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Eating Disorder Recovery Exercise / Compulsive Movement Helping Family / Carers Understand Other ED Behaviours

Why Exercise Based Fundraising For Eating Disorder Charities Is Not Appropriate

Fundraising for charities or non-profit organisations is a challenge to say the least. It is hard work to raise money for organisations when you are up against so many charities now all competing for the public’s spare change. Eating disorder charities have the additional problem that eating disorders are considered by many in the general […]

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Eating Disorder Recovery Exercise / Compulsive Movement Recovery Motivation

Feel Guilty For Resting? Time To Hibernate!

Today I have spent the whole afternoon and evening wrapped under a blanket, on my sofa with some reading, TV and music… And it has felt incredible. Perhaps, it has felt even more incredible because not so long ago, when I was still deep in the eating disorder that I experienced for over a decade, […]

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Eating Disorder Recovery Exercise / Compulsive Movement Fear & Anxiety In Recovery Other ED Behaviours Restriction & Fear Foods

Every Day Has To Be More And Every Tiny Lapse Matters In Recovery!

The eating disorder mindset is truly unique but involves a lot of thought patterns that are completely irrational yet common to most of us with this illness. One of these is the way that the eating disordered brain will cling onto what we did yesterday, or on the same day last week perhaps, in terms […]

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Eating Disorder Recovery Exercise / Compulsive Movement Fear & Anxiety In Recovery Rewiring / Neuroplasticity

Compulsive Exercise And Movement During ‘Lockdown’ or Self Isolation – An Opportunity!

A couple of days ago I wrote a post about the Covid-19 pandemic that is sweeping the globe and the impact it might be having on those with eating disorders.  That post included my more general thoughts about how difficult this period of time can be for someone with an eating disorder but that it […]

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Eating Disorder Recovery Exercise / Compulsive Movement Recovery Motivation Rewiring / Neuroplasticity Weight Changes

Reflecting On My Eating Disorder Recovery So Far

I recently published my 200th blog post on this website…  and I started writing these posts when I was at the start of this eating disorder recovery attempt – a time that feels a long time ago in many ways and yet also like it was yesterday.  In fact, it was about 6 months ago! […]

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Eating Disorder Recovery Exercise / Compulsive Movement Fear & Anxiety In Recovery Other ED Behaviours Rewiring / Neuroplasticity

Breaking Compulsive Exercise And Movement

Let me talk a bit more about compulsive exercise and movement with an eating disorder and in recovery because it is not spoken about as much as it should be, yet it is a key factor in keeping many of us sick and rarely addressed sufficiently in treatment. Why it is not addressed more in […]

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Eating Disorder Recovery Exercise / Compulsive Movement Fear & Anxiety In Recovery Other ED Behaviours Restriction & Fear Foods Rewiring / Neuroplasticity Weight Changes

Addressing Food AND Exercise Compulsions In Recovery At The Same Time?

One of the most common questions about eating disorder recovery that I get a lot and that I asked myself when trying to work out how to approach recovery is do we address all the fears… the eating more food, the resting, the stopping all the other weird s**t we do at the same time..? […]

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Eating Disorder Recovery Exercise / Compulsive Movement Fear & Anxiety In Recovery Rewiring / Neuroplasticity

Compulsive Movement – Between A Rock And A Hard Place

For years, compulsive movement has taken up my every waking moment. If I couldn’t be moving then I would be hyper-anxious and my thoughts would be consumed by the need to move. This was my status quo and movement was my drug. If I was a smoker then movement would be my nicotine rush or […]

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Eating Disorder Recovery Eating Disorder Treatment Exercise / Compulsive Movement Fear & Anxiety In Recovery Other ED Behaviours

Hidden Lower Level Movement Compulsions

I’ve written in previous posts about lower level movement compulsions in eating disorders & the importance of addressing them in recovery.  Facing up to eating more food and weight restoration alone does not a full recovery make! Recovery entails overcoming all the little behaviours and compulsions that have wormed in over the years – some […]

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Eating Disorder Recovery Eating Disorder Treatment Recovery Motivation

Does Eating Disorder Recovery Need A Light Bulb Moment?

A light-bulb moment? Yesterday, I explained, in my post, More About Me!, that turning 40 this year was part of the wake up call I needed to take meaningful action against the eating disorder that had plagued my life for well over a decade. But with an eating disorder we often wait for a light […]

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Eating Disorder Recovery Other ED Behaviours Recovery Motivation Rewiring / Neuroplasticity Weight Changes

What Does It Mean To ‘Let Go’?

So often in eating disorder recovery we hear people advocate to just ‘let go’ of the illness or claiming that they are ‘letting go’ in their recovery. For a long time I’ve longed to ‘let go’. It sounded liberating, joyous & like a weight would lift from suffocating my life & drift away! But I […]

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Eating Disorder Recovery Exercise / Compulsive Movement Fear & Anxiety In Recovery Other ED Behaviours Rewiring / Neuroplasticity

Stopping Compulsive Movement

Giving up compulsive movement in ED recovery is HARD! For those with compulsive movement/ exercise tendencies, stopping could be compared to an addict coming off heroin & that is not an exaggeration! I’ve found attempts to reduce activity levels to minimal amounts, while not reducing food intake, the hardest thing I’ve done in my life.. […]

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Eating Disorder Recovery Exercise / Compulsive Movement Other ED Behaviours Rewiring / Neuroplasticity

How To Stop Compulsive Exercise

HOW to stop compulsive exercise & movement in eating disorder recovery: It is all good knowing we have a compulsive exercise problem and even the theory behind why it is there but does that help us in stopping it? Please don’t think I am perfect. I am working hard to address my compulsions with movement, […]

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Eating Disorder Recovery Exercise / Compulsive Movement Other ED Behaviours Rewiring / Neuroplasticity

What Is Compulsive Movement?

What constitutes compulsive movement? Formal exercise is easy to identify as something that we should not do in eating disorder recovery. Putting trainers on, going for a run, swimming, going to the gym and formal sports are all blatantly understood as being ‘exercise’ by joe public. What about lighter exercise though? The ‘well it is […]