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Diet and purging. - November 15th 2017, 06:34 PM

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So I haven't posted in this forum for awhile but I* feel the need to.

So in the end of August I joined weight watchers with my family. I love the program and I am doing really good on it. I am losing weight and it's amazing. But since Sunday I have gone off track and I haven't been tracking but I haven't really been over eating or eating the wrong thing.. It is 11:12am as I am writing this and I haven't eaten at all. I am not really that hungry. But I am going to eat pretty soon. The thing is I have in my head that because I am actually gaining weight, I feel like I know have to take things in my own hands and still stick to the WW points that I am given. But I also need to purge what I eat because that will help me lose weight even faster.

I know that purging is dangerous and screws up y6opur teeth and everything. I also know that purging doesn't necessarily make you lose weight. Since I know all this I really do not need people telling me all this. I just needed to vent and get this off my chest. Because I really do not want to go back to purging I haven't done it in over 6 months. I am just stuck.

Can anyone give me any advice?


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Re: Diet and purging. - November 15th 2017, 07:00 PM

I'm having the same sort of problem, Essa. I've began to work out, or I did back in the summer, and saw my weight go down a bit. With that, and in addition to changes in medication, I've been eating a lot less and hardly binge eat anymore. Do you have any support system to cheer you on in a healthy manner, both towards eating and exercising? I don't think anyone should have to go through this journey alone, both recovery and fighting a relapse.

I remember a while back you said you got a FitBit. If you want, we can friend one another through the app and be a friendly competitor / cheerleader.

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Re: Diet and purging. - November 16th 2017, 06:38 PM

Did something trigger this? I know you mentioned that you have it in your head that you are actually gaining and so you need to compensate for that but is there an event or feeling that triggered that. I know it is possible that there was no trigger but when I have a flare up of ED thoughts or feelings I will try and figure if out if there was a trigger and go from there.

If there was no stessor, my hope is that these feelings of wanting to purge will pass with time. I know that ED thoughts don't ever truly go away so even if a person is doing well (as you seem to be) the thoughts can spark occasionally. I know some of the girls in treatment were working on figuring out how to cope with that. I think one of the suggestions was to, essentially, sit with the feelings and distract yourself until they go away. Of course, that's so much easier said than done.

I really wish that I had some profound insight to provide but this is actually one of the things I struggle with and one of the reasons that I will occasionally relapse.

I really hope that you can overcome this. I see how hard you are trying and you deserve to be free of this!


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