I think the...wow...I'm gonna say it....the eating disorder is taking place of the self-harm. It's another way of self-harm, I guess. I never considered myself to have an eating disorder. But I've done some research and I've come across something called "purging disorder". I'm not bulimic, because according to those symptoms, one binges on thousands of calories at once and then purges. I do not binge. I sometimes purge after eating something that I feel guilty about...and I obsess about eating a lot.
But, I think I'm in a good place...where I recognize the problem and have the ability to change it. I don't think I'm too far gone to turn back. I just need to get back to my normal life and start cooking for myself (healthy and organic) and working out. It's hard when I'm not at MY home, staying with my parents instead (for now). The "Mom food" is especially good and tempting. She's a good cook. And there are no organic grocery stores in sight in this small town. Ahhh...Trader Joe's and Whole Foods...how I miss thee!!
There is a gym in my apartment complex back in the city. When I go back, I'm going to try to work out more there. I always felt self-conscious about working out in front of people, so I stayed away from gyms. But who the hell cares what they think? I'm done giving a shit what other people think of me. I spent 29 years caring too much about what other people think of me. It's time to think good things about MYSELF. Not focus on others. On ME. It's ME TIME.
I've been looking into going back to school. I have so much creative energy that I NEED to get out. I want to major in photography with an emphasis in business, so that I can start my own business one day. I'd probably have a business that does weddings and family stuff, to pay the bills...and then do artistic stuff on the side. After the photography degree, I'd like to study glass art, sculpture, and "art and technology" (graphic design, web design, etc.) I'm ready to start my real life. Enough of living for everyone else. I have dreams, and they're not being put off any longer.