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Tell a New Story

It's time to tell a new story.I realize now that if you want recovery from anorexia or bulimia you can't keep telling a story of addiction, shame and not-good-enough.That ah-ha moment hit me yesterday as I hiked for three hours…

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I Relapsed. Now I Feel Like a Failure.

In the last week I'm not sure what's happening (Mercury retrograde or whatever) but a number of women shared with me that they're either at the end of their rope with their eating disorder or have relapsed - some after…

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I’m Messy Today

I have a very close girlfriend who first introduced me to the phrase "I'm Messy Today". Once as week I jump on a call with my closest friends (Maoi sisters) and we coach one another in all areas of our…

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Why Serotonin is Your Secret Weapon Against Bulimia

Today is all about one of my favorite [natural] secrets to overcoming bulimia and eating disorders. Serotonin. Now this isn't to say that you just need to pop a pill filled with serotonin and your bulimia or anorexia will disappear. …

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Best Eating Disorder Videos of 2012

Healthline.com recently announced their top 14 eating disorder recovery videos of 2012.  I haven't had a chance to watch them all yet, but I wanted to make sure you had a link to them right away so you could check…

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The 12 Steps of Overeaters Anonymous (OA)

It's been just over a year since I originally posted my series about the 12 Steps of Overeaters Anonymous in time for the holidays.Many years ago the 12 Steps of OA (akin to the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous) was…

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Getting to Know ME

I read a great book this week called The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.  Over the course of a year Gretchen researched what creates happiness as well as experimented with raising her own happiness level. I've decided to create a…

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Decide That You Are Worthy

I have a deck of affirmation cards I keep in my bathroom to remind me of uplifting and inspirational ideas.  The one I read today said, Decide that you are worthy. If you say you're worthy, you are. If you…

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What Are You Blessed With?

Today is the Thanksgiving Day holiday in the US and I have been reflecting on all of the things I'm thankful for. What makes it especially easy to notice what I'm thankful for is because of the fact that we…

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I AM ENOUGH

If you saw my last post on shame and vulnerability where I shared about Brene Brown's talk on TED, I just wanted to add a little more today after reading more about her books and her work. I just ordered…

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Understanding Shame and Vulnerability

I listened to this amazing TEDx Talk from a charming woman from Houston, Dr. Brene Brown, about the distinctions between shame and guilt and her study of vulnerability (embedded videos below). I highly recommend a listen to both of her…

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Insight From Recovered Bulimic – Live and Learn

This insight came about in sort of an unusual way for my bulimia recovery blog.  But I figure if "my life is my message", then whenever I have new insights about recovery I'll share them.  Whether my learnings about life…

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Bulimia Self Help Tip: Do Only What You Want to Do

If there’s anything I’ve learned about recovering from bulimia the past 7+ years it’s doing what makes me feel good.  I wasn’t always this way.  Well, sort of… I was an only child and I’m learning right now that I…

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SLO NEDA Walk Big Success!

Yesterday's NEDA Walk in San Luis Obispo was a huge success.  A huge thank you to Emily Marr, Cal Poly student who organized the event and invited me to speak. If it wasn't for your determination and commitment to spreading…

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Bulimia FAQ’s (aka Polly’s Ranting)

This post is about a reply I emailed to one of my newsletter subscribers when she asked some of the more common bulimia recovery FAQ's I receive (or see online in forums).  I am basically cutting and pasting the email…

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Eating Disorder TV Show – Casting Call

There is a new TV show in the works called "Breaking the Cycle" from Cineflix Productions. I received a memo this week from one of the casting directors looking for parents or people with eating disorders who would like to…

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Best Apps for Eating Disorders

I just read that HealthPoint announced their "Best Eating Disorder Apps of 2012".  The link takes you to all of the top 13 apps for eating disorders for both the iPhone and Android platforms. If you could do me a…

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NEDA Walk In San Luis Obispo, CA (Guest Post)

Hello, My name is Emily Marr and I am a third year nutrition major, Psychology minor at Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo (SLO). I am hosting a National Eating Disorder Awareness (NEDA) walk in SLO at Mitchell Park on…

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Bulimia Help: Stop A Binge With Grounding Techniques

I'm so inspired by the bulimia help exercises I've learned from Maira Holzmann, the eating disorder therapist and coach who's helping me co-facilitate my Spiritual Warrior Mentoring program this month.  The grounding techniques she's shared for how to stop a…

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Need Help for Bulimia? I Believe in You

