Thursday, August 14, 2014

my secret community

I haven't mentioned this on here very often, but I have a secret community of wives of addicted sex addicts or ex wives. And I think if you are reading this blog, you need to join! We are on Facebook, it is a private, secret group. If you don't have a Facebook account or don't want one, create a dummy account with a different name. If you are interested, email me at chainsoflight@gmail.com with your Facebook first name and last name (or your name as it appears on Facebook) and I will add you. We can be friends:) its so nice to have friends to say, I know how that feels, me too.
We have had a few women who are also mothers or sisters to a sex addict. As well as wives of other types of addicts. Which generally still applies if there was a sense of hiding and betrayal as well as just dealing with the typical addictive behaviors.
This secret group has nearly 300 women currently from all over, mostly U.S., and is in association with the Togetherness Project. If you haven't yet checked this out, go to www.togethernessproject.org. there's even a conference coming up in salt lake city UT, in October!! I am going to be there!

Finally in conjunction with this secret group you have the option of receiving weekly articles pertaining to recovery from trauma or betrayal and there are local chapters in various places around the U.S. country (this program is very NEW but you may already have a local chapter of likeminded friends in your area or city!)
Hope this helps someone. Come join our secret community... Were secretly changing the world ;)

Ps. I wrote this from my phone. Please forgive any errors....

Monday, August 11, 2014

broken heart after I got the boundaries

I find myself today, in the strangest situation.  Really truly bizarre.  My husband appears to be in an excellent place in recovery. Friday he finally completed the 12 step program for himself and became eligible to sponsor.  Saturday he received his first sponsee.  He is sober. He knows the 12 steps. He started them over 3 times to get to this point.

But I thought when he reached this place, there would be many more roses in my life.  This is not a post about how I realized I need to work my recovery.  I've heard those stories. He is sober, but I never worked on myself, so I am still miserable, and maybe I do need to recover. No this isn't one of those. I have worked on my recovery, I have worked hard. I have had some major setbacks (learning that I have an eating disorder as well as new trauma), but I have been diligently engaged daily.

So his recovery has been set, on a good course.

My recovery has been set, on a good course.

But our marriage... is at another all time low.  We have been separated before, so that is saying a lot.  It feels like THAT. I FEEL LIKE THAT.

He has hurt me to the core.  I have cried every day for the last 3 weeks because of either something that he does that is a trigger, or something triggers an action from our past, or just some new real trauma.

I discovered lies.  Not about sex, not about porn, about money.  I confronted him.  And then I have received trickle disclosures ever since then.  Lied a little here. "Omitted information" a little there.  "Covered tracks" here.  "Purposefully hid information" there.  We have a finance council once a week... so it wasn't like we were both just living oblivious to the bank accounts.  No, we were talking about it once a week.  He has owned it, he has apologized. He has been on the couch.

But then, things continue to get worse.

So, recently he gave me his boundaries.  Boundaries that he wrote for himself.  Previously I have encouraged him to take this measure.  Here is the thing, I believe in boundaries. Wholeheartedly.  And I believe that every addict needs to define boundaries.  Actually, I believe ALL PEOPLE need to define their rights and boundaries in this life.  We need to.  We need to determine what is ours, and what is theirs. What we will tolerate, and what we cannot and will not tolerate.  What we are willing to do, where we are willing to give, and where we are not.  What we believe in and stand for and what we are willing to do in order to stand for those things.  It helps us so much in life, in relationships, and in tapping in to our divine potential, to the plan God has intended for us. Writing my own boundaries was extremely spiritual. It felt like an awakening of rights that were always there for me, but I never knew I could claim them.  I have even said, and truly feel, that boundaries are our way of reaching into heaven and claiming those rights that God has already had in place. The boundaries are not my boundaries, but God's boundaries that I am now claiming.  Finding my worth. Finding my voice. Finding where I stand and who I am.

These boundaries, well, they didn't feel like that.  They felt mean. they felt spiteful.  And they hurt me to the core.  The attitudes in these boundaries specifically contradicted the attitudes and expressions that my husband has come to me with, regarding my healing, regarding my parenting, regarding my role as wife, my role as mother, my role as home manager.  He has expressed compassion, understanding, love, support with these things to my face. He has come to me with empathy, understanding, owning his part, with my healing.  He has expressed humility and a desire to be on the same page with me throughout our lives. He has expressed a desire to be fully self-reliant. He has expressed unconditional love and hope in me as a mother. And these boundaries completely contradicted all of those expressions.  They have made me feel COMPLETELY unsafe. Because of this document I now look at him as just a really good "charmer," who has learned through counseling and resources to be really good with his words and what he says, but in his heart he means something else.  I already feared this, but this document, seemed to confirm my fears.  In his heart, he still blames me. In his heart, he still is fault finding and not at all trying to work together as a team. In his heart, maybe he really does want a cage around me.  At least that is how it seems.  And I currently believe nothing that he says.

