I give myself permission tonight to whine, moan, bitch, complain, or to indulge in any other outburst needed. So many emotions and I can’t escape not one. The day started out as usual. I took my god-children to school, although I was exhausted. What I would have given to have just a few more minutes in bed. Nevertheless, I took C. and O. to middle school, stopped and got coffee, and we to therapy. After therapy, I stopped off for a workout. I did more than usual: 95 minutes of cardio. I was ecstatic because it totalled 1,000 calories, and I was to return later in the day with D., my husban for a fourty minute workout. I don’t know what it is about exercise but it always makes me depressed. I thought exercise was supposed to give you a rush of endorphins and make you feel good. It doesn’t for me.
After my workout, I came home, showered, and got ready to see the psychiatrist. I hate psychiatrist. How can they know enough about me in less than fifteen minutes to prescribe serious mind-altering drugs? I don’t get it. This was only the second time I’d seen him. I like him as well as possible. When I finished and got my drugs, I came home famished. I had still only allowed myself 300 calories for the day and had burned 1,000 working out, so mentally I was pleased with myself.
However, I can’t boast that I’m happy with what I’m doing. I want recovery. I really, really do. I want to uncover my past, communicate on a friendly basis with my alters, and eat normally while being skinny.
I feel as if I’m going off track. After the psycho-iatrist, I came home and rested with the dogs, waiting for D. to get off work so we could go work out. What I didn’t know is that he has meetings every Tuesday for six week to help maintain his credits as a teacher. He teaches Special Education for 3-5 graders. So no workout. I didn’t feel like going by myself. So I waited until 5:30 and made a restricted dinner and here I am typing away my anxieties because I feel so guilty, anxious, and remorseful that I ate food. I am mad at myself for being such a damn pig. So my calorie count today is 780, and even though I safely worked that off on the eliptical machine, I’m whigging out because I feel it too much.
This line of thinking is so incongruent with recovery, which is what I really want. All the hospitalizations before and the residential treatment, I was only halfway motivated. Now, I feel like a warrior and I want to get better. I don’t want to be sick. I don’t want to dissociate or be fragmented. I want to be around food and not have the panic attack I had tonight.
I’m getting worse and it’s to the point the E.D. is controlling me, not the other way around. I had to do an extra five minutes on the eliptical in case I was lazy and didn’t push myself hard enough. I had to burn 50 extra calories in case the machine miscalculated my caloric output. I can’t sleep at night anymore. I wake up frequently, and, when I do manage to sleep, I dream of food and being able to eat it. I downloaded a calorie counter onto my Blackberry.
I’ve fallen from grace.
But I know I can get back. I don’t want my “daughters” to see me this way. They are very intuned into what I eat, how I eat, and what I look like.
More than anything, I want to work on the trauma pieces, but I don’t know how. To be honest, I almost feel like I’m doing it alone. The system doesn’t know how to work on the memories with R., our therapist. I speak at least for myself, and a few other alters, that working on the trauma right now is key. When we worked on trauma in residential tx. we experienced a VERY abbreviated moment in time when weight didn’t matter as much and we felt more free. That tells me it is possible.
But we’ve been feeling very hopeless lately. Our lives can not be like this forever. It’s back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. Maybe that’s not true. The “forth” has only ever been a pretense.
The bell jar is descending. Hopelessness is finding its way home. I recognize them all too well. I am going back to school in August and I really want to be ready. If I’m not…
I guess I’m done whining and complaining. I just want to get better. I’ve had an eating disorder for twenty-three years. I know it’s not going to go away easily. It will take hard work; work that I havn’t vested yet. And I know that working with the alters is going to be difficult. I’m scared that we won’t be able to do the work with out current T. that we did in res. tx. All the more reasons to feel hopeless.
But we’re ready now. And we have till August to get to a point where we can function at school.
Black Katherine is coming alive with her “told you so” attitude. She’s not full of malice. She’s just depressed and dripping her hopelessness onto us. I feel like screaming because I feel like we’re not being heard. We need help fast or we won’t make it.
Okay. So we whined, bitched, complained, and moaned. For all good reasons. We’re ready, ready, ready. We just don’t know for what, but it better be soon.