Red Wine, Builimia, Weight Gain Oh my!

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Dreamer
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Red Wine, Builimia, Weight Gain Oh my!

Hi Everyone :)

Today, I have come to realize my bulimia is a legitamte issue now, not just something I do "now and again". I gained full control over my eating (and blood sugar lol) about a year or so ago, since then, however, everything has been a mess. I feel fat and disgusting all the time. My weight is all I think about, food takes over every second of my time, all I care about is getting to my "goal weight". I once got there (NOT through bulimia, of course), and I remember it being a time when I was so much happier then I am now. I also have a drinking problem, and I find the combination of alcoholism and builima just lethal, not to mention it is causing me to gain weight. I am so devastated by this because controlling my weight is at the center of my issue... For the past 3 months, everytime I get on the scale, it is within the same 3 lbs range that is nowhere near where I want to be. I try to stop drinking, but when I do I get so hopelessly BORED and anti-social that I end up breaking and drinking again. I especially start drinking again when I stop drinking for a few days and see that abstaining from liquor doesn't result in weight loss. I need your guidance, calling anyone you can point me in the right direction :*(

P.S- I know this post is quite scattered... Feel free to ask for more info

darthdawn
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Hi, I stopped drinking 5

Hi,
I stopped drinking 5 years ago and lost weight, despite my bulimia, and wasn't trying to but was really struggling with anxiety. (Of course bulimia wasn't helping the issue, but I didn't feel strong enough to tackle both problems together so started with quitting drinking - now, finally, am trying recovery from bulimia.)
Sooo, the reason I lost weight when I quit drinking was that I suffered from loads of anxiety when I first quit cold turkey, and either had a brisk walk (for an hour or more lol) almost every day, or had a 5km jog. Basically I was coverying 5km almost every day for the first 2 months, and wasn't getting the calories from daily drinks. it's the only thing that really helped diminish my anxiety . Brisk walking with some good music is great!!

``It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life for me, and I'm feeling good`` - Nina Simone

Dreamer
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Thank you so much!! That is

Thank you so much!! That is great advice :)

I too, suffer from terrible anxiety (despite being on meds), so I am going to try jogging again...

How long did it take for you to stop craving alcohol? Did you used to drink everyday?

darthdawn
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You are very welcome! I

You are very welcome!
I started as a binge and occasional drinker, but it progressed to almost every day for 2 years :/ not a pretty picture. Luckily for me, I didn't wreck my job or marriage, in fact my friends were unaware of the issue (they swear), but my husband was miserable and I quit to save my marriage.
I tried out patient and it wasn't doing the trick, so actually went for inpatient treatment for 3 weeks - so glad and fortunate that was available to me - it got me through the worst craving period. Cravings were much less of an issue as time went by, but the first 2 months were hard. Honestly, the first year I had to make sacrifices socially - less parties and less going out - even family dinners were hard, I used to drink to get through them, so missed my coping mechanism! But after a year I was able to keep alcohol in the house and forget about it, a non-issue. Even now it is easier every year for me. I go out with friends to bars on girsl night and I'm completely fine, and I don't miss it! First year I did though, honestly, but it wasn't worth it to go back, and every month it got better.
I am hoping sticking with the recovery from bulimia will show that after 2-3 months there's a turning point and it gets easier - fingers' crossed!! right now in my second month with still the occasional B/P slip this is so hard.

``It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life for me, and I'm feeling good`` - Nina Simone

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