Life without Anorexia

My motto is
'Dont let the sadness of your past & the fear of your future ruin the happiness of your present'

My life at the moment is completely different to how it once was. I spent 5 years sick with anorexia nervosia and depression as well as struggling with self harm and overexercising. I spent 2 years in different treatment centres.
And since 2012 i have been declared healthy from my eating disorder.

I have been blogging for 7 years, and my whole journey is written in my posts. I now represent healthy and happiness. I want to show anyone struggling that it is possible to recover, no matter how hard it may seem.

I now blog about recovery, my life, veganism and positivity!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Master post of over exercising and exercise in recovery

I was wondering if you would be able to write a post about overtraining. I currently am overtrained and am trying to rectify this. My doctor has told me to take the week off and then go back into things slowly and not work out so much. I am finding this really difficult and wonder if you would be able to help. I know that have an exercise addiction which I use as a crutch to allow myself to eat intuitively but I am really struggling at the moment. I am a healthy weight, but I cannot shake the feeling that I have gained weight through overtraining myself- or at least have some pretty serious fluid retention. Will my body go back to how it was? Sorry all the questions, I am just in a bad place just now and I would really appreciate some advice :) xx

Im sorry to hear that you are overtraining and struggling at the moment but its important to listen to your doctor and to rest. Even if its tough, its what your body needs right now.
  When you over exercise you stress your body too much... your body can go into shcok and begins to hold onto fat and water... ie. making you gain weight and also fat even though you do alot of exercise. Its the bodies way of protecting itsself. Also your workouts become less effective as 1)your heart rate doesnt rise as much, your heart rate stays alot lower as your body is trying to keep you safe. As well as holding onto fat you burn less during your workouts... a protection method as well.
   Your muscles begin to break down instead of fat. You feel tired, you either eat loads or you eat very little.
  You can feel depressed, anxious, have trouble sleeping and get insomnia.

Click THIS post for signs that you are over exercising

They are all symptoms of over exercising and the only way to get rid of it is to rest... this will also help your body let go of water. It helps your body to destress, to feel safer.
  You wont make things better by exercising i can promise you that. I had a period where i was over exercising where i did 1-2 hours cardio everyday because i didnt know better... and it felt like 1 hour wasnt enough i had to keep doing more and more even though i had no energy for it. I ate very little at the time as well.
  I was always bloated, i felt tired and began feeling depressed and getting ED thoughts again. I was completely burnt out and instead of exercise being an enjoyment it began something anxiety filled.
  So i rested... i took a week where i did nothing but short walks with Daisy. It was tough but i needed it and it helped me alot to realise that resting a whole week didnt make me fat. I also began eating more and when i rested more and ate more my energy came back and my motivation for exercise as well.

Exercise SHOULDNT be seen as a compromise for eating. You CAN and SHOULD eat whether you exercise or not.
  Instead you need to face the guilt and anxiety you get. Rest completly for 1-2 weeks and then slowly begin exercising again. DONT make a workout plan, instead try to listen to your body. Do exercise you enjoy and eat extra before and after.

You can try the Replacement method  (post) to help you during this week and to help you find other things you enjoy doing. Not just exercising.
You need to sit down and ask yourself why you exercise, do you enjoy it.. why do you need to do the amount you do. Why cant you just rest? Why do you have to exercise?

Here are some posts that can help anyone struggling with over exercise:
How i stopped over exercising
Is exercise taking over your life?
Post about exercise and anxiety over exercise
Exercising while in recovery
Anorexia Athletica
Signs that you are over exercising
Food should not be seen in the amount of exercise you need to do
Everyone else is exercising so why cant i?
Finding balance with exercise
Exercise addiction - answer
Not wanting to sit down - exercise addiction


  1. Dear Izzy, thank you for responding so quickly. Even though I understand that I am over exercising and I have all the symptoms and the doctor is telling me these things- it makes it easier when someone else who has gone through the same thing gives advice. The physical side of an eating disorder is easy to fix compared to the mental side. I've been physically healthy for 6 months now but it's still a battlefield in my head sometimes! I do actually love exercise but it's also a coping mechanism for my eating but I am determined I am going to come back stronger and fitter but I thank you for helping me to accept that I need to rest and start listening to my body. Thank you xx

    1. I completely understand... it can be hard to take a doctors advice on board when he/she hasnt been through the same thing. But i can tell you from experience that rest will help :) And if you enjoy exercise thats a good thing, it means that you are in some ways doing it for the right reason. But now you also have to face those fears of compromising and only being able to eat because you exercise.
      Switch up your workouts, workout with friends, rest, eat enough and you will see that the bloating will go away and your body will start to feel less stressed and more safe :)