Saturday, 28 May 2011


Ok so generally I'm moaning about my binges and how out of control my wildly disordered eating is. But at the moment it's kind of going in the other direction. In other words, downwards.

So I was between 92-83lbs at the end of March, in the most part due to the extreme bingeing I was doing with all the stress of my sister's wedding. And gradually since then I've pretty much been restricting more and more. I am at the point right now where I vomit up everything I attempt to eat, and that's not much. Today I had some vegetables in tomato sauce and a few boiled sweets.

My weight this morning was 6st 12.5. Deary me. That's 82.5lb if you're interested. I guess I'm a bit stressed about it simply because I desperately need to keep myself stable enough so that rehab will accept me.

On that note, having gone down to Plymouth on Tuesday for an assessment my social worker got a phonecall to say that they really liked me and now it's pushing on to the next stage. Basically that means that they will gather information about my case history from my treatment team and then come to a decision as to whether they will take me. Then there's an application for funding and after that, if it's all approved...I wait for a bed. It could be as soon as a month.

Originally I was pretty unsure. I wasn't sure on Tuesday even after going there. But waking up on Wednesday I felt really positive that I was making the right decision. I know I cannot allow myself to stay stuck any longer. It's pretty much a comfortable situation I'm in right now, with somewhere nice to live and all, no financial troubles...but this really could go on forever. And I want to be able to take risks, to fulfil some of my dreams, to experience life and truly live.

I guess I just need to keep myself focused on the goal ahead. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. I cannot allow myself to wreck it all now. So I think I'll be going back on Ensures if I can't eat by next week. Otherwise I will end up in hospital with a tube down me. Ok so it's really not that drastic at the moment but my BMI is 16...and at 15 they will most probably intervene.

Love xx

Saturday, 21 May 2011

In Limbo

Well at this present moment in time I feel in limbo. I have a rehab visit scheduled for the 24th May. Tuesday, in other words. I guess I am in two halves. I have a home, somebody who loves me and cares for me, a beautiful dog who is my world. I could just carry on regardless. I could accept my life and continue on benefits, continue to allow my 20s to disappear. And I suppose that really is the easy option. I know it's a private rehab and I know it will be the best care I could ask for, but I will not be able to run any more. I will have to face up to so many things that I have tried to avoid for so many years. So much that I don't want to say, that I don't even think matters any more.

Mostly, I don't want them to take away my eating disorder.

God that sounds stupid. Really, really stupid. I've lived with this now for practically forever, in many different forms. I have starved, binged, purged, abused diet pills, not been able to swallow...the list is endless.

At times I have been in hell with it. At times I would have given anything to be free of it. And at times I have fought very hard to free myself. When I was severely anorexic, near death, at 4st 10 (70lb), I did at least get help. Firstly to run to Australia and attempt to cure myself by run run running, then by spending two horrible years at an outpatient ED therapy clinic with a horrible woman for a therapist. Needless to say I put on weight and ended up bulimic. 'Recovered' in the eyes of everyone around me.

And that's how I've stayed ever since. I was 19 then. I'm 28 this year. The first time I remember being scared of food was when I was very young. And yet despite the grief it gives me, despite the huge amount of debilitating health problems that have put me on benefits and unable to live my life, I am still clinging to it.

So you can see why I don't want to go. I have given up all my other self-destructive behaviours. I have stopped cutting. The last time I hurt myself was October 2010. I have stopped drinking. I have stopped taking drugs. Yet I cannot, I cannot, I just can't let go of this one last part of me that keeps me in control, that I love to hate and yet I cherish. Of course when my weight is up I cannot cope, and when I'm bingeing and purging I despise myself with every pore of my body. I cannot stand myself, cannot stand being in my body, spend every waking moment desperately attempting to tolerate my flesh. Feeling the fat cling to my arse, my hips and thighs, my legs and breasts. I cannot explain in words how distressing this is. Generally it drives me to drink, which fuels the bingeing, which leads me to cut badly and end up in a massive crisis.

Lately I have averted this in two ways. Firstly, my partner has been strictly controlling my Antabuse so I have no opportunity to drink. And secondly, I am underweight and restricting.

Oh the calm after the storm. The wonderful, blissful calm of starvation. Existing in a static bubble where I am in control, where I can at least tolerate the level of self-hatred for my body. Of course I still spend every moment in the trap of my ED, I spend so much of my day criticising my body, looking in the mirror, counting calories, purging any food I do consume. Purging water and tea because it bloats me. Not taking my laxatives because being severely blocked up makes me feel full and not have to tolerate the hunger or the desperate need to eat.

I guess this is where I am today.