And here is another thing, he copied and pasted parts of my boundaries into his.  Some make no sense at all because I HAVENT BROKEN ANY COVENANTS.  This hurts me so much because I thought he understood-to a degree- the gravity of what his addiction has done in our family.  But this makes me question that.  He doesnt need to seek for "safety" from me, because I have given him nothing but safety. Oh.... I could go on and on.. maybe I will in another post, itemizing the pain from the document.  Not in this post...

So over this weekend, he gave me the boundaries. I gave them back and told him that I didn't believe they were true to his loving and empathetic nature, that they were full of contempt and vindictiveness which didn't seem true to who he really is.  (So I lovingly gave him a chance to do it over, even though I was in so much pain, to prove to me that he really meant all those nice things that he has said to me in the last 6 months...) Then he came to me later and defended them. Then later I sobbed to him.  Then later he came and sobbed and apologized to me and wrote this blog post, asking for feedback because he has "realized" that he has been a jerk.  I didn't believe his tears, I didn't believe his words, but it did stir SOME HOPE and emotion in me.  But THEN within an hour of that, we started talking about the actual boundaries and what hurt me and what angered me and he left madder than ever, and defended every single item that I brought up. That doesn't sound to me like he really meant his apology.

I am left feeling so confused and hurt.  And It seems that war has been declared in our home.  I have asked him to move into the spare bedroom.  He is sponsoring someone.  I am so mad and hurt. He is like acting like he is all good (after all, he is a sponsor now...). I am so confused.  How can this be? SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME HOW THIS CAN BE?

He used to blame me all the time when he was viewing porn.
He used to resent me, and flip me off behind my back, all the time when he was viewing porn.
He used to objectify me, feeling my only worth came from my ability to cook and clean and care for the children and make him happy, all the time when he was viewing porn.
He used to make stupid emotional purchases before recovery.
He had no responsibility for what he spent or what he made, before recovery.
He lied about money, before recovery.

So when I received the disclosure about the porn a year ago, it hurt like hell, but it provided an explanation to his behaviors, his actions, our disconnection, and we had a plan, a "RECOVERY" that would make things better...

Now, he isn't viewing porn.  I really believe that.  He has been fully engaged in recovery.  And we talk pretty often about lust and he has technically had "a continual progressive victory over lust."  But everything feels like it used to.  I am left wondering who he really is?  I cant understand it.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Triggered

You may have heard this term before, if you have been in recovery for a bit, you've heard it a lot.  An addict can see an image, or person, or situation, that can trigger the addiction cycle to begin to take place. He is encouraged to identify his triggers and avoid them, but when they are unavoidable, he is encouraged to follow certain steps as soon as he recognizes that he has been triggered to keep him from fully acting out in his addiction.
A wife of an addict, who has had her entire life shattered, obliterated, when she discovered the porn/sex addiction of a spouse, can also be triggered.  D-day, as we call it, discovery day, the day that you learn that everything you knew up to that point, was a lie, is an EXTREMELY traumatic event.  I was diagnosed with PTSD, we ALL experience PTSD symptoms after going through this event.  Then, when we see a half-naked billboard, or a familiar attitude in our husbands, or even just a thought from our past relating to the uncertainty of our past, or the disgusting acts of our spouses in the thick of addiction, WE get triggered.  Not for the addiction cycle, but for our trauma.

Being triggered, means the whole realm of trauma and despair and broken-ness we felt on D-day, comes back to us.  It can be heavy and feel like we are reliving that moment.  It comes with all kinds of emotions as well as physical symptoms.  You are now in trauma.  It can last days, hours, moments, months... I swear after my husband moved out and then told me the extent of all his heinous actions, I was just living one big trigger for about 6 months.
So now, lets break it down.. What do you do when you are triggered?

When a woman is triggered she should:
1. Keep it to herself
2. NEVER lash out at your spouse.
3. Coddle and support your spouse.
4. NEVER say no to sex.
5. NEVER say no to ANYTHING, it would be unsupportive.
6. Remember that you have no rights.
7. Remember that if this marriage ends in a divorce, it is your fault.
8. Remember that your healing has a time limit.
9. Try to keep your trauma from happening in inconvenient times, its best to save it for the therapists office.
10. Do everything you can to speed the recovery process.
11. You WILL NOT be allowed to have these trauma-triggered moments after 3 months time.
12. THE ULTIMATE GOAL OF RECOVERY IS THIS: GET TO A PLACE WHERE YOUR HUSBAND CAN TELL YOU THAT HE HAS RELAPSED AND IT DOESN'T BOTHER YOU AT ALL.



is anyone pissed yet?



