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Confused - July 13th 2017, 11:24 AM

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So recently I have been trying to recover...
I have been eating properly and trying not to count calories and restrict.

I thought I wanted to gain my weight back. I was starting to look so skinny. I guess the thing that caused me to try to recover was the fact that my bra is now too big. Not like I have much, but I want to keep what I do have.

So yesterday I stood on the scales, and I have gained weight. But I didn't like that. I felt like I had to loose it again.
I don't know what to do. I want to get this out of my head and not care how I look or what I can and can't eat.

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Re: Confused - July 20th 2017, 10:36 AM

I know you probably don't want to hear it, but recovery is just really, really hard. I've had an eating disorder myself on and off for four years, and I've been in various stages of recovery for a long time. I don't know what exactly will work for you, but I can tell you what helped me out.

I told a few close friends about what was going on, and they helped keep me on track with my recovery goals. I also started eating again slowly -- I increased and got used to how much I was eating in small doses, both so that I didn't accidentally make myself sick, and so that I could gradually become more comfortable with the idea of eating normally.

The most difficult thing is getting out of the mindset where we feel like we have to be constantly losing weight, and it could always be helpful to talk to a doctor. That's hard, especially because you're a teenager, but if you're afraid of involving your parents, you can try and see if there are resources available for teens in your area that don't require your parents to be informed.

Please try and take care of yourself as best as you can in the time being! I wish you the best of luck in your recovery.
   
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