read You Are Not Alone in full here


Artist Looking For Participants For Eating Disorders Project

Artist Raul Barquet (Rez) is looking for participants for an art project featuring eating disorders.

"The show is coming up in July and I am creating a body of work that consists of portraits of people with eating disorders along with quotes from people living with the conditions. I think this is an opportunity to create some conversation about a subject that is often not given much thought unless it directly affects you. I will be using photos sent to me, to paint portraits. I will need images and quotes from real people. Quotes should reflect the inner thoughts of someone living with an eating disorder."

Rez explains why he's focusing on eating disorders for this project. "Part of the reason I decided to start this project," he says, "was because when I found out that at least two of my friends have recovered from rather serious fights with eating disorders, I realized that the average person usually doesn't know enough about the subject. I felt ashamed that I had no idea what was going on in their personal life." After researching online, reading some blogs and websites, Rez felt like he had to do what he could, "to put this emotionally charged subject into my art," in hopes of bringing awareness and understanding.

The show will be held this July at:
Everything Goes Book Cafe and Neighborhood Stage
208 Bay St
Staten Island, NY 10301

The date has yet to be set.

The Opening and the Show are open to all who would like to attend.
I will be posting the dates of the show when they become available.

If you would like to participate please contact Rez at

Recovery Quote Of The Week: March 1st 2010

The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.
~John P. Morgan

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