But if you are a WoPA, and you are in recovery, can you honestly go back to that list and tell me that you have never been told these things, by your spouse, or by your Bishop, or by your Mother-in-law, or worse, told yourself these things, in your own mind?  Tried to live by these rules in your heart?

I have. 

And every time I ever enforce a boundary,
every time I ever experience trauma,
every time I feel triggered,
every time I begin questioning my husbands behaviors
this list starts playing in my mind.
STILL.
Even though we have been at this whole recovery thing for almost 9 months.
This list is a lie.
And actually, especially lately, now that it HAS been almost 9 months, now that my husband IS doing really really well with his addiction, I have been feeling the timer tick-down, I have been expecting perfection out of myself, I have been trying to speed this healing process... I have been, at times, denying myself of triggers, denying myself of feeling sad, denying myself of allowing myself to go to trauma. (Its a bad idea, it turns into anger... you can't run from it... DON'T DO IT!!!)

Doug Weiss, Helping Her Heal DVD set, seriously, is the most amazing thing.

First of all, he is a hottie.  He looks like he is close to most of our husbands age. And he has been in recovery from sex addiction for over 20 years AND he is a Licenced Sex Addiction Therapist (LSAT).  He speaks to our hearts, he says everything we wish our husbands would say, he truly melts our hearts.  It is to the husbands.  And he tells the husbands what they can "EXPECT" from us, their wife, as we heal from the devastation of their addiction.

There was nothing like what I put on that list up there.  NOTHING!
He said things like,
if she screams, remember how much she loves you.
When she is sad, be with her, try to understand her.
When she has been triggered and needs to leave an outing, leave with her, support her.
He even said that WHEN YOU RELAPSE, YOUR WIFES HEALING STARTS OVER.
In fact, he even basically said, if this marriage fails, it is because you were NOT supportive of her healing.  MOST women don't leave because of the betrayal, they leave because of the rudeness of their husbands as they try to heal OR they leave because their husband will not commit to total honesty.

So, here's the real list, in my opinion:
When a woman feels triggered she should:
1. Listen to her own emotions, honor them by saying them out loud, or declaring a "sad hour" or a "mad hour" or a "trauma DAY". Just Let Yourself Feel.
2.  Remember her worth.  Do things to take care of YOU, because YOU are worth it.  Ask yourself TWICE a day, at least, "What do i need to feel cared-for?" And do those things. If it means you are reaching out on social media ALL DAY and avoiding your responsibilities, then so be it.  If it means loading up all your kids in the stroller so you can go for a run, then so be it.  If it means HIRING A NANNY to come once a week to clean your house and take care of your kids while you go to yoga, then do it.  If it means driving to Disney Land with your daughter and spending all of your husbands money there, then so be it. (I got that one from Scabs, I never did it, but she did!!!!!! Hooray!!) Also, if it means you need space, then SO BE IT, that can mean saying no to sex. That can mean he moves out of the bed or out of the house.
3.  Never put a time limit on your healing, and don't let other's opinion of a time limit get to you, this is not their healing, they probably have NO IDEA what you are going through. Also, there is no such thing as convenient triggers and its okay.
4.  When you DO lash out at your husband, and I am certain that at some point YOU WILL, remember this ONE IMPORTANT THING: this is not who you are.  You are not a violent raging lunatic.  You are in trauma.  Don't beat yourself up for it.  Try to learn (about yourself and your feelings) from it and then move forward.
5.  Its okay to hate him and love him at the same time, or only hate him, or only love him at any given time.
6.  Its okay to feel numb for whatever length of time, in waves, or whenever or whatever.
7.  It's okay to have crazy dance parties when you are so sick and tired of feeling sick and tired.
8.  When you feel determination, whether it is for a minute, or a whole day or more, start thinking about your rights.  Your rights are so important. YOU have rights. And likely you have lost them because of your marriage to an addicted spouse.  Find out what rings true to your heart, who you really are, and write them down, one at a time.  Then, claim them, hold them sacred, find the determination to live true to them no matter what.  This is the beginning of being able to write clear, distinct boundaries to keep you safe from any further abuse that ANYONE might try to inflict upon you. You are worth it.
9.  Remember this:  The road to healing is FOREVER LONG. The journey TOTALLY SUCKS.  But you are going to amaze yourself at the end of it.  Whether you and your spouse recover together or end in divorce, at the end of this tunnel, there is a more confident, more radiant, strong, more amazing woman who you will find within you.

Some days, I feel like that woman.

But today, I feel triggered.



Saturday, July 26, 2014

Saturday, July 19, 2014

The chokey;connection when one persons soul is dark.

Preface with: the chokey, refrencing Matilda, just to clarify.

