Hello friends!  I am currently running 15 miles (gulp) but I wanted to leave you with a bit of inspiration.  For my Healthy Tipping Point series, I profile people who have changed their lives and found a healthy balance.  I occasionally profile people who have overcome an eating disorder.  EDs and issues such as depression, anxiety, self-harm, etc. are nothing to be ashamed of and I believe awareness and openness are good things.  Obviously, sometimes these stories can be triggering so if you are in recovery and are easily triggered, please don’t read!  (Also, please contact NEDA for information regarding treatment options.)


I was really impressed with Erin’s story because she is so young and self-aware.  She is so strong, and I hope you find her as inspiring as I did.  Read on…


My name is Erin and I am 15 years old, living in Ontario Canada.  I was only 13 years old when my life was taken over by serious anorexia nervosa. At just 13, I felt my body was embarrassing, I was ugly and unattractive, and that I wasn’t good enough. I had always wished I was thinner, especially since I was by far the largest out of my two other sisters and would be reminded that constantly. But it had never really bothered me that much before.


But more and more,  I started to feel extremely self-conscious and depressed. I wanted to lose weight. I felt like I needed to lose weight. I started by eating really healthy foods and getting in exercise every day, which would be the right thing to do, if only I hadn’t taken it to the extreme. For about half a year, I ate absolutely nothing I wasn’t certain was healthy. My mom always said she wished she had my willpower, but I was taking it too far. I was so deprived and unsatisfied, but wouldn’t give in.


So began my obsession with calorie counting and drastic cutting back. My meals kept getting smaller and smaller. I tried to hide it all from my family- I’ve always wanted to make them happy and please them, so I decided I didn’t want them to worry and I didn’t want them to feel concerned for me. And I didn’t want them to stop me.  


I was admitted into McMaster’s Children’s Hospital after my 14th birthday and was stuck in there for 2 months. The doctors and nurses feared my heart would stop and I couldn’t even step out of bed. The hospital was the most miserable, horrible experience in my entire life.  At one point, I even contemplated suicide. Even when I was out of the hospital, I struggled. I went through so much treatment, and everything seemed to add up to one thing – gain more weight and the feelings will go away. 


I couldn’t take that answer. It didn’t seem like enough.  My mom didn’t agree with the way the eating disorder team was working with me, either, so she took me to a naturopath


That appointment changed me completely. I heard what my current weight was and… I wasn’t upset. I was so emotionally and mentally exhausted from always being upset and feeling not good enough, I didn’t really even care. I told the naturopath about my interest in running again and she wanted me to go for it and helped me figure out what my body would need to refuel afterward. It felt good to be taught to be concerned about things like stress relief and eating wholesome foods with all the nutrients instead of relying on drugs to make me happy and banning any type of activity to gain weight back. That was what worked for me. I loved the new look on life. I started thinking more about the foods that could give me more calcium and protein, etc. rather than which foods would give me the least amount of calories. Before, I wasn’t sure about running because I didn’t want to have to eat extra. I felt like if I even sped walked to make it to the bathroom I would be forced to eat another snack.


Now, I feel excited to plan out the meals that will give me good energy and I look forward to running and even eating afterward because I know that’s what will make me stronger.  I’m still far far away from where my mind and body needs to be, but I’m getting closer and I’m not turning back. I don’t want to lose weight because that will mean losing the health and the work that I’ve gained. I still struggle sometimes, but I know that this feeling won’t last forever and that someday, I will be truly happy and love myself like I should have all along – if I keep working at it.


I haven’t exactly reached my healthy tipping point, and I don’t think I ever will “reach” it. I think that my healthy tipping point is an ongoing process and journey where I will be challenged and sometimes successful, but always creating a stronger me. I want to dance, run, bike, bake. I want to be an athlete, actress, writer. I want to have strong bones when I’m 60 and be good and healthy for my family and future family. I can only accomplish these things if I give my body what it needs and think of it as a gift. 


This body of mine has surprised people by how well it dances, it has carried me for over 30 minutes of running, hours of walking and has never let me down. My mind tells me what I hope to do and my body carries it out. So, I think it deserves a little bit o’ R.E.S.P.E.C.T, don’t you!? 


Makes me think of how some people say ‘life is a game’, but I don’t think it is like a game at all. Unlike a game, in real life you get to choose whether you win or lose. Don’t give up; you can turn your life around. Mine did a complete 180 and now I’m changing it again- this time for the better. Before, I was just surviving, then I was living. Now I’m not merely surviving or living. I’m blossoming. And I’m winning. 


