Hi I’m Maggie! I’m 31 years old, 5’6, 218 lb starting weight and a video editor by trade. I’ve struggled with binge eating since high school, but didn’t start putting on weight until my 20s.
I know that my binges are a combination of eating a high carb diet and the binge habit that I’ve ingrained in my daily routine. I suffer from the binge/purge cycle in that I binge eat, hate myself for bingeing, attempt calorie restriction/cardio, and binge again because of the restriction. I’ve mostly recovered from this eating disorder (thanks to reading the book “Brain Over Binge” by Kathryn Hansen), but still mindlessly overeat, preventing any weight loss.
In 2012, I got in great shape (145 lbs + muscle) for 2 of my friends’ weddings doing a typical bodybuilding program/”clean eating” diet (high protein/high carb/low fat). It was a very time consuming program, eating 6+ meals a day and spending close to 2 hours in the gym 6 days a week. This lifestyle is not natural, and caused a great deal of stress throughout the process.
My digestion suffered and most of my time was spent timing and calculating my meals perfectly. I loved seeing the results, but suffered anxiety if I missed a workout or ate something that wasn’t on my meal plan. After the weddings, I crashed back into binge eating, causing me to gain 70 pounds in just 2 short years. I constantly struggled to get back into that lifestyle, but continued to gain weight. I’ve been anywhere from 195-228 lbs since 2014.
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