I dropped out of the University of Illinois to go into an eating disorders unit at Highland Park hospital 🏥 where my 92 pound self battled Ed. Oh “Ed?” ...Ed was my eating disorder. I was so underweight that my concave tummy, bony back, and face were covered in lanugo. Lanugo is the fine hair that premature babies are born with to help keep them warm. I was basically a hairy skeleton with lifeless eyes.
After 5 months of treatment I had gained enough weight to menstruate again and became pregnant 🤰🏻 with my 1st son. I didn’t know how to hold babies and was terrified of their soft spots and overall fragility. I didn’t even know how to take care of myself. I was petrified. But this was part of Gods plan for my life and -but for my son - my life would have continued down a dark path. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Today I’m proudly 50 pounds heavier and have a pretty healthy body image, meaning I work at LOVING my body and saying nice things or nothing at all about it.
I tell you the story about kicking Ed’s ass because I know there are many out there struggling right NOW because being home (COVID-19) and out of routine can be a big trigger.
My 6 tips:
❕Sleep sleep sleep.
❕10 minutes of personal development per day (podcast or book).
❕Plan your virtual workout the day before and tell your friends.
❕Stay SOCIAL online.
❕Start every meal with water. Cute water bottles help.
❕Don’t worry (worry makes everything worse) about your weight. Rather eat to FEEL GOOD, not emotionally but to feel good physically.
Ellen de Werd is the creator of WARRIOR Rhythm™ and WARRIOR Strength™. Inspired by global interest in her format, Ellen opened the WARRIOR Instructor Academy.