When we went around for highs and lows (where clients share their victories and challenges) at our program last month, I was struck by a theme.
We are helping our clients eat cake!
Two of clients shared HUGE victories. One, told us with a huge smile plastered across her face that she ate her son’s birthday cake for the first time EVER at his 3rd birthday.
Another, shyly exclaimed that she had eaten her very own birthday cake for the first time in years.
This might seem trivial, but for those of who have struggled with food or body image, you know how huge this is.
For years, I vacillated between being “good” and denying myself cake at a friend’s birthday, and being “bad” and just saying to heck with it and eating three pieces.
I was constantly calculating calories and heaping guilt and shame upon myself with each tick upwards on my food log.
Rock Recovery’s Bridge to Life program completely disintegrates this way of thinking. We believe that ALL foods fit, yes, even cake.
Today is National Cupcake Day, and we are celebrating by partnering with Red Velvet Cupcakery and Athleta (check out our events here), and also sharing stories and photos of the joys of eating cupcakes!
One of our program graduates shared a beautiful testimonial and shared the phrase, “How sweet life is on the other side of recovery.”
Recovery IS sweet. And not just because of the cake that is now on the table!
It is sweet because we are free from the constant doubt and shame that can comes with our food choices.
It is sweet because we can look in the mirror with self-love and acceptance, not self-hate.
It is sweet because we are free to be present with our friend at a coffee shop as we joyfully split a cupcake (or enjoy our very own!)
It is sweet because we can eat a piece of cake at our birthday, or our child’s birthday party, and enjoy the unity and joy of the moment.
It is sweet because we can be FREE.
Wishing you a sweet life of freedom!