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Eating Disorder Recovery
Joanna Poppink, MFT
Eating Disorder Recovery Psychotherapist
serving Arizona, California, Florida, Oregon and Utah.
All appointments are virtual.


Thank you Joanne, for bringing this back on FB. I’ve never this idea in writing….not sure if finding it when I got out of IOP would have stopped me from learning this lesson the hard way! My therapist tried to slow me down but I’m pretty stubborn and I crashed. Everything you wrote was true…my therapist didn’t call it bingeing, but kept telling me that I didn’t need to solve all my problems at once; I’m a tried and true “problem solver.” The nice thing is that now I know this about me and I know taking things slowly and carefully works much better. I’ve also learned that I need to check in with her to see if I’m trying to do too much too fast. Obviously I have the final say, but I value her experience (ED isn’t whispering HER ear). I get tired of things I’ve put into place to keep myself safe, but I keep reminding myself that it’s not forever and when it’s time to be done with them, I will know. I’m feeling ready to move from meal planning to logging what I eat (to see if I can eat appropriately unplanned foods), but I know I can’t make any changes until I talk to my therapist and dietitian. Meal planning has been my anchor through all my slips so it would be a big move for me. It is hard waiting for those appointments, but my best recovery work has been done when I’m patient and take it slow. As you said, I can’t afford to take away my anchor before I know how to fly….even if my wings so badly want to do a test flight!! Written on my white board at work is a quote I heard: Life is a mystery to be lived, not a problem to be solved. That mantra has gotten me through some very impatient moments!! Thanks again for bringing this back up. Kym

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