For some reason I’ve really been struggling with the eating disorder quite a bit the past couple of days. I know what I’m supposed to do. I know I need to eat, sleep, etc. but I find myself obeying the eating disorder more and more. I’m restricting. And I’m doing it under the pretense that “smaller meals will lessen my digestive issues.”
The anxiety that I had at the beginning of the week is still around. I just feel like “having anxiety” is not a good enough excuse to have it. I feel like I should have a reason for being so anxious. (I know that’s not how it works. I just wish it did.) I was slightly nervous about seeing the new doc. That went well. Something finally clicked in class the other night and the way I’m reading the material is correct and works for me. Plus, our midterm is a take home essay, and the final will not be cumulative. All of this is great. But my anxiety just holds on.
I know some of it has to do with sleep and the fact that I’m probably not getting enough. One of the punishments from the eating disorder is to stay up late, even though I’m tired, and force myself to make it through the next day tired; only to stay up late again. And that cycle just continues until I fall asleep when I just can’t help myself.
I’m finally doing something that I like (going to school) and I just have the eating disorder rearing its ugly head, dictating rules and handing out punishments. I don’t want to keep going like this. I’m tired of excusing everything because of “digestive issues” or “school.” Can’t I just take a break?