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is ED recovery real and/or worth it? Anonymous 18408[Reply]

got forced into treatment a few months ago and am still feeling like complete shit. every time i see an online testimonial by a “recovered” person they seem to exaggerate abt how much their life improved, or they admit that they are still constantly fighting urges and thoughts. it doesn’t help that I don’t know a single person in my life who is more than quasi recovered or clearly in denial of relapse. for anyone who recovered from an ed (or more generally, learned to stop hating themselves), what were some things that made it worth it? do you miss your ED? any useful advice for someone who just isn’t convinced that i actually want to give it up?

Anonymous 18409

sorry meant to post this in /hb. mods please remove

Anonymous 18410


Radfem pill cured me, made me realize I only wanted to be hyper feminine and skinny because I hated myself. I had a bf and did what I thought was expected of me. Girl need to be pretty girl need to be skinny, no one will love me if I'm not pretty and skinny, was my thought process for so long until I was introduced to the obvious explanations on why I thought that exactly. Misogyny beauty expectations etc, right before I got radpilled I even thought maybe I'm trans nonbinary because I'm a human and don't want to live up to rigid stereotypes. Anything to escape. Luckily I didn't and now I'm fine I gotta thank the transphobic women on here for introducing me to the concept of being a woman comes from being female nothing else. Misandry is the cure, accepting yourself is the most radical thing you can do to stick it to people who want to put you in a box. Radfem pill, pink pill, in general made me start appreciating and loving women, and in turn myself more. Don't miss it and, I wish the same positivity or neutrality on body image for any other girl or woman.

Anonymous 18411

Had pretty severe BD (wanted to kms constantly because I thought I was so fat and ugly, despite being a completely normal weight, also heavily relate to the no-photos thing) and binge-restrict cycles. Now I'm fully recovered, really, and life is a lot lot better. For me, it was a period of letting myself eat whatever I wanted, with no restricting (the kicker for me was reading Brain over Binge). I gained weight but not to the extent of becoming overweight, before things stabilised and I lost most of what I gained over the span of ~3 years.
I do not miss it. The only thing that came out of it is probably my depression art, and even that is shit. Some advice:
- it's a process, you don't magically get better overnight, but incrementally over a long period of time until one day you find yourself 'recovered,' and eating food like everyone else.
- Even then there will still be bad days where you fall back into the ED-depression mindset, but you must acknowledge them as bad days that will pass. And then they do. Idk but it works for me.
- the biggest mindset change for me was probably that my BD was vanity. Like, caring that much about your appearance, hyper-focusing on it in any situation, crippling self-hatred - that's vanity, and also a distorted sort of narcissism. What's important isn't you, it's what's outside of you, and that's what you need to focus on in order to live life properly. And so now I can go outside, talk to people, and experience things without constant anxiety. So it's pretty worth it.

Anonymous 18412

I was taking the radfem pill even before developing an ed but it's not working.

Anonymous 19173

When I really recovered, it took me around 4-5 months to gain what believe was around 30 pounds. It happens really fast, and you have to force yourself to do it and have someone for accountability. I knew I wasn't recovered mentally, so it felt like another fake attempt. But you really can not recover without being weight restored, which is not only dysphoric but also uncomfortable physically (you can be really bloated much of the time). However, AFTER that process, I continued to work on my mental health. I just had to tell myself over and over again, writing it down even, that I'm more than my appearance. Look into body neutrality and try to really internalize it, it's okay that you don't believe it at first. Avoid mirrors and scales (obviously) and social media and any focus on your body during this time. I can tell you that it is completely worth it once it's over. For me I still don't view food 100% neutrally unfortunately, but I never feel guilty for eating until I'm full or enjoying desert. Best of all, I don't control my food portions and can still maintain a natural weight. If you are eating intuitively, you will NOT remain overweight (even if your natural weight is slightly overweight BMI-wise, it really won't matter, no one would think you look fat. fat people are really overweight or obese, and that won't happen if you are recovered). Intuitive eating works only AFTER being weight restored, before you need to eat what is advised medically. Now that I'm recovered, I feel like this is my body, how it is if I just eat what I want and exercise when I want. And I can have a significant other that loves my body as it is uncontrolled and I don't have to worry about 'letting myself go', because it is in its natural state when I eat a balanced diet (which includes some 'unhealthy' food!) and only really walk (which I love to do). Social events are so much easier because I eat what everyone else is eating without any guilt. It is real and worth it, but it takes at least a year of hard work and faking it. Weight restored is necessary for recovery, but weight restoration =/= recovery, and when you quit at that state you quit at the hardest part without reaping any rewards for your efforts.


