First weight check since starting recovery

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First weight check since starting recovery

So, I began my recovery about two months ago. It has been up and down, but with family support, therapy and medication, I think I have been doing pretty well.

Tomorrow I have an appointment with my OBGYN, and I am dreading the inevitable weigh in. I have not weighed myself during these two months, and I am feeling very anxious about it.

Any suggestions or advice on how to deal with this?

Thanks!

Megan

Hi megaduffy,

Congratulations on your progress towards recovery so far! It's great that you have professional support as well as support from your loved ones.

Weigh-ins can definitely be anxiety-producing; you aren't alone there. Does your therapist/mental health professional have any recommendations on how to approach this? You might see if they have a recommendation.

I know I've heard of people requesting not to be weighed, or even asking the nurse/doctor if they can turn around and not face the scale. (I've even heard of people simply closing their eyes or checking social media on their phones to distract themselves while on the scale.) If you know the doctor/nurse or otherwise feel comfortable doing so, you might consider briefly explaining the situation and see if being weighed is required or if telling you the number is necessary. Hopefully a medical professional would be understanding! 

In any case, keep reminding yourself that you are more than a number. Here's a great post from NEDA with some self-care suggestions that might be useful for you before and after your appointment: https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/blog/self-care-master-post .

Let us know how things go! We're here for you. :)

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