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Need some advice on behaviour(2 Posts)
I feel a bit weird even posting this here, but feel I need someone to give me an opinion or advice about what's going on with my eating patterns.
In finding myself caught in a bit of a cycle of restricting calories during the week and then binging and embarrassingly, purging on occasion. Part of me is thinking why are you even thinking this is a problem as I have all sorts of reasons why I'm doing these things, but also feel it can't really be 100% normal either.
When I say restricting, I still eat in the region of 1200 calories a day. I have reached my goal weight since having a baby 8 months ago, but still don't feel satisfied with my body and keep feeling that sense of achievement when the scales get lower. I exercise 4-5 times a week.
This weekend, I ate too much both on Friday night and last night which left me feeling uncomfortably full. I made myself sick to relieve the feeling. It's not necessarily in my head before I do it that it will remove calories, but it does feel good to think that it may have.
I kind of feel like I only ever have 2 gears- either restrict and be overly conscious of what I consume, or over eat and have the attitude of just don't think about it.
I never used to be this way. I lost lots of weight for my wedding but was fairly healthy and maintained my weight fine until I got pregnant and then ate normally and healthy. It's only since losing the baby weight that I'm feeling more stressed about food and the number on the scale as I suppose my body is just not what it was at this weight before. I weigh 8.1 and am 5'3 so I'm not super thin at all. I just still feel unhappy with how I look.
I definitely do not think this is an eating disorder, but could someone give me any advice on how I could manage these swings in behaviour and have a more normal abs balanced approach? I feel ashamed and sorry that I'm being unhealthy when I have a daughter and don't want to get caught in this mindset forever
Talk to your health visitor.
You are only 8months post partum and still adjusting to your new reality.
Be kind to yourself.
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