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    Day 4!!!
    lostarmywife posted:
    Hello everyone. My name is naomie. I am 27 years old I weigh 200 lbs and I have been bullimic for 2 years. I used to weight 300 lbs. Just recently I have been losing hair, tooth enamel and my throat has been killing me. The only other person who knows about myproblem is my husband. He has tried to help me and has even taken me down to the local med station. My family thinks it's great that I'm losing weight and it's a big shock to see such an overweight person as bullimic. I am here to cope and ask for help . Any tips or advice would be great. I stopped throwing up for about a month and gained over 5 lbs. Can anyone give any advice on how I can stop purging and not gain weight ? Thank you for your help.
    Oopsla responded:
    Hi Lostarmylife,

    Sorry to hear about the health issues. As you can see it is hard on the body and takes more away then just weight.
    The best thing I can do for you is to give you a little understanding.

    A person of any weight can be caught up in the purging cycle. I think they say most bulimics are normal weight not underweight.

    When you eat and purge your body does take calories from the food before it is purged. It is the sugars that hit the blood stream real quick. Many of the building blocks for your body are taken up in your intestines. You need to let your body do its job in getting these nutrients.

    Your digestive track when working properly (in one way and out the other) holds around that five pounds maybe a little more or less depending. This is why dieters lose so much weight when they start out, between the water weight and less food in the body they drop 5-10 pounds real quick and then it slows from there. Also when you are purging your hydration level is low. This adds a few pounds when you are back to a normal eating schedule.

    My advice. For the first two weeks of not purging is to step away from the scale, hide it, throw it away, give it to a neighbor to hold. Get adjusted to food running its proper course. Drink your fair share of water. Accept those 5 pounds. It is the same as your hubby carrying a rucksack. It holds the things he needs to live in the field and you need that five pounds to keep and maintain you.

    Be at peace and comfortable with yourself. After 2 weeks or so have a sensible diet. I am sure the military can provide you with a good game plan. Think less about the number on the scale and more about your overall health and happiness. Sure you want the number to decrease to your target weight but don't let a scale rule your life.

    Do have a target weight. So many of us here will get to it and say... maybe 5 more pounds less, then 5 more and then 5 more. Get the number the doc says is awesome for you and work towards that goal.

    I wish you the best in continuing to try to do the right thing. Keep in touch and do share with the others here your thoughts and feelings and things that help you stop binge/purging. Many here find it hard to get to Day 4.

    lostarmywife replied to Oopsla's response:
    Oopsla ,
    Thank you so much! All this information has been so useful to me and I can't believe all this I never knew before. It's day 5 now. I'm happy that I haven't purged. I am stepping away from the scale. I have no interest in the scale until about a month. I have avoided overeating today. I even had lunch with a friend but, I ate a salad and water. I still have thoughts of purging and am tempted at times. Especially when I am over filled. I am so grateful for your post oopsla. It's helped a lot.
    shinedown responded:
    Hi Naomie-I know it's hard but you need to realize that the real problem is not the weight you may gain when you stop purging it's the emotional conflict that is causing this behavior that is the real problem. I encourage you to seek counseling with an EATING DISORDER specialist as soon as possible. I am 44 yrs old and I've been bulimic for 26 years. I've been in therapy for a year now and I am getting better but it is a slow process. Don't let the years slip by-this will not go away with a special diet and it has nothing to do with will power.

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