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BARDIC_GRRL SparkPoints: (17,076)
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7/18/13 1:26 P

I'm just going to add my support to you, and to the other posters asking you to seek help. You need your doctor, and you need counseling. You already know where you're headed; maybe you don't quite accept that you've already taken the first few steps down that same road.

Some part of you is all too well aware of what you're doing, or you wouldn't have pushed the panic button.

My prayers are with you.

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7/18/13 10:10 A

You gotta see a therapist or something. 500 calories a day PLUS two hours of exercise? You are starving yourself, literally. Overweight people (if you even are overweight, you didn't give any numbers) can still be very malnourished. You are taking in fewer than half the bare minimum of nutrients that your body needs to function and be healthy, and your energy intake itself for the day is probably in the negative numbers.

Starving people do not feel extreme hunger most of the time. Think about it from an evolutionary standpoint and it makes sense. If you are in the middle of a famine you still need to keep functioning or you die, and people who are driven to distraction by hunger can't function. Starving can even produce feelings of euphoria. That's why temporary fasting is such a big thing in religious ritual. It's still starvation, don't kid yourself.

I'm guessing you don't really want to go back to extreme levels of eating-disorder dysfunction or you wouldn't have posted here. So please, find someone in your real, day-to-day life who can help you get off the rollercoaster again. You're hurting yourself.

MARAYAPEARSON SparkPoints: (6,885)
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7/18/13 9:17 A

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
7/17/13 8:30 P

Good for you for asking for help! That is so hard. But you are trying... Keep going! Keep fighting! And don't do it alone.

Absolutely get on board with a physician--this is too much for any one person to go alone. Counseling and nutrition therapy can be very helpful in addition to this. If you're eating 500 calories and your body feels full and doesn't want more it's because it's been reprogrammed to a harmful setting. This isn't uncommon with anorexia, but your body is eating your own muscle and tissues which will cause serious damage and possibly shorten your life. The recovery is slow and hard. Try and get help as soon as you can.

Aside from that, The Gut & Psychology Syndrome(book) has some very good ways and nutrient rich foods to re-introduce that has been found to be helpful for eating disorders and chronic inflammation and hidden illnesses. It's very good info, but if it's too overwhelming to read without being triggered, save it for later.

KOMTRIA Posts: 1,063
7/16/13 9:09 A

Please Please Call your doctor. Eating 500 calories a day means you are forcing your body to consume your own muscle. This is dangerous. You deserve better.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,783
7/16/13 8:50 A

The previous posters have given you some great advice. I'm sure you know that eating so few calories, along with so much exercise, is bad for your health and a dangerous way to try and lose weight. SparkPeople is a great place to get support as you work toward your healthy lifestyle goals, but we are not a replacement for professional, one-on-one counseling. I would strongly recommend contacting your doctor about what's going on, so that they can help you get back into therapy for your ED.

Please let me know if there's anything I can do to help.

Coach Jen

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7/16/13 3:33 A

I really think it is important that you talk with your Dr and arrange to resume Therapy, too. It is one thing to say ....

...."I've put on too much weight as the scale trembles when I get on it lol! I do need to drop quite a bit of weight, because I don't feel comfortable with where I'm at." .....

but when you add....

"I know 500 calories isn't a lot, but I feel full when I do eat."....

it indicates that there IS a problem which needs addressing. Also, it might be helpful to ask for a referral to a Registered Dietitian while you are going through this, too, because they are skilled in helping people in your situation.

Remember this, it doesn't matter whether we feel comfortable in our weight or not. It is whether we are HEALTHY in our weight, (because the mind is very good at playing nasty tricks on us) and you haven't indicated your weight or your height!


Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 7/16/2013 (03:36)
CERTHIA SparkPoints: (22,539)
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7/15/13 7:43 P

It is probably a good idea to talk to your doctor about this. Eating disorders are no fun to deal with, as they tend get worse as they progress, so better nip this in the bud if you can.

Now, on to how to lose weight in a healthy way. Keeping within your ranges on this site would probably be a good start! The minimum would be 1200 calories a day. If you feel full fast, try to consume several smaller meals that includes calorie dense and nutrient rich foods if you can. Avocado, yogurt, nuts, cheese, meats, eggs ect. Hope these suggestions helps. Best wishes!

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7/15/13 7:25 P

No,I'm no longer working with a therapist & the doctor hasn't said anything about losing weight. I should be ok though. I've put on too much weight as the scale trembles when I get on it lol! I do need to drop quite a bit of weight, because I don't feel comfortable with where I'm at. I would like to be healthy while doing so. I don't think my doctor would have a problem with that. I know 500 calories isn't a lot, but I feel full when I do eat.

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7/15/13 11:31 A


Are you still working with a therapist for your eating disorder ? If not, the first thing you should do is call your doctor and let them know what's going on. If you feel you're relapsing back into a disordered eating pattern, you have to talk to your doctor. They can refer you to either another therapist or even a local eating disorder support group.

As you know, eating 500 calories per day isn't healthy. You're a grown woman. You're body needs those calories to function proplerly. And if you don't eat enough, your body will suffer. The absolute bare minimum an adult woman should eat to ensure that she gets all the vital nutrients she needs to be healthy.

Also, how do you know you need to lose ? Did your doctor say you needed to lose weight ? Before you decide to start losing, talk to your doctor first. see what they say before you do anything. For now, try to eat as healthfully as possible.

DICHOTOMOUSBLK SparkPoints: (249)
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7/15/13 11:20 A

I have had anorexia/bulemia for years. It was in remission till the last couple weeks. I broke my back in 2004 & was unable to exercise as much as I would've liked. As a result I gained too much weight! I've only been consuming around 500 calories a day this past week & I work out a couple hours a day. I want to lose it in a healthy way, but not sure I can! Please give me some suggestions!

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