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If you’ve read my books, you know that I have a thing for acronyms. In eating disorder recovery, I named my illness “E.D.,” or simply Ed.

In 12-step meetings to break free from Ed, I learned other helpful acronyms—like my favorite, HALT.

HALT stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired. My support team encouraged me to fix any of these situations before I made an important decision. In other words, I was encouraged to slow down, to halt.

Then, many years later, in PTSD recovery, another acronym came to life: Posttraumatic Solutions and Decisions

You might know that PTSD actually stands for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Well, this acronym had gained so much control over my life that I knew I needed to take it back, take the power out of it—spin PTSD into standing for something positive. The key part of my new PTSD acronym proved to be the last two letters: solutions and decisions.

In my experience with all types of recovery, finding real solutions and then firmly deciding to commit to them is what makes all of the difference. Written out here, this can seem so easy. And, Nike sure makes it sound simple. Find a solution and then just do it. Gulp.

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