Hey glow girls looking for some advice again...... So I have been informed that I can potentially get a lot of my bone health back yipppeeee. But it is going to take a lot of hard work and probably at least a good 4-5 years. The main thing I need to do is to get my monthly period back , which I have not had since I was 12 years old. They said the reason my bones have got worse is due to this because of very low estrogen levels. So I have been told I need to increase my body fat to a minimum of 20 and my bmi needs to go up to at least 22 because when you recover from anorexia you need to be that little bit heavier to kick start your periods (the body is clever and will try to protect you as it constantly thinks your going to revert to old ways). So that's the hard part number 1- gain about 1.5 stone. The next really hard part is the fact I can no longer exercise until my period comes back. Well I can, but it would be very foolish as I will make my bone health even worse, until they come back exercise actually makes osteoporosis worse but when they do eventually come back exercise will help reverse the damage. This is going to be so hard for me, I think j will feel so lazy and unhealthy because there is so much emphasis on exercise these days, but I guess I have to remind myself I am being good to my body and helping 10 years of damage heal. So over to you guys ...... Advice on things j can do to fill my time and take my mind off the fact I feel like a lazy slob 😖 any advice is really grateful both weight gain and time filler wise. This feels like the start of a whole another horrible journey which I didn't want to go on but I have to keep going , I feel very low and down about this weeks news but have to try to keep my chin up I guess. Xx X X X

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Glowsquared
almost 4 years

I found language lessons would give me the same post exercise buzz when I left :) they're a great option xx

catplum
almost 4 years

Knitting, sewing, reading, meditation 💕

Bethan Rees
almost 4 years

How about starting a weekly class that's not exercise related- there are many about like crafts etc so find a new skill! Or learn a new instrument? Or any existing things you enjoy like reading, drawing, writing? It will definitely be worth it, good luck ❤️X

siobhan
almost 4 years

I love pottery painting and knitting. You could start taking orders from friends and family for big chunky snoods for next Christmas. There's some great wool kits out there in funky colours and if you use big needles it takes no time! What about volunteering locally to you or joining a meditation/ walking group? Look on street life to see what might be happening in your area. Aqua aerobics is low impact too? Xx

Danielle
almost 4 years

I was going to suggest something along the lines of gemsandy. You are doing such a great thing by making people aware of these issues on social media - you could also start a blog/journal about your your journey, past and present? It invites others in similar situations to join in, too, and spread the word further, and it does take up a great deal of time. However, I can understand of you'd rather focus on something else and would agree with something creative. Or learning about/researching a subject you are particularly interested in xx

gemsandy
almost 4 years

How about journaling? You could use it to document your recovery and write a book to support other recovering anorexics. Outlining your challenges and how you overcame than I'm certain would be a very inspiring read for all of us. Make sure you include sentence starters like today I am grateful for.... Just to make sure on hard days you still stay positive.xx

Agnesl
almost 4 years

How about planning a holiday? I'm going to California in May and it has taken me months of planning the route, looking for accommodation etc. And it has really lifted my spirit as it's so exciting to be going there! Stay strong! Time goes by so quickly, you will be over this in no time! Xxx

emsy
almost 4 years

What about exploring some creative hobbies? Drawing, painting, singing, learning a new instrument, sewing, knitting, photography, etc A few years ago I was in a bit if a rut and I joined a sewing class. It was great fun learning something new, I got a great sense of of achievement from actually making something myself, it kept me busy and got me out of the house and meeting others with similar interests and I got a new skill to boot! I know it's hard to think of the journey ahead, take it one day at a time and be gentle with yourself. Good luck xx

Abygail Irving-Isom
almost 4 years

Are you much of a reader petal? You could get into researching an area of interest to you. Eastern philosophy, nutrition, something like that. You'd be exercising your mind, still challenging yourself but in a different way.x

rosieA
almost 4 years

How about low impact light exercise? Swimming is really good as the water takes any pressure off your body. Or going for a walk instead , find somewhere nice. I find fresh air always makes you feel better. X