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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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Recovery progress of the week

Its been several weeks since i did this segment post, but its been requested to bring it back again. So here we go again - time to share YOUR recovery progress of the week or month or even year!

It can be any type of progress whether its facing different fears or stepping outside of your comfort zone or just coming to the realisation that you need to make a change! It can be any type of progress :)

3 months into the year, have you been able to achieve any of the goals you set for yourself this year?

My progress of the year? (As there isnt so much week progress in my life, haha)

Stepping outside of my comfort zone more, being alot more social, being ok with the fact that i have days where i struggle and not having to hide or be ashamed about it. Also staying calm and not stressing myself over life and school, instead just doing my best... not stressing over group work or exams or essays. Applying for jobs and knowing that everything will sort itself out one way or another! Each day doing something that brings me closer to my goals but always keeping my health and happiness in focus :)


So... comment below if you have anything you want to share!!!

9 comments:

  1. I had an appointment with my psychologist, and I was actually able to speak honestly and tell her what was on my mind. It was such a relief to get what I was worried about out in the open. That was a really big moment for me because I've always grown up keeping my thoughts and opinions to myself to make life easier for everyone else.

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  2. I committed to recovery last August (after a relapse), and have been making a lot of progress ever since. I worked my way up to calorie minimums, I've spread my food out throughout the day (instead of restricting in the morning and eating everything at night), I eat a much more varied diet, and I've challenged all my fear foods like pizza and Nutella. Making those changes has allowed me to gain weight slowly, but recently my weight loss plateaued. I didn't really want to eat any more, and I knew I had an addiction to exercise, so just over the past two weeks I've been taking one day off a week to rest my body. I know I may need to take more days off, but considering I haven't taken a rest day in 6 years (other than when I got my wisdom teeth removed or when I have had an overseas flight), I consider it great progress.

    Then on the more emotional/social side, I'm learning to "unnumb" myself, allowing myself to experience emotions without trying to use calorie restriction, excessive exercise, or whatever else to avoid confronting negative emotions. I'm also trying to learn to build back up a sense of self worth that comes from within myself, even when the situations around me are overwhelming and chaotic. I've been learning coping skills for tough emotions and tough situations that do not including past eating disorder behaviors. I've been gaining my voice back again rather than suffering in silence. There are more things, but this is just some of the progress I've made. Thanks so much for this prompt, I've been struggling lately with how far I have left to go in recovery, without looking back and realizing just how far I've come!

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  3. My progress is rather the progress of 2017 :) in the beggining of the year I still couldn't go to school becausr my weight was a bit lower than the minimum of the outpatient weight, but then I faced my fears and started to eat more, and now for about 1 and a half months I'm back to school, and I can say I'm more social than ever. I try to let go of small things that bother me, and concentrate on the positives. Last week I took part in an italian student exchange program, where our class hosted italian students, and I could manage without my comfortable routine for a week, and I went out almost Every night! I feel like I have come a long way since last year, and I was not this positive for 2 and a half years now!! today I managed to get sick, and I have a fever, but I dont worry about lying in the bed whole day, I know I need rest!

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  4. I committed to recovery last August (after a relapse), and have been making a lot of progress ever since. I worked my way up to calorie minimums, I've spread my food out throughout the day (instead of restricting in the morning and eating everything at night), I eat a much more varied diet, and I've challenged all my fear foods like pizza and Nutella. Making those changes has allowed me to gain weight slowly, but recently my weight loss plateaued. I didn't really want to eat any more, and I knew I had an addiction to exercise, so just over the past two weeks I've been taking one day off a week to rest my body. I know I may need to take more days off, but considering I haven't taken a rest day in 6 years (other than when I got my wisdom teeth removed or when I have had an overseas flight), I consider it great progress.

    Then on the more emotional/social side, I'm learning to "unnumb" myself, allowing myself to experience emotions without trying to use calorie restriction, excessive exercise, or whatever else to avoid confronting negative emotions. I'm also trying to learn to build back up a sense of self worth that comes from within myself, even when the situations around me are overwhelming and chaotic. I've been learning coping skills for tough emotions and tough situations that do not including past eating disorder behaviors. I've been gaining my voice back again rather than suffering in silence. There are more things, but this is just some of the progress I've made. Thanks so much for this prompt, I've been struggling lately with how far I have left to go in recovery, without looking back and realizing just how far I've come!

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  5. Yesterday was my one-year recovery anniversary! I thought I'd go out to a restaurant to celebrate, but I just ended up staying home and studying :) Regardless, I'm really happy with how far I've come.

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  6. I am now recovered for almost two years() and my progress is that i became more open about that with my friends, colleges and even my new boyfriend, and having a boyfriend is also a big progress, because before i wasn't able to let anybody (but my psychiatrist) get so close for almost 6 years.

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  7. My greatest progress is that I have finally managed to break an ED behaviour that I had. It has taken time but I have managed to overcome the urges to do it and broken the habit. This has made me feel so much better in many ways and I feel so free! It is hard to describe how happy this has made me feel and that 100% recovery is possible if I want it badly enough.

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  8. I am in the process of recovery towards the end as far as my physical doctors are concerned, but I feel as though I'm falling into the trap of half recovery. I have had ED thoughts since I was about 10 yrs old and am now 21. I already went through being hospitalized for low heart rate, going into partial, and than IOP and came out into outpatient care. I am not sure how to get over my fear foods I still have as well as the guilt that comes from eating. I eat and depending on what is it I feel upset afterwards. I feel like my thoughts, even though not my actions, have began to start making me feel ore guilty again. I feel like I'm scared to look in the mirror and be healthy looking. Part of me wants full recovery and part of me does not know how to let go, or even if I want to fully let go, of my ED. It has become a crutch and the thought of losing it completely makes me feel as though I'm losing control. Even though I eat the meal plan and lack of variety helps me to feel in control. I am proud of the progress I've made, but sometimes want to feel that way again...anyone else ever feel like this?

    Thanks for your posts Izzy you really are an inspiration :)

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  9. I committed to recovery last August (after a relapse), and have been making a lot of progress ever since. I worked my way up to calorie minimums, I've spread my food out throughout the day (instead of restricting in the morning and eating everything at night), I eat a much more varied diet, and I've challenged all my fear foods like pizza and Nutella. Making those changes has allowed me to gain weight slowly, but recently my weight loss plateaued. I didn't really want to eat any more, and I knew I had an addiction to exercise, so just over the past two weeks I've been challenging myself to rest my body more. considering I haven't taken a rest day in 6 years (other than when I got my wisdom teeth removed or when I have had an overseas flight), I consider it great progress.

    Then on the more emotional/social side, I'm learning to "unnumb" myself, allowing myself to experience emotions without trying to use calorie restriction, excessive exercise, or whatever else to avoid confronting negative emotions. I'm also trying to learn to build back up a sense of self worth that comes from within myself, even when the situations around me are overwhelming and chaotic. I've been learning coping skills for tough emotions and tough situations that do not including past eating disorder behaviors. I've been gaining my voice back again rather than suffering in silence. There are more things, but this is just some of the progress I've made. Thanks so much for this prompt, I've been struggling lately with how far I have left to go in recovery, without looking back and realizing just how far I've come!

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