Nice to meet you! :) I'm a 17 year old high school senior, 5'6 and 120-125 pounds and a size 4 right now. I have had food issues or anorexia for around 2 years now and fell into bulimia as well. I bought my size 2 grad dress when I was at my weight of 109-112 pounds. Recovery was hell-night sweats, bloating, bingeing and keeping it a secret the entire time. Anyhow right now I'm not exactly happy with my body, even though I've made lots of progress through exercise I still have excess stomach skin/fat after muscle atrophy. I'm stronger though which is good.
My question is, is it possible to lose weight/gain muscle/tone within a month the healthy way? I still binge but try not to purge and work out, my problem is its hard for me to stick to a healthy diet(1200 calories) vs. restricting (600 calories of fruit + veggies.) And bingeing has left me with the pooch :(.
My stable, fit weight(lots of muscle and energy) was 115 pounds. I really don't want to relapse but since I have a relatively small frame/short torso, the extra weight bothers me to an extreme. What can I do to feel beautiful on my grad night? Thank you :)
without getting to much on your case (because I'm happy you are in recovery) -- 1200 calories is NOT a healthy diet for a teen (not for most adults, either - but that's a different story). if you are eating 1200 calories, I can almost guarantee this is contributing to your binging. Even if you were overweight you shouldn't be eating less than 1800 calories.
5'6" and 110 under the healthy level for a 17 year old, so I'm sorry -- I can't advise you on how to lose the weight you want. I can recommend you drink a lot of water to minimize bloating and to get the bulk of your 1800 minimum calories from protein and fats and complex carbs. I can also recommend you throw out your scale and cut the sizes from your clothes.
I'm sure you will look beautiful in your prom dress -- and no one will know your weight unless you tell them.
I understand your pain.
One great thing about graduation though is that you will be in that big loose gown during the graduation ceremony so nobody will see your body during graduation.
Good job on your recovery so far!
advice from an ex-anorexic and what everyone else will tell you
DONT DO IT
You are 5'6, you are tall, you are supposed to weigh more to support your taller frame