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VJC, is the binging and purging something new or have you been doing that for a while? I'm 5'2" also and you may not want advice from me...because I have a whole lot to lose and don't have any experience with anorexia or bulimia. But if you don't mind a few observations: 100 is too low for our height. The last time I saw the charts, our weight range was to be between 110 and 126 depending on bone structure. If you're small build, then 110 would be a reasonable goal. Don't set yourself up for problems by trying to reach 100. In fact, others have suggested to me that I look at my goals in 5 or 10 pound increments rather than looking at the entire amount to loose. I'd also suggest reading about bulimia so that you know the risks associated with it - and hopefully you can get control before it takes control of you. I'd suggest joining a weight loss club such as Weight Watchers and try your best to be satisfied with an average weekly loss of 2 pounds. They're my favorite because their plan is healthy and the habits you'll establish on that plan are reasonable for a lifetime maintenance. The fad diets are things you won't do for the rest of your life, so you end up going back to old habits and gaining. A healthy plan like WW and exercise is a good combination. Maybe the weekly meetings would be just what you need to give you a boost? If it's the way it used to be, you can go to as many meetings a week as you want as long as you've paid for one meeting that week (if you're in an area with multiple meeting options). As far as exercise goes, try starting very small - like a 3-5 minute walk. Try not to have an "all or none" mentality. If you eat too much in one meal, say "OK, I didn't make good choices in that meal, but I can make better choices for my next meal". Another suggestion is to go to the library (or book store) and look for something on loving yourself as you are... It is possible to look at yourself with 30 extra pounds and say "OK, I do have some to lose, but my health is important and I need to do this in a slow, healthy way. I love myself no matter what and I'm NOT going to let 30 extra pounds make me miserable while I'm working on this."

I don't know if any of that helps, but I hope so. I lost a lot of weight on WW. Unfortunately I got off track when I was at about 136 (down from 200+) and never got to the maintenance part of the plan. Over the course of 15 years or so, I've gained it back and more. So I have a long way to go...but I HAVE learned to love myself no matter what. And that helps a person to be satisfied with a healthy pace for losing weight without resorting to the more drastic measures.

Mel





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