Shades of Hope Alumni Story: Jackie
Jackie’s daughter suffered from anorexia and bulimia for more than 4 years before her family became involved. Upon identifying her eating disorder with her therapist, the family came to Shades of Hope. Read Jackie’s story and know that there is hope for your own child or family member struggling with…
Understanding & Recognizing The Signs of Bulimia Nervosa
Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder that often takes place in secret. Defined by patterns of binge eating and purging, bulimia can result in very serious health complications and even death. It is uncertain the exact number of individuals in the United States who suffer from bulimia nervosa, but it is estimated that one in […]
Anorexia Nervosa: Dying to be thin
Anorexia nervosa, also referred to as anorexia, is an eating disorder characterized by extremely low body weight, body image distortion and an intense fear of gaining weight. Anorexics severely limit calories, fast and exercise excessively in order to feel control. Anorexia causes sufferers to see themselves as fat even though the rest of the world, […]
Economic insecurity will slip away…Really?
It is the beginning of the month or the end for some, and that means bills are due, or past due. Yesterday, I paid all of my bills (rent, gas, water, electric & cable) on time and had enough money left over to float me until the next payday. It didn’t hit me until I […]
The Six Day Intensive – Day 1
This is the Day One video journal of my participation in the Six Day Intensive at Shades Of Hope in Buffalo Gap, TX. Please know that this isn’t scripted or rehearsed… I just hit record and went on with it. So, please excuse my little idiosyncrasies. For me, the Six Day was life changing. For […]
The world through detoxed eyes. Life after the Six Day Intensive.
“If left to our own devices we will fail. We can’t do this alone.” – Tennie McCarty I arrived. I survived. I am detoxed. After six days of intense therapy and a diet abstaining from caffeine, flour, sugar and gluten, I feel better than I have in years! Or ever? I haven’t been without one of […]
Countdown to Camp Six Day!
So, only six more days until I check in as a “client” at Shades of Hope. I started off kinda nervous… now I’m just excited! The whole thing reminds me of summer camp. Actually, SOH even looks like summer camp! Ohhhhhhh, I can’t help but grin 🙂 You see, I absolutely adored camp when I […]
My reflection in the looking glass
I awoke this morning with the pressing reminder about an assignment I was given. Well, that’s not correct… Sponsors, don’t issue out assignments or homework, they offer up suggestions. It was suggested to me that I write down any occurring thoughts that I might be having. You see… First, let me warn you that I’m […]
Season Finale of ‘Addicted to Food’ tonight 11/10C!
Heads up! The last three episodes will run back-to-back, starting at 11 p.m. until 2 a.m.! Tonight, we say goodbye to our eight addicts 🙁 Well, some of us will. I feel compelled to share my true feelings about this situation. Let me choose a feeling word…. Oh, I don’t know… Anger? Yes, I’m angry that […]
Confessions of a FFK (Former Fat Kid)
” I’m no diet guru, and this isn’t a diet book, but if I escaped more than a decade above 300 pounds, lots of others can find relief too.” – Michael Prager I don’t know about you, but I’m way behind on my self selected reading list and journals to thumb during my morning routine. Behind […]