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But in my eating disorder, things were much worse. I worried about everything. Especially when it came to food, body or what people thought of me.

I can remember sitting in my car outside of my gym, panicked because I was too ashamed to go in out of fear that the receptionist would acknowledge that I had skipped my workout the previous day. In hindsight, it seems ridiculous that this stranger who sees hundreds of people a week, would notice, let alone care that I missed a day. But at the time, this was very real to me. So real, I was frozen with fear.

Now, I rarely think twice about what someone thinks about my appearance, lifestyle or eating habits. My anxiety is still there; but I am very happy to say that panic attacks are a rare occurrence.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner column_margin=\”default\” column_direction=\”default\” column_direction_tablet=\”default\” column_direction_phone=\”default\” text_align=\”left\”][vc_column_inner column_padding=\”no-extra-padding\” column_padding_tablet=\”inherit\” column_padding_phone=\”inherit\” column_padding_position=\”top-bottom\” background_color_opacity=\”1\” background_hover_color_opacity=\”1\” column_shadow=\”none\” column_border_radius=\”none\” column_link_target=\”_self\” gradient_direction=\”left_to_right\” overlay_strength=\”0.3\” width=\”1/1\” tablet_width_inherit=\”default\” column_border_width=\”none\” column_border_style=\”solid\” bg_image_animation=\”none\”][nectar_highlighted_text color_type=\”regular\” highlight_color=\”rgba(156,113,201,0.46)\” style=\”half_text\”]

What about you? Are there things you no longer worry about? Can you remember a worry or fear from your past that you are proud to say no longer controls you?

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-Written by Giva Ann Wilkerson

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