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Hello! :) I'm Cat.
20, F, Middle of England.

I'm here losing weight and getting fit the HEALTHY way!

Height: 5'7
SW: 270 lbs.
CW: 252 lbs. 01/10/12
GW#1: 200 lbs.
GW#2: 160 lbs.

Binge/Starve free since: 1/09/12

Feel free to message me, I don't bite! :)

Now a bit of rambling...! My story:

I'm here after years of having an eating disorder (EDNOS/BED). By this I mean bingeing, and a sort of sugar addiction. I also starved myself on and off for days or weeks at a time. I still battle the voices in my head (that tell me not to eat, or that I'm worthless etc) but I am determined to beat it for good. :)
When I was eating how I considered "ideal/healthy" I was very very restrictive- not eating more then 800 calories, NO CARBS, no sauces/dressings and absolutely no sugar (odd piece of fruit not included). I only recently realised how UNHEALTHY and destructive this actually was and frankly how scared I had become of food.

Now I'm doing much better :) I have started to include carbs in my diet- for example quinoa, oatmeal, cereal and some bread with soup. Eating pasta, rice and potatoes is something I still struggle with. Occasionally I struggle with sugar cravings but usually fruit or yoghurt will satisfy it.

I've had depression and anxiety since I was 12, in various different forms. The last 2 years were very bad, I rarely left my room let alone my bed, and became terrified of going outside.
I've been seeing a lovely lady for CBT and been improving every day :)

I also have a condition called Hidradenitis Suppurativa, a rare skin condition which puts me in chronic pain most days, which can make it hard to walk/move let alone exercise.

With all of the above, I ended up leaving uni May this year (2012). At the time I just felt like such a failure, dropping out of uni, but in reality none of it was my fault, and I've been seeking help and now, I'm following my dream! This October I'm starting a HND course in childcare, whilst working in various placements (my first one is a nursery for children 0-3!). I'm so excited!

For me this journey is not just about losing weight, and gaining fitness, but battling my ED, learning how to reduce my anxiety/depression and love life again, and reduce the intensity of my condition.

Here goes nothing...Wish me luck!

PS: For anyone that uses Tumblr, mine is
It's a great source for motivational/inspirational photos and quotes, alongside recipes and nutritional info.

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    I'm Jude, Leader of the UK Midlands Team, just thought I would drop you a line to invite you to join our team. We are a great friendly, supportive bunch & would love to have you with us.
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