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!

If you have any questions leave them in the comment section as i am much quicker at answering there, otherwise you can always send an email: lifewithoutanorexia@hotmail.com

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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Readers progress

I love sharing readers progress as i know that it can motivate others to see other peoplse progress.
  I focus on giving advice and showing a healthy life now and if you want to read about my recovery and the steps i took and how i felt then you can go back to 2010,2011 and 2012 posts :) But when you get to hear someone elses progress in recovery, someone who is doing it right now... then it can motivate you. But also i want to acknowledge YOUR progress and success. I want YOU to feel proud of yourself, to get recognition of the progress you are making and make you want to keep fighting. To keep going for health and know that small things like increasing calories, using butter on your bread or taking a rest day, they are big things and they are progress!

So here comes a readers progress:

Dear Izzy, 

I have just read your blog and have decided to update you on some positive aspects of my recovery at the moment. 

So, with a few wobbles, I made it through Christmas, and actually managed to have fun and enjoy the food in the process! I managed to eat my Christmas meal, have the same meals as everyone else for lunch and dinner for four days (which is amazing for me!), and even indulge myself in some of the delicious puddings, without compromising! Yes, it was hard, and I felt horrible at times, anxiety ridden, and scared, but I did it, and you know what, nothing has happened! 

I have proven to myself that I can do it, and that nothing bad will happen to me when I attempt to confront my issues, and that running from them does not do anything. I faced a whole load of my fears and I'm fine. My family were so proud of me, and I even confessed to my mum that it was my best Christmas in three years. Through my recovery, I am even more aware that my relationship with food is getting better than it was even before I was ill, and I am now more comfortable with myself as a person, so positives do come out of negatives, no matter how awful the negatives are! I have learnt that food is for fuel, and can be enjoyed, but should not be used as an emotional tool. I have learned that it's not all about being skinny, it's about being healthy and happy, and that food and being a healthy weight enables that. I now would much rather be a healthy BMI and enjoying my life then being skinny and fixated on food all the time not enjoying my life. I have also learnt that it's alright not to want to go out and to enjoy your own company, but also that at the end of the day if I can say to myself that I am a good person, that is alright with me! 

You're right, you have to act in order to change, not just wish it. 

Since my weight has actually been stable for a couple of weeks now (after it having gone up by three pounds due to an increase a few weeks previously), I have also decided to increase my calorie intake by a further 200 calories a day in order to potentially increase my weight even more (as I still have around 10 lbs to gain before I am a healthy BMI). 

Happy New Year! 

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