/fit/girls Anonymous 7341[Reply]

Anybody here workout?

I work out pretty regularly; regular weight lifting and strength training along with plenty of cardio. I can bench press 120lbs, but I've gone as high as 150lbs on good days.
It's come to the point where friends and family have taken notice because I've become considerably more muscular.
Sometimes I contradict myself because I don't want to be known as the buff girl, but I love seeing those numbers climb on the smith machine. And I can physically do more than I ever was able to before. I don't want to lose that.

Does anyone else here have a workout/exercise regime? Doesn't matter if it's only cardio or if you're a gym bunny like me. Let's talk about it!
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Anonymous 11727

marisa bright smil…

Thank you for your well wishes. I appreciate it, sincerely.
Healthy meals and good regimented sleep is a great start. Just keep it up. The hardest part is making it a habit and sticking to it. Takes a lot of willpower. You can do it. I believe in you!
The bad days where you don't feel like doing it or eating well are the hurdles that you really need to strive to clear. Once you get past the hardest days everything else just becomes easier.
Best of luck!

Anonymous 11734

yeah i figured a three month response was a bit iffy. would you say prices have recovered from being raised by covid or are they still going to be high?

Anonymous 11738

depends on where you buy from. you have to wait for someone needing to get all their shit out of the garage asap. older gym guys want like the down payment of a house plus a kidney for this kind of stuff, no idea why they price so insanely high. prices will probably drop further tho so if you can wait, i'd say do it. secondhand bikes were insane like two months ago and now they're cheap

Anonymous 11745

My entire waist is sore from hula hooping. Is it going to widen my waist. I already have some abs, I'm just hoping to cut down even more.

Anonymous 11757


to anyone buying used power cages they often have nylon insert nuts which can't be reused so if you take it apart to move it you'll need to replace them.


Vomit/Acid and shit Anonymous 19147[Reply]

I vomit a few times a day, anyone got advice on how to not destroy my throat or teeth?

Anonymous 19148

get something basic in your mouth to neutralize the acid, like toothpaste, but don't brush them, just like gargle it, not sure how well it works but its probably better than nothing

Anonymous 19149

Rinse your mouth with sodium bicarbonate after vomiting. Drink a lot of water to flush the acid from your throat. Go to a doctor and get help to stop vomiting because it will cause permanent injury even if you do damage control.

Anonymous 19151

You should rather find out why you vomit a few times a day. For how long is this going now? You sound like you don't just have the flu…

Offtopic, but are you swiss or why the picture? Would be nice to have another miner here :3


Memory loss Anonymous 18981[Reply]

Does anyone else with serious memory problems? For years now I have felt as if I developed some kind of early stage dementia. Recently, it feels like it's gotten worse. I just almost threw my keys out with the garbage because I forgot they're in my hand and thought they were somewhere else. Had to fish them out of the garbage bag. I struggle to remember which side to turn my lock to lock/unlock the door, and I end up sleeping on an unlocked door whole nights because of it sometimes. I still struggle to find my way around routes I have been to several times before. I don't know pretty much anyone's birthday except my own, but even then I've unironically forgotten how old I've turned sometimes and have to do the math (No joke). I almost always leave home having forgotten something, like my money or umbrella. It's gone beyond being some kind of "haha, how cute" kind of airheadedness to being like I'm going to legit wake up one day and not even remember my own name. Any advice?
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Anonymous 19140

I have really bad memory, short-term and long term. I'm in my thirties but my memory is that of someone in their 60s/70s. My dad and paternal grandma also have/had memory problems dating back to when I was a kid.

