This blog was born when some friends in an eating disorder recovery community decided to strike out on their own to make room for more of an intuitive focus and for HAES (health at every size). Our blog grew, when we invited WellRoundedType2 to join us in blogging from her own unique, intuitive and wise perspective. Two became three.
Posts will be diverse. Some of the big ones will be fat(body) acceptance, HAES, intuitive eating, eating disorders, abuse recovery and also probably fur children, books, our hair, etc… 😉 We blog about ourselves. We blog about current events. We blog about our journeys. We blog about what has helped us on the way… and sometimes we rant. Our sincere hope is that our experiences may be of help to anyone else out there struggling with eating disorders, self-acceptance, mental-illness and anything else we can realistically touch on.
Who we are:
AngryGrayRainbows: I’m a 30 yr-old female who has been dealing with one eating disorder or an another since I was at least 10. Now that I’ve had 7 years of treatment, I’m happy to say that I’m recovered. Whooo hoooooooooooooo!!
The name AngryGrayRainbows was inspired by a very small and easily offended gray cat. I have learned that once he has assumed rainbow position, I will be privy to many scowls, batting and the occassional hiss. He’s an over-stim cat and when he gets too happy, he attacks. Neat, eh? My boyfriend coined the term AngryGrayRainbow and I stole the name for this blog as I think it also describes the bittersweet and ironic nature of life, recovery and the journey towards solid self-love.
He likes to tease me about my “thievery” now and then… but mostly, I think he’s proud to have contributed to this neat blog Sassy and I have been throwing together.
More about me… I devour books. I am an x-box nerd and Civilization Revolution is my latest hobby. I have a soft-spot for math and science, so forgive me if I get academic now and then. I am vegetarian and am ridiculous about animals. Trees almost always make me smile and thunderstorms are definitely one of my favorite things. I have a small pride of special needs lions (heh… housecats) and I can’t help but post about them now and then. I think Buddhist philosophy is brilliant and my music taste is somewhat eccentric (or so I am told).
Okay kids! Quiz Monday so study up! 😀 Heh.
If you want to contact AngryGrayRainbows, email: angrygrayrainbows (at) gmail
Sassyblonde: Drum roll!!!! ……………………………………..
Here I am!!
Hi! My pen name will be sassy blonde and I think it’s pretty self-explanatory. Hopefully the sassiness I’ve obtained through three years of tough recovery will show through on this blog.
My loves are the outdoors and nature. I’m not much into hiking, biking and such but love to just look and admire nature. I love the trees in Fall and the flowers in Spring. I love to watch water stream down and hummingbirds fly in place. From mountains to plains, it’s all beautiful to me!
I’m insane for my dog who was rescued from a local shelter in 2005. He is truly the love of my life. If my husband would allow it, I would take in every stray dog I see.
I’ve been married 16 years and have known my husband for 26 years. We’re soulmates and destined to be together the rest of our lives. That’s just the way karma has ordained it. We’ve been through hell and back and survived. Trust and communication abound, even though the communication isn’t always loving and nurturing…in the end we love each other more than we ever have.
Am I recovered from skewed thinking about food and acceptance…no, probably far from it. But I’m a work in progress. The focus in my life and on this blog will be to share the concept of self-acceptance. So many of us who have suffered from EDs have lost touch with ourselves and have lost touch with how to care for and love ourselves. My mission will be to accept myself and encourage you to accept yourself.
Live your life no matter what size you are!
WellRoundedType2: Drum roll!!!!….
I found out about size acceptance from a few different sources, but among the earliest experiences was with a therapist I saw my senior year in high school who encouraged me to live my life in the body I had, not the one I wanted — at least, that’s what I took away from the sessions where I sat saying nothing for the first 45 minutes and talked without taking a breath the last five minutes, until my time was up. That, and the idea that I probably couldn’t control my parents’ behavior.
As you can tell from my name, I have type 2 diabetes, and have had it since the ripe old age of 25. In June 2009, I celebrated my 15 year “diabetaversary” — and so far, I haven’t had any of the dreaded complications thanks to luck, and finding doctors who worked with me, not on me, to manage the condition.
I’m finding myself a single parent these days, managing with the help of family and friends. My daughter is the delight of my life — a feisty, gorgeous, affectionate, bright, imaginative bundle of energy who seems to survive mainly on whole-grain goldfish crackers and sweet red peppers and chocolate syrup and cherry tomatoes (usually not mixed together). I recently had to say goodbye to my older “daughter,” who was a nearly 13-year-old pit bull, the sweetest and smartest and cutest and bestest dog I’ve ever known. I grew up and lived most of my life in and around Los Angeles, but moved to the Pacific Northwest a few years ago and for the most part, haven’t looked back.
I write about dancing, about movement, about therapy, about spirituality, about struggling with body image, about having diabetes, about being a survivor of long-term peer teasing/bullying/abuse and an alcoholic home, about parenting sometimes, too. I write about public health, my chosen profession, and sometimes political things, and things that generally piss me off. I have my own blog (http://www.xanga.com/wellroundedtype2) that I use for some writing — but more and more, I take risks by writing here. Sometimes, I wish I could talk with people newly diagnosed with diabetes to let them know, hey, it’s not so dire, it can be managed, it’s not your fault.
While my life isn’t exactly an open book, it’s not a dusty old volume sitting on the shelf, either, so I welcome questions about my life and experiences (as long as they are not in violation of the comments policy).
If I have a motto, it’s this: Be FAT-UP — forgiving, accepting, tolerant, understanding and patient with yourself!