You Can’t Just Look and Tell

One of the biggest misconceptions about eating disorders (and there are many) is that a person can tell if another person has one… just by looking at them.

You probably have a picture in your mind what someone who suffers from an eating disorder looks like: 

He or she is frail and gaunt with sunken in cheekbones, knees bigger than thighs, and biceps smaller than the elbows. You can pick them out because they look tired and never eat. Sound right? Continue reading You Can’t Just Look and Tell

Are We All Doomed in Eating Disorder Culture?

As I prepare for my speaking engagement about eating disorders and athletes, I have been having this thought (fear!) in regard to these young people I’ll soon address:

They might think that eating disordered behaviors and thoughts are normal.

Let’s think about that for a minute. What I’m saying is that the thoughts of wanting to become smaller, fitter, and more appealing are WIDESPREAD… and the behaviors a person will engage in to achieve those things, are normal. Continue reading Are We All Doomed in Eating Disorder Culture?

My Garage Gym Workout Essentials

Last time I talked about doing away with a gym and competitive exercise. No calorie counting, no timers, no pace goals, no super-fit competitor on the machine next to me…

I’d say it’s been almost two years since I have been a part of a regular gym. On occasion, I pop into local fitness classes or college weight rooms to escape the weather or mix things up… but as a regular gym enthusiast (and because I still see so many benefits in exercise!), I found my stride at home and in the great outdoors. Continue reading My Garage Gym Workout Essentials

How I Stopped Allowing Numbers To Rule My Life

“You will find that it is necessary to let things go; simply for the reason that they are heavy. So let them go, let go of them. I tie no weights to my ankles.” ― C. JoyBell C.

Are you a fitness-/calorie-/step-/mile-counter? Do you have all the gadgets and/or have a log for all these things? I’m seriously interested in how these work for you and how you use them to your advantage…

I’m going to talk to you about my struggles with numbers – with exercise and food – and steps I’ve taken to lose the calculations that drove me crazy for so long. Here’goes! Continue reading How I Stopped Allowing Numbers To Rule My Life

Deeper Than Looks

“People can start out one way, and by the time life gets through with them, they end up completely different.” (~Sue Monk Kidd)

I think there’s this misconception out there about having an eating disorder… You might be thinking about all the ways a person looks, am I right?

They’re emaciated and bony, tired-looking with gaunt facial features, you think. Sometimes, you’re right. But a lot of times, you’re not.

When I entered treatment for anorexia, I was only 70-percent of my “ideal” body weight, as opposed to the at least 85-percent my treatment team desired. I understood that there would many many types of people there, but I figured they’d all look like I did, too – which was, underweight, timid, and tired of it all.

But, I was surprised that many people suffering alongside me looked… normal. And, they weren’t about to discharge either. They were also in the thick of their fight. Continue reading Deeper Than Looks