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[21 Mar 2008|10:30pm]

 I just finished updating my weightloss website!

This is the stuff I added:

*New entry on the news page
*New pictures in the progress section
*A TON of new links, including a guide to Easter candy.
*A few new answers on the Your Questions page (Including one highly controvertial one)
*A few new quotes on the Quotations page

So if you have a few minutes, go check it out!

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My path [17 Feb 2008|05:48pm]


I hope this works as some inspiration for some people

Check out my weight loss website:

My journey in weight loss

Lots of links to recipes and calorie counters...

Hope you guys find it helpful!

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Help a sister out. [27 Nov 2007|10:59pm]
My name is Jessica. I have been in and out of treatment programs for three years (1 year anorexia, 2 years bulimia). I'm writing a paper on causes (emotional, physical and chemical) for eating disorders and I'd like some input. If you'd like, you can reply in a comment or send me your answers via email.


Please delete if this isn't acceptable. Thank you so much in advance. :)

Survey for the eating disordered:


Age you developed an eating disorder:

Are you on any anti-depressants?

Have you been in any sort of treatment program?

If you had to choose your favorite body part, which would it be?

Have you ever been physically abused? (Hit/punched, molested, raped, groped, victim of exhibition, etc.)

If so. . .

At what age?
What type of abuse was it?
Did you tell anyone about it afterwards?
If you told someone, how long afterwards was it?

Financially, were you raised in a. . .?
Low income home / middle class home / upper class home:

Number of siblings:

Are your parents. . .?
Divorced / married / separated:

If married. . .
Which parent would you say you're closest to?
Does this parent know about your eating disorder?
If no, how does it make you feel that they don't notice something that your entire life is consumed with?

If they're divorced. . .
Did you view one of your parents as, 'weaker,' or more emotional after the divorce?
And if so, what measures (if any) did you take to ensure that you weren't a, 'burden,' (financially/emotionally/physically) to this parent?
Did you feel that you were somehow responsible for the divorce?
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[02 Jul 2006|06:53pm]
Sorry, but the previous link about Britney was wrong. Here is correct one...

Goals Re-considered (X-Post) [26 Jun 2006|08:23am]

Hello Everyone:
Happy Monday!! :) I hate mondays. I really do. And I'm so tired and I feel like crap this morning. But that is not NOT not going to deter me from eating healthy and getting on with my life.

That's a big step, considering any other day I would have used my feeling crappy as an excuse for not eating right, or an excuse to over eat or under eat or just be unhealthy in general. You know?

The weekend went well. Friday night I had a "mess dinner" which is a formal dinner that the military holds for it's members. It was a good time. I had 2 vokda drinks (1 with 7 up and 1 with clamato juice -- a vodka 7, and a ceasar no tabasco.) And I had 2 glasses of White wine, which is debateably a better choice than red wine. And I had a glass of port. (Toasts... they toast with port) Anyway. I also had a great dinner, that was super healthy (actually it surprised me) And noticed portions, and how a smaller plate DOES make it look like more food even though its proper food portion sizes. So I might start using little plates and see how that goes.

Saturday was ok food wise because I didn't over eat. I didn't eat healthy persae but I didn't over eat. And I have some theories on why I didn't over eat that day, but for now I'm keeping them in a friends only/private entry. Not because I want to hide them from you but for my own personal reasosns.

Sunday was another ok food day. Again, my theory comes into play.

I planned out my meals for today last night. I think I'm going to try to take out an hour or 2 every sunday and plan out my "WEEKLY" meals for the following week, so that I have something concrete to stick to. I'm more likely to stay on a meal plan if I have it "planned" ahead of time. I rarely stray when I do that, and if I do stray, I make healthier choices than I would if I didn't have some kind of a plan.

I have re-assessed my mini-goals and I think I put too much on myself all at once. I think one goal at a time would be a better idea than 4. So I'm going to take this one step at a time.