 He wanted to connect.  I was willing.  He asked what was wrong.  At first, it was about him.  "are you doing okay? We havent seen each other much the last week, how are your thoughts? What are you thinking now? How have you been DOING?"  He responded with confidence and I felt a bit better.

I wanted to connect.  He says, "whats wrong? Is something still bothering you?"  
Well yes, this week has been really hard and he has known that.  So I say, "ya, just all my own stuff..."  You know, you can't fully connect when there are things cankering your soul.  But you can try.  

It seemed like that would be a good warning sign to him.  If you don't want to be in darkness, if you are uncomfortable with pain and sadness, don't enter.


But he agreed, he still wanted to connect.  I agreed, I still wanted to connect.  Not only did I WANT to, I NEEDED to.  I needed to let someone in to my sacred, dark place, and know that they still loved me.  And know that I am still loveable.  And know that I am enough.  Even when I am dark and broken.  

So I let him in. 

I tried to connect.

It's not pretty, but it's me. Right here.  Right now.

Come on in, the door's open.

How do you think that went>?

I can assure you, it didn't go really well.

"Its dark in here, lets brighten things up.  It's cold in here, lets warm things up.  You need to take care of this.  You need to get rid of that spike. You need to change."

But he stayed.

He stayed until responsibility called and then he had to go.

But up until that time, he stayed.

Atleast he stayed.

It is so hard when you want to connect, but if either of us are in a bad place, it makes it almost impossible.  If we are both feeling really real, and the person doing well is on a solid foundation, then that person can come into the dark with the other person and feel it with them, and just sit in it with them, and just accept it for what it is.  And I think true connection can be achieved.  EVEN if some of the spikes were CREATED by the other person.  Even if some of the darkness is BECAUSE of the other person.  When they are on solid ground, they can feel WITH us and just accept.  We can comment on the dark and cold and dampness.  We can pray together. We can cry together. We can encourage each other.  Neither of us LIKES it in there, but the one with all the darkness holds the keys to get out.  They don't need criticism, they don't need instruction, they just need love. And then eventually they can be set free.


"If they really knew me, they wouldn't love me" 
becomes 
"when they really knew me, they loved me."

Friday, July 18, 2014

our daughters

An excellent article on modesty. Pertinent enough that I thought I would post a link to it here!
http://abiscoma.blogspot.com/2014/05/how-to-teach-her-to-be-modest.html?showComment=1405722870645&m=1#c2799260011637874514
Followed by a sweet letter from my 4 year old, who thinks when youvwrite letters, you just say whatever that comes to your mind!
Dear Momma,
I love momma. I love you so much that I love you to the stars.
 I love kisses.
I love the "Mommy and Daddy" earrings.
I hope you enjoy the things that we do, and I hope you enjoy that alot.
Pretty nice things huh? because I love you so much to the stars!
A kiss momma, is a kiss momma.
I am a princess and momma is a queen.
Daddy is a King and he could marry any girl but now he can't because he already married YOU... but he can marry me...but actually I am going to marry my brother...but no that's not true because he is going to marry somebody else, and I am going to marry somebody else too.
A flower.
I'm glad we have a mommy and daddy.
I love dear momma.
Kissy nose and snuggle hug.
A kiss is a true kiss.
Snuggle bugs!
Mommy and daddy snuggle, but not very much.  But WE do, a lot of times.
The mommy is a mommy.
SMILEY SILLY FACE.
When we are sick momma takes good care of us.
Sincerely,
Your little girl

Dear little girl,
One face of me.
I am a girl.
I like watching movies alot, and i like pppig. Its my smiley face.
oh dear. oops.
I am a nice girl.
Some people are better, when they can do summersaults but somebody can't, when they can do cart-wheels but somebody cant.
But i am learning how to ride a scooter, did you know that?
I am a great sister.
Smiley!!!
EEeeeee :)
Swings are the best ever, oooo oooo.
ppig.
The honey is on the bees.
I like my toes.
I dont like my nose because sometimes when you wake up no boogies can come out with a tissue!! Dont you understand??
"do you like your eyes?" "OH YA!"
"do you like your tummy?" "For course I do!"
I like my fingers.
I like my hair.
My favorite part about my body is my favorite part: the whole thing.
"What is the one thing you look most forward to about growing up?" "Writing when I'm 5."
My favorite part about nature is; making birthday cakes with wet dirt.
My favorite bug is a bee, because they can make honey for us.  Because I like bees when they make a lot a lot a lot a lot a lot of honey. Because I LOVE HONEY!!!
My favorite animal is a butterfly.
My other favorite animal is a where their back is made out of a mirror and tier head and their whole body is except their eyes. You don't normally see those, they are normally in the forest.  Thats a crazy animal huh?!
Why are you the greatest mom ever, myself, shoot dang it!!!! (oh now she's just rolling around being silly!!!)
I like pretending to sleep but my face is awake. HAHAHAHAHA
My favorite game is "I spy"
My favorite toys are the dolls in the doll house. I play with those ALL the time. Crazy huh?
I love you so much crazy.
Sincrely,
crazy girl

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Equally Yoked

An anonymous commenter gave me something to think about.  What does it mean to be equally yoked in a marriage partnership?

