If you’re lethargic, wake yourself up. Make your bed in the morning and stay away for the rest of the day. Don’t skip meals, not even breakfast – even if you binged yesterday. Do your homework in the sun. Walk down to the library and flip through motley picture books. Make homemade playdough. Play. Go to the park and swing. Read Peter Pan and Wendy by J.M. Barrie. Turn on Lady Gaga and dance like a maniac.
Even if you’ve chosen to lose weight as a part of your recovery (as when overcoming compulsive eating), remember that losing weight isn’t just about calories in, calories out. Not for us. It’s about tossing our food obsession behind us and plunging into a big fat juicy life. When you’re happy, you want to go on adventures. You want to window shop and swim and roller-blade. Don’t join a gym – live! The fat will peel off. You won’t need it to protect you anymore.
Make a list for today’s playtime. Mould a tiger out of pink clay? Print some colouring pages? Draw a mandala? Jog down to the park? Tell a five year old a story? Hit the children’s section of the library and shamelessly enjoy Lois Lowry, Shel Silverstein, Gail Carson Levine, C.S. Lewis, The Mysterious Benedict Society, and Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief?
If you’re not sure what to do, enlist an expert. It can’t be too difficult to hunt down a willing kindergartener.
Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.
Rebekah Burcham struggled with bulimia nervosa
for almost six years before she fully embraced recovery.
She now co-edits UNGLOSSED magazine and manages
Big Fat Juicy while tackling her freshman year of college.