Never did I think binge eating would be something I struggled with. Losing 65lbs is the number, at the end of the day, that came off my body. What isn’t reflected with this number, is the struggle, the ups and downs and the inner battle that took place during the years that it took me to lose this weight. Many of us have an unhealthy relationship with food and far too often we keep it all bottled in, and jump from fad diet to fad diet, in hopes of meeting our health and fitness goals.
“Dieting” has become normal. There used to be a time where the word “dieting” was a word not thrown around easily. Now, this word couldn’t make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up taller. The most common reason I see people not sticking to their “diet” is because it is not sustainable. As a band-aid the diet works short-term. Often they even resulting in added weight gain ,as soon as the individual returns to their favorite foods, drinks and habits.
PUTTING IT TOGETHER
For many years I searched for the “secret sauce” to losing weight. It felt like everyone else could do it but me. I could not figure out how to be successful with maintaining my healthy and finding a balanced life. It wasn’t until I hit rock bottom and realized I had developed a binge eating disorder. Binge eating is a life-threatening disorder involving eating large quantities of food, often very quickly, and to the point of discomfort. Binge eating places you in a state of mind where you have no control during the binge. Shame and guilt for your behavior follows.
ASK FOR HELP
If you think that you may have some form of eating disorder, the number one thing that I would recommend you do is TALK. Tell someone. This can be a professional or someone who you feel comfortable sharing this information with. For years, I kept this to myself and told nobody. The unhealthy, unhappy relationship I had with myself was dark and lonely. Admitting I had a problem, and going from there, was my saving grace. It is not an easy road to overcome. But it’s worth it. Hindsight, it is easier to admit your struggle and fight for yourself, than the years of destructive self sabotage previously self-inflicted. What you need to know is you are not alone.
This is a serious matter and all I ask is that you take a deep breath, tell somebody and allow the help to come in.
After speaking with many of my clients, it became clear that one of the things lacking from their current lifestyle was some goals NOT related to weight loss.
“I am thankful for my eating disorder” is something you don’t hear a lot of women say. However, I am thankful because it has made me appreciate my life on a whole new level. I am thankful because I am now able to help women all over the world overcome their struggles, the roller coaster ups and downs, and their inner battles. Losing 65lbs was amazing, I am happier, healthier and have finally found my balanced lifestyle filled with burgers, pizza, donuts, ice cream, spinach, rice cakes and brown rice. There is balance.
What you read here is real. You will always get the raw side of the story from me. I know you can find this balance too. You are stronger than you know.
Two incredible inspiring females that do a great job of being vulnerable and sharing their struggles that they overcame are FoodByMaria and Ownitbabe. I recommend reaching out to them and learning more about their personal stories.
Stay strong. Be the fire.