I will try to write more about other news. I will try later. Right now I am aware of an apple in my stomach that I feel I must get out. I know this must sound ridiculous but I am too anxious to care about the rational solution.

À Bient ôt

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Still Alive and Very Much Kicking

I must apologise profusely for my failure to blog. I have to admit I can be pretty hopeless at blogging when I'm having a hard time.

I will try to write more often. No promises though. And I'm definitely not doing well at all at catching up with other peoples' blogs. That's the hard part when you don't have the motivation or the concentration. I love reading blogs, I really do, but sometimes it's just all too emotional. I find I can drag myself deeper into anxiety if I read about certain topics. At the moment I am feeling all tight in my chest and freaky in the head because I've been reading blogs both about weight loss and about eating disorders. I shouldn't. I read about people bingeing and I feel a desperate, sudden rush of an urge to binge. It can be quite overwhelming, especially if I haven't had any desire to binge all day.

In other news, my eating disorder has been pretty out of control lately. Wild actually, and more prevalent than it's been in years. Because I've stopped drinking, stopped cutting, stopped everything I use to cope except my ED, it's hitting me full in the face.

I guess before Christmas I was pretty thin. I know the lowest I got down to was 5st 12lb but that didn't last. I stayed around 6st for a while. But after Christmas things went a bit crazy, I drank all through Christmas and pretty much all the time through the next few months, in secret, which of course made me chronically anxious and paranoid. Plus when I drink I binge REALLY badly. And I mean REALLY.

So when I eventually went off the rails and drank myself into casualty for the night, unconscious and hooked up to God knows what, my partner found out and I had to stop again. He basically said it was him and my home or the drink. I left, packed my stuff and got severely pissed, went to find a shelter for the night, buying a packet of razor blades on the way, walking towards the hospital in the knowledge that I would probably need medical attention sharpish.

Then my phone rang and I got a voicemail from my Mum, who lives 150 miles away in Southampton. I normally ignore my phone. For some reason I listened. It was a desperate plea to me, begging me not to do anything to harm myself, saying that my partner had phoned her and said he'd come and get me wherever I was, all would be forgiven, he'd take care of me. I fought with myself all the way to the hospital, finally managing to throw out the vodka bottle, into a handy bush, and phoned my wonderful man who came and rescued me from disaster. I am SO very lucky to have people who care for me. I would be dead otherwise.

To cut a long story short, I have been back on Antabuse since (drug that makes you severely ill if you choose to drink). I hate it but it's a necessary evil and I have to admit things have been much better since. This was back in March now, before my sister's wedding. I probably already blogged about it so apologies if you've read the same story twice.

So I know I said I was bingeing really badly and it went on and on and on. I ended up at 6st 9lb, a weight I hadn't seen since probably a year ago. I know the wedding was the culprit, and it gradually did die down after it was over. It took a few weeks of bingeing on and off, purging majorly and struggling to get a grip, but now thank God things are so much better.

Basically I did get a grip and got down to about 6st 4 by basically not eating, bingeing late at night and purging for an age, sometimes for 2 hours and up to 6 times a night, just to get rid of it all. And I started to throw up blood, and my ulcer started to play up, and it was horrible.

I am still purging, worse now, pretty much everything I eat, but I am also not eating. I have had loads of issues with my stomach in the past week and have not really been able to eat. I've still had a couple of small binges but in general I've hardly eaten. My weight is now 6st 2lb and I am thanking my lucky stars for having a stupid digestive system.

So that's where I'm at.

I guess I should post about life but it's pretty non-existent right now thanks to the ED. Still walking the dog, and that's about it. Really shitty but I am stuck in my ED bigtime. God I hate it so much, and yet I crave the control, revel in it.

I am going to visit a private rehab in a week. Looks like it won't be long until I go, and it will be for 6 months at least. I'm pretty scared, scared that they will take my ED away from me and I will go crazy. Scared that therapy will drag up shit I don't want to face. Scared that it will send me spiraling back into that dark place. But also hopeful, praying that it helps, praying that it pushes me through the last leg of this awful journey. I still have no real life to speak of, no friends, no job, no structured activities, no nothing. I guess I'm hoping it will teach me how to be brave, to engage in life, rather than resort to living inside my head and engaging only in my obsessive behaviours.

It's been interesting because I haven't been cleaning much in the last few years. In fact I've been terrible and really not caring. But when I was severely anorexic I was obsessed with cleaning. It was REALLY bad and all-consuming, all the sorting and cleaning and doing it at ridiculous hours of the night. And now it's back. Almost ten years later and I find myself obsessing, cleaning out the oven, the drains, under the beds, sorting through cupboards, ruthlessly throwing out my possessions. It's horrible, I find myself wanting to get rid of EVERYTHING, purge the house of junk, make it pure. A stark reflection of my need to purge my body I guess. But it's not a good obsession, it eats up my time. I cannot seem to focus on anything but straightening up furniture, cleaning the kitchen, folding up blankets, sorting clothes...the list is endless. I guess all I think about is either food or housework. Sad, really.

