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Break Free from Bulimia: 5 Steps for Lasting Change

Feeling frustrated [with yourself] and want to create a lasting change in your life? Here's inspiration for sharing the steps to lasting change... As I’m writing this I’ve just returned from volunteering for 5 days in Los Angeles at Tony…

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Life Will Change When You Become Committed To Your Dreams

My New 30 Day Challenge!

I’ve been newly inspired to start a 30 Day Challenge by a dear friend of mine as we were out on a hike this morning.  My friend Jenevieve (Jen) is stepping into a 30 Day Challenge for herself where she’ll…

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Nikki Dubose Recovered Bulimic Anorexic Interview

Interview With Fashion Model Nikki Dubose

I’ve been reading the recently released memoir of Nikki Dubose called Washed Away: From Darkness to Light. I sense so much hope from this woman and her life's message.  To read about what she’s been through and how she is…

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Bulimia’s Health Issues

Bulimia - The Physical Health Issues A post from my friend and writer/blogger Laura Chapman. Generally, when bulimia is discussed, it is the psychological effects of the condition which are highlighted. This is in many ways right - Bulimia Nervosa…

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Happiness Is Always A Choice

How Can I Be Happy? Ask Better Questions!

I want to use a personal example to demonstrate the power of asking questions to help you on your path to answering "how can I be happy?" I had this awesome ah-ha moment this morning that inspired this post. I…

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Polly’s Rant: Let That Shit Go

I'm on Day 14 of my 30 day Happiness Challenge and I just hit a bump I couldn't bounce right back from...quickly. [Friendly warning: this is going to sound like a complete rant 'cause I need to get this off…

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If It Feels Light It’s Right!

These words of wisdom came to me today courtesy of my Tough Mudder Training buddy Amanda Leath while we were out on a training run. If it feels light it's right. If it feels heavy it's a lie. This came…

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My Daily Practices for Being Happy

Today I want to share some advice about how I practice being happy that I gave to a client this past week. I often write so much about bulimia recovery because it's where I came from and what I'm known…

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You Create the Momentum by Directing Your Thoughts

I've recently found myself coaching a client who's trying so very, very hard to release her focus on binging and purging only to fall back into the struggle...ahhh...the cycle of bulimia. As I talk with her and text with her…

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Binges Happen When You Feel Powerless

I recently bought a few more books on addiction and habits that I look forward to sharing insights with you about as I read them.  The one I'm studying now is called Breaking Addiction: A 7-Step Handbook for Ending Any…

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Without Belief There is No Lasting Change

I'm diving deeper into the study of habits - how they're created, what triggers them, how to change them and the like - so I was recently absorbed by the book The Power of Habits reading it from cover to…

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Start Each Day With A Positive Thought

What Would Polly Do?

As I enter my 10th year of bulimia recovery sometimes I forget how much it helps to share my life and experiences with people who are still struggling to find their way to lasting recovery. I had an opportunity to…

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Queiting the Crazy Voice in Your Head

Are you being run by that crazy voice in your head? You know the one. The voice that says awesome things like… You’re so fat. You’re lazy. Look at you…you’re exhausted and you look it. You call yourself a good…

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3 Must Have’s For a Happy Life

I recorded a podcast with Alen Standish of ProgressNotPerfection.com last week and it was so much fun. Click here to listen from Alen's website to our 1 hour call on Creating Happiness! As I was preparing for the interview, I…

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When Exercise Becomes Addictive (Hypergymnasia)

Guest post by Leslie Vandever There are so many good reasons to exercise. Exercise builds and maintains strong muscles and bones. Exercise burns calories that might otherwise be unused and stored as fat, and it helps to maintain a healthy…

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An Insight into Eating Disorders in Men

A post from my friend and writer/blogger Laura Chapman. Like most people I had always associated eating disorders with women, but that was until two of my male friends disclosed to me that they were struggling with their relationship with…

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Good Feeling Videos – Enjoy and Share!

I'm tickled to share a few new favorite good feeling videos with you.  If these don't help increase your vibration, raise your spirits or send you over the moon with love...then listen to them a few times until they do.…

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The Power of Beliefs (Tony Robbins Video)

As a huge fan of the work and guidance from Tony Robbins, I'd like to share a link to a video I watched recently that is short (8.5 minutes) yet packed with powerful insights. Really great stuff and worth listening…

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Actually, You Aren’t Really Afraid of Getting Fat

I’ve received email after email that has the same statement in it... I want to recover/be happy/live a normal life, but “I’m afraid of getting fat." Really?! That’s what stopping you from a life of happiness and freedom? You’re letting…

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6 Tips for Being Happy & Thriving in Life!

