Bulimia balance sheet

A pen and a sheet of paper

Making the decision to recover from bulimia can be scary, especially if you have been living with it for a very long time.  

Part of you might really want to overcome bulimia so you can be happy, healthy and start to enjoy life again, while another part of you may be consumed by fears of what will happen if you do choose to recover. Use the following exercise to help you make up your mind. 


Step 1.

Fold a sheet of paper in half to make two columns. At the top of each column write the following headers. "Reasons for giving up bulimia" and "Reasons for staying bulimic".

Step 2.

Within each column write the gains and losses of each one. Spend some time thinking about it.

Step 3.

When you have made a full list up go through each reason and give it a rating from 1-10, 1= not important and 10 = very important.

Step 4.

Do you now have a clearer idea of what really matters to you most? Are you ready for recovery?

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Download the attached sheet to help you out.

Here is an example filled out below


aje7272's picture
When I did this, just a

When I did this, just a second ago, my number tens were: I wouldn't have to lie to my husband anymore, I could die, and I would know what normal feels like. All beautiful things. With me being on the fence when it comes to recovery, this is exactly what I needed.

amz_101's picture

i did it- listed everything down. but when it came to marking how important things were to me, everything seemed important. well many things did- on both the gains and losses.

but i did see one thing- when looking at it like that- seeing it all laid out in front of me. its more important to me that i stop- that i become a new me- or the old me without bulimia rather than staying how i am. the fear of getting fat is one that really gets to me though.

but i know that id rather put on weight than die. simple as that. id rather put on a little bit of weight and be happy, to feel happy, to feel free and to not have food as an enemy.

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