Anorexia Nervosa is a serious eating disorder that, for the sick person (me atleast) doesn’t actually make you feel like you are sick. I was at my worst with Anorexia Nervosa when I didn’t know that I had it. I was convinced I was strong, healthy and nourished whilst In fact I was actually malnourished, starving and extremely unhealthy.
So how do you beat it?
Step One – Accept that you have it.
Yes, you heard it. Accept the fact that you have it. For me, I had to look myself in the mirror without my clothes on. I started bursting into tears and said to myself “What the hell happened.”
Step two – Use the emotions as your fuel
When you realize that you have anorexia, how do you feel?
I remember feeling extremely angry and upset with myself for letting myself ruin my own body. I used my anger and emotions as fuel to now become healthy and say “F you” to anorexia.
Step three – Tell your immediate circle you have anorexia
They probably already know, but when you say it yourself in front of them, then you keep yourself accountable for the recovery.
Step four – Grind.
Grind. Get your sleep. Get your food. Exercise (in moderation). Rinse and repeat.
It’s a lot more complicated than this, but this is what I did in its absolute most basic form. I had anorexia when I was 17 and weighed 55kg at 176 cm. I’m now 24 and have competed in powerlifting, weighing around 74kg.
You can do it!