If you could use some help for bulimia today please remember one thing: I believe in you. I don't know where you are in your life - if you're young or old, binging and purging or in complete recovery, white…

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Bulimia Support Tip: Think a New Thought

In our weekly bulimia support calls for my recovery mentoring program I shared that thoughts are things and beliefs are just thoughts you keep thinking. Adopting a new belief like “I’m a non-bulimic” seems foreign at first. It was for…

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Best Eating Disorder Blogs of 2012

My blog is one of the top 18 eating disorder blogs of 2012 according to Healthline.com. Wow - I didn't know there was an award for that! How awesome is that?! If you've ever found yourself with a writing project…

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The Best Secret Weapons to Beat Binge Eating

One of the participants in my Spiritual Warrior Mentoring asked a great bulimia help question on the call last night.  I'll paraphrase because I think a lot of people trying to overcome bulimia can relate.  She asked... "I can't stop…

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Why Self-Awareness?

Self Awareness is when your present moment awareness allows you to recognize your personality, physical state and who you're being in any moment.  It includes being conscious of things like your thoughts, [limiting] beliefs, energetic state (vibration), physical conditions and…

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Change How You Relate To Your Problems

Do you ever notice how your problems seem really huge when you're in the midst of them? On my call with my Maoi sisters (aka Master Mind Group) today one of my friends related how she's still struggling with paper…

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Just Announced: Spiritual Warrior Mentoring

Spiritual Warrior Training is at the heart of who I am.  I see it as part of my divine purpose and reason for being. If you've ever heard the phrases... Everything happens for a reason and There are no accidents…

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Self-Soothing Exercises for Sadness

Self-soothing exercises are great to have around for those days when sadness falls upon you.  Today is one of those days for me.  Usually I try to be uplifting and positive, but not every day can be that way.  I…

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Today is Bulimia Awareness Day

Recovery is Possible - Help Spread the Word! Welcome!  Today is Bulimia Awareness Day on my bulimia recovery blog and around the web. I’m celebrating this day in collaboration with a community of self-love and women’s empowerment bloggers.  We want…

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Tomorrow is Bulimia Awareness Day

In case you haven't heard...tomorrow is the [unofficial] Bulimia Awareness Day on the web.  I'm thrilled to be participating and the amazing group of coaches, therapists and recovery program websites who have come together for this first-ever online event. I'm…

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My Bulimia Recovery – Lessons Learned

I don’t know what you were doing back in 2005, but I was coming out about my big secret - my life with bulimia after two decades of misery.  I share my full bulimia recovery story in my ebook, so…

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How to Help a Friend With Bulimia

Welcome beautiful, loving YOU. Do you know that’s who you are? You wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t care for your friend and deep inside want them to be healthy and happy.  You are a wonderful human being that…

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Bulimia, Nutrition and Stimulants

This is an email I received from Meg who's a recovering bulimic and receives my bulimia recovery newsletter.  She had some great insights about her bulimia recovery, nutrition and stimulants.  Check out what working for her (and what she gave…

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We Get What We Expect

I’d like to propose a possible new concept for you: We don’t get what we want We get what we expect It took me a few years to wrap my head around what that meant exactly.  I first heard it…

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Real Grace Under Pressure

I had the opportunity recently to witness real grace under pressure and I want to share some insights about living today and life's pressures. A dear friend of mine is having some pretty interesting life changes taking place all at…

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Appreciation – Create a Shift in Your Life

Self-love is one of the keys to lasting eating disorder recovery in my opinion.   Yet I've come to realize recently that it is the feeling of appreciation (of anything, not just ourselves) that creates a shift in our lives. When…

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Bulimia Support – Never Ever Give Up Hope

I'm so inspired tonight as I write this.  About 2 hours ago I received an email from a woman who was on my blog and emailed me.  I'll call her "Z".  She emailed me needing bulimia support out of sheer…

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With Hope You Can Achieve Anything

Just want to share a powerful interaction I had tonight with a new friend.  Chloee reached out to me through an online forum I joined.  She shared that she's a bulimic struggling with purging twice a day (down from about…

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Bulimia Help: Escape the Diet & Exercise Mindset

I joined an online fitness community today just so I could post a bulimia help answer to a recovering bulimic's question about meal plans.  In her question she asked the community to share their food plans (how many times a…

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A Rampage of Appreciation for My Bulimia Recovery

I've been so touched and inspired by the bulimia recovery stories people have shared with me over the years.  Today, I'm moved to share a rampage of appreciation for all of the women who've shared their stories plus my recovery…

