Thankful.

So, to be honest, I like Thanksgiving so much better than Christmas. There’s no built-up anticipation of “oh my gosh, what if I didn’t get what I wanted?”, etc., etc. All you have to do is show up, eat till you’re full, and then go into a deep food coma until mid-Friday. It’s perfect.

I have so much to be thankful for. I’m alive, I’m going to college, I live in a nice house, I go to a great school, I have great people in my life, my parents love each other and me. It’s awesome.

I just wanted to take this post to remind y’all that, even in our darkest times, we must remind ourselves what we’re giving up daily by letting our disorders consume us: love. affection. meals. life.

Sometimes, I forget, honestly. I’m trying to remind myself not to take things for granted all the time. So I wrote it on a piece of paper and stuck it next to my mirror, under the sign from my 7 year old cousin that just says “Dear Katy, I love you. Love, Payten.” Even that itself reminds me to be thankful every day that I have a little nugget who loves me and wrote it down (so we know it’s legit.)

I guess I just wanted to remind y’all - American or not - that, even though everything’s hard now and recovering seems so distant - there is something to be thankful for. I don’t know what it is for you, but there’s something. You have something. Let that something be your light at the end of the recovery tunnel. Let that be the light that guides you back to love, good health, and good food.

Happy holidays!

xo, Katy

(Source: GoodbyED)

10 Ways to…Stay Upbeat: TWO
  1. Socialize
  2. Weather

Rain, snow, wind, sun (it’s late November & only 82 degrees in Texas…killin’ me), sleet, fog, heat - whatever the weather may be, dress for it. Enjoy it. Embrace it. Even if you’re like me and hate the snow, find something you love about it and cherish that. Going outside and convincing yourself that you don’t actually hate whatever it may feel like will be detrimental in the end. After all, if you convince yourself that okay, maybe today you like snow, getting hit on the back with a snowball will only make you retaliate, not piss you off…at least, not quite as much. 

xo, Katy

(Source: GoodbyED)

Myth v. Fact

Obsessing over my workout regime isn’t a problem…

MYTH!

Everyone thinks that working out is sort of like…an excuse. “Oh, but she works out all the time.” or “He works out, like, three times a day. So hot.”

No. False. Wrong.

Yes, having a work out routine and incorporating it into your daily/weekly/monthly/yearly schedule is a great way to stay active and healthy and keep your body in line. However, there comes a point where it’s just too much. I know people who work out so many times a day, that I swear they’re always sweating. This “habit” is called compulsive exercising, and can be just as dangerous as bulimia. In fact, it’s even been linked in with bulimia, changing the name to exercise bulimia. Here’s a link to a site that gives a more medical-terminology-filled overview of the disorder. But here’s what you should remember: just because it feels healthy, doesn’t mean that it stays healthy. Ya pickin’ up what I’m puttin’ down?

xo, Katy

(Source: GoodbyeD)

10 Ways to…Stay Upbeat: ONE
  1. Socialize

Even if you’re like me and constantly claim that you “hate everyone,” let’s be honest…The holidays can make you incredibly lonely. So, one way to avoid SAD (seasonal affective disorder) is to go out and talk to people! Call your mom, sister, cousin, brother, best friend and do something, even if it’s just tagging along to run errands or grabbing a coffee. Spending just an hour with someone besides yourself (or cat or dog) is a refreshing and easy way to boost your spirits a little more. Try going to the annual neighborhood party or something that you’ve skipped every year. Just…don’t hole yourself away in your room, soaking up everything on Tumblr and “forgetting” to eat. Go out and play! Plus, everyone likes to cuddle in the holiday season. ;) Yea, you know what I’m talking about.

xo, Katy

    (Source: GoodbyED)

    Remember this?

    Submission Links: Dear ED!

    A while back, we offered this submission and things sort of…stalled. So, we wanted to remind y’all about our “Dear Eating Disorder” link. They’re simply letters: you write a letter to your eating disorder, telling it everything. To be honest, it really helps. Here’s the link - please feel free to submit to us! We miss our submissions!

    xo, Katy

    (Source: GoodbyeD)

    10 Ways to…Enjoy Holiday Meals: SIX
    1. Portions
    2. More green than meat!
    3. Desserts
    4. Loose clothes
    5. Family & Friends
    6. BYOM

    I don’t know about y’all, but I’m always very afraid that when I walk into my great-aunt’s house, there will not be any food that I like. This fear is a little irrational, because we have the same dishes every year. And then, when I remember that, I realize that it’s not even that big of a deal because oh my gosh, how much butter is in those potatoes?!?!?!?!