If you're looking for tips for being happier and thriving in life...you've come to the right place.  If you're feeling crappy and depressed, I might just piss you off.  So, read this post at the risk of being happier (or…

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Tell a New Story & Create Your New Life

Last month I attended a week long workshop called Date with Destiny with Tony Robbins in Palm Springs, CA.  It was a wonderful program and Tony was definitely on his game.  I met so many wonderful new people from around…

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7 Tips for Aligning More and Resisting Less

Today I was thinking about how I can share more with you the things I do to stay aligned with Source (God, Inner Being, the Universe). I've received a lot of questions from women recently that sound like...."how do I…

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Chocolate Won’t Make You Happy. Here’s Why.

I started my day by listening to a few Abraham Hicks videos today to set my vibrational tone.  The video that stood out was this one called New 30 Day Processes for Success (also embedded here).  I was delighted…

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A Day Full of Gratitude – My Lessons Learned

My intention today as I awoke was to be grateful.  I recalled from all of the Abraham Hicks videos I've been listening to lately that we are most receptive and able to set our vibrational tone for the day first…

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30 Day Challenges For Personal Growth

I'm a fan of personal growth. Ever since 2005 when I attended the Landmark Forum and it changed the course of my eating disorder, and life, I've was a believer. We've all heard that "we're either growing or dying". You…

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Today’s Theme: Single Task

Today's theme as a part of my 10 day ZenHabits challenge is: Single Task That to me sounds like "the opposite of multi-task".  So, that's how I went about things today. ha ha...let me rephrase that so it's more accurate:…

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Today’s Theme: Find Pleasure in Anything

I'm enjoying continuing my daily routine of setting an intention, or theme for my day as part of my 10 day ZenHabits challenge.  This is totally something I came up with on my own and it's been a lot of…

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Today’s Theme: Drive Slower

As part of my 10 day ZenHabits challenge the theme for today is: Drive Slower Well, since I generally only drive twice a day (not including weekends) I knew out the gate this one wasn't going to require as much…

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Today’s Theme: Eat Slower

Today's theme as part of my 10 day ZenHabits challenge is: Eat Slower This has been a wonderful new level of self-awareness. Yeah, I already knew I ate quickly, but how automatic my pattern of eating quickly was is something…

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My Eating Disorder Recovery Pinterest Board

If you're a Pinterest lover like me, be sure to check out my Pinterest board of eating disorder recovery quotes and inspirations.  I was just reading my own pins and I'm inspired by how much love and hope and light…

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Today’s Theme: Focus on People

Little did I know a few days ago when I first started my 10 day ZenHabits challenge that I would enjoy this process so much. I guess I figured I would or else I wouldn't have chosen to do it.…

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Today’s Theme: Disconnect

Today's theme as part of my 10 day ZenHabits challenge is: Disconnect This doesn't mean disconnecting from people or taking myself into the mountains.  It was about disconnecting from technology, my inbox and all things that I commonly use to…

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Today’s Theme: Be Present

Today was amazing.  I am inspired by how having a theme for my day is really setting the tone for how my day unfolds.  And how I show up in that day. Today's theme was: Be present. Just in case…

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Today’s Theme: Do Less

I'm excited to share my theme for today: Do Less. Yesterday I posted about those racing bulimia thoughts and how they can create anxiety and nervous energy. I offered a few ideas and insights that subscribers shared about how they…

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Bulimia Recovery Tip: Extreme Self Care

I'd like to share a bulimia recovery tip, but I think this advice applies to all women - whether you have bulimia, anorexia or no eating disorder at all. This is what I refer to as my "prescription for extreme…

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Best Eating Disorder Blogs of 2013 – Thank You!

I'm honored to share that this little bulimia recovery blog of mine was honored again this year to be awarded one of The Best Eating Disorder Blogs of 2013 by Healthline.com. I'm so grateful. I'm so hopeful. I'm freakin' motivated…

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The Inner Conversation of Self-Worth

I'm in the midst of an internal conversation around self-worth and worthiness.  Seeing the value I bring to the world.  What I call a "value conversation". This is not a new inquiry for me, but it's one that I find…

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Divorce and Bulimia – How Do I Cope?