Basically the only mini-goal I achieved was sticking to writing in my lj. I've written every day. I haven't crossposted to any communities, and some of my posts are private or friends only, but I have written. And if I haven't been able to, I've updated on my dialy progress when I could update. Usually weekends are a write-off as far as updating goes. But I still keep things in mind and write them in here when I get the chance.
I think that's a big step. So that goal is kept, and I'll make it a personal effort to try and keep that goal going.

So my goal now is to stick to a WW Schedule. I'll make it a monthly goal. So that's this month's task. Food. I figure if i can get my eating in order, it'll be easier to get everything else in order, because basically my life revolves around food. All you COE people will understand. The rest of you will think I'm a weak-willed nut case. LOL but either way... I need to get the food part under control. I've accepted that I may need to keep myself on a regimented eating plan for the rest of my life, and that my friends, is a scary thing to me. So I'm going to work on it. I will see how things go for the month and then If I'm still struggling I'll see if I can get a referral to a dietician. The problem is I KNOW how to eat healthy, and I KNOW what's good for me. It's just that I don't LIKE to. I don't know. I need to get over that. Seriously.

I will be making a big pot of the WW Zero point Vegetable soup tonight. I think that will help me with my hunger issues between meals, and it's 0 points so I can eat it until I'm sick of it. Which is good. I'm also going to have a flavored water if I'm hungry, first, and see if I'm not just thirsty. I fail to believe I'm thirsty though. I HAVE been keeping up my water drinking.... And I drink a LOT of water. (But not on weekends, I need to work on that, that will be part of the healthy eating. Water, Vitamins, and balanced nutritious meals.)

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Diets: Negative Calorie and Cabbage Soup [19 Jun 2006|01:23pm]

Hi there,
I've been reading a lot lately about 2 different diets that have been around forever, and are total "quick-fix" diets.
1) The cabbage soup diet - I have seen the plan for this one
2) The negative Calorie diet - I have not seen the plan for this one.

I have put a lot of thought into this, and some research. (I haven't researched it completely yet. but I have awhile to do so...)

I was thinking of doing one of these 2 diets for the 7 days. (it's a 7 day diet) to kick-start my weight loss. Then doing it once every 2 months or so, to continue on the right track. But not doing it continuously or anything like that.

Have any of you had any good experiences with it? Have any of you had any bad experiences with it. (Them.) I'd like to get some feedback.
This entry has been crossposted.

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hey all [22 Apr 2006|10:06pm]

I had kind of a rough day. I felt entirely too bloated and huge all day, and it didn't help that I was stuck home alone with nothing to do (the WORST times for binging, too bad i'm home alone all the time. plus i'm home schooled). I had too much food to even remember... I HATE that. I didn't do TOO bad tonight, instead of having yucky fatty foods I had a veggie wrap, pickles, and a mini raisin bagel. Much better than what I've been eating.

I am also in a lot of anorexia nervosa communities, but lately i've found that I've moved on to over-eating as a way to relieve myself from emotional stress. It really sucks.


17 years old
110 lbs

I hope to make some new friends... most of my ana friends are no longer an inspiration to me, seeing as they dont eat and I do. I don't want to, but I do. And I need help.
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food, oh how i hate you [11 Feb 2006|12:07am]

[ mood | annoyed ]

so after being so good recently, i've had a week from hell - loads of emotional crap and weirdness and after being so good with food and loving the control i had there and the way life was going, kind of, i've now had 4!! really shit days and i feel awful.. I don't understand the eating crap stuff thing - it's not enjoyable, it's horrible *cries* I will kick this idiotic notion.

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update [31 Jan 2006|06:10pm]

[ mood | okay ]

ok, haven't done a progress update for a while. So, been doing fairly well apart from a few days of worrying bingeing and overeating. I had a lot of emotional shit going on, was doing a lot of work. Also have been adapting to more exercise. This has settled down now and am back to my regular eating patterns. I also had my weigh day today and I was at that point where i always seem to get stuck on the stone or one pound over which is really annoying. Well, today i tipped just under the stone mark so was well happy. I have 6lbs left to lose til i get to my STGW and that was supposed to be met by about feb/march, so i should pull it off. Then want to lose another 7lbs by summer. Then either stick at that weight or lose another 7lbs and probably work at staying around that weight and continuing to fight my tendency to overeat/binge when i have problems.

