Battling through an eating disorder is immensely difficult, especially after the holiday season. Even people without a diagnosed condition struggle to redetermine their relationship with their body and with food.\u00a0 Here at The Ranch Tennessee, we believe in setting positive intentions for the year. With that in mind, here is a collection of 12 eating disorder recovery quotes about bravery, perseverance, recovery, and making it, despite all the challenges we face.\u00a0 January \u201cThough no one can go back and make a new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new end.\u201d\u00a0 \u2013 Carl Bard January is the month of new beginnings. Use this reset as an opportunity to dream about what a future without your eating disorder's constant voice could look like and take the needed steps to get there. February \u201cI intend to accept my body today, love my body tomorrow, and appreciate my body always.\u201d We wish this to be your mantra for the year 2021. Accept your body, love it, and appreciate it for the gift of life it\u2019s given you. March \u201cIn any given moment, we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.\u201d\u00a0\u00a0 \u2013 Abraham Maslow It can be terrifying to step into the unknown world of treatment and eating disorder recovery, although true growth lies beyond the realm of our comfort zone. What is your choice in this moment? April \u201cCourage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, \u2018I will try again tomorrow.'\u201d \u2013 Mary Anne Radmacher It is courageous each day to show up for yourself, to admit that you care, and to want something different than the problems you\u2019ve felt stuck in. May \u201cI am beginning to measure myself in strength, not pounds. Sometimes in smiles.\u201d \u2013\u00a0 Laurie Halse Anderson Let\u2019s move away from the scale, away from the measuring tape, and into an understanding of ourselves and our happiness with the memories we create and\u00a0 relationships we make. June \u201cThe words \u201cI am\u201d are potent words; be careful what you hitch them to. The thing you\u2019re claiming has a way of reaching back and claiming you.\u201d \u2013\u00a0 A.L. Kitselman When we let shame narratives influence our mindset, we think of ourselves as broken or defective. You are so much more than a number on a scale or a body type. Choose to label yourself instead with an empowering message, \u201cI am strong\u201d or \u201cI am capable.\u201d Claim your power. July "The size of my waist has nothing to do with my worth."\u00a0 Your worth cannot be measured in inches, and your value extends far beyond the digits on the scale. "If only our eyes saw souls instead of bodies, how very different our ideals of beauty would be." \u2013\u00a0 Lauren Jauregui August \u201cGet off the scale! I have yet to see a scale that can tell you how enchanting your eyes are. I have yet to see a scale that can show you how wonderful your hair looks when the sun shines its glorious rays on it. I have yet to see a scale that can thank you for your compassion, sense of humor, and contagious smile. Get off the scale because I have yet to see one that can admire you for your perseverance when challenged in life.\u201d \u2013 Steve Maraboli September \u201cIf we are ready to tear down the walls that confine us, break the cage that imprisons us, we will discover what our wings are for.\u201d \u2013 Michael Meegan There is great potential within us; once we\u2019re ready to break free from the false security that can no longer be found in the eating disorder that has kept us trapped for too long. October \u201cOur minds distort our mirrors.\u201d The only truth that the mirror has for us is a reflection of what we most fear: rejection, failure, being unloved, or out of control. All else is a distortion. "Make peace with the mirror, and watch your reflection change." November "When you starve yourself, you feed your demons." December \u201cIn the midst of hate, I found there was in me, an invincible love. In the midst of tears, I found there was within me, an invincible calm\u2026 In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there\u2019s something stronger \u2013 something better, pushing right back.\u201d -Albert Camus You are powerful, you are resilient, and you are capable of making a change this year. You become no less of any of those things when you reach out to ask for help from those trained to work with you and help you find a greater sense of purpose and well-being in 2021.\u00a0 \u201cAt this very moment, you may be saying to yourself that you have any number of admirable qualities. You are a loyal friend, a caring person, someone who is smart, dependable, fun to be around. That\u2019s wonderful, and I\u2019m happy for you, but let me ask you this: are you being any of those things to yourself?\u201d \u2013 \u00a0 Phillip C. McGraw Be kind to yourself this year, take brave steps to be friends with your body, and learn to tune out the eating disorder's hateful voice today. The Ranch Tennessee is here to support you every step of the way. Using our evidence-based and holistic therapy programs, we\u2019ll help you discover the courage to change, and inspire you to become your own best friend. Which eating disorder recovery quote inspired you? 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