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A realization

I have realized that even though I've made some progress I'm not as close to recovery as I thought. For one thing I realized that most people would not say to themselves that you don't have to eat when you are hungry. Hunger is your body telling you that you need fuel. I know that logically but emotionally I'm not following up on it.

I have at least gotten to the point where I know I need to gain weight but I still have some more work to do because I only want to gain up to my ideal weight. I realize that people who are completely recovered aren't so obsessed with staying in the range. Hopefully my insurance company will listen to my doctor and pay for the residential treatment center she is thinking about since it is on the other side of the state or at least the intensive outpatient that the center I got the discount at said they would recommend if I had the finances for. I couldn't afford that even with the discount so I did outpatient instead.

I think that’s a mature

I think that’s a mature realization and a great step in your recovery process. Recovery is not easy and it is a long process. You are on the right track and are doing a great job! Often times the emotions and obsessive thoughts are the last part to improve, so be kind to yourself - you are early on in recovery. There will be good and bad days, but have hope that you can be a completely recovered person without obsessions. Keep us updated on what the insurance company decides. We’ll be rooting for you!

Your post was edited.

Hello Myfathersgirl,

Just wanted to let you know that we had to edit your post a little bit. We have to be careful to make sure that descriptions of ED-related behaviors aren't specific, in order to avoid the possibility of triggering others.

You're on the right track

Hi myfathersgirl,
I think this is a great realization to have and also a tough thing to deal with, but I'm glad that you are taking some good steps in your recovery! Insurance issues can definitely be a barrier in getting treatment - here is a link with some information that might help: Also the NEDA Helpline (1-800-931-2237, M-R 9-9, F 9-5 EST) is a great resource that can help you find other resources as well.
Keep going - you're on the right track!


Thanks guys. I'm doing okay. The thoughts have been a little better this week but the insurance fight is getting to be more of a headache than ever. I'm trying to find a therapist who has specialty training and educatiom in eating disorders so I at least have something outpatient while I fight for either intensive outpatient locally or residential further from home.