For exercise, i walk a fair amount everyday and i'm doing an exercise class on wednesdays to tone all my muscles and help my bad back and on friday a yoga and meditation class. Feel better doing these things. And I love the winter for walking - the cold makes me feel alive. Summer will be my real test - it's a hard time for me, but it should be better now I've lost weight. Finger's crossed.

It still amazes me that i can feel really hungry and crave certain foods even tho i know i can't possibly be hungry and then if i really work at not giving in to this, sometimes huge torrents of feelings pour out of me, and it's like - woh! that was trying to hide behind wanting a bar of chocolate? how did it ever hide there?? It's so huge! The worse thing is when it doesn't pour out and it's just a shitty feeling lingering dragging u down but it wont let itself be known further. Very frustrating having to feel that and not being able to give in to oblivion of whatever sort.

Hope everyone else is doing well.

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confused [24 Jan 2006|01:58am]

[ mood | confused ]

ok, why is it that when things start going well that i start feeling like i dont deserve it? Then i get worried i'm gonna sabotage myself. So I try not to feel good about stuff, coz that way i wont have to give it up. But then what's the point if i get stuff i want but wont let myself enjoy it? And if i don't think i deserve stuff i prevent myself from going for stuff....gah!

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please keep the community going [06 Jan 2006|10:43pm]

hi - i'm not the moderator here or anything, but i'd like to say a few things about the community in general...I joined a while ago (under a diff name) and really tried to get the community going a bit as it wasn't well posted on. It didn't work and in the end my pep gave up and i slunk off. Well, I'm back again now and I see there are a few new people...so, I just want to make a plea to everyone - please keep posting and post comments on other peoples' entries. Even if you're depressed and things aren't going well. Even if things are going really well! I dunno bout anyone else, but I need support and that's why i've come here!

So, anyway, I've been doing a self help plan for the past 6 months called "overcoming binge eating" by christopher fairburn. It is a very useful book for anyone suffering from binge eating. It comes in 2 parts - theory (very readable) and the plan itself. I have found it very useful.

I'm also trying to lose weight so am also restricting calorie intake (not too low tho) and trying to eat mostly only healthy foods. I am still treating myself on occasions tho as i dont think i'll keep away from bingeing otherwise.

Things are by no means well with me and eating, thus me being here...but life is better since i started this plan and i've lost some weight too.

Look forward to getting to know everyone better hopefully!
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[04 Jan 2006|04:50am]

Hi, everyone, I just joined to get a bit of advice.

This may be triggering, I don't know. I only know the rules for SI communities.

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[11 Dec 2005|07:35pm]

Hey. I just joined. I have a huge problem with binge-eating. It started along time ago.. but it stopped.. And, I guess for the past 3 months, I've been eating okay, and exercising, and I lost some weight. And since Thanksgiving, I started to binge-eat really bad.. and then I stoped for 3 days, and starved myself cept for some crackers and candy.. and then I started again, but this time I started to make myself throw up after I would eat. And now, I'm trying to stop making myself throw-up, but I still binge-eat. And I don't exercise anymore, because I always feel tired, depressed, and bloated. And I even overdosed on tyoneal to try and make myself throw-up, which didn't work at all..
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OA? [19 Sep 2005|09:26pm]

[ mood | frustrated ]

Have any of you tried going to OA (Overeaters Anonymous) meetings, and if so, did you find them helpful? My bingeing is getting pretty out of control since school started (school always makes me kind of frazzled, stressed, and upset) and I feel like I need some sort of group support - because no matter what I do during the day, as soon as I step in the house, food ALWAYS wins the battle.

I'm just not sure whether OA would be the right thing for me because 1) I'm not at all religious and 2) I feel like it's geared towards older women and I'm 16... so I'd love to get some info from people who have experienced the program.
Thank you!

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[08 Sep 2005|12:22am]


Hi, I'm new here. Not really sure why I joined, other then COE is obviously a problem I have. I don't do the community thing much, so please excuse me as I fumble through this introduction.