The Savior says,
"Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek, and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:29,30)

In our partnership with the Savior, we take his yoke upon us by giving our All to Him, doing what He has asked of us.  Baptism, making and keeping covenants with Him and receiving the ordinances of the temple, sacrament, etc.  We do those things, but most importantly we do them with a desire to do God's will.  I believe we take His yoke upon us daily, as well, as we choose each day to do our best, to strive to accept and carry out the will of our Father in Heaven.  We just do our best. We just love him with as much of our heart as we can.  We just try.  And when we try, and love Him, and strive, His yoke becomes easy.  We have a major debt to pay before we can return to our Father in heaven but no matter how much we offer each day, the Savior pulls the rest of the load for us.  We are UNEQUALLY YOKED with our Savior....ALWAYS.  He ALWAYS pulls more than we do. He is always stronger, better, more pure, more capable than we are.  Even President Monson, the Prophet who seems to have not an evil cell in his body, is unequally yoked with the Savior.  The Savior does it all.  Its just how it is.

But you wont find the phrase "equally yoked" anywhere in the sacred books of scripture.  We hear that phrase and automatically think of husband and wife and that is due to our modern day Prophets and apostles, the continuing revelation that we have as such a wonderful blessing of being members of God's true church.
What does it really mean?
What are we hauling?
Where are we going?
If we are talking physical strength, my husband has me, hands down.  He was a football player, it is in his blood, he is built tall, strong, big bones, big muscles.  There is no equal yoking there.
Thankfully I don't think we are talking about physical strength.

How about evening the scales.  Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth.  How many hours of sleep am I getting, and are we even?  How many hours is he spending in hard labor and am I doing an equal amount of hard labor in the home based on hours?  How many hair cuts is he allowed in a year, and am I allotted that same amount yearly?  How much free time do I get with girlfriends and does he get an equal amount of free time with guy friends?  How much is he contributing to the cleanliness of the home, and am I being compensated in some other area to assure fairness?

Thankfully, I don't think it is talking about that either.  Those conversations need to be had.  Definitely if we are pulling a load across the plains as pioneers, it would be appropriate for me to want to stop and have a chat with my husband if he had tied himself to his handle and was now dragging along as I carried all our belongings, the hand cart, and the ENTIRE family while he dragged.  Definitely a discussion would be appropriate there, a re-balancing of scales.  But I really don't think we are talking about that here.

When I think of putting a yoke on two cows, I think its probably not much fun. I haven't ever done it before, but i have branded cows, and I have herded cows... and cows, well they don't like to be stuck. Trying to get them into the squeeze shoot was miserable.  So I can imagine it feels pretty confining for them to have this intense lock around their necks and they are slammed up next to another sweaty dirty fly-infested cow and now expected to haul something heavy.  It seems dreadful.

IS THAT WHAT MARRIAGE IS?

haha

sometimes

Now I picture us, in all white at the temple, glowing, beaming, and we hold hands, and we take pictures, and we make promises and God says, "Here is your yoke." We figuratively walk right into our side of the yoke and happily begin pulling our load together.  And nothing else matters because we both promised to do our best.  To give our All to the Lord.  And then, sometimes, our best, sucks.

Really.

And we look over at the other fly-infested cow and think "GET ME OUTTA HERE!!!" "WHAT WAS I THINKING?!"

And yet other times we look over and with tears say, "thank you, thank you for being stuck in this thing with me."

We keep pulling and pulling, our load just gets HEAVIER AND HEAVIER! Really God, how much heavier will this thing get?

And there are times when we both look at each other and sob.  Our knees are wobbling. Our muscles achy and sore. We have no idea how we can continue to go on.  Really.  That is being equally yoked.

But whether we are both pulling full force, whether only one of us is pulling for a while and other is taking a break or literally dragging, or whether the force of the heavy weight is just slowly inching us forward as we both are sorrily dragging..... the Savior said,
"Take my yoke upon you... For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

No matter what we are actually doing, the Savior is making up the difference.  Here, we have this limited view of our lives, we only see mortality, and we think its just the two of us doing all the pulling.... or just the one of us..... for YEARS.... doing all the pulling. 

WE are UNEQUALLY YOKED.

But I know more surely than ever before that it was not me doing all that pulling. I could've never done that alone.  The Savior stepped in and helped ME, when my husband wasn't able to give his all.

It still hurt.  It still was hard. I still felt the pain, the natural consequences of having less help.  I felt the loss.

