I came across this paragraph yesterday as I was reading the book My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor. It's a memoir about a brain scientist who suffered a stroke and how she recovered. I have a lot more to say about her and her own thoughts on recovery. Although recovery from a brain trauma is vastly different from an eating disorder, I think there are some similarities. I'll post in more elaboration later.
Here's a paragraph about the importance of continuing to try:
"Most important I had to be willing to try. The try is everything. The try is me saying to my brain, hey, I value this connection and I want it to happen. I may have to try, try, and try again with no results for a thousand times before I get even an inkling of a result, but if I don't try, it may never happen."