......... and Simba, my trusty feline secretary, I now have an entire year without a binge "under my belt." That is nothing short of a miracle!
As I re-read the Divorcing Ed post, I find myself feeling a bit sad. I felt so excited and victorious at that moment in time. I believed that the most difficult part of my recovery was behind me. I now realize that recovery and healing take time..... lots of time. For 37 years, my life vacillated between bulimia and anorexia. It's silly for me to expect these ingrained patterns and coping mechanisms to disappear overnight.
~ I still struggle with anorexic thought patterns ~ The desire to binge is often present ~ I long to eat like a "normal eater" (if there is such a thing) ~ I worry about relapse ~ I often feel as if my disordered eating calls the shots, not the other way around ~ The Good News ~ ~ God directed me to the help that I desperately needed ~ I was open and ready to accept that help ~ I'm not alone ~ for we each have our "Ed's" in one form or another ~ I am surrounded by loving, supportive family and friends ~ Despite my occasional melancholy, I have much hope for a bright future ~ I've learned that I am one tough cookie (did someone say cookie?) ;-) +++++++++++++++++++ "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." Big hugs to my "teacher" Louise at Kaiser!
This past Saturday, Rich and I spent a wonderful day at Muir Woods National Monument. It's amazing how small we look compared to this giant redwood!
Redwood Creek runs along the forest floor. The sound of the flowing water, and the sun reflecting off the water's surface were very soothing and serene. This was one of my favorite parts of the forest!
This unpaved path is known as the Ocean View trail. Funny.... it felt like a 3 mile hike up, but only a little over a mile back down. ;-)
We saw many types of wildflowers. This cute little clover caught my eye. It must be the Irish in me. This was the final ascent to the viewing rock at the top of the trail. I love the split rail fence.
The view was spectacular. I could see the ocean off in the distance and the amazing forest below. To quote one of my favorite songs, "Our God is an awesome God!" How blessed we are to have opportunities each day to witness His wonderful creations.