Five Minute Friday #5: Do Not Fear Your Weakness

My eyes are fluttering shut as I type this.

It’s been a long and blessed week, that’s for sure. There were a bunch of highs and lows worth noting.

High: The crazy warm weather.


Low: Three exams.

High: Truly incredible people surrounding me.

Low: A lot of my friends have been hurting recently, which hurts my heart.

High: Lots of cake.

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High: Also a lot of veggies and some quality moves & grooves.


Low: Some body image issues…

…Which leads me to this week’s Five Minute Friday vlog(s). As I mentioned on Monday, this week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, so in honor of that, I made this first vlog about not fearing your eating disorder, because it does not have to reign your life.

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But then I had exercise physiology lab at night, where we completed body fat composition tests, and I decided to follow up with a second five minute vlog. Consider it version “5.5”, if you will.

link to video!

I’ve shared my story on the blog before. If you are interested in reading about that, feel free to check out these posts:

I Used to Have Hips

My Eating Disorder: Looking Back and Moving Forward

99.9% Recovery

Reflecting on My Exercise…Again

The Truth Is…

Lastly, here are a couple of helpful resources for those struggling with an eating disorder. I cannot stress enough the importance of seeking professional help for something as serious as an eating disorder. If you have a friend who is struggling, please consider it a duty to {compassionately, gently, and reasonably} get him or her to a professional.

National Eating Disorders Awareness Help Center

HELPLINE: 1 (800) 931-2237



 Have a great weekend, friends ♥︎

So tell me:

A high and low of your week.

Have you ever taken a body fat composition test?

What are you doing this weekend? Going out with my girl friends tonight, studying, and sleeping.


7 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday #5: Do Not Fear Your Weakness

  1. I’ll never get over the fact that you think 61 degrees is warm. To me, that’s a sweatshirt and a beanie, and me feeling frustrated that I have to leave my residence hall.

    I’m sorry to hear you’re going through a rough patch with the body love, but know that you are valued in God’s eyes regardless. I know you know that, but I just wanted to pass off that reminder again.

    High: I’m spending all weekend with one of my best friends!
    Low: We are studying for midterms.

    Hope you have a great weekend, Alison!

  2. I know I’ve said this so many times but your strength and wisdom and love shines through in everything you do and talk about. I could listen to you for hours. I’m mega proud and encouraged and never leave this blog without feeling better about things and what I have to do. So thank you. I love you girl. Keep rocking out you rock star you 😝😘

  3. High: A relaxing assignment-free week where I could focus on me, soaking up the sun, and completing internship applications for next spring!
    Low: This looming worry that all the tests/projects/homework/papers/life are going to pile up. Anticipatory stress is such a bad habit of mine. 😦

    It’s so great to hear that you were able to separate yourself from the tests you did in your physiology lab. And I think fearing my ED is letting it control my life. In reality, I have to accept where I am in my recovery & realize all things are temporary. Please send my love to all your friends who are struggling right now. I’m glad y’all have each other!

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