And what a doll she is! Not just for putting herself out there, but also for taking the time to record her conversations with others and put them out there on her podcast: The Unbreakable You.
The most healing thing I have found in my recovery is hearing the voices of fellow sufferers. It is almost scary now to look back and realize how alone I felt, yet empowering to know I wasn’t alone at all. There were thousands of people to reach out to who would listen and not judge, I just didn’t know where to find them, so I kept trudging alone, my dirty ED knapsack slung over my shoulder, wearing my body to the bone.
This realization has made me want to share any and all possible resources for anyone out there looking. There are far more than you realize, and Meg Doll is a phenomenal, unbreakable one.
“I used to know what it felt like to feel small, insignificant, alone, and scared. I now know what it feels like to be the rock star of my own life, and I want you to feel that, too. And, the most important takeaway from this program is that you are not broken. You just have to tap into the personal power that you’ve always had.” —Meg Doll
Meg Doll introduces herself in Episode No. 1 (you can find her at @iammegdoll on Instagram) as your “unbreakable host” –- she is a holistic nutritionist, a self-love coach, and eating disorder coach. She tells you what you can expect from this podcast: “I used to know what it felt like to feel small, insignificant, alone, and scared. I now know what it feels like to be the rock star of my own life, and I want you to feel that, too. And, the most important takeaway from this program is that you are not broken. You just have to tap into the personal power that you’ve always had.”
Anyone up for that, say “Aye!”
Recently, I listened to her Episode No. 60 (which kudos for recording and producing 60 pieces of quality content that can help so many!), Improving Your Relationship with Fitness and Your Body (With Kellie Hart Davis), and many of the things said really resonated with me.
As a personal trainer and mentor and former body-builder, Kellie Davis explained that you have to find your “internal driver” to get better, get fit, get healthy, get sane, get … whatever it is you’re after. Meaning, whatever is driving that woman at the gym doing 80-minute abs may not drive you. Whatever is driving that smiling life coach on Facebook ads you keep seeing may not drive you. Whatever got them to the happiness and “perfection” you perceive they have achieved (even assuming they have, in fact, achieved it, which is sadly, rarely true) May. Not. Drive. You. Motivation is internal, which can at first feel defeating and depressing because you may feel like it would be so much easier if some external force would just kick in and kick your butt into gear.
But, think about this: if your motivation was external, what would happen if it went away?
If you find your “internal driver,” the thing that motivates you to be a better you, inside yourself, it will never go away. No matter if you get fired, get yelled at, get behind on your bills, get an extra five pounds around your belly during the holidays, it will still be there to motivate you back toward a “good place” because it resides inside you.
Doesn’t that bring you comfort? Once I find it, it will always be there. I found that could offer many sufferers a lot of hope!
One other thing that both Meg Doll and her guest, Kellie Davis, touched on was how much emphasis we often put on what other people are thinking about us. Both of them laugh and remind us: Most people aren’t thinking at all, much less thinking about you. As Davis put it: “Most people aren’t even aware you’re in the room.” Yet, you’re making decisions about what you wear, how you look, what you eat, and whether or not you should workout based on what you THINK they’re thinking about you. We all give a lot of people out there a lot of credit to think they actually think about anything other than themselves or nothing at all, much less US and how we look.
I thought those two takeaways from Meg Doll’s podcast were really helpful, and I commend her for putting such empowering thoughts and content out there to help others. Particularly, the posts she does on #tummylove help me a lot, as I have always struggled with my monstrous Care Bear Tummy.
Thanks for the oomph and the help Meg Doll! We all appreciate it more than you know.