My Approach to Weight Overshoot in Restrictive-Eating-Disorder Recovery

my approach to weight overshoot in restrictive-eating-disorder recovery

Happy Friday!

I want to talk about a subject that is on my mind often these days, a subject that many people who are embarking on restrictive-eating-disorder recovery will likely be Googling in moments of panic, like I’ve been doing on a daily basis: weight set-point overshoot, and whether it’s temporary or not, and how not to go utterly insane about it or allow it to cause full or partial relapse.

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Updates + A Boulder Photo Shoot

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Oh, Hey

Hi friends! I’ve been MIA this week due to a busy life. Nick’s mom Barbara was in Denver visiting for the weekend, and then Nick and I got back-to-back stomach bugs (that sounds weird). I got sick; he took care of me. Then he got sick; I took care of him. I think we’d both be dead if we’d gotten it at the same time!

Trying to keep up with blogging every day is hard. This week I’ve focused on feeling healthy and being on top of things at work. So, in lieu of an outfits post today, I’ve got a slew of photos from my head shot session with Be Boulder Photography this past Saturday… and some couples shots, too (+ Nick’s mama)! Take a look and enjoy.

Photos taken before the sickness struck. And no, we’re not engaged. ūüėČ BEWARE: You are going to see a LOT of my face.

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The Difference 30 Pounds Makes

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A DIFFERENT PERSON

This is a tough post to write. Vulnerability at its finest.

I want to revisit the me 30+ pounds ago, reflect upon how different I’ve become, and remember why the weight loss means more to me than just a pretty picture.

DISCLAIMER: I am now recovering from a restrictive eating disorder… and now that the fog has lifted, that photo of me on the right is terrifying. I now look much like the girl on the left again, and I couldn’t be happier. Read all about my recovery¬†here and here, and then read on with caution.

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Perfectionisms: Self-Abuse Disguised as Self-Improvement

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SELF-TALK THAT LIES

On a run in City Park a few weeks ago, the man and I talked¬†about how we’re both prone to perfectionism, how we both let the ultimate goal sometimes sabotage the smaller progresses,¬†how the black-and-white, all-or-nothing way of thinking when it comes to certain goals (fitness, finance, career, etc.)¬†¬†is sneaky and seductive, making us think we aren’t (ever) enough, setting us up for¬†self-scolding and, ultimately, self-sabotage.

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How I’ve Maintained Weight With Intuitive Eating

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First, I lost 30 pounds the wrong way

I was going through an extremely stressful period of life, and instead of packing on more pounds (which is my tendency during turmoil), I lost my appetite altogether. I’d go far too long without a reasonable meal. I also was trying to bring my spending down to almost nothing, so I’d opt for 50-cent¬†packages of ramen noodles or rice. Not fun!

The 30 pounds‚ÄĒwhich I’d gained over years of trying¬†to numb sadness with food‚ÄĒdisintegrated in a rapid 3¬†months. This put me in danger of boomeranging the other direction once I got back on my feet. Enter: intuitive eating, which has saved my relationship with food‚ÄĒand with myself.

DISCLAIMER: I am now recovering from a restrictive eating disorder. Read about that here and here, and then read on with caution. I no longer believe that Intuitive Eating is actually all that intuitive. It just turns into another set of rules to follow and can be incredibly triggering.

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