The stupid thing is I don't really mind right now. I'm safe in my little bubble, it's calm inside, I feel comforted. Like nothing can harm me. Despite the fact that my health is fucked up. And if I keep deteriorating I will lost the chance to go to rehab. God I hate that I self-sabotage, that I am always at the extreme end of self-destruction. At least the ED is pretty private and not dramatic, so I get away with absorbing myself in it in peace, without so much hassle and trauma that comes with alcohol and cutting. No skin grafts, no A&E visits, no getting thrown out of my house, no putting my life and the life of others in danger. Better I guess. And even my therapist prefers my eating disorder to my drinking and cutting. Weird hey? A slow, gently destruction, no drama, doesn't affect other people.

So there we have it. My life as it stands. I am still in complete and utter love with my little dog G. He is the centre of my universe, and the cutest, most handsome dog in the world! I will post a picture one day. Promise.

Oh and I had to get bloods done the other day and when I looked at the form the doctor had written 'anorexia' in the illness box. I haven't been classed as anorexic for about 6 years. It made me mad, like that is NOT what I am. It kind of sucks.

All shall be revealed in due course my friends.

For now, I'm signing off.

Stay safe xxx

Monday, 25 April 2011

The Struggle Continues

Ah, I have had mega problems with keeping up with my journal lately. Stupid really. I suppose I find it exhausting enough just living when I'm struggling, let alone having to recite it again to myself through text.

Anyway, my eating has been crazy up and down, spent months b/ping every day and this last couple of weeks have managed to salvage some sanity and get back some control. I still b/p but it's lessening and my weight is FINALLY stable. I have gained half a stone since Christmas... truely disgusting. I am currently fighting with the scale, and for the most part I am restraining from weighing myself because it all too often leads to a massive binge. Oh the depth of self-disgust I feel when I binge. Foul.

In other news, my partner's sister died and we had a funeral etc to attend to, and then my poor wee dog got bitten badly by a Bull Terrier. The owners were so awful that in the end we had to call the police. I stupidly got in the middle of the fight to try and rescue G but in the process that evil dog tried to take my leg off and I have two massive bruises from his teeth. Despite all this the owners STILL tried to claim that my miniature schnauzer attacked their dog! Foul language ended in them getting a ticking off from the police and their dog being reported to the warden. Despite their protests the nice policeman wasn't stupid enough to believe my dog was capable of beating up a dog whose head alone is bigger than G! Needless to say as this happened on the same day as the funeral - after the service and before the wake - it's been a pretty shit week. He's not been able to walk so I've been in the house a lot and my partner has worked the entire Easter weekend so I've been very lonely and anxious and generally STRESSED.

However, I am currently working with a social worker with the view to getting into rehab in the very near future. At first I was really uncertain, but to be honest things have been so tough and it's been a real struggle to get through without self-destructing, and I think that if I want to have any realistic chance of having a stable life then I have to grab the opportunity. It will be a private clinic funded by the NHS and it'd probably be at least six months, so it's a big deal right now. Plus it won't even be in Wales so I'll be far away in another country ... sort of! But it does make it difficult to maintain a relationship. And of course I would miss the dog terribly, softie that I am.

Not surprisingly, as soon as I begin to write I find it helpful. Yet I still find it such an immense challenge when I am depressed.

I think time to sign off with the usual promise of more posts in the not so distant future. I will endeavor to try my best.

Love to all you fellow bloggers and loyal readers - again I apologise for my absence xxx

Friday, 1 April 2011

Gosh... and other things

Well it's been a while. I suppose when I am at my most poorly I choose to stop communicating. And the shame of gaining weight has played a big part. I have gained half a stone and it is mainly because my sister's wedding was last weekend, and for the past few months I have been incredibly anxious about the whole thing. We don't get on particularly well and she has quite strong opinions of me, mainly that I am an attention seeker who causes drama at any opportunity. And ruins all social occasions. And is unpredictable and a liability. She basically rang me a week before the wedding and shouted abuse down the phone, warning me to behave or otherwise not turn up. Difficult.

In the end we cleared the air somewhat and I stayed impeccably behaved and sober, acted like a sane human being and made my parents proud. Also covered my scars for the sake of argument. A stressful experience. All I can say is that I hope she never gets divorced because I cannot take another wedding!

