But Lot was so afraid he couldn’t move. So the angels grabbed him by the hand, and they grabbed the hands of his wife and of his two daughters, and they led them out of the city. As soon as they were safely out of the city, one of the angels said, “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!”
And then God rained fire onto the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Thick, black smoke filled the air like smoke from a fiery furnace.
Sometimes in life, you have to grit your teeth, set your face like flint and let the hot tears run cold.(Paraphrased Old Testament story - Taken from Genesis 19:25 ff )
You have to put blinkers on and RUN. Ignore every twinge of agony and crash through every hurdle of despair.
Scream if you have to, but whatever you do, DON'T LOOK BACK. Don't look at what you were, where you've come from, how you felt. Just keep running like nobody has ever run before.
There's a point in recovery, be it recovery from an addiction or recovery from an Eating Disorder, when to look back is fatal. Just like Lot's wife, to look at what you've left behind is going to destroy you.
In the case of Anorexia, to stop pushing through the pain barriers, to allow yourself a backward glance is to begin to slow down. Casting that quick over-the-shoulder peek, may not feel like it, but it's going to make your feet like lead, your path like treacle. And all of a sudden, it's got you.
You were going through hell, you should have kept on going.
Why go through halfway through hell and turn back?
That's what looking behind you will do.
Suddenly, you're so much bigger.
You can't feel your bones.
You can't see the ribs, the dip in the sternum, the ridge of the clavicle, the tailbone, the prominent metacarpals, the pits alongside your knees...
And you turn
into a pillar
standing in the tunnel
you never saw through.
And there, you stay
grain by grain
bone by bone
to the place you glanced at
when you get there,