It has been a crazy couple of weeks since the Binge Eating Disorder Conference! I arrived home with a ton of exhaustion, but a whole bunch of new ideas to contemplate and soak in. It has been over these past couple weeks that I have been thinking about everything that I learned, re-learned, and was inspired by. Here are my favorites:
1. Graduate school. This seems to pop up a lot in my post-academic life and this conference reminded me how much I love learning. I want so much to be able to go back to school, stay in the Seattle area (?!), and get a graduate degree in psychology. I know what my passion is, but I do not quite know what it looks like just yet. (If anyone does, please let me know!)
2. Exercise for enjoyment. One of the topics presented on was exercise and having a positive relationship with it. It was reassuring to hear from more individuals (other than my providers) about the importance of shifting my focus from compulsive overexercising and punishing myself to the activities I love to do such as dance and football/soccer. It inspires me to continue to fight my urges to overexercise and engage in the activities I love within the limits I am able.
3. We are not alone. I had an incredible heart-to-heart with another woman there who is a mother of a son who suffers from BED. In her past, she similarly suffered as I did with weight stigmatizing remarks and bullying because of her weight. It was so meaningful to share that experience with another person knowing that I was not alone. In fact, there were plenty of other individuals there who had similar experiences. It reminds me that none of us are alone in our suffering or in our recoveries. There are others out there who know and who understand and that connection is out there.
I am also inspired to write a couple of posts. I simply have not found the time… yet! On my agenda is to write a post about the upcoming Seattle National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) Walk. I know last year’s Walk was less than desirable and I want to touch on that as well as discuss openly what is going to happen this year because it will be so, so much better. Also I have a very personal post coming up that I have yet to talk about and pretty much you will have to wait and see about that one.
Thanks for reading. Remember: Recovery is possible!