Hello everyone! Last time I checked in, I was on the verge of a binge. I've come a long way since then, and it has been a really great journey to watch. When I got home from school, I was away from my support group and from any form of professional help; however, I was also armed with new tools I had gained at school, in the comfort of my own home that was stocked with healthy food, and within 15 minutes from a gym. The transition was rough, and I found myself in a pattern of eating that was gradually moving towards a healthy medium but that I still felt was just too close to my binge/restriction routine. Anyway, I was going up and down in weight, but I refused to binge. It's been a week of successfully logging my food and going to the gym 5-6 times a week. I have never felt more healthy and competent in my behaviors. The weight has been coming off somewhat quickly, but in a healthy, sustainable way. I started attending spin classes 3 times a week and focusing on weight lifting and cardio the other 2/3 times. I balance that with my internship, which gives me something to really focus on during the day besides my eating and weight. I think one of the most interesting things I've noticed is that not weighing myself during the week has been helpful. My scale is too loud in the morning, so I can only weigh myself the days I don't work (Friday-Sunday). I always thought that weighing myself every day or so would keep me accountable, but I think this system has proved me wrong. It's not that there was anything wrong with what I was doing, but for someone with binge eating disorder, I think this new form of weighing in is better; it keeps you intensely accountable for a short period of time but gives you leeway during the work week as well as incentive to see a good number once you reach the weekend. I always share these long posts because it's been very therapeutic for me to share my story, and I hope that someone reading it can take even something small from my journey. I am almost half a year binge free, almost a full year as a consistent gym-goer, and I'm hoping that this past week marks the beginning of a new journey that combines all of these components into one amazing, healthy life. I'm always here for support, and I hope that you are all doing well!
What a nice story to read on "Independence Day!" Congratulations on being binge free for the past six months. What I'm taking from your story is to keep busy. I'm retired so getting out of my apartment and doing worthwhile activities is very important for me. When I'm just hanging around the apartment without a worthwhile activity, food tends to be my challenge. Thanks again for your positive story.
Fantastic and inspiring post. I am taking it minute by minute right now and really needed to see this. Thank you for sharing and congratulations.
Congrats on your binge-free time, Nerdychick!
Wow I am so proud of you. You are truly and inspiration. Keep the good work up. You have come so far already and have great things to come ahead!
Congrats! This post is inspiring! It makes it easier to believe that there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Thank you for sharing