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Whenever I give advice on how to help bulimia recovery become a reality - it always includes that beautiful word *patience*.
Bulimia recovery doesn't happen overnight... it's a journey that takes time.
...I'm sure you wish it could be different - that recovery could happen at the click of your fingers...
And I am sure you have made this promise to yourself many times...
"As of tomorrow I will never binge or purge again!"
Yes, I know that promise. When I was bulimic, I made it to myself time and time again...
And hundreds of times, I broke that promise.
Hundreds of times I hated on myself, beat myself up and called myself cruel names, for breaking that promise.
Thankfully, in time I realized that cruelty and hate only made me fall deeper into the bulimia cycle.
I realized that I needed to love myself, and that included being patient with myself.
I had been bulimic for over 1/2 my life - it was only natural that my recovery journey would take some time.
...And as I began to give myself that time, as I began approach each day with love and kindness and a heart that would love me despite what happened...
I opened my soul to recovery.
I began to heal...
And I beat bulimia.
It didn't happen overnight, but over the course of a year, I gained complete freedom.
So beautiful soul, today I ask you to never make that promise... That promise that you will "never binge or purge again"...
Rather promise yourself to keep trying, to keep getting up again, and to love yourself despite what may happen.
This promise is healing and it will lead you to recovery :)
One of the beautiful souls in The Bulimia Recovery Programs online community touched on this today. Sofia wrote...
"I have bulimia but bulimia does not have me. May today be a day of patience. For recovery does not happen overnight. It is a process, a journey... It is a marathon and not the 100 meter dash. Today, if I become impatient with others or with myself, I will stop and breathe. I will choose patience."
Her words were so powerful that I wanted to share them with you and with anybody else who is walking the journey to recovery.
Just as Sofia is working on - please may you too work on patience. Please accept that this journey will take time... and please celebrate each and every step you take along the way.
This will help bulimia to become a thing of the past. It will open your life up to such a brilliant joy and peace - something more wonderful that you could ever imagine.
So much love,
Article by Shaye Boddington
Author of your-bulimia-recovery.com
and creator of The Bulimia Recovery Program and Community