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New [07 Sep 2005|11:45am]

[ mood | okay ]

Hi, I'm Julie, I'm 14 and I've been binge eating on and off for about 2 years.
It started in my first year of highschool. I'd always been not exactly fat, but bigger than all my friends. So when we went into first year people started making comments. That stung. I was laughed at because all my friends were thin and I wasn't. Eventually, all but one of them got sick of being 'the group the fat girl tags along with' and gradually started avoiding me. It hurt so much that I stopped eating for a few days. Then the starvation made me feel sick and faint and I hated it, which resulted in my first real binge.
Eating heaps numbed me and I liked it, and I did the same thing night after night. My mum never said anything. I think she was embarrassed, or perhaps she just didn't care.
Since then I've just gained piles of weight and I want to stop but I don't feel like I can. I hope keeping this journal and speaking to people with similar problems will help somehow.

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Roller Coaster [04 Sep 2005|10:20pm]

[ mood | anxious ]

Hi - I am new to the community. I have had a weight problem most of my life, mostly see saw dieting etc. I have been slim + and over weight, now I am pretty obese, weighing in at 260lbs.

I have been to gyms before, done the exercise videos, joined the diet clubs. My main problems are that I am an emotional eater, mostly choc/biscuits/cakes tho now I have a tendancy to overeat normal meals too. My comfort eating level has gone thru the roof as both my parents died unexpectedly earlier this year. Its my fathers death that has affected me the most as he was only 61 but also he was nearly 300lb in weight. He died of heart failure in his sleep.

Tomorrow I am joining a gym, but I am frightened that I will fail *again*. I am scared - I am 38 and I dont want to die young...

Anyone with any support and advice will be gratefully recieved :-)

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introduction [07 Aug 2005|05:22pm]

I'm new to this communtity and somewhat new to COE. For quite sometime I have been restricting calories. But now I can't stop binging. I hate it so much but I can't stop. I can't find the middle between binging and restricting; which of course is eating healthy. I can only do one for a while that go back to the other one. I haven't gained much weight, yet. But I'm afraid of my future. I dream of being thin but I can't control my eating habits. Alright I believe thats enough of my ramblings for now. Good luck all.
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question [26 Jul 2005|04:05am]

I've been binging like nuts for a few days because I'm numbing myself. I'm dealing with a stressful/depressing situation, and it's going to get better eventually, but I'm trying to figure out how to deal with it in a healthier way.

My question is: Does anyone have any tips for dealing with stress other than overeating? Or do you know of some positive coping skills?

Thanks, I really appreciate any help.
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Anti-binge strategies [18 Jul 2005|07:00pm]

This community has been so quiet lately. I thought it would be nice if people could post what strategies they have the most success with that help prevent or stop overeating/binges.

So I'll go first.

1. Avoid being home alone, bored. I tend to get bored & lonely easily. So I get out of the house, go for a walk or drive somewhere. Going for a walk or simply stepping outside and witnessing nature are usually enough to center me and relax any inner anxiety. Lately I've been exercising a lot during that period of time I'd normally comfort myself with food. Use your free time to pursue your hobbies and interests rather than sit & eat.

2. Fill up on very low- on no-calorie beverages, like water, diet soda, or Crystal Lite. I don't feel like eating then.

3. This one is pretty self-evident. Don't buy the foods that you tend to binge on. If you can't help being around those foods (at work or at home because of family), always have healthier, lower-calorie options available. Instead of having chocolate cake, you could make yourself some low-fat, sugar-free pudding. Granted, this won't keep you from eating. BUT you won't feel as stuffed (and as guilty). And you won't feel deprived since you haven't eliminated the taste/texture of what you love from your diet. That feeling of deprivation is often just what's needed to send one into a binge.

4. Make a habit of eating your food slowly and chewing it well. Savor it deeply. You'll enjoy it more and need less to feel satisfied.

5. Meditation, yoga, and other spiritual practices help ground you and help you to realize what you are apart from your body.

6. For me it's infinitely harder to stop bingeing than to prevent it. So my strategies focus on prevention.

Feel free to add ideas. I'll add more when I think of them.
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