The most recent Grey’s Anatomy had a lot of quotes that hit home for me, but there was one in particular that really stood out. Towards the end, Meredith, via the voiceover, says:
“Letting go is the easy part. It’s the moving on that’s painful…but it’s the only way we grow.”
I am not trying to say that it’s easy to let go of eating disorder behaviors, but in some instances, it can be relatively easy to let go of the behaviors themselves. Going to an intensive treatment program, whether that be inpatient, residential, or PHP, kind of forces you to give up the behaviors. If you are compliant, you are pretty much forced to give up most, if not all, of your behaviors.
As Meredith says though, that’s the easy part. Moving on from the eating disorder, not simply just letting go of the behaviors for the time being, but really committing yourself to recovery, that’s hard. It’s also emotionally and sometimes physically painful. But it’s the only way to grow, to evolve, to actually live your life.