I’m not much of a poster but reading this forum has helped us so much. Our 16 year old daughter was diagnosed with anorexia 14 months ago. She was WR at Christmas and we have seen some great progress in her mental state since then. We are currently working through fear foods - a steady laddered approach seems to work for her - as we re-fed on safe foods. We discovered she had an exercise compulsion last August and she has slept in my bed since then. She is supervised pretty much all of the time and when she was at school I took her/ picked her up , saw her for lunch and school supervised her break to stop her going walkabout. We are in the UK and her big summer exams are cancelled.These had been a big focus for her to keep on track with her recovery and I did worry that she would struggle but she has settled into doing lots of craft during the lockdown as well as the typical Netflix and social media. Since August exercise has just been a short walk with the dog each day. She was active before AN but not overly so. During lockdown we are having an hours walk a day but she is fairly sedentary in between and happily so. We have discussed her wanting to go running but she openly said it was driven by AN, we also discussed her going back in her own bed but again she openly said she felt the exercise compulsion was still too strong. Last week she told her therapist and then me that she is exercising in the shower in the mornings. We discussed it and agreed we would set a timer so she would need to hurry up rather than see it as an opportunity to exercise.
Am I being naive with this - do I need to stop all exercise to help her get rid of the compulsion? We have come so far - like so many on here we have had an awful time and I don’t want to leave her with any lasting behaviours if we can help it. Given the current situation it would feel cruel to take away the walk but we will if it’s necessary.
We would really welcome any thoughts on this - thank you.