COMMUNITY: I have INCREDIBLE friends in my life. A community of people who know and accept me through my ups and downs. Community is an integral part of who we are and has been one of the main reasons my recovery has been sustainable.
FOOD: This one was hard to come to terms with. I endured many years of Coach telling me it was shameful to eat and I didn’t deserve food. Through recovery I learned food isn’t JUST fuel – it is also meant to be enjoyed! We all need it to function and engage in life. You deserve to nourish yourself, no matter the size of your body.
MOVEMENT: I’m thankful I have the energy to move. Skiing and being outdoors, in general, is an important part of who I am. Our bodies are capable of so many wonderful things and I am grateful mine has remained strong in recovery to allow me to participate in the activities I enjoy.
FAMILY: I’m thankful I get to visit my family for Thanksgiving. In the past, going home and eating a holiday meal with lots of food and people was very anxiety provoking. In recovery, this anxiety has turned to excitement and joy at being able to celebrate with those I love.
FAITH: I don’t often talk about the spiritual component of my recovery, but I believe the process has been a solid mix of bio-psycho-social-spiritual. I’m grateful I have mended this connection and am beginning to believe I am loved by God and was created for so much more than an eating disorder. The disorder is part of my story, but I wasn’t made to live in fear, isolation, the need to control everything, and negativity. I was made to live loosely and love deeply. I’m grateful for the freedom, strength, hope, and redemption I’ve found in my faith.