    Now, what I’m about to suggest may seem rude or something that your mother would never ever let you do, even if her life depended on it: bring your own meal. Yes, I heard your collective laugh. But if you’re really just not comfortable picking your way around all of the zealous holiday food, feel free to take your own meal! Sure, some may find it rude and others may make comments about it but what’s more important is that you feel comfortable with what you’re putting in your body, not what other people think.

    xo, Katy

      (Source: GoodbyED)

      10 Ways to…Enjoy Holiday Meals: FOUR
      1. Portions
      2. More green than meat!
      3. Desserts
      4. Loose clothes

      I personally believe that the more room to eat, the more I feel I can eat. So if you’re feeling a little unsure about those big holiday meals, throw on your loosest jeans and comfiest sweater before heading out. Because, let’s be honest, no one wants to eat a little more turkey than normal when your clothes are as tight as your skin.

      xo, Katy

      (Source: GoodbyED)

      10 Ways to…Enjoy Holiday Meals: THREE
      1. Portions
      2. More green than meat!
      3. Desserts

      So here’s the deal: with big meals comes big desserts, right? And if you’re like me, you either run screaming from them or you run screaming towards them. The typical, “Oh, I’ll just take a sliver…little bit bigger…a little more…kay, maybe a little more…Wow, I didn’t mean to eat half the pie.” And then you’re just like, “…dangit.” Yea. That sucks.

      I always try to reassure myself with the typical, “Sugar is good for you!” Didn’t know that? Well, it’s true. Dark chocolate is good for you (in proportion), and sugar - like desserts - is actually necessary for your body. In fact, people that don’t eat sugar are often in an insufferable mood and have a few health problems. Mainly, low blood sugar…hence the bad mood. What, you might ask, am I saying? 

      EAT SOME SUGAR!

      Not a lot. Just enough to make your taste buds feel treated and for that bad mood to lift some. This holiday, let’s stick to the sliver rule. Not that there’s anything wrong with indulging in a little more than the size of a strand of hair. If you want to, go on with your bad self! Just don’t say I didn’t warn ya.

      xo, Katy

      (Source: GoodbyED)

      Remember this? Journal Entries!

      Do you ever wonder what is going on in our lives? Check out our journal entries! Each of us keeps a journal that we try to update weekly. This is a good way for you to get to know each of us better on a personal level. No, we are not just robots behind a computer screen, we are all out in the crazy crazy world living and dealing with life just like you! Feel free to respond to our entries and send us emails. Also, tell us what is going on in your life, we want to hear from you!

      Ashlyn’s Journal

      Caroline’s Journal

      Evelyn’s Journal -> Ev’s link isn’t working, but look for a journal post this Friday! :)

      Katy’s Journal

      (Source: GoodbyED)

      How to Survive the Holidays

      I would have to say that the trickiest part of the year for me is always the holiday season. Now I don’t know about y’all in Australia and whatnot, but over here in the Western Hemisphere, it starts to get pretty cold. And there’s a certain comfort that comes with cold: warm fires, big sweaters, thick coats & scarves, hot chocolate. You have this whole “I’m going to bundle myself up” sense and guess what…for some of us, the pounds start to pack on. Not only that, but to be honest, sometimes all that super fluffy “holiday cheer” really puts me in a BAD mood. Everyone’s so peppy and happy to be alive, while I’m stressed about how many tests I have the next day. 

      So here’s what we’re gonna work on together: whether the holidays make you sadder than you’ve ever felt before (there’s a reason for that) or they make you feel like, well, you’re expanding a little bit, we’re here. We’re going to talk about all of that, we’re going to answer all those questions. The holidays - family, friends, presents, food, cheer - are a tough time for a lot of people. Y’all will always have us to turn to, and hopefully we can help y’all do exactly what the theme says: survive the holidays.

      Happy November!

      stay strong. stay healthy. stay beautiful.

      xo, Katy

      (Source: GoodbyED)