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LAWANDMUSIC Posts: 1,645
11/28/12 6:07 P

Be very gentle with yourself!

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
11/28/12 5:22 P

perhaps re-read your pages and revisit the decisions that started you on this journey in the first place?

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11/28/12 4:34 P

Another thing to think about is that if your friends know you have experienced an ED in the past, they probably don't want to comment on your weight and have it upset you.

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11/27/12 10:55 A

thanks, guys. You are all so sweet!

So far I've gotten back on track with eating (I hope), and now I'm just trying to get re-motivated to workout again. I used to love it, and now I'm just exhausted. But my biggest fear is that I'll go back to binge eating again... it seems so uncontrollable, and I was doing well for so long!

SLIMMERKIWI, I'm not even sure how I was able to overcome it. I just committed to being healthy, and I grew to love it! But then as the semester got more stressful and busy (and I subsequently had less time to go to the store to buy healthy snacks), I slipped back into old habits, and now it happens at least once a week... does anyone have any advice to getting over it completely? I've never spoken to a therapist or anyone, really, about it.

But thank you again for all of your advice!! It's brilliant, and it means so much.

11/26/12 9:33 A

If it's *only* 3 lbs it's probably just water weight from the past few days and should come right off. You're doing great! Don't give up now. Focus on today.

BELLYDOG Posts: 2,459
11/26/12 8:25 A

Jules, you might want to check out ~IndyGirl's Sparkpage. She gives the example: If you are driving somewhere in your car and you get a flat tire, you don't jump out of the car and puncture the other three tires, do you? No! You get the flat tire fixed and get back on the road and continue on to your destination. Treat those five days the same way. And reconsider why you want to become healthy. Your friends did not comment on your weight loss so far. Do you think they just didn't notice? Or did they just not comment because they don't want to make a big issue out of it? Or could they be just slightly jealous because you are doing something about your weight and winning the battle, and they are not? You can only change your own attitude and how you react to others. Remember to tay hydrated, get plenty of rest and do those 10 minutes of exercise every hour while studying for finals. It will improve your circulation and focus! Good luck!

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (250,607)
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11/26/12 5:45 A

Hi Jules - I read your SparkPage and notice that you had an Eating Disorder. What did you do to overcome it earlier? Can you draw on those tools so that you are prevented from revisiting the ED? Do you have a Therapist who specializes in this? What concerns me is that you have a lot of pressure on you with your school finals, and it is when these pressures are on us that our ability to deal with these things surface. I would imagine if you don't have a Therapist then your school would have someone on staff - perhaps one of your Tutors?

Make sure that you start your day with a healthy breakfast, and one that is filling. Take some healthy snacks with you and also take a healthy, filling lunch - one that has good complex carbs and quality protein. These will help you with energy and concentration. Have some gum so that if you feel the "need" to have something in your mouth, but you aren't hungry, then chewing on the gum can often help prevent mindless eating. Also make sure that you get some exercise in. It will help you with your energy levels for you finals. I would also suggest that you bulk cook some healthy meals, containerize them in single-serve containers, and have them in the freezer so that you can use them when you are tired, or lack the time to fully prepare something. You will find it cheaper, too, because you can take advantage of the good specials with meat and veges.

You CAN do this - the good thing is when you wake up in the morning it is a new day .... a new beginning. The last 5 days are just that - they are history and in the long term won't make any difference so long as you leave them there.

BIG hugs and good luck for your finals.

Kris xx

Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 11/26/2012 (05:47)
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11/26/12 12:44 A


Remember your weight is not a static number...your weight will fluctuate from day to day, even when you are following a healthy lifestyle...anything from your diet, to your hydration to your workouts and yes, even hormones can cause a shift on the scale. So taking the focus off the scale can be a huge motivator as you look to incorporating the healthy habits back into your life. You do hold the power over the food. You do not have to give up just because you had a few not so great days. All is not lost, unless you allow the last 5 days to define you.

Hang in there and I wish you well with your finals!

Coach Nancy

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11/26/12 12:02 A

I'm going to sound so desperate, but I'm really struggling right now, and I just don't know what to do or who to talk to.

In the past 5 months, I Iost 22 lbs. But then I went home for Thanksgiving, and I've binged 5 days in a row, and I didn't workout at all. I've gained at least three pounds back already, but the worst part is that I just can't get myself re-motivated.

I was doing so well... and I was so happy about my healthy lifestyle! But when I came home, I realized I was partially motivated by friends from here and what they thought about me, so once they saw me post-weight loss (along with the fact that they didn't comment on it), I suddenly lost all motivation to continue.

So now I'm upset because I thought I was losing weight for me, not others. And now I've lost all motivation. And I'm about to start finals at school, which will make me even less motivated to eat right and work out. And I just feel miserable and huge and awful again because of how I've been eating and how I think I look as a result.... and that makes me binge even more.

help help help :( I know I sound pathetic... I am just so afraid. I don't want to go back to who I was when I was 20 lbs overweight, but I've completely forgotten/ignored everything I've learned over the past 5 months, so now I feel like such a failure.

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