When you first take that brave step in your eating disorder recovery, remember that it’s akin to running a marathon not a sprint.

Recovery is process that does not have a designated “end point.” At Beacon we often say that if we had our way, our clients would have most of their issues with food and weight solved the minute they stepped off the elevator. Because truthfully, it takes so much bravery and courage to seek help and ask for support. That deserves something, right?!

Half the battle is certainly the act of showing up but after you show up the real work begins. If you’ve struggled throughout your life with binging, chronic dieting, body image shame or self-loathing it’s important to keep in mind that your relationship with food did not happen overnight nor will it change overnight.

Sometimes progress feels slow-moving and friends, we get how frustrating this can feel. In these moments however, it’s useful to take a step back and make an inventory on the changes you have made. Because no matter how “small” or “insignificant” those changes seem, they are important building blocks to your overall goals.

The most important, yet most often overlooked, example of progress is the act of showing up and refusing to give up on yourself. This is a commitment that is worthy of celebrating.

Stay the course, no matter how challenging it feels or how much you want to run because it’s worth it. On the other side of this battle is the relationship with food and the relationship with yourself that you deserve.

Shine Bright!

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