Okay, so obviously we’re not all headed to the Olympics, but what is your Olympic-sized dream? What have you “been going to do” for a long time and either can’t get started or have failed a time or three? The way you learn is life is by setting big goals that will stretch you and learning how to break them down into manageable piece so you can achieve them. But, there are a few things that must be added into the recipe for success.
Did you know that over 10 million individuals in the United States are suffering with eating disorders, and the numbers are increasing daily? Did you know that this number is completely skewed because so many individuals like me, have never told anyone? It wasn’t until my book, It Started with Pop-Tarts came out in 2008 that people knew I had lived with bulimia for many years. It’s embarrassing, it’s a behavioral addiction that forces you into isolation to hide the shame, guilt and fear you’re experiencing.
You’re familiar with the traditional forms of treatment and may have tried them all: Inpatient, residential, outpatient, intensive out patient, counseling, and various forms of group therapy. But are you aware of the benefits of working with an eating disorder coach?
You don’t hear men talking about how they wish they were built like Joe who is tall and thin, or Moe who has a solid muscular build. Just thinking about that makes me laugh. Can you hear the conversation of guys at a bar over beers pointing at a Zac Ephron type on the dance floor saying “Oh man, I wish I was built like Zac. I’ve simply got to hit the gym more and eat less so I can look just like Zac because that’s what the girls want.”
It’s not just teens and college students. Although most of the statistics we hear are focused on the younger set and the numbers of women struggling with eating disorders later in life is growing. Sadly many of these women have been hiding their secret for years. Others were in recovery from an eating disorder in their youth and relapsed due to a stressful event(s) later in life such as divorce, job loss or death of a love one. But there are also women who develop an eating disorder for the first time later in life. Sometimes it’s starts from something as simple as trying not to gain weight while they are hurt and can’t work out.