I really hope my post has helped some people see what more there is to life than skipping all the sweet stuff and zipping up those petite jeans. LOVE YOURSELF, because you and I, we are all worth it. We are so, so worth it. 


Want to read other inspiring Healthy Tipping Point stories?


  • Tina:  Two Pink Lines Motivated Her to Get Healthy
  • Bo: A Man’s Healthy Tipping Point Journey
  • Emily:  A Slow Switch Helped Her Lose Nearly 100 Pounds 
  • Kayla:  The Fear of Going Blind Motivated Her to Get Healthy 
  • Maria:  A Gallbladder Stone Scare Showed Her The Importance of Real Food
  • Dani:  Learning to Run Through the Couch to 5K Program
  • Maissa:  Finding a New Outlet for Negative Emotions
  • Freya:  A Journey Out of Anorexia
  • Carrie:  Ditched Distorted Thinking and Ran a Marathon
  • Amy:  A Mom Who Lost Baby Weight and Became a Triathlete
  • Jenny:  Saw Lance Armstrong on Oprah and Decided to Ride a Century
  • Lauren:  Stays Active Despite Being a Busy Associate at a Financial Firm
  • Beth:  A Friend’s Serious Illness Inspired Her to Focus on Her Own Health


If you could go back in time and tell your 13 year old self something, what would it be?



  • Chelsey September 10, 2010, 7:09 am

    Wow what an inspiring story. You can definitely read her wisdom through the words she has wrote. Amazing story. Best of luck to her!

  • Erin September 10, 2010, 7:16 am

    From one Erin to another: Thank you for sharing your story. You are such a wonderful role model for teen girls, many of whom get completely distorted images about bodies from the media.

    If I could tell my 13-year-old self something it would be: This is the worst that it will be. 13 is the hardest year… then you get older and things smooth out.

    • Erin September 10, 2010, 10:21 pm

      And from yet another Erin, I completely relate to having felt that way at thirteen…and I agree with Erin #2..life is tough when you are so young…but there are many many things to be thankful for in this life. Size is nothing more than a measurement. Truly loving your body for what it is, is beautiful!

  • holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 10, 2010, 7:35 am

    Erin thank you for sharing your story with us! What a brave thing to do!

    To my 13 year old self: You are beautiful, just the way you are. You are smart and have alot to offer your friends and family, so be your true self!

  • eatmovelove September 10, 2010, 7:44 am

    Wow Erin. Congrats on your success. It always surprises/troubles me when I hear about girls as young as you struggling with these issues. I hope you have a strong support system and continue to strive for REAL happiness in life.

  • Kelly September 10, 2010, 7:47 am

    That you will grow out of your awkward stage and not feel like an ugly duckling forever.

  • Heidi - apples under my bed September 10, 2010, 7:47 am

    What a gorgeous, articulate and inspiring young women!
    Thank you for sharing your journey with us. You have come such a long way and should be very proud! You look so happy in your photos, it is lovely to see.

    I would tell my 13 year old self to stop thinking that everyone is looking at them! Appreciate every moment, and be yourself 🙂
    Heidi xo

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday September 10, 2010, 8:20 am

    Thanks for sharing your story Erin, you are beautiful!

    P.S. I live in Ontario too 😀

  • maria @ Chasing the Now September 10, 2010, 8:22 am

    Thanks for sharing that. It is great that she is making healthy changes to live a better life at such a young age. It stinks that she had to endure an ED to get there, but we all have different paths to wellness, right?

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman September 10, 2010, 8:31 am

    That was a great story. You should be so proud of where you are now in your journey.

    I would tell my 13-year-old self that life gets way better after braces.

  • Stacey September 10, 2010, 8:32 am

    That is such a great, inspiring story 🙂 I think I would tell my old 13 year old self to stop caring about what everyone else thinks of me! And also, that NO girl is as pretty as the models in the magazine, not even the models themselves!

  • Sarah September 10, 2010, 8:40 am

    Erin, such a great story. I really hope you can go on getting better. You are a beautiful, strong young woman, you can do it!

  • grocery goddess jen September 10, 2010, 8:41 am

    I absolutely love reading stories like this! Thank you for sharing.

  • Lindsey September 10, 2010, 8:49 am

    Wow I am blown away by Erin’s maturity at only 15 years old! I think she seems to have a great support system too in her mother who helped her seek out new therapy options. Best of luck to her in her recovery and I really hope she keeps telling her story. If I could talk to my 13 year old self I would say you matter and don’t ever lose that along the way.

