Your life in 5 years time

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Requirements: 
Pen and paper

For some, the decision to let go of bulimia isn't always easy. Recovery can be challenging and filled with ups and downs, so it helps to be clear of the reasons why you want to persevere. Try this simple exercise to help you get some clarity.

Instructions

Step 1

Imagine that you decided to forget about recovery and to remain bulimic. Its now 5 years in the future and you have decided to write a letter to a close family relative (or friend) who really loves you. You are completely honest with them and decide to tell them exactly how things are.

Step 2

Now take 10 minutes to write out this letter from your imagined future.

•    Write about how happy you are
•    Write about your health
•    Write about your family
•    Your weight
•    Your social skills
•    How you think of yourself
•    Your self image

Step 3

After writing this read it through – do you want this life? If the answer is no… then write another story.

Step 4

This time imagine you decided to stick with recovery and you have been free from bulimia for 5 years. Now write a letter to the same close family member (or friend) or someone who really loves you and tell them everything about your new life.

•    Write about how happy you are
•    Write about your health
•    Write about your family
•    Your weight
•    Your social skills
•    How you think of yourself
•    Your self image

Step 5

How do the two letters compare? Which life appears more appealing? Can you use your second letter as motivation during more challenging times in recovery?

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