I hope your start to summer has been peaceful, abstinent and fun. Mine has been great. I have been in Vancouver for the last couple of weeks which has been nice….friends, family and lots of sunshine. I am heading back to Florida to facilitate our three upcoming programs; the 5-day Primary Intensive followed by a week of Living In Recovery and to wrap it up, an alumni weekend on Body Image. I am looking forward to these life-changing events and all the people who show up because they know they are worth it!
“I am worth it”…this is not something many of us say very often. For me feeling I am worth anything has been a struggle for my entire life. If I think I am worthless, it is going to be next to impossible to look after myself. July 24th is International Self-Care Day. The International Self-Care Foundation picked this day to symbolize that the benefits of self-care are experienced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (24/7).
What the heck is self-care? I had very mixed up ideas about this throughout my life…these ideas included calling in sick to stay home binging and watching TV all day, buying myself an ice cream cone because I deserved it, missing exercise class because I was “too tired and went last week” and buying new clothes instead of using my money to go to the dentist as clothes made me “look good”. These are all warped ideas and they were the best I could come up with prior to recovery…to me, self-care used to mean doing anything I wanted and that made me “feel good”. Interesting that the theme for this year’s Self-Care Day is “Feel Good”.
“Feeling good” now comes to me very differently than it used to. The things that truly fill me up and therefore leave me feeling happy, peaceful and content now include:
- Following through when I say I will do something
- Rigorously eating my abstinent food plan every day
- Walking in nature
- Riding my bike, flying down a hill
- Connection to my Higher Power through daily meditation and prayer
- Playing with my 5-year old niece, Georgia ( you knew I had to get that one in there)
- Laughing until my stomach hurts with my Mom
- Making my bed every morning
- Doing the dishes after each meal
- Being compassionate to others in pain due to food addiction
- Telling the truth
And I could go on and on…that actually surprised me. When I started writing this list I couldn’t think of much and then once I started they just kept flowing. Wow! My life is pretty amazing and I “feel good” so much more than I ever used to. Even when I am struggling (which let’s be real…is often, for the simple fact that I am a human being which means I will have challenges every day of my life) I can still feel good and look after myself. It’s actually imperative that I practice good self-care, I believe that recovery is just that…self-care and looking after myself! So these things actually are life-saving for me. What actions are life-saving for you? What makes you “feel good” and what is your personal definition of “self-care”?
Would love to hear your thoughts on this.
We have some amazing events coming up on the West and East coast for the remainder of 2018.
Check them out on the below or visit our website at www.foodaddiction.com.
Hope to see you soon,
NEW EVENTS! NEW LOCATIONS!
August 17 – 19 3-Days with ACORN North Hampton, NH
September 21 – 26 Primary Intensive San Diego, CA
September 28 – 30 Alumni Retreat San Diego, CA
October 9 – 14 Primary Intensive Bradenton, FL
October 15 – 20 Living In Recovery Bradenton, FL
November 30 – December 5 Primary Intensive Vancouver, B.C.
December 6 – 12 Living In Recovery Vancouver, B.C.
January 2019 (TBA) Primary Intensive Bradenton, FL
Weekly Teleconference “Nuts & Bolts”
Please join us Wednesday evenings for recovery support!
This no-cost abstinence support group is open to all. Led by Sherri Goodman, professional trainee. firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesdays at 7 pm (EST.)
Conference call-in number:
Access Number 1014962#