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Allowing Good to Flow Today

Today is another good day.  I received a call a little earlier from our realtor that our offer was accepted on a home we want to buy.  That's really exciting news after having tried to buy a house for more…

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Bulimia Support – The Stream of Well Being

While bulimia support can take many forms I think the best thing I can offer you today is to share what I've been noticing in my life over the past few days.  The more I come to understand Abraham's teachings…

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One of My Favorite Inspirational Videos

I just loved this Abraham Hicks video when I first listened to it on my iPhone during a hike today.  It's not exactly an eating disorder help video per se, but the positive vibration and uplifting feeling I had told…

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Good Questions to Ask Yourself

I believe help for bulimia begins and ends with you.  Yes, you can get a lot of support from friends, family, therapists, support groups and the like.  But in the end it's who you are with yourself that makes the…

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Three Feel Good Videos

My husband and I were spending time browsing some of our favorite videos and I'm inspired to share a few.  In recovery, bulimia support comes in many forms.  Doing what makes me feel good, raises my vibration or even moves…

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Live and Learn

I was struck today by a new idea about my bulimia recovery journey.  What I realize and want to share is the notion that recovery is a live and learn process.  (Like all of life...really.) When we're young children we…

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The Bulimia Recovery Bug

How is bulimia recovery like a travel bug?  I’m not sure if we’re born with the bug to travel or if it’s something you get after your first big trip, but I’ve had the travel bug for as long as…

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Beat Bulimia By Taking It Easy

When you want to beat bulimia you come to understand that living happily ever after is more about being happy and less about beating up on yourself.  Taking it easy is natural and normal and will uplift and inspire you…

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Alternative Bulimia Treatments

Bulimia Recovery: Go With The Flow

Our Bali Trip in 2011 - Going With The Flow For those of you just starting your bulimia recovery journey, I want to help you understand that each day of life in recovery is a little different.  Just like when…

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Find Bulimia Support Within – The Power of Focus

I was up late last night reading through a bulimia story that Hayley submitted on my eating disorder recovery website (GetBusyThriving.com).  Hayley's a sweet girl from England who is really struggling right now with her bulimia.  She's offered up her…

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You are a toaster

I know that's a strange headline, but it will become clear in a moment - trust me. Have you ever had one of those days you just knew you were in the flow?  Your life was naturally unfolding and every…

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What helped you overcome bulimia the most?

I'd like your input about what helped you the most to overcome bulimia...please read on if you're willing to help me here :) A few weeks ago I posted about the website Operation Beautiful and suggested you check it out. …

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Things are about to change in a big way

I'm changing things up a bit here on my bulimia recovery blog.  I've enjoyed reading the blogs of many great bloggers for years and started to wonder what direction I wanted to go in with my blog to make it…

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New Bulimia Support Resource: NEDA Launches Website Proud2Bme

As reported on the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) website, they've launched an interactive teen website, Proud2Bme.org, during their annual conference in the fall of 2011.  NEDA provides wonderful bulimia support resources and this new website will prove to be…

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Overcoming Bulimia – 5 Ways to Be a Happy Person

If overcoming bulimia is really important to you then what better way to change your focus from your overeating disorder and put it instead on something empowering and positive like being happy! If you’re a fan of Oprah and her…

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Eating Disorder Recovery Symbol Becomes Tattoo

  I was doing some research for my eating disorder recovery website and came across the recovery symbol from the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA).  I’m not sure if it’s just their logo or is actually a symbol they created…

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Bulimia Help: Positive Self Talk

I caught myself two weeks ago in some really negative and self-defeating self-talk.   Yes, even after nearly 7 years of eating disorder recovery, I still catch myself having moments of negative thoughts.  The key to recovery is catching or being…

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Bulimia Stories: Feel Good Now

I just love listening to Abraham-Hicks videos.  The bulimia stories and various addiction, recovery and self-help teachings from Abraham and the students who seek personal growth have taught me so much. I'm always excited to share great videos I stumble…

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Bulimia Recovery Stories: Believe It Is Possible

I've been thinking a lot these days about women who are reading my blog and my articles around the web and wondering what life is like for them.  Bulimia finally seems like a far, distant thing for me.  Something that…

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Step 10 of Overeaters Anonymous – Get Off It

As part of my continued Ode to the 12 Days of Christmas for Bulimics and Anorexics this post is about Step 10 of Overeaters Anonymous, which reads: Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.…

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