It didn't save my husband from having to do his part. The Savior's help never excused my husband, or made it okay for him to abandon his side of the yoke.  It was not, it never is okay, for us to abandon our side of the yoke.  There are consequences for him not doing his part for many years, some of which continue to pop up and surprise both of us.  But the Savior saved me.  His help saved our family.  And the Savior saved my husband too, BUT H had to choose to allow the Savior to pull His part of the yoke, instead of strangling along, stuck in the mud of addiction.

Maybe His yoke really is easy, maybe the burden really is light.


A husband and wife have to both be giving their all to the Lord.  THAT is what we covenanted to do when we took that yoke upon us.  THAT is how we are equally yoked. We are both headed to the same place (eternal life with Heavenly Father), and we both covenanted to do our part.  Everything in the Family Proclamation gives us a great idea of HOW we each give our best, fulfilling our own personal roles for our Heavenly Father.  

And that is what is really amazing. 

The minute that we really commit to giving our ALL to the Lord, we lose the brunt of the work.  We find rest for our souls. And we perform all our tasks and duties well.  We share the power of the priesthood. We share the Holy Spirit. We share tears. We share joy.  We share our children's sweet spirits. We share our duties and responsibilities. We share our finances. We share our burdens. We share our talents.  There is always a give and take. There is always room for improvement.  There is always room to grow and progress.  There will always be days when one of us drags.  There are still many days when BOTH of us drag.  But the journey becomes sweet.  The yoke becomes easy.  The burden becomes light.  And in our marriage, it is the only way we will survive.  


Friday, July 11, 2014

Reaching out: my call for help

I created a new blog.

 It's been a little awkward to write about my eating disorder on this blog. It is really a very seperate journey, even though its so related... and so I have decided to make a seperate blog that will only deal with my eating disorder.

  I really need more support with my eating disorder.  I know very few women with eating disorders and I have very few people I can call when I am struggling.  

So this is my call for help!!  




Wednesday, July 2, 2014

don't ask me if I am gaining weight yet.

I guess I just dont know what to say. I have started and stopped this blog post several times.  Here is the thing; I have this eating disorder.  I haven't had much shame in it.  I have told people.  And now they keep asking me if I am "doing better" if i am "gaining weight yet" if I am "eating more now"... The answer to all these questions is NO.
No I am not eating more
No I am not gaining weight AND PLUS I dont use our scale (first rule of an ED you know...)
NO I don't have a plan with my food yet
NO I don't know what I am supposed to eat.

YES I am trying.
YES I am searching.
YES I am reading. 
YES I am making small discoveries here and there.
YES I am trying to talk back to the voice in my head named ED.
YES this is real, I DO HAVE A REAL EATING DISORDER.
YES this is affecting my life negatively.
YES this has affected our family and my children. 
YES this is so unfair.

It is simple really. People who don't know anything about eating disorders think..."hmm that is strange.. Why don't you just eat?"
Eating is physical, food is fuel... seems pretty basic.

They are missing the simple little fact that an eating disorder is a MENTAL ILLNESS.
My brain is broken when it comes to food.
My choices are not logical when it comes to food.
My eating disorder is hidden from even those the very closest to me because ED HELPS ME HIDE IT.
You know, ED, the guy in my mind.
I told my husband and a lightbulb seemed to come on.  Yet, its not THAT big of a deal, is it?
I told my best friend, she has been my best friend since HIGHSCHOOL.. I have spent countless hours with her, every part of my life, she knows about, and when I told her, she was confused...                                                                             You have an eating disorder? 
I told my Aunt, my pseudo mom, and she said, "I KNEW IT! I told your Uncle how skinny you are!" now when I come around she whispers about me.

This is a sucky, lonely road...

and I have barely scratched the surface.
I dont really know:

WHY I do it.
HOW I do it.
WHAT ED says.
WHEN I do it.
WHEN I am healthy.
WHEN I am starving.
WHAT healthy feels like.
WHAT the extent of the damage really is.

And today, I am impatient and prideful. I don't want this. I want it to be over. I don't want God's timetable, I want my own.  And mine say that ED ends today.  Tomorrow i wake up and have a new slate... not a clean slate, but a new one, for food, for self-image, that tells me the right things and has eliminated the wrong things.  I don't need another problem.  I don't need another battle.  I don't need another reason to slow down.  I have enough of those.  

I just want to be happy, travel, and enjoy my kids and my husband and my life.

Progression is overrated.

