Interview with Alison Lee on 12 months of recovery

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Listen as Alison Lee shares her personal struggle with bulimia and takes us on an incredibly honest and inspiring journey through the past 12 months of her recovery.

Alison shares how she went from a life of exhaustion and depression, spending $800 a week on groceries and not knowing how to stop bingeing, to achieving full recovery from bulimia in just 12 months.

She reveals many personal recovery insights along the way too, including how she adapted to structured eating, how she managed to avoid acting on powerful binge urges, the importance of avoiding “people pleasing” during recovery and the advice she wants to give to those of you still struggling with bulimia today.

This is really powerful stuff, so if you’re still unsure about whether recovery is right for you then I urge you to listen to Alison’s story today, it may just end up changing your life! Please note, the interview is around 60 minutes long so you may want to download it your computer
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6 comments

Tania
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JUST AMAZING!!! Thank you

JUST AMAZING!!! Thank you Alison Lee, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for telling your story. What can I say other than you are an incredible INSPIRATION and I wish you THE BEST life can bring you. Whan a journey you made for yourself, what I journey I am making for myself :-).
Grazie again, from the very bottom of my heart
Tania

traveller
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What a wonderful story! Thank

What a wonderful story! Thank you so much for sharing. It brought tears to my eyes- partly because, after 16 months on bulimia help I'm recovered. Everything you say about how recovery has changed your life I've also experienced. I feel like I'm a new person. I had bulimia from when I was 15 to 24. In all honesty I believed with all my being that recovery was impossible, that I would have bulimia for life. Now I can say with all my being that I am fully recovered and have never been happier. This website saved my life. The only thing I would recommend to people apart from joining the website is to share your recovery with one person in your life- be it a parent, a partner, a friend. For me this was really important because there were so many times when I needed a shoulder to cry on, to voice my doubts and to have that face to face support.

relearning_to_fly
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Thank you for your story, it

Thank you for your story, it has given me hope! I also started when I was 15yr and am 25 in a few weeks. It has robbed me of everything. Also with your potassium levels you were lucky to be breathing. I was down to 2.1 that I know about and 3.5 and above is a safe zone so you definitely had someone watching over you. Thank you again, it might be what I needed to have another go at recovery :)

Ali Maree
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Thankyou guys!! Reading these

Thankyou guys!! Reading these comments has really brought a tear to my eye!! I'm so happy that you liked it, and hopefully got something out of it.

Traveller- I felt the same way, I listened to another recovery audio and it was so good to hear that, even after I am 'officially recovered' I wasn't the only one to have experienced all those emotions and feelings.

Also, to Aussiebrokenangel87- I wasn't sure of the 'appropriate levels' of potassium, but I really was feeling absolutely horrible. To add to that- I don't think I will ever forget the amazing feeling of energy I had about three mornings after I started the tablets. I think that was a serious jolt into realisation that I needed to do something before it was too late.

Tania, I do hope you are well- I feel like its been ages since we last spoke!!

Thanks again guys, your comments have made my day!!

Ali.xxx

'We are each of us angels with one wing. And we can only fly while embracing each other.'
-Lucian de Croszonza

Anonymous
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Thank you for your story. I

Thank you for your story. I started five years ago after my last body building competition. I stopped binging and purging 13 weeks ago but mentally it is not being so kind to me. I have blew up in weight which was the reason why I did what I did. I workout like a crazy person and I am not losing weight. When will my weight finally go off? I have tried to find help where I live and I still have not been successful with that. I am doing this on my own and I don't know if I am doing the right things. Mentally I am torturing myself. My insurance wants to send me to a dietitian. I am a certified sports nutrition, I know how to eat that is not the problem. Thank you again for sharing with us.

Anonymous
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Thank you so much for sharing

Thank you so much for sharing your story. I had the exact same fear - that my parents would be somehow disgusted of, or ashamed of me. I finally told them this year at 27, after being bulimic since around 14 (I couldn't even tell them in person, and had to email them.)

They were incredibly supportive, and as happened with you, had said that they'd always suspected it might have been the case. Having their acceptance has been the catalyst I need to start to believe I can recover, and to get over the fear that I have to burden anyone with worry and keep a happy facade up. Thank you for your bravery in sharing this and your steps to recovery. (PS have also resorted to condensed milk when everything else in the cupboard had gone.)

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