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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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Recovery motivation

Where I currently am...:

@excerptsofstories on Instagram: “good morning !!!”
What's important is that you take care of yourself no matter what kind of day you're having! <3 #recovery:

love yourself beautiful and I don't know but I know 4 years laters she'd feel my pain.:


8 comments:

  1. Izzy, thank you so much for this post. It is possible to accept reality, the fact that we are not perfect, the fact that our bodies weren't meant to follow our standards and stereotypes. Our bodies were meant to be beautiful as they are.
    This week, I struggled a little with weight gain, obsessive thoughts over food, a few bad days. But I win again, I taught my mind to slow down, to take a deep breath and start again. I learned that bad days were only signs to make me kinder and warm hearted, accepting the worst events and smiling as a result, coping in the most beautiful way.
    Thank you for your blog. You are helping is the creation of amazing lives, and more aware hearts.

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  2. Thank you for these, they are so good and very very apt. Makes me realise that I`m not in such a bad place after all - that its ok to struggle with out me thinking I am in fact failing and all is lost. They give me such hope that I can do this!
    Thank you for your wonderful blog and all that you put into it, you are helping so many people xxxx

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  3. Echoing everyone else, thank you for this post. Especially the first one about the middle of recovery, it is SO hard, and most every day, sometimes multiple times a day, I want to give up. And I wonder if it will always be this hard. But I keep moving foward. It is encouragjng to hear that others struggle with this stage of recovery, but that they made it through and that it does get easier.

    If you have the time, could you do a post on dealing with emotions in healthy ways during this stage of recovery? Right now I'm almost weight restored and much more emotionally aware, and finding it hard to process the emotions that I used to numb with my ED. I find this especially tough when it comes to the emotions surrounding what caused my ED to begin with. Any advice would be appreciated!

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    1. I'm not Izzy, but one thing that helped me a lot was to replace my thoughts. It took me about 3 years to actually recover because I couldn't escape my thoughts at all, they were always there no matter how much I hated them. What I did to free myself from these emotions and voices was replace them. Firstly, I journaled them down and tried to talk to myself through them, I wrote every emotion in detail no matter how exaggerated it was. Secondly, I filled myself with thoughts that opposed the ones I wanted to avoid, so instead of listening to myself saying that I wanted to be thin so desperately, and that I wasn't perfect enough or that I hated myself and didn't deserve anything.. I kept reading recovery blogs, reblogged beautiful and inspiring tumblr pictures, wrote poems of stories, drew something random, talked to someone deeply.. anything that made me feel productive and good about myself. It really works in the end. Wish you all the love in the world. xx

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    2. Thank you, this is very helpful advice! I don't think I realized how much recovery work there was to do that has nothing to do with weight gain. It is nice to hear that the thoughts do pass if you work on it, even if it takes some time. Thanks again!!

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    3. No, I never realised either that recovery entailed so much more than weight gain. I naively thought that once I was weight restored that would be it - hence my subsequent relapse. This time round though I am, thanks to this blog and Izzy`s excellent quotes, far more ware of what I need to do to make my mind healthy as well as my body. And you are right, its a daily struggle and sometimes it seems so relentless. I just want it to get easier - I know it will in time but not knowing just when makes it so hard.
      Good luck with your recovery xxx

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  4. Yes, thank you, thank you for posting this. It is so hard when you don't look 'anorexic' but are still recovering. I am a middle-aged woman who has been battling this eating disorder for like 28 years and each day is a battle. Thanks for the motivation to keep us warriors going. You inspire me. 'Just keep swimming' is my mantra...lol! :)

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  5. the first picture in the post about mid recovery stage.. ugh, god, it's the worst. Them half recovered stage is just the absolute worst. I've been stuck here in this grey area bouncing back and forth for about 3 years now. thank you for the post. also, i saw you have food poisoning!! I had it not too long ago myself and my bf has it now too. that's so weird but i hope you get better soon

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