I tried brain games, but they don't really help. They just help you get better at the games.

Make sure you are getting dha, I think gaba helps memory as well.

Anonymous 19141

you have a tumour in your brain. go to the doctors. NOW!!

Anonymous 19143

I do the same thing but I abuse alcohol and get really flustered when socializing. Are you similar?

Anonymous 19144

In the past I would drink something light on family gatherings, but recently I stopped completely. I've always had issues with socializing but now it feels hopeless, I mostly talk to my family and usually it's through calls/texts. Idk I guess that could affect speech?

Anonymous 19145

try B12


Anonymous 19057[Reply]

My menstrual cramps hurts. I feel so disgusting. Been dealing with this my whole life and im never used to it. Do any of you feel that menstruation is a beautiful thing? I just think its gross
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Anonymous 19087

I know it will sound fake, but you can do your research. Viagra helps with menstrual cramps, I found out they killed the research when results where appearing bc 'not very important' or something like that. Has helped me a lot, BUT mine were never disabling, just eventually bad, so YMMV

Anonymous 19103

I wouldn’t say periods are a beautiful thing necessarily but they force me to take care of myself both physically and mentally every month. If I don’t want to get suicidal ideas and feel like total shit for a week, I have to prepare the week before and get my shit together mentally so I’m less inclined to have emotional bursts. I meditate more and try to be more aware so that I can put things into perspective and remind myself that it’s a vulnerable time for me. I used to have very bad cramps the first two days, I can now limit that and keep it to a few hours if I make sure I don’t eat greasy, salty food or red meat the days before it starts. It forces me to eat healthy digestible stuff and drink more water, as alcohol and sugary drinks also trigger pain for me. I also have to stretch more and exercise as it helps a lot with body aches (my hamstrings and legs get super tight if I don’t). Used to be really annoying to prepare that much just to avoid pain but I got used to it and I feel like my body is hacking my brain to get and feel better, like a hamster that gets shocked if they don’t run the wheel.

Anonymous 19127

Based and witchpilled. I think abrahamic religions had a big share in fucking up the relationship of the sexes.

Anonymous 19133

What are some mythologies that are more period-positive if you don't mind me asking? Is it all new-agey stuff or is there stuff from antiquity?

Anonymous 19134

There are a few scattered modern tribes around the world that have different menstrual rituals like the Yurok of North America or some African cultures with women's societies that are not as bad.
Most period-positive mythologies that existed in antiquity have been either completely wiped or edited to match a patriarchal narrative, so a lot of the new agey stuff is people's attempt to piece together ancient female religions (or completely modern frameworks) with limited historical information as well as their own modern needs. I'm not an historian so it is difficult for me to know for sure how much is woo and how much is real, but something in it feels really intuitive and meaningful so I can't help but be moved by the idea. Of course take all of this with a grain of salt and look into it yourself if the idea interests you.
A great book about mythology and menstruation was The Wise Wound by Penelope Shuttle, it was my intro into questioning narratives behind menstruation. I think it was the first major book contemplating why menstruation is such a taboo. It brings in mythology, history, psychology, and some medical science to explore the question. it is a bit old, bit still good. its on the internet archive: https://archive.org/details/wisewoundmythsre00shut/mode/2up
I also liked some books by erich neumann. specifically fear of the feminine. It doesn't directly imply menstruation but it was still useful in making a good female-positive mental framework. He uses a jungian framework to examine feminine psychology and mythology.
Blood Magic by Alma Gotlieb is an anthropological book on different culture's ideas around menstruation. It's on my list but I havent gotten around to it yet.
In general, mythologies in which the moon or the number 13 (13 lunar months in a year) are prominent usually have some proximity to the menstrual cycle. The king arthur myth about the 'grail that bleeds' could be read as a menstruation myth. It is a stretch, but even jesus christ could be seen as a menstrual symbol (born of a virgin mother, bleeds, and is resurrected again. 13 disciples if you count mary magdalen). Though both of these are heavily colored by patriarchal narratives.
Definitely read one of the books I listed since I probably don't do thPost too long. Click here to view the full text.


