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Recover Your Best Self
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🌀CHOICES
There are many things in life that are not our choice, nor are they in our control. It’s easy when you feel out of control to try to grasp onto something that brings familiarity. What if you grasp onto a false sense of control? What if you’re holding on tight to a sense of safety that’s suffocating you?

We have a choice. We always do in everything. We can’t control life, but we can control how we choose to react to it. We can choose our attitude. It’s unrealistic to think you’re supposed to be positive all the time. Having a good attitude means seeing the growth in the struggle and bigger picture. Every choice you make has a consequence -good or bad -big or small. You make small choices every day from whether you wake up to social media, or use an alarm clock instead.

Recovery, healing and growth are all byproducts of my many small, yet significant choices over a long period of time. I didn’t get from A-Z by one single choice, though I tried on many occasions only to fail. Do the work. Don’t skip steps in your journey to become your personal best. I’ll continue growing every day no matter what life throws at me because that’s the attitude I’ve adopted. I hope I can help you realize you have your own power and choices.

I can influence others, but I’m not responsible for others. This rings true for you too. Release that pressure. You’re responsible for yourself, the rest is not in your control, so let it go. Take ownership and responsibility of your unique and beautiful path. You have the ability to make this choice -always. ~Britt💜
CHOICES - Living Out Loud
CHOICES - Living Out Loud
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I so appreciate that the +National Eating Disorders Association published my latest piece on recovery. NEDA is a fierce community of leaders who initiate new approaches for addressing eating disorders, along with raising awareness. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to contribute to such a remarkable organization.
Recovery doesn’t JUST happen.
But recovery DOES happen.
https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/blog/recovery-doesn’t-just-happen
Recovery Doesn’t Just Happen
Recovery Doesn’t Just Happen
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🎭 I was H A P P Y …
Because my “happy” in the past persuaded me to believe life was as good as it was going to get. I could not see that my “happy” actually ranked about a 1 on a scale of 100. So I kept smiling. “Everything is fine! I’m fine!“ No one could break down my walls, not even me. But I didn’t want to. The more I slipped backward, the more I thought I deserved my captivity.

My walls didn’t break, but then it was me who broke. I felt frantic, claustrophobic, angry, sad, and in denial – “Help me! No wait, I don’t deserve help. Look at me! Look at my life! Why should you try, Britt?” But it was in these breakdowns that led me to my breakthroughs.

A brick from my wall crumbled. I saw a glimpse of life … a foreign image and feeling. One I had craved seemingly forever. But I was still trapped. I didn’t belong. I didn’t know how to break free. And I didn’t want to go through the indescribable effort of not only demolishing my walls -but also rebuilding a brand new home. But it’s not about wants …

You have to. Take everything within you and destroy what destroyed you. Destroy what held you captive. Let yourself stand on the ruins -raw, alone, exposed, scared. This is courage. This is healing. This is how you find true happiness. Get down on your knees and build your new life any way you want. Take your former prison and transform it into your palace.

I don’t have to tell you which smile is authentic. Don’t live a “happy” life. Live a HAPPY life. ~Britt💜
http://brittanyburgunder.com/2018/06/01/happyorhappy/
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💚💙What do you “see” when you look at this photo?

Let me tell you what I see…
I see a girl with low self-esteem, a girl who’s lonely and never feels good enough.
I see ANXIETY -fear, doubt, paralysis, suffocation.
I see DEPRESSION -isolation, turmoil, defeat, a life not worth living.
I see ANOREXIA -a coping mechanism innocently turned deadly. Numbing my internal pain by focusing on calories, weight, exercise. Watching life and opportunities crumble into ruins. Sensing my parents’ pain and fear when my weight dropped to 56 pounds.
I see BINGE EATING DISORDER -a violent counter to starvation. Numbing my internal pain by secretly focusing on binging all day. Letting food artificially fill the emptiness within. Watching the scale flash 221 pounds only a year and a half later.
I see BULIMIA -desperation to regain control. Numbing my internal pain with a vicious binge -laxative -restrict -repeat cycle that was seemingly endless.
I see the mental illness with the highest mortality rate. I see it equally in all my different physical forms -because the turmoil in my mind was the same.

But I also see hope, courage, perseverance, beauty and hard work.
I see healing.
I see recovery.
I see a girl who decided to not give up -who was determined to address the internal pain over and over until it was her eating disorder that went numb.
I see a girl who got her whole life back -and so much more.
I see a girl who represents one of millions -a voice for such a highly misunderstood and devastating disease.
Full recovery is possible.
None of us are alone -speaking out is the solution to silently staying sick.
I see what no photo could ever capture -a journey composed of peaks, valleys, and dead ends -but also an eventual slow climb to the top of the mountain.
The struggle is within. The solution is within.
I’m not the exception; I’m simply an example.

Now close your eyes and tell me –do you see what I see?
~Britt💚💙
#NEDAwareness #LetsGetReal
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Just because the dates change, does not mean that you must change. The fastest way to improve yourself and all areas of your life is to keep taking small steps towards greater fulfillment. #HappyNewYear2018
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I really enjoyed creating this video and I look forward to continuing to spread awareness, hope, and a voice of positive impact. Please share/repost/tag anyone you think could benefit from this video.
Thank you for being a part of my story.
Everyone has a story.
You have a story.
Don’t stop writing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-9tI_K8yiE&index=1&list=FLqrvmArMf2eOiXU3h7R89dg
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A look back at Novembers through book excerpts. However, the #transformation that matters most is the one you cannot see.
#memoir #eatingdisorderrecovery
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This is one of the most exciting steps I’ve taken towards creating a life I love, and now I get to help others do the same. I am now a Certified Professional Coach (C.P.C.) specializing in eating disorders. I’m also passionate about working with all types of people -whether it’s to overcome challenges or to achieve a personal goal. It’s my job to support you in finding the best version of yourself. I’m working on updating my website and will have more details available soon. Thank you for walking this journey with me. We can all take what once hurt us and turn it into what heals us.💫
#RecoverYourBestSelf
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