New Year, New You? How about New Year, New View!
So it’s that time of year. The time when the marketing campaigns begin, telling us “this is the year” to make a change, lose weight, get fit, get healthy, change ourselves and turn over a new leaf. Hey, I am a big believer in change—it truly is the only constant—and some change and internal focus is needed to grow and expand as a human being. It can be positive, healthy and important. It can be helpful to step back and reflect on how things went during the previous year, what you want for next year and sketch out a plan of action on how to reach those goals.
Blog Archives: December 2016
We all lead busy lives, so the idea of fitting treatment into the mix might seem overwhelming.
The holidays are in full swing! In today’s blog post, I want to introduce you to (or possibly remind you of) a few yoga poses that you might find especially helpful this time of year when food choices are overwhelming, schedules are busy, and when social situations can be exciting and fun, but stressful as well.
In this blog series, we are highlighting different vital roles within our care team, focusing on one team member’s daily responsibilities and their part in getting clients on the road to recovery.
Kitty Westin with Senator Amy Klobuchar just before the 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law.
by Kitty Westin, eating disorders activist
I was thrown onto an uncharted path nearly 17 years ago. I was in excruciating pain, I was lost and confused and had no idea how to navigate the path, where the journey was headed or what I was supposed to do along the way. When Anna died from an eating disorder on February 17, 2000 I felt like my world had blown apart. I did not know how to survive the tragedy but I did know one thing; I had to somehow transform the horror of Anna’s death into something positive. I reached out to Senator Paul Wellstone who was a champion of mental health parity and asked for his help. I told him Anna’s story and he told me to take the story to Washington D.C. He said that I should bring as many other voices with me because that is what would make change happen. My journey has been hard, frustrating, messy, and often filled with obstacles, but it was always a journey of love.
For the first time in the history of Congress, eating disorders specific language will be included in federal law. What an amazing victory for people with eating disorders and their families! The world of legislation is a complicated road, with numerous twists and turns, but in this case the twists and turns resulted in a beautifully tied bow for people with eating disorders, their families and those that take care of them.
This is one person's story; everyone will have unique experiences on their own path to recovery or body image acceptance. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors or symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.
Chances are, there has been a time (or for some of us, it’s a constant) in which you questioned your size, shape, body type, or physical attributes. Which is to say, most of us, at one time or another, think we’re either too fat, too skinny too tall, too short, too muscular, too...or whatever else you can think of. Even the list of what plagues us about our body image is enough to wear us out.