Mild Drinking Problem/Alcoholism Thread Anonymous 11653[Reply]

Take your shit attitude to lolcow. This is a comfy help thread.

I don't know if I have full on alcoholism yet but I'm getting there. I am 20, too young to buy alcohol in the U.S. but always manage to get my hands on it, which really worries me. If I don't have it, I am not ever happy. In fact I am often extremely depressed and will self harm, which is why alcohol feels so necessary. My goal is to one day make sobriety my most desirable state so that I won't need to drink.
I think it's lowered my immune system quite a bit because I got a UTI after a heavy binge with friends. That is a sign to stop drinking as it can irritate my bladder, but I just had 2 beers tonight. Really upset with myself.

How are the anonettes coping? How often/how much do you drink? Can you be happy or content without it? And most importantly, are you getting help?
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Anonymous 18800

Oh nona, I'm the exact same way. I KNOW I cannot drink forever, I'm one of those people who are a 1 or a 0 with anything and everything, I absolutely cannot with drugs and I fucked up hard with alcohol. You don't sound dramatic at all, alcoholism is a very serious addiction that society should pay way more attention to but aren't. At least for me, the crushing defeat of knowing I can't drink forever (especially during bad cravings) absolutely destroys me. Things like "I'll try quitting again later" or "I can just move it to once every x days" and "why am I even doing this? I should just die young" surround my mind, so I just tell myself "alright, but later" and it helps pacify those thoughts for awhile. I understand if it doesn't work for you, it's really not for everyone. I know one technique that helps is writing down why you want to quit, what you want to get out of it and different rituals you could do on a piece of paper, and then read it whenever it gets difficult.

I'm going to be honest, I have my delivery app open with a bottle of that poison in my basket, just waiting for the order to sent. I just switched my phone off and decided to procrastinate and check threads on CC instead. The craving is lesser than before right now. It's still there, but I don't want to mess up. In a way I'm so glad that you came by this thread and replied, I would've cracked otherwise. I need to hold myself accountable. I hope you're doing well too. WAGMI

Anonymous 18832

try meth :) this is a JOKE please dont lol just remember that being drunk is gross and makes you smell bad and you're so much prettier when youre sober :)

Anonymous 18835

I used to feel the same way as you, nona. Not just with alcohol but in general. However, I've come to realize that more people struggle with substance abuse than you think. You'll also find that half of those people who you see "partying" do not feel in control of their usage and wish that they could cut back on or quit altogether. Someone "partying" (AKA binge drinking) 3+ times a week undoubtedly has a problem regardless of whether or not the "party" setting makes it socially acceptable. We also have no idea whether or not these people continue these patterns in the privacy of their own homes, when they are not out with friends.

Hope your journey to sobriety goes well :)

Anonymous 19111

I feel dead inside. I want to look for comfort like I always do, staring down at the bottom of a bottle.

Anonymous 19124

I've been sober since April but I was having a really bad time last week and snuck a drink. It was really nice.


earring problems? Anonymous 19092[Reply]

>be me while young
>see all my friends getting their ears pierced
>beg to get ears pierced and get them pierced
>everything is fine for a few years and can wear any earrings
>stop wearing earrings cuz i stop liking them
>tries them again after several years
>ears now get super irritated when i wear them and i can't wear them for more than 10 minutes

anyone else have any advice or similar experiences? not really sure what i can do lol
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Anonymous 19095

I might have, problem is I don't really know what my earrings are made of

Is it possible there are an issue with my earring holes themselves?

Anonymous 19099

Have you tried sterling silver or genuine gold earrings? If those are fine you've probably got nickel allergy.