In other news, not much. The stress of the wedding and my intermittent drinking has led to massive binges. I have spent a couple of months literally bingeing day and night, sometimes up to 15,000 calories a day. I have given myself ulcers in my throat and on my tonsils, as well as where my teeth meet my lips. I have been dizzy and exhausted, pathetically so. Crying over the toilet bowl, pleading with myself to stop so that I no longer have to endure the torture of it all.

Since the wedding I have managed to get a grip and calm down slightly. I haven't exactly been wonderful food-wise but I haven't binged. Standing on the scale does nothing to help, and I have taken to wearing support shorts under my clothes to minimise my fatness. Part of the reason for returning to this blog is to make myself accountable once again for what I do to myself and to help me to be aware of the triggers behind my behaviours.

I will write more soon. Right now I am struggling with my stomach after eating a huge amount of sweets, but I will not vomit. Sugar is all I have eaten today. Tomorrow I will try again.

Au revoir for now my friends x

Sunday, 23 January 2011


I am currently undertaking a research project into alcohol use/misuse among the general population and it would be great if some of you were willing to get involved. It will of course be anonymous, and will go towards improving services for patients of addictions clinics within the NHS. The aim is to raise awareness and depth of understanding about the complex world of substance use and abuse.

Here's how to get involved if you wish to:

Please either email me direct at, or facebook me with your contact details.

I will then email you a form to fill in and further details.

If you would like to remain completely anonymous (ie to me as well as the public) then please state and I will send you my address so that the form can be sent back unsigned by post.

I would be grateful for any participation, even partial. The aim of the research is to obtain data about alcohol use/misuse through different age ranges/social groups, and the effects it may have socially/physically on the lives of the individual and their families/friends.

You may fill in all/part of the survey. If you have any questions please ask.

Thanks in advance for your input.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010


is the name that my OH and I use when I'm feeling anxious, or stressed, or a bit 'argh'. Like that feeling you get inside, you know? When you're all sad and tense and a bit confused. I get it a lot. But having the 'squinch' is not such a bad thing. Why? I hear you cry. Well. having a silly name for it, putting it into words, communicating it, makes it lessen. Like, it's a safe word. I can say it without having to say 'I feel like self-harming' or 'I want to die'. It helps both of us to get through those dark days. And most times, when we've talked and had a cuddle, the squinch dies away. So that's just my take on those days, you know, when you know how you feel, you just don't know how to tell someone.

Good day? Mostly. My knee is now even more extremely buggered. I walked the dog in the ice and snow again this morning for a couple of hours. It's NOT good walking conditions when you have unstable joints. It's bloody hard work and I'm terrified of dislocating something. I struggle through it every day because it is my soul food and G adores the walks. It is SO amazingly beautiful around here right now. It looks like a film set of the Canadian wilderness or something. Amazing. The trees all frosted white, the sky crystal clear blue, the lake frozen over. I LOVE winters like this. Probably because I don't mind any weather but walking the dog in the rain is a nightmare, and when it is really icy there is no mud to clean :-). In fact, he comes back sparkling and covered in icicles, lol.

Food wise? I B/Ped again last night, 'sigh'. However it wasn't major. I have been going to bed after purging and waking up REALLY starving. I guess I'm emptying my stomach before I sleep, then realise it when I wake. So today I ate really well, like a lot, I mean. But it wasn't drama-provoking. I made an amazing meal of peppered beef steaks, Mexican fried rice with veggies and a salad. It was yummy. Pretty much healthy too. I don't use oil to cook and I gave all the garlic butter to my OH.

I find it eternally ironic that I will leave butter off my steak and then quite happily proceed to eat a giant bar of chocolate and a packet of biscuits in the evening, without a thought for the fat. I sometimes think that because you don't physically PUT the fat and the salt and the sugar in junk food, it's like the connection isn't there. I mean, like the difference between cash and credit card. One feels tangible, real. One, on the other hand, is false, gives you a sense of security. If I bake or cook I do so consciously and make it healthy if I possibly can. Yet food that I buy? I glance at the calories...rarely any other information. I sometimes wonder if all the good I do to by body is negated by all that shitty food. I guess trying my best to eat well and exercise and stay at a good weight is the best I can do. I'm doing pretty well right now. I hope it lasts.

Well, I have started writing a lot again. I have written about 6,000 words this week so my millionth attempt at a novel is emerging. Slightly. It'll probably wither and die with all the rest. But even if that happens, it's good practice. And it helps. Bigtime. Hours fly by and i feel satisfied. Bought a new piano book too and so I've been hashing my way through that this evening.

My life is so dull, hey?!

Ciao for now guys xxxx