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Girlygirl is right on LS!! Lately I have just let go of all of my "rules" when it comes to eating and exercise and you know what? I've never felt better!! I'm so much happier and I just feel free! And I'm learning how to accept my body regardless of it's flaws and so far I'm doing good with that too. I feel sexy and attractive. And you know these past 2 days I've ate at buffet places twice and as I ate I was constantly looking around and watching other people eat and seeing what they were eating and how much. Of course I thought I was eating ALOT but everyone around me was eating probably 3X what I was. That taught me right there that I do not eat alot even though I think I do and you don't either! According to your menus that you've posted I eat alot more than you and I still don't eat as much as "normal" people. For an example I was watching this Aisian girl last night at this chinese buffet place we went to. She was teeny tiny...even smaller than me and she went back 3-4 times and got HUGE heaping platefuls of food! I had 2 small plates and a small dish of ice cream and was stuffed! She was still eating when we left so it's hard to say how much she actually did eat. My point is our thinking is so distorted still because of the ED's and it may seem like to us that we are "pigging out" but in reality we are still eating alot less than what is considered "normal". I know I've been eating well over 2000 cals a day...I haven't been counting though. And I'm only 5'1" and a little over 100 lbs. If I can handle it so can you! I have cookouts to go to tonight and tomorrow night for the 4th and normally I would be freaking out about it but I'm not at all. I'm excited and I can't wait to dig in to all of the good food. And you know something else I've that I'm eating normally and eating what I want, when I want I don't crave things like I used to and I'm not constantly hungry. I don't binge either because I know I can have more later if something is really good. It's like food isn't everything anymore. It used to be all I thought about but now it's just nourishment and sometimes just for enjoyment. Girl, you need to just loosen up!! That is what we are all trying to tell you! Let go of the fear and just live life! I know it's easier said than done but you do want to get better right? So start today! Get rid of your "rules" and listen to your body. Eat when you're hungry, what you're hungry for and until you're full. Exercise in moderation and do exercises you enjoy. I walk and do yoga because I love to do both. I really want to see you get better. We all do, ok? Take care and hang in there ok? (((HUGS)))
YES the anxiety is worth it!! It will become less and less as time goes on. I know how you feel right now. I've felt that way MANY times! It doesn't bother me near as much anymore when I indulge in something. And don't worry about that brownie! You didn't eat a whole lot yesterday and everything else you ate was very healthy so that brownie...even if it was a big not going to hurt you at all. I usually eat at least 2 things everyday that isn't exactly "healthy" and if I find myself feeling guilty I just remind myself that everything else I ate was healthy so just 2 things isn't going to hurt me. You want to get to the point where you can eat without thinking twice about it. That's what normal eating is all about. Most people don't give alot of thought when it comes to eating. I mean you have to give a little thought to get the right foods but other than that most people just eat when they're hungry, what they're hungry for and until they've had enough and then just forget about it. I know that is really hard for us to do and I'm even still far from being like that (but getting closer). Remember this will take time. Don't expect to just wake up one day and be able to just eat and not even think about it anymore. I wish it could be like that but unfortunately it's not that easy. Something that has helped me is reading lots of articles, books, etc on self-esteem, positive body image, and so on. Because ED's stem from....other than control issues.....low self-esteem and feeling badly about ourselves and the way we look. I'm just beginning to learn to accept myself regardless of my flaws and to just be happy with my body and with who I am. I'm still far from being there but the important thing is..I am working on it. I know you can do this!! It's really scary...I know...but like Girlygirl has said....keep scaring yourself! You'll realize after awhile that there really isn't anything to be afraid of. And the fear and anxiety will slowly become less and less. Just hang in there ok? ((hugs))

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