I’m reminded of a few stories today that are carrying me through a transition period in my life.  Well, I guess one is really a quote and one is a story.  You see, I’m in the midst of separating from…

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Stop Binge Eating With A Personal Check In

A lot of the coaching clients I work with enjoy this technique I have to share with you today for your bulimia recovery. The Personal Check In The personal check in is an emotional status check with yourself.  Watch this…

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Keep Calm and Get Busy Thriving!

Something fun today - the Keep Calm-o-matic.  I've seen these floating around the web for some time now...just learned I could make a custom one for my tagline.  (my main website is GetBusyThriving.com). Source: Uploaded by user via Polly on…

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Share Your Eating Disorder Secret – It Helps!

If you're living with the secret of anorexia or bulimia, please understand your eating disorder behaviors thrive on your shame. The more you isolate yourself, the more you keep it a secret, the more it leads to suffering. If you…

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Life Will Never Be The Same Again – YES!

If you saw my previous post, you saw that I was heading to a Tony Robbins conference (Unleash the Power Within) last weekend. A few people have asked me, "So, how was it?" It was hard, like really hard, for…

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12 Signs & Symptoms of Inner Peace

I came upon this list of 12 Signs and Symptoms of Inner Peace last night and was inspired to share. Tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than from fear based on past experiences. An unmistakable ability to enjoy each…

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Bulimia Help Tip: Nourishing Your Body

This is a guest post by friend and holistic recovery & health coach, Pauline Hanuise. When I started to recover from my 15 years of struggle with bulimia, learning about nutrition and how my body worked played a crucial role.…

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Bulimia Help: In the Presence of Sadness

As I sit here I'm feeling a deep sadness - or perhaps a cocktail of emotions really. A mixture of anger, frustration, sadness and disappointment. The remnants of lingering emotions from an earlier conversation today that was deeply felt by…

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Bulimia Support Group & Coaching Calls

I'm in the midst of starting up what I hope will become a huge network of bulimia support group calls (and all ED's really).  If you're not on my newsletter, you may not have seen my message about these calls,…

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14 Ways to Love Your SELF More

Do you know how when you come across something and wish you had come up with it because it's awesome?! That's how I felt when I read my friend Julie Parker's post called "14 Ways to Love Yourself More (update:…

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Bulimia Support Group Calls – Are You Interested?

If you're not already on my email newsletter, you may not have heard that I'm putting together bulimia support group/coaching calls right now. I have not promoted them online or posted the dates/times yet because I'm still inviting people to…

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Empowerment Thinking: Choose Your Thoughts

What if I told you you were a meaning making machine? You go around through your day making meaning of all of the things you see and that come into your life. In every situation your mind is giving meaning…

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Your Words Are Powerful

Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me. That may be just a rhyme many of heard when we were kids, but sometimes we let in words from others and they do hurt us.  And…

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Here’s How You Can Overcome Bulimia Forever

I'm excited to share a few bulimia help tips in the form of my recommendations for 13 rituals for sustained bulimia recovery.  If that left you asking, "what do you mean by rituals?" Allow me to explain. You are your…

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Social Media for Bulimia & Anorexia Recovery

I was at this internet conference in San Francisco last weekend  to learn more about social media for bulimia and anorexia recovery. Ok, the conference wasn't specifically focused on that - in fact I think I may have been the…

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Danielle’s Bulimia Recovery Story Update!

This is a follow up post from my friend and fellow recovered bulimic, Danielle from Texas.  Danielle shared her new-found bulimia recovery story a year ago.  She emailed me over the holidays to share an update.  I was so excited when…

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Eating Disorder Help: Ask Better Questions

I'm excited to share this eating disorder help idea I have for you. Early on in my bulimia recovery I learned about the process of manifestation which says our... Thoughts --> Feelings --> Actions --> Results I think this definition…

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My Authenticity Project – Status Update

Dinner with my Mom as we enjoyed a sunset in Morro Bay near my home. Gorgeous! I'm 26 days into my personally prescribed Authenticity Project (based upon the theme of Gretchen Rubin's book The Happiness Project).  If you didn't see…

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3 Tips to Stop Worrying

Will this structured meal plan make me gain weight?  If I have dinner with a friend, will I be able to stop the urge to binge after we eat?  I've had this eating disorder for 15 years, what if I…

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