Three days into this and there is definitely doubt – especially because of the length at which we have been existing in this stage of recovery, the one that needed the portion control, the calorie counting, the external voice to keep me in line. Doubt brought on by my wife putting herself in another careless, thoughtless situation last night with drinking and work and neglecting her home-life, her whole life, her life of intention. Not doubt of her, but doubt brought on by the stress of staying up all night waiting anxiously for her to come home safe. Doubt brought on by a soul less powerful today to fight off the blackness. Doubt that has questioned and will now question every fucking food decision, constantly: Too much? Not enough? Waited too long? Should have waited longer? Doubt that analyzes every time a piece of food enters my mouth.
That doubt says maybe I need a plan to follow for eating – maybe that’s just me, needing some sort of organization. Maybe I can’t be eating “willy-nilly?”
But wouldn’t this still be restricting, be suppressing emotions, which we think is what killed the other emotions (sex, love, sadness, rock and roll)? Wouldn’t this be perpetuating the dulling of my soul, as opposed to reclaiming its beauty?
That doubt says why not keep the portion counting and set breakfast, lunch, pre-dinner and post-dinner = fuel the brain enough throughout the day to fight the blackness that screams loudly when I am hungry (e.g. suicidal thoughts, self-harm, self-doubt, self-inflicted pain, guilt, and all the other dwarfs who missed out on Disney).
However, to the point made yesterday, those lines are old lines, too bold for the me version of me, too solid for these colours of my soul. Quell the short-term anxiety for long-term harm? That doesn’t sound like what brave, strong and smart bears do.
And what would you do about activity levels? Regimented eating is one thing, but to truly “do this right,” you’d have to regiment movement, stress levels, activity duration and strenuousness, sleep times… (get the point). Dealing with the movement anxieties of “not sitting down because it isn’t compensated for naturally” (as it would if I just ate, like the new stage of recovery suggests) prevents calmness of mind and soul, feeds the perfectionistic qualities, brings out the flawed nature of my obsessive imperfections.
That doubt says today – given how hard things are setting up to be with home stresses, crappy sleep, potential for restriction as a result of both (just because hunger has had a hard time speaking through these before, not an intentional restriction), Summer School midterms to turn around in less than 18 hours (assuming sleep isn’t a priority…) – maybe today I count, I take it out of the context of yesterday and the context of tomorrow and I pick up the calorie/portion counting for one day. I can’t get out of control for one day…
If I can get through today, if we can get through today, on Day 3, not taking a sabbatical… I have always been too stupid to fall down, to know when to give up, forever tilting at windmills because I’d rather find the giant among them. But this is more than that, getting through today will give us strength. It will embolden us and more importantly for me, it will embolden her. Show her that when times are tough, she does love, and MOST importantly, she does care. Stay the course.
That doubt says I have felt bloated over the last three days, and I don’t think it’s the blackness talking.
That is anxiety fucktard! It probably always existed and you just ignored it because while the cause was unknown, the intake was known (used to tell the blackness that I couldn’t get fat, because the intake was regular, regimented, controlled).
I’m scared. I need to record these because even though they aren’t real, they are real to me, right now. I know that these are just fears and that these fears and anxieties are temporary (but I’m an overachiever — and I really want it to stop) and that I need to focus on the positives (like the fact that I haven’t had a desire to binge at any point during the day, except yesterday between lunch and early-dinner when I waited too long – but the voice stopped when I ate reasonably, turning off the demon that screams in times of restriction) and have faith.
I know these things because of my grandfather who emailed me within minutes of me asking for advice. I know these things because of my beautiful wife, who (yesterday, before the carelessness) in a step on her recovery of the her version of her, reminded me that maybe (just maybe) these anxieties are because I’m not at my appropriate weight and that will fluctuate when I accept my hunger, my feelings, my emotions = evidence of care. Even after last night, that is what I want to believe in – the unicorns, the penguins and her. That is her reclaiming healthy, being my support system, holding my hand as we walk this path of recovery together.
And suddenly, I’m not as scared anymore, even though the path ahead seems dark.