You felt desperate about how your body was feeling. Eating habits had very little consistency. No time for exercise. Low on energy.

You turned to HIIT workouts, strict diets, and even guilt. Choosing punishment to reclaim a sense of control.

It worked for a while. Until it really didn’t.

Because, as Katherine Morgan Schafler writes in The Perfectionist’s Guide to Losing Control, “Feeling in control isn’t a substitute for empowerment.”

And suddenly, it all makes sense.

In my case, it was trying to control my whole being, not just health and fitness.

-J