Tuesday Women’s Transformation – Overcoming An Eating Disorder

I have to give it up to Jodi for for allowing me to share her story for Transformation Tuesday today! This transformation is not about what Jodi has lost but about what she has GAINED through our life transformation groups! This is her story of overcoming an eating disorder!

This was very difficult for her to share! It started at age 12 when she decided she wanted to be skinny. She achieved this by restricting her food intake, which started her eating disorder that would control most of her life. Here is what she said about it:

“When I got married and had kids, I put the eating disorder on a “pause” for a short time while I focused on them. As they got older and more independent, my eating disorder came back with a vengeance. I was working out 4 to 5 hours a day, getting up as early as 4 am to get in a workout before work. I ate about 900 calories per day and I didn’t add back in the calories from working out. I remember crying when I went to bed as I was so hungry and angry. I was HANGRY! I started to distance myself from everyone that I loved and that loved me.

I felt like I was in control, but in fact my eating disorder was controlling me. Due to poor nutrition and bad health habits I got very sick and lost all my teeth. I had to get false teeth. This is when I hit ROCK BOTTOM! I knew I needed help. I had to do something at least for my family. I started working with an outpatient therapist so I could continue to work at my job and be home with my family.

It was not easy at first, but as time went on it got easier. While I was working with therapist I met an online coach that invited me to join her online health and fitness accountability group. At this time, my goals had changed. I no longer wanted to be skinny, but rather healthy, fit and happy. My coach and the group have been supporting me in reaching this new goal.

I am slowly starting to be comfortable in my own skin. I still sometimes feel down and not at my best but I realize that it is ok, as long as I do not let that control me. I no longer strive for perfection as nothing is perfect, but am embracing how perfectly imperfect I am. That this is what makes me ‘ME’ and what makes me beautiful! I am healthy, fit and happier than I have ever been. I have better relationships with my family and friends and I am enjoying who I am and the life that I have. We only get one chance at it so I figure I need to make the BEST of it!”

So proud for you Jodi! I know it has been a lot of work for you to change your mindset and work on loving you from the inside out. Keep up the great work and keep sharing and inspiring!

Feel free to share to raise awareness for other women struggling in the same areas!

 

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