I would love to be able to do this - Dancer Pose ;)
My weight has always fluctuated within a 5 lb margin but today I weighed 135 lbs. This is an increase of 15 lbs within the last year, and I'm tired of bingeing and restricting. I am going to lose weight and get back to my happy weight SAFELY and HEALTHILY.
I am a fairly fit person, I run regularly, but I have been struggling with my diet. Typical habits include bingeing before bed and restricting during the day (freakin fastest way to put on weight, ugh). I'm tired of not having my clothes fit nicely anymore..
This is the most I've weighed in several years; previously my weight was stabilized between 123-127 lbs. I feel pretty gross even though I realize my weight is a healthy BMI. 135 is NOT my happy weight.
I was very into running until recently. Last year I was up to 5-7 miles several times a week, but that stopped when I moved out of state. Now I typically run 3-5 mi a few times a week, which is OK, but I'd like to increase my distance.
I'm also a "recovering" bulimic which is to say that I purge but not as badly or as frequently as I used to. This ED makes attaining an overall healthy relationship with food difficult, since I can't stand the feeling of food in my stomach a lot of the time but am constantly trying to force myself to eat.
My goal is to use SP to help hold me accountable.
1) Lose 15 lbs, 5 lbs at a time.
2) End disordered eating habits
3) Increase running distance
Counting calories. I ALWAYS have success when I record exactly what I'm eating. Furthermore I know it helps to lessen disordered eating for me.
I think by eating more regularly (not starving followed by bingeing) I'll be able to exercise more vigorously.
Formerly a CA girl now living in WA. Chemist, recovering bulimic, runner, wife.
| current weight: 129.2
I agree with Ragen Chastain concept that a Healthy attitude is more than weight. It is body, mind, and spirit. What I have reservations with are people who take that attitude and don't try to LOSE the weight...some use that attitude to stop trying...and that's not good...because eventually the wear and tear on the body does it's damage. My philosophy is always keep going towards being the best you can...there is always something you can improve...Six Sigma Philosophy
1340 days ago
Thank you so much for the awesome comment on my blog!!
1361 days ago
Hey, hun. I used to struggle with anorexia and terrible binge eating as well. I understand what you are going through. We're here to support you! *Hugs*
The best tips I can give you to stop binge eating are:
* Start by eating a lot more than you normally would during the day. I know it's difficult but try to eat at least 1,200 calories regardless of what you did the night before. If you binged, just suck it up and go back to your 1,200-1,500 calorie range the next day. It's the only real way to break the binge-starve pattern.
* View healthy eating and passing up sweets as a victory, not a sacrifice. Every time you eat a healthy food, congratulate yourself. Pat yourself on the back. Get excited about it! Small victories are the key to the road to recovery and health.
* Pass up sweets/junk and binge eating as a victory, not a sacrifice. I know how terrible the feeling of missing binging can be! Even if it's a horrible habit, I know how it feels to actually miss being able to binge because it was such a long-term habit! And giving up sweets is hard but just see it as a victory not a sacrifice. Every time you pass up sweets and binge eating, you will get: better sleep, a stable mood, more energy, social confidence, and a happier you. Not to mention your body will thank you...
* Ditch the food scales and calorie counting for a while. If you used to weigh out food and portions (like I did) try stopping it for a while. It will help you stop the cycle of starving/restricting during the day. Just choose healthy foods and don't worry too much about creating a caloric deficit.
* Start an exercise plan. Pair a healthy diet with a regular exercise program. Exercising will help motivate you to stick to eating healthy. It can also be a lot of fun and a way to get more social interaction and support! Try joining a running or other sports club. Or check out group classes at your gym.
* Continue to surround yourself with a supportive environment. Post on Spark people, hang out with health-conscious friends, join an exercise group, etc. The more support you get, the better.
* Always, always, always ... keep trying! Even if you slip up and binge, don't view it as a failure. The only failure is to stop trying completely. Keep hope and know that you CAN and WILL stop binge eating. Think positively and believe in your ability to succeed.
Best of luck to you!
1365 days ago
You can do anything :)
Just remember that!
And we are all in it together!
1366 days ago
Very kind of you to say so.
1368 days ago