  • Kristy @ Kristyruns.com September 10, 2010, 8:54 am

    Awesome and inspiring! 🙂
    I would tell my 13 year old self not to worry about what other people think. I worried too much about that and missed out on a lot i’m sure. Lessoned learned. 😉

  • i can eat, can't i September 10, 2010, 9:23 am

    wow your story really touched me… speechless.

  • Amanda September 10, 2010, 9:25 am

    I would tell myself to relax and enjoy life and not take myself so seriously.

  • Charlie September 10, 2010, 9:29 am

    I would tell myself to stop worrying about how I look and enjoy life!
    I was actually really superficial at 13… It took me so much time to get ready in them morning, I would never do that now – I prefer more sleep than more makeup ;).

  • courtney September 10, 2010, 9:33 am

    that CONFIDENCE is a girl’s best accessory!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) September 10, 2010, 9:37 am

    Wow such an amazing story and so good that you conquered this nasty thing early. You will be better for fighting back early.

    I wish I could go back and tell myself that the ED wouldn’t solve things. I started young and didn’t get a handle on it until I was 21.

  • Michele September 10, 2010, 9:42 am

    What an inspiring story! I’m a serious advocate for loving your body. The trick seems to be maintaining that body through a lifestyle of BALANCE. Yes, do the work it takes to get where you want to be, but love yourself no matter where you are at that moment.

    I have a sixteen year-old who is trying to figure out that balance right now. Erin, you’re an inspiration!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit September 10, 2010, 9:45 am

    Great story. I would tell my 13-yr. old self to just relax, and have fun while you’re young!

  • Anna September 10, 2010, 9:50 am

    Wow, that is possibly the MOST mature, eloquent 13-year-old I have ever heard/read. What an inspiring story. You should be SO proud of yourself for having the strength to turn things around in your life so quickly, because while the time you struggled with (and still struggle) your ED probably felt like an eternity, some women don’t have the strength to take action for decades. Congratulations on choosing to love yourself! We’re proud of you 🙂

  • Tina September 10, 2010, 10:01 am

    Wow! How inspiring that even at such a young age she took control of her health. KUDOS TO YOU ERIN!!! That experience will set you up to be strong for years to come and likely help others. Sharing your story today did so I’m sure. 🙂

  • Maggie @ Munching to Mend September 10, 2010, 10:20 am

    That is such an inspiring story, especially because I frequently hear people comment that people with disordered eating will struggle with it their whole lives, and Erin sounds like she is way beyond letting it become a part of her being. So cool and such a great accomplishment. If I could go back, I’d tell my 13 year old self to grow a backbone and stick up for myself! It took me a long time (almost 6 more years) to gather that kind of confidence that I should’ve had all along

  • Lin September 10, 2010, 10:32 am

    Thank you for sharing your story Erin, you are incredibly brave to do so :-).

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) September 10, 2010, 10:39 am

    this is truly inspirational…i hate the fact that i can relate to this story on so many levels, but so thankful that we CAN turn our lives around! what a fabulous encouragement 🙂

  • Carol September 10, 2010, 10:43 am

    Thank you for sharing your story and it was so beautifully written 🙂 I wish you all the best!
    I would tell my thirteen year old self that life WILL get better.

  • nicole September 10, 2010, 10:43 am

    Wow I am impressed with her maturity level. That was a great story!

    If I could go back and tell my 13 year old self something, it would be that no one really is judging me as much as I thought they were. My dad was a swimmer growing up and was really good at it too. When I was around 5 years old I started taking swimming lessons. I got to be a pretty good swimmer very quickly but never thought about doing it competitively. When I got into middle school my dad asked if I would consider it but I said no because I played soccer and that was “My sport.” There was a local club swim team through the YMCA that I could have joined but I came up with every excuse in the book as to why I would do it…all because I refused to play a sport where I had to wear a bathing suit. I didn’t want people looking at me in one. And I’ll be honest, I still haven’t gotten over my fear of wearing a bathing suit. In fact, I hate it. I hated the swim units in gym class (we had a 6 week swim unit EVERY YEAR from grades 7-12) and I was always embarassed.
    My father passed away when I was in 9th grade and I always felt bad that I didn’t give swimming a try because I’m really not all that bad of a swimmer. And I wish I could get over my bathing suit issue but even at 31 years old I am still not comfortable wearing one.

    Maybe if someone had talked to me about this problem it wouldn’t have affected me so hugely. I always got picked on about how big my legs were, which is where it all began (And I know I’ve talked to you about this before) but if someone had sat me down and said, “really, no one is judging you as much as you are judging yourself…this is how I see you. How does that compare to how YOU see you?” then maybe I would have gotten over those fears back then. Don’t get me wrong, I’m in a MUCH better place than I was back then but I obviously still deal with the repercussions.