Anonymous 19101

I experience the same thing. I don't wear earrings for long periods of time now (weeks to months) and whenever I fight to wear earrings again I have to deal with them being super irritated because I had them pierced in the mall with a piercing gun, twisted them a throughout healing (they told me to), changed the jewelry too early it reacted pretty badly, all back when I didn't know any better and so they didn't heal 100% unproblematic and still act up almost as if they're 6 months into still healing since getting them rather than 7 years. And I only wear one pair of 18k gold earrings now rather than any pair I don't know the material of back when I used to wear earrings all the time in the immediate years after getting them. I guess having earrings in all the time is a necessity to keep the irritation and acting up down to the very bare minimum of fucked up-ness.

Anonymous 19119

That sounds super similar to me, I guess I might have to try some real gold or silver earrings then.
Anyone have any recommendations on where to buy some cute ones?

Anonymous 19120

wait you guys can still wear earrings after years of not wearing them? I stopped for a few years and when I wanted to wear them again, I found that the holes had sealed shut, so now there's just a dent instead. I haven't felt like repiercing them since my new hairstyle covers my ears
I got them done in a mall and twisted them nonstop as well but mine never had any complications. Maybe because at that time I took the aftercare so seriously and would literally wake up in a cold sweat because I only applied the anti-infection cleaning fluid 2 times that day instead of 3 times like they said.


do antidepressants work? Anonymous 18852[Reply]

been told multiple times i should see a therapist, get on antidepressants, etc. i have depression since i was a preteen and never did anything with it. been feeling like i'm reaching my breaking point lately and was wondering if antidepressants actually worked for anyone in regards to improving your mood/motivation to do hobbies/work. i was under the impression that they dont really change much since everything ultimately depends on yourself
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Anonymous 19073

op here to give a bit of an update. first of all, thanks for all of your thoughtful responses i appreciate them. i've started on an antidepressant and been going to a few therapy sessions. i just feel numb instead of sad and my apathy has increased tenfold. i still want to die. i thought therapy would be helpful but i don't really feel that i'm getting anything from it. this is mainly because i think that i don't want to even be there or put in any effort. i'm only going because my doctor told me to and i realized i don't like it. i'm open during my sessions and give information, but it seems like a lot of what i say is maybe too heavy and my therapist is more commonly at a lost for words.

i don't really know what i'm doing at this point in my life. i had to take leave from work and start this treatment plan because i reached my breaking point. i don't have a plan or direction and am hoping my eating disorder slowly kills me

i'll continue to go to therapy and take my medication though. take care everyone

Anonymous 19075

which antidepressant you use?

Anonymous 19083


Anonymous 19113

I've tried so many antidepressants and other classes of drugs in my life that I've lost count, and none of them ever made a difference for me. In fact they were a net negative because of the side effects.

But that was years ago, and nowadays I'm genuinely way happier and emotionally resilient. I haven't had suicidal thoughts in a while and I feel generally content with just existing.

For me what changed was stuff like eating better, getting away from abuse, developing more independence and confidence in doing things, developing new hobbies (I like cooking and fashion), adopting religious beliefs, working on self-esteem… But I know these are all sort of meme suggestions, it's hard to really put your finger on it when you come out of that sort of thing and I think that's maybe why people sound so retarded and unhelpful when talking about how to get better. Like on a surface level, taking care of yourself helps, but it's really more of a deeper philosophical thing where you have to find intrinsic meaning and value in your life. For me it started with stuff like "I hate my life but I sort of want x goal so I'll work towards that."

I'm not good at advice but I hope that maybe it would help someone to hear that someone who got nothing out of any medication or therapy was able to get better. (also if you have specialist issues like trauma, it might help to see a specialist therapist rather than a normie one who just helps people deal with stress)

Anonymous 19114

It did help me to read that. My problems aren’t really fixable. There is nothing wrong with my life. It’s just me existing in this world and the agony I feel in existing. But it’s not constant agony. I have done a lot and nothing really worked but reading about your experience was kinda soothing. I hope my brain can fix itself somehow


Obese weight loss advice? Anonymous 19077[Reply]

