I would like to thank the lovely Gabrielle for seeking out advice regarding binges and how to stop them. This is going to be my first real Pro-Ana Topic Post (oooh, ahhhh), and I hope it is informative and helpful to you all! Keep in mind that my understanding of this subject and how to beat it is based solely on my own experiences and opinions, and is always a work-in-progress.
Binges are hands-down the number one issue I wrestle with when it comes to losing weight, and I know it is a similar struggle that many of you face. I want this post to act as a resource for all of my wonderful readers to STOP BINGING and START LOSING the rest of that weight! Let’s do this; we can all reach our dream goals, TOGETHER.
The first advice I have to offer can seem discouraging at first, because it isn’t some magical cure-all, but don’t let it be! Remember that you are strong as fuck and you have a beautiful set of bones just aching to breathe! The thing to know about binging, as far as getting IN the habit just as with getting OUT goes, is (and I know you’ve probably heard this before) all of our bodies and our minds think and act differently. This means we have to pay attention to our OWN physical and mental tendencies in order to effectively make changes for the better.
You may already have a pretty good idea of your binging habits; if you don’t you should start taking notice right away! Watch yourself: how you usually eat, what triggers a binge, what times of the day it happens most often, what types of foods you binge on, how much, how you feel before, after, during… and ANYTHING else related even slightly to your binging–no detail is too small or too silly if it can end up helping you!
Pro-tip: Make note of the times you DON’T binge, as well! Remembering the times you SUCCESSFULLY shunned a craving, any craving, can work wonders in keeping us strong enough to fight the next binge that threatens our mission.
Once you have a better idea of your personal binging challenges, you can take the next step toward actually solving the problem. I’m going spend the rest of this post talking about what specifically helped me to break my binge cycle and and get to my lowest adult weight ever last year! I am using these techniques to reclaim that beautifully low number I so desperately desire, and if you cater these tips to your own ana style I know they can help you, too!
I have to REALLY be in a dedicated mindset, otherwise I binge left and right without losing any real weight. I tell myself I want to be skinny then turn around and stuff my face. The only thing that works for me is finally getting to the point of FED THE FUCK UP. If my heart’s not there my bones won’t be either, and it isn’t until I stop making excuses that the numbers start moving. I have to really, really decide if I want to be satisfied for a moment during a binge, or gain something a hell of a lot more lasting: confidence, beauty, and control.
It can be so fucking frustrating but you have to FORCE yourself to legitimately NOT WANT food. It’s an obvious statement but it’s the only thing that has ever worked for me. I have now hit that point again and results are within reach!
How to achieve this shift in thought is unique to each person. I remind myself every chance I remember that I am too fat right now, and how disgusting my body looks. I lift up my shirt in the bathroom mirror, a body check every morning. I look at my lack of thigh gap, the creases in my stomach fat, how disproportionate my small boobs look on my weighted body. I let the last number reported by the scale flash continually in the back of my mind, reminding myself always that I can do SO MUCH BETTER.
I have a a secret thinspo board on Pinterest [let me know if you are interested and I will add you as a viewer!], and I try to scroll through it as often as I can (once or twice daily is my preference, but however often you need), BEFORE the cravings ever kick in. That’s the key, I believe. If you think pro-ana first and always, eventually it will become almost effortless and binging will not be NEARLY as much of a roadblock (more like a passing speed-bump, teehee).
Plan your eating (because we really should eat SOMETHING most days if we want to stay alive and actually enjoy our new bodies) around your usual binges so you are less likely to binge out of deprivation until your hunger tolerance increases. Personally, I wait to eat my (usually) only meal of the day until later in the evening because I am the type of person who is more likely to overeat than under-eat, and if I give myself less meals, and thus less chances to overeat, I increase my weight-loss success by a TON. And this is really where you need to look at YOU and do what is smartest for your body and your mind. My eating habits won’t work for every pro ana out there: for instance, I used to be the person who had to eat a couple small meals before evening hit because otherwise I would get SO HUNGRY and almost surely binge. Like I always say, find out what works best for you!
Distracting myself in the moment before a binge doesn’t usually work for me, because if I want a binge I usually find a way turn off my logic long enough to regret it later. I have no choice but to twist and manipulate my feelings about food until I really just don’t want to eat anymore; it’s not like I can afford to gain the weight that results from it, you know? I’m sick and fucking tired of being skinny only in my imagination, and I am GOING TO EAT LIKE IT.
WHEW! That feels like a whoooole lotta thought-vomit but I sincerely hope someone finds this helpful. Please don’t hesitate to add your own opinions and experiences in the comments, because this is just me so far! I don’t know much, I just want to share what I can. 🙂
Let’s do this, babes! Observe, contemplate, then take action.
Much love, as always!
No matter what happens, how often you slip up and binge, I still love and support you ONE HUNDRED FUCKING PERCENT. Messing up does not make you a bad person, it just makes you a person. ❤