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Category: Recovery

Anxiety. Could It Really Be Mind Over Matter?

On Monday I mentioned how last week I was really struggling with anxiety. This perpetual, chronic sense of body tightness and  chest discomfort just wouldn’t go away, no matter how much I tried to stretch or focus on my breathing.  When I have a lot of anxious thoughts, I feel almost as if I’ve pulled muscles in my chest. And my solar plexus turns to rock. My mind was steadily racing to…

Should Restaurant Menus Include Calorie Counts? (Thinking Out Loud)

Before I get in to today’s discussion, I’d like to thank Marina over at A Dancer’s Live-It for so kindly having me on her “Warrior Woman Series” yesterday. I’m honored to have been featured alongside so many women who I, myself, look up to with admiration. Marina is doing such a wonderful thing with this series by putting real stories out there. I encourage you to check it…

Thinking Out Loud: Change Feels Weird

Guys. It feels weird.   Yesterday I briefly spoke about how, right now, I’m feeling good. Happy, and at peace.  I still stand by this. In fact yesterday was another really lovely day. That being said, this “feeling good” comes simultaneously with a sense of also feeling really…. weird.  Especially last week, when I was just learning my new schedule and was trying to formulate some sense of routine, there were…

Summer in Review: The Foodie Bucketlist and Recovery Edition

My entire summer has been leading up to this moment post…. Okay, no, not really. But it doooooes kind of feel like it.  If you can recall, when I was heading home I published an exciting (to me), drool worthy (to me) bucketlist of all the food I wanted to eat and make this summer. Some items were goal foods for recovery and items that I’d been wanting to have for years, yet…

My Trip To Scotland Part Two. The Food, Guilt, Recovery, Compassion

Yesterday I spoke about my trip to Scotland in which I spent two weeks touring, eating, admiring and spending quality time with my family. As I said, it was wonderful. That being said, it was not without its difficulties. Now that I’ve returned, I’ve found myself feeling a lot of guilt. So now you ask – how can that be? If it was “so wonderful,” how could I be feeling anything but good things…

Thinking Out Loud: End of Summer Anxiety and Flying Away

Hi friends, It’s been forever since I’ve come here with a traditional, uncensored mind-dump, but I think this week especially could really use a good unloading of mind junk. So – I’m taking advantage of Amanda’s weekly link up and doing some major Thinking Out Loud.  First on the radar: Anxiety My anxiety has been pretty through the roof this week.  On monday I mentioned…

WIAW: The Steps I HAVE made

When looking over my summer thus far, it could be very easy to slip into a self deprecating mindset. I have not made the strides or steps that I had initially thought I’d make in my recovery. And to that, yes, I am disappointed in myself. But more than disappointed, I guess I can say I am humbled and accepting of how obviously hard this work is, and that I no doubt set too lofty…

Gaining Weight: The Unexpected and Surprising Struggle

Disclaimer: I am not a registered dietitician or have any credentials to elicit health advice. Everything I write is from my own experience and personal journey. Please consult a licensed health professional before making any plans for gaining weight.   With the onset of obesity and global desire to lose weight in our society, it elicits a notion that gaining weight is something that is easy – “too easy” – for most people…

Friday Top Three #3: Recommitting

Linking up with the fabulous Kate for a wordy Friday Top Three! Top Three Highs:   Tuesday’s mood. On Tuesday – the day after returning from my 5 days away at the folk festival – I was just in a really lovely mood. My work decided it apparently wasn’t important to inform me that my evening shift had changed to a 9 am start, so if I hadn’t called the night before just…

The “Image” of Success and Failure: Letting Go Of Shame

This summer has uncovered some dark truths to me.  Truths that are really hard for me to admit.  Have you ever, after some brutally honest reflection, come to discover that you, in fact, hold the same thoughts and opinions that you thought you always chastised in others? Those “people” who speak or think about others in a way that you’ve always “frowned upon” and swore you’d never think the same way as?&nbsp…

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