Anorexia – Relapse and Prevention: Burning Calories


Relapse Symptom: Exercising to burn calories. I used to exercise quite regularly during my bulimia days. I always had a calorie goal to aim for when I hit the gym, and I couldn’t come out until I’d hit my ridiculously high goal, unless I felt like I would collapse.

How I Stay Well: When I am well however, I don’t take as much notice of the calories I’ve burnt. I record it on my exercise chart, yes, but I set my targets in times of distances. I set myself rep challenges on the weights, and general fitness goals. When I’m recovered, exercising is about maintaining my physical and mental health, not burning calories to lose a lb or 2, or more.

If I notice that I am falling into old habits and focusing on calories and weight I set myself some time aside to re-evaluate why I am exercising, what I am doing and re-orientate myself back towards moving in the general direction of health and wellness. I will set myself distance goals, resistance, or do some heart rate based training.

I repeat to myself that exercise is good for my physical and mental health. It helps release stress, and eases depression – even if just for a short while afterwards. It is a healthy distraction if done correctly, and can be a real aid to my journey in fitness and good, positive health well-being. These reasons always win on then toss up between importance, and then I’ll hit the gym again, or go for a run, and focus on performance; taking note of calories only for awareness of how much I need to eat in order to replenish myself.


Other Signs and Symptoms:
1. Introduction: Anorexia – Relapse and Prevention and Counting Calories
2. Weighing
3. Drinking cups of tea, in succession, on after another, after another, after another.
4. Skipping Meals
5. Feeling anxious and out of control
6. Feeling uneasy about “bad foods”
7. Making diet plans


6 thoughts on “Anorexia – Relapse and Prevention: Burning Calories

  1. I can apply all of those to myself, with the addition of drinking litre upon litre of fizzy juice.

    It’s great you’re so ‘aware’ of all of these things, and how volatile recovery can be. You’re doing great xxx

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    1. Thanks. It is a long journey and has taken m any years of suffering and being naive to my difficulties and how they infiltrate into my daily life to learn these signs about myself. I’m so glad I’m finally able to have that insight though as many people never manage it. X


  2. Likewise, it breaks my heart to see people struggle with it. It’s a vile illness, with the ironic undertone that you need to eat to gain the mental and physical insight needed for sustained recovery. x


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