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I slept relatively well last night, despite waking up twice. Improved sleep is one added benefit of eating much less. I had a vivid and long dream in which there was a war going on between 3 kingdoms over disputed and highly arable valley territory. I was a young princess. I was trying to negotiate for peace. Then I remember us all being evacuated from a burning castle, but I chose to stay and die as a martyr, but then I woke up (disoriented).
I tried to eat a salad for breakfast, but I could only manage to eat half of it and a cup of coffee. I really can’t stand the sight of food anymore and I don’t even feel hungry, just lethargic. I weighed myself yesterday and I’m still at 169lbs. I need to lose much more, as I still feel huge, disgusting, muscular and bloated. It goes to show that before, I was just eating out of sheer boredom. Now that eating is no longer a coping mechanism, I am letting the rest of these ugly arm and shoulder muscles and my nasty stomach waste away and I can return to single digit clothing sizes. If I have to start purging food, I’ll do that too, though I don’t eat enough to make that necessary.
I vented to one of the support staff last night, but it didn’t little more than kill time. I keep telling them that I don’t need help with living skills – I need help getting out in the community. I need internet access in my apartment more than anything. I’ve been forcing myself out just to use the internet and that has been damaging on the days when I didn’t feel well enough to go out at all.
I don’t talk to E anymore. Part of me wants to thank her for pointing out my ugly muscles, but part of me hates her for triggering my eating disorder that I’d managed to overcome for several years since I stopped drinking. I wish she hadn’t said anything, but then I’d still be 184lbs and blissfully unaware how disgusting my arms looked. She hangs out with men anyway, men that live here and hate me. I don’t trust her.
As for today, I’m not sure whether to go to the clinic or the coffee shop. I had s meltdown at the clinic yesterday because was getting overwhelmed with all the stuff going on in my life and receiving mail and not knowing what to do with it. I will probably go to the coffee shop first and read my book.
And is this sad, and pathetic or what? I look at the Craigslist personals, “missed connections” to see if anyone in Rochester noticed me in a good way. I know it’s stupid,, but that’s how desperate I am. But I also know that I cannot be in a relationship given my disdain for my body and fear of physical intimacy. Asexual men are hard to find and many asexuals are aromantic, so we’d just be like friends / roommates.
My therapist tells me I need to establish a “safe space” before I start facing the outside world, but that is impossible until I get internet access in my apartment. I’m afraid to sign up for Frontier as it’s a contract and I am transitioning from DHS cash assistance to SSD and that could take time and leave me with no income for a while. Also, it’s $50 a month, which seems expensive. I don’t need or want cable television. Most of what I watch is on YouTube or Netflix. But if I had internet, I could make this apartment my home and my safe place. I’d only go out when I needed to and when I felt well enough.
I don’t pay much attention to music anymore, but I love this song. It’s the best thing Coldplay have done in 13 years, even though it’s a collaboration. I wanted to hate it, but it grew on me quickly:
“She said, where’d you wanna go?
How much you wanna risk?
I’m not looking for somebody
With some superhuman gifts
Some fairytale bliss
Just something I can turn to
Somebody I can miss.”
I ended up at the coffee shop, despite the shitty rain that has been almost constant for almost a week.