    Anyway great story. Have a great day!

  • Marieke September 10, 2010, 10:47 am

    Wow what a story, and I can’t believe you are only 15! Very mature and I love the way you changed your life and outlook. I think a lot of people can take an example. Good luck with everything.

  • katy September 10, 2010, 10:55 am

    What an amazing, beautiful, and smart girl. And holy cow mature! Great story.

    I’d tell me 13 year old self:
    “Mom’s right. Just because a girl is in with the ‘pretty and popular’ (and mean) crowd, doesn’t automatically mean she’s going to be successful and happy later in life. Success and happiness are more important.”

    Took me 12 more years to see for myself, but she was definitely right!

  • Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks September 10, 2010, 10:56 am

    Great story!

    If I could talk to 13 year old Alexa, I would tell her that she is strong, beautiful and worth something. That she could achieve anything she set her mind to. I would tell her to run the mile run at school instead of avoiding it because she is slow. I would tell her it isn’t about a grade or what other people say, it’s about not giving up and quitting when things are hard. I would tell her that there is nothing wrong with the way she looks, but that getting healthy, if she wanted to, was ok…and easier than she would think. I would tell her to reach out and take help when it is offered instead of closing everyone off. I would tell her to work hard in school, because though it seems unimportant and stupid when you’re 13, it’ll seem different when you’re 18 and your choices will be different. I would tell her not to allow herself to get pushed around and ruled by other people. To not be the quiet one in the background. To speak when she has something to say and act when something needs to be done.

    I would also tell her to lighten up and enjoy being a kid…it only happens once!

  • Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels September 10, 2010, 10:58 am

    I would tell myself that everything is going to be ok. This painful and difficult time will eventually pass. That I am not a girl with a kidney disease, I am Lindsey

  • Camille September 10, 2010, 11:01 am

    I would tell myself that life gets better. Being a 13-17 year old is the hardest, most confusing time and life only improves form there on out!

  • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat September 10, 2010, 11:02 am

    I am very impressed with you Erin! At the age of 15, I definitely was not in such a good place with my body. I was of a normal weight, but I just felt…inadequate. If I could go back, I would tell my 13 year old self to enjoy myself and to stop worrying! I would also encourage myself to be a bit more active, because if I had made exercise a daily component of my life then, who knows where I’d be now!

  • Maria @ Oh Healthy Day September 10, 2010, 11:04 am

    Thank you Erin! You are such a beautiful person inside and out and I wish you the best of luck!

    I’d tell my 13 year old self: “Don’t let anyone tell you that you aren’t athletic – deep down inside, you’ll find a drive that will amaze you. You CAN be smart, successful, athletic, and a well-rounded person, but you have to work for it.”

  • Wei-Wei September 10, 2010, 11:32 am

    Erin. I’m the same age as you. I’ve been through the same thing, but only for about a year. I feel like I can really relate to you so well. You’re incredibly strong and I can tell that you’re a really beautiful person. You know what? This might come across as slightly (or really) creepy, but I really want to get to know you better. If you want then you can email me at wwlin404@gmail.com. 🙂 Looking forward to your email!

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound weight loss!!! September 10, 2010, 11:33 am

    I would not listen to my dad when he told me at age 13 “IF YOU WANT TO HAVE A BOYFRIEND SOMEDAY YOU NEED TO LOSE SOME WEIGHT”!

    My Dad did not know the power behind his words back then (and still now I am sad to say), to him he thought he was helping me, a girl who was a bit over weight, maybe 10-20 pounds depending on how you measure it, but those words haunted me for 20 years and only recently have I FINALLY overcome them and started to love myself inside and out!

    • eatmovelove September 10, 2010, 1:56 pm

      Ooof, yeah that’s rough. Y’know, you really CAN’T listen to other people!…I’m starting to realize – what makes that person know more than you? Or know the “right” thing? They DON’T. We have to accept that we are all just doing the best we can or what we think we can in this world.

      Listen to everybody. Follow NOOONE. Take it all with caution and a grain of salt.

      • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound weight loss!!! September 12, 2010, 11:29 am

        Totally agree with you! This is something I am trying to teach my daughter, now 9 years old, as she is already starting to see it from others (at school, kids, they can be so mean sometimes). I just tell her to not let it get to her so much, that they are saying what they say because deep down them are insecure or unhappy or just plain mean and it isn’t worth her getting upset over……that she has to love herself and be strong. =)

    • Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks September 10, 2010, 