My entire family is obese and I am currently about 300 lbs. We are all going on keto and its going decently, I can really only afford keto groceries with an instacart referral method (whatever works right?) Mostly posting to see if anyone have any tips to boost metabolism or to make weight loss more , I live a very sedentary life, I'm 20 and my collegework is online so I just stay in my house all day. I know it's bad for the mental and physical health, but I hope if I lose weight I will get motivation to do more out of the house. I had a good online friend I was going to travel to visit but she told me to cancel, probably because she realized I was too much of a femcel for her. Any advice or anecdotes from anyone whos been through weight loss is appreciated, lowest I remember being is 210 and that was about 6 years ago. I am tired of being obese and I want to make a change and get to the point where I am comfortable with my body.
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Anonymous 19084

Get some excersise in that's easy on your joints and not too daunting to start. Taking a walk around the neighbourhood or local park is probably the easiest thing you can do. You can listen to some music or a podcast and treat is as a break from your studies, get some fresh air. And being around some nature every day boosts the mental health too! If you can afford a subscription, swimming at the swimming pool is great too. You also don't have to do keto to lose weight if it's difficult to fit in your budget. Gl!

Anonymous 19086


Theres zero evidence for this. Your arteries clog up when you have excess calories leading to fat being stored. Keto is actually healthy, before agriculture humans ate keto and we've existed for a lot longer than since the agricultural revolution.

Obviously avoiding carbs like the plague isnt good ESPECIALLY if you lift weights and or do cardio.

Anonymous 19090

calorie defecit + excerise even if its just walking, swap out drinks for water or tea, and look at pop as more of a dessert, work on portions sizing more, prioritize protein in your daily cals

Anonymous 19098

You can try doing exercises sitting in your chair with light dumbbells like the ones designed for seniors or people recuperating from injuries

Anonymous 19102

keto is just another fad diet
youre going to end up binging if you cut out carbs completely, i see it with my diet obsessed family all the time. maybe try getting a job or some sort of volunteer position that could get you out of the house. your family probably taught you unhealthy eating habits and you should try to move out if you can, its hard to change eating habits if you're in an unhealthy environment. you may not know what healthy eating habits are. perhaps see a registered dietician if you have the means.


Could traveling farts cause vaginal discharge? Anonymous 7849[Reply]

I almost always have this green vagoo discharge. It looks like phlegm, but doesn't smell particularly bad or itch. (I've been to the doctor but never diagnosed because it happened to not be active on those days)
I have good hygiene and wash every day. I've tried dietary changes, using different water, cleaning with wet wipes, using different soaps and intimate washes, but it never goes away for good. But I do get a lot of farts who travel and end up going through my vulva. Could that be causing infections?
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Anonymous 7853


What direction do you wipe in? It should be front-to-back.

For years I wiped back-to-front and didn't realise I was smearing poo into my vagina which made it stink.

Anonymous 7854

I don’t think green is a healthy color for discharge. Maybe you’re wiping the wrong way like this anon is saying >>7853

Those types of farts shouldn’t be causing an issue (unless maybe you’re not wiping yourself clean enough after pooping? Sorry to pry, but just throwing some possibilities out there). It’s pretty normal to get farts that travel in front like that.

Don’t use soap or special washes. That messes with your pH level and could actually cause issues like this.

Anonymous 7856

Front to back. I use wet wipes too.

But if I don't use something to wash it smells bad. It's soap designed to clean there and keep your ph right so I don't think it's causing this. I've also used different soaps throughout the years and it's always been the same.

I forgot to mention, I started having sex and it's the only thing that seems to stop it for 1-2 days.

Anonymous 8074

it's obviously because you're washing too much and using soaps and fragrances down there. vaginas are self cleaning. you should wash the folds with water or mild unscented soap/wipe, but never get soap/wetwipe fluid/etc near the opening
the healthy bacteria have been killed and the bad bacteria are proliferating in your vagina. the foul smelling discharge is your body trying to fight against the bad bacteria, or the bad bacteria growing in there…

Anonymous 19097

male spotted

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