In Our Words: Surviving the Holidays with an Eating Disorder

In Our Words: Surviving the Holidays with an Eating Disorder

“I struggled because my family didn’t understand that during holiday celebration or meal, you should not bring up the eating disorder. Don’t ask me why I’m not eating the stuffing. Don’t tell me I should eat the dessert. You just need to love me. Give me my space and have hope that by next year, maybe I’ll be in a better place.”

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Out of The Darkness: LETS Walk

Out of The Darkness: LETS Walk

"Much like how the rain affected our level of excitement for the day, the clouds of depression affect your overall life. You find it hard to see joy in anything; you see things that should be positive and can’t help but think negatively; you just don’t want to be there. How fitting it is to be at a walk for suicide prevention with the physical equivalent of depression clouds looming over our heads."

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20 “Soul-Building” Words for the Ones You Love

20 “Soul-Building” Words for the Ones You Love

The words “I love you” should never be underestimated, but every human being has a few words that make her soul come alive … that bring peace to his uncertain heart … that help them rise when they fall. Discover what those words are by watching—what makes her smile? What motivates him to keep trying? What adds a spring to his step? Commit those soul-building words to memory and say them as often as you can so that one day you are no longer needed to hear them.

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The Complicated Nature of Exercising

The Complicated Nature of Exercising

My Current Fitness Mantras: 
-       Just be active! For you, you know that means more than walking. Run a few times a week, but also add in strengthening exercises (for those arms that can’t seem to finish a push-up) and alternative forms of cardio. 
-       Make sure you’re having fun, don’t worry too much about the calories your burning. That’s not why you’re there. 
-       Working out is not a punishment, its not about hurting a weak body. The voice that motivates you should come from a place of self-worth and self-love. It should be saying, I believe you can run farther, faster, stronger. 
-       Take breaks and don’t be guilty about them.
-       Listen to your body and exercise a variety of muscles. It’s about feeling strong, not about becoming thin. 
-       The gym is not a place to feel pretty, don’t focus on anyone else but you. 
-       You have a great butt, squats or no squats. 

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