Not really. And really, I am grateful to see these major weaknesses. I know it is a huge step towards breaking chians. I know working through this will allow me to lvoe myself and know myself unlike ever before.  I know that God is guiding me.  I just feel mad today.  And sad today.  And I can be grateful for the anger and the sadness of today.  It is teaching me something too.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

When my heart is low and wandering

Last night I had a weird dream.  There was a shooting.  There was a dead baby and several more whose lives were depending on me and I kept calling all these officials and I couldn't get anyone to come and help me.  I was stranded, alone, and stuck with all these babies.  I felt totally inadequate to keep them alive. And then it seems I tossed and turned from the same dream the entire night.

Two nights ago I also dreamed that two of my babies ran off the end of a pier and started sinking like anchors in the middle of a lake that was super deep so I ran and dove-in to save them but they were both going in different directions so I wouldn't be able to save both of them and, again, no one would help me. I felt desperate, inadequate, completely panicked.

What is the deal with these dreams?!!! My nights have not been very restful, needless to say.  My days, however, have been full of fun, high-activity, summer sunny activities with my sweet children.  I have just had so much fun with them.  Then my nights are full of trauma.

When I wake up from dreams like this my heart just feels low and wandering.  So sad.  So empty.  It's hard to make sense of what is real and what is not real in my life.  But the day must go on.  The best thing I can do is ask myself;

What do I need to feel cared for?

Normally in the mornings I choose between Scriptures, Step Work, my E.D. Book, or writing here, on my blog.  

Its my spiritual time, my deliberate time.

It's the time when the breeze comes in my window and I see a glimpse, even if it's just a tiny glimpse, of God's face.  I get this feeling or reassurance, I should say, that I am not alone.  
D&C 84:88 "there I will be also, for I will go before your face.  I will be on you right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up."

Usually, a connection with God DEFINITELY lets me know I am cared for.

But other times during the day, when kids are screaming and vying for my attention and I can probably only carve out 10 minutes max, but I still have my heart low and wandering, I still have to press forward, I still ask myself,

What do I need to feel cared for?

I could choose anything.  But I feel like choosing nothing.  I feel low, and it seems easier to just wallow around in my misery.  It's really hard to choose something to do for myself, especially when I am feeling worthless.  Its especially hard when I need to choose something that is effective in letting myself know;

I am loved
I am enough
So I put my hand on my heart and picture a vague image of the little girl within me.  "What do you need? What do you need to feel cared for?"

Sometimes she just needs food.  And sometimes it literally takes that mini-revelation before I realize that simple fact. I  need food.

Sometimes she is feeling distant from God. Scriptures, of course, are always an option.  But more often than not, I choose to play the piano.  Maybe the Hymns, maybe some of the christian songs I have bought the music for, or maybe just the Pride and Prejudice soundtrack.  Those all help me feel closer to God.

Sometimes going for a walk with all my kids is what I need. Feeling the breeze and the sunshine on my face.  Or feeling ANY weather on my face... its a nice reminder that I am alive... even if it's freezing outside.

Other times, I just need a SHOWER! 

Maybe a smoothie is what I need to feel cared for.

Maybe seeing my kids shining faces as they play.

Painting, decorating, changing my wreath with the new month/season, sewing, listening to music...

Painting my nails, doing yoga, going shopping for a new item that I have needed, taking a nap....

Reading a self-help book, reading other women's blogs, calling or texting a friend for support....

Going to the temple, meeting with my Bishop, fulfilling my callings, service.

I am important.

I am cared for.  

And what I have learned from making this a daily practice, making sure I do this at least twice a day, is that no one can make me feel my worth more than myself.

It's me, who makes me feel loved.

It's me, who shows me that I am important.

It's me, who causes my little girl within me to recognize that I. AM. ENOUGH.

If I don't feel it and show it, to myself, then I will never feel it. 

No matter how much my family serves me.  No matter how many tender mercies or blessings God puts in my lap.  No matter how sweet or how dreadful my life is today.  No matter how many people I am surrounded by...

I only feel loved when I show myself that I am loved.

So, it's not always a quick fix for my low and wandering heart, but it sure helps.  

What do you need today to feel cared for?


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Keep your eyes open, The Family Proclaimation

How heavy my heart and mind have been.  I was triggered, and triggered, and triggered again and ended up in about a week of total fear and desperation due to our finances. I was in this place in February of this year as well, you might well remember my brawl with the fridge, and my nightmares.  I have let go of big dreams, I cannot be my husbands dream partner until I see him consistently applying himself right here, right now.. I've told him that I need to see him bloom where he is planted before I can ever trust that he will bloom with a major opportunity.... I was counseled in February by the Lord and the Stake President, to press forward as a stay at home mom, helping my husband in his business, but to KEEP MY EYES OPEN.  So, as I sought out help from friends, family, the Bishop, and the Lord, I have found some peace and support.  I have been reminded that the Lord is going to show me each next step that I am to take, but he won't show me the big picture.  He will give me one step at a time.  H is trying, he is trying really hard, and he is ready and willing to change.  So I have come to these conclusions.  Really, this has proven to be a very spiritual journey.

