Two Steps Forward: A Note of Encouragement to Someone Struggling With Bulimia

 As a recovered bulimic going on twenty-eight years, I have a responsibility to reach out to others and offer hope. I wrote the following note after receiving a message from someone who asked for my help.Family Circle , bulimia kathleenmrodgers

It’s okay if you’ve stumbled after going several days without binging. Remember, you’ve simply taken one step back. The situation is not hopeless and you are not helpless. You pick yourself up and take two steps forward.

Don’t beat yourself up. Clear your head and find the good in yourself and others and keep moving forward.

Another tool to getting better is to reach out to others in some way. Service to others is such a healing balm. Maybe check on someone you know who might be lonely. Or have you ever helped serve food at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen?

Serving food to the needy can help you redirect the way you see food. Again, food is nothing more than fuel for our bodies.

It’s when we turn it into a weapon to use against ourselves that our relationship with food gets all twisted.

Today at this moment, regardless of whether you binged two days ago or two minutes ago, pick yourself up and move two steps forward.

You will get there.

You are worth the journey,

Kathleen

In my award-winning novel, Johnnie Come Lately, Johnnie Kitchen is a recovered bulimic searching for answers to secrets from her past.
In Kathleen’s award-winning novel, Johnnie Come Lately, Johnnie Kitchen is a recovered bulimic searching for answers to secrets from her past.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kathleen adapted her Family Circle story for Her War Her Voice:

http://herwarhervoice.com/blog/2011/11/21/dying-to-be-thin-part-i/

http://herwarhervoice.com/blog/2011/11/30/long-road-to-recovery/

Eating Disorder Resources:

http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org

http://www.eatingdisorderhope.com

http://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/treatment-for-eating-disorders/special-issues/older-women

 

 

 

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kathleenmrodgers

Author of the novels The Final Salute, Johnnie Come Lately & Seven Wings to Glory. Former contributor to Family Circle Magazine and Military Times. Future work represented by agent Diane Nine, Nine Speakers Inc.

5 thoughts on “Two Steps Forward: A Note of Encouragement to Someone Struggling With Bulimia”

  1. Excellent advice, Kathleen. You support so many people in so many ways. Just having you care will help this person. It’s so easy to turn food into Mother and then Negative Mother. I look forward to Johnny Come Lately in February 2015. It won’t be long now.

    1. I like how you say “food into Mother and then Negative Mother.” So much truth in this phrase.
      I do hope Johnnie Come Lately will resonate with you on many levels. Lots of layers going on in the novel. I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and plunging into my third novel. I do believe Seven Wings to Glory will be my bravest work yet.

      I am looking forward to reading Leaning into Love. Your audience awaits you, Elaine. Soon. 🙂

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