I feel like
1.     I can begin working on the food storage again this year and then next summer I can start a garden. As well as building up our 72hr kit.
2.     I can continue to pursue the self-care decision to become a yoga instructor.
3.     I can continue to help H in his business by doing social media and learning the books.
4.     Start looking for and choosing several of these plans and accounts listed below, as well as writing the will.
5.     If I do all these things, I can stay home with my babies.

If H…

1.     Gets serious about paying down the debt ASAP
2.     Starts paying into savings
3.     Pays for
a.      Dental Insurance
b.     Life Insurance
c.      College Savings for the kids
d.     Wills for us
e.   Health Insurance
4.     Gets an accountability partner
5.     Writes his recovery plan
6.     Gives me his contract

These statements are called "i feel statements"... our Lifestar counselor showed them to us, they are awesome.

·        I feel: extremely afraid, alone, huge lack of trust, hopeless and helpless
·        When you: Are constantly navigating your job situation and always seeking for a way to change jobs and businesses.
·        I need you to: do these things on this list, specifically the college savings, life insurance, wills, retirement, paying down debt and paying into a savings.  This is so that no matter what our current situation feels like, our future looks much more secure, and our children are taken care of at all costs.
·        I am willing to: Help you find the plans and accounts and do the footwork to find the best option for our family as well as fulfilling my role as home manager and stay at home mom by making sure that we would have enough food and clothing for a year and taking care of the children.

·        I feel: scared for our future, scared you might get fired or run the business into the ground, scared that you don’t really care about your role as provider, scared that we will end up on the streets, scared that I can’t really trust you to fulfill your role.
·        When you: do not apply yourself fully in the jobs you have currently.  Examples: showing up late to work, doing everything at the last minute, being careless with documents that you need to be filing, incurring more debt, buying things that are unnecessary with the business account, not writing down things, forgetting things often, keeping things dirty and chaotic, showing a lack of self-confidence when dealing with employees, lack of motivation at working in the daily grind.
·        I need: you to do the things on this list; specifically, getting an accountability partner to report an honest days work and business ideas and ventures to, as well as a written contract about your roles with what you think would be appropriate consequences if they aren’t followed through.
·        I am willing to: Help with social media and learn to do the book-keeping for the business and fulfill MY roles as a stay at home mom and home manager.

·        I feel: afraid, sad and worried that there will be more infidelity
 When you: aren’t doing daily actions towards recovery.
 I need: a written recovery plan with how you plan to maintain recovery after you finish the 12 steps and for you to get an accountability partner so that you will continue to have someone to talk to and report to in order to remain accountable for your thoughts and actions once you are no longer accountable to your sponsor.
I am willing to: continue to keep my covenants and remain faithful to you and help any way that I can as a supportive wife.

Our Family Proclamation:

Our marriage is ordained of God.


Our family is central to the Creator's plan for OUR eternal welfare.
We each have a divine nature and destiny.

I am a female, and that is an essential characteristic of my individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.  

We are each here because we knew God, we worshipped Him as our Eternal Father, and we accepted His plan, whereby we would obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress towards perfection and ultimately realize our divine destiny as heirs of eternal life.

If we follow the divine plan of Happiness, our family relationships will be perpetuated beyond the grave.

If I keep the sacred ordinances and covenants made in the Holy Temples, I will return to the presence of God, and it is possible for my family to be united eternally.

We have been commanded to multiply and replenish the earth as lawfully wedded husband and wife. Sex in marriage is divinely appointed.  Our lives are holy and sacred, and so important in God's eternal plan.

H and I have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and our children. 

Our children have come from the Lord, and they belong to Him. 

Parenting is a sacred duty.
Our sacred duty as parents is:
  • to rear our children in love and righteousness
  • to provide for their physical and spiritual needs
  • to teach them;
    •  to love and serve one another
    • to obey the commandments of God
    • and to be law abiding citizens wherever they live.
We will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.

Our family is ordained of God.

The ordinance of marriage is essential to His eternal plan.

Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony by parents who honor their marital vows with complete fidelity.

Happiness in our family is most likely to be achieved when our family is founded on the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Our marriage and family will be successful if they are established AND MAINTAINED on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. 

By divine design, H, as a Father, is to preside over our family in love and righteousness and is responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for our family. 

I, as a Mother am primarily responsible for the nurture of our children.

In these sacred responsibilities, we are obligated to help one another as equal partners. xtrt5dc 
Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Our extended family should lend support when needed.

Individuals who violate covenants of chastity, 
who abuse spouse or offspring, 
or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities 
will one day stand accountable before God. 

The disintegration of our family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets. so lets not go there anymore....

Our family is to be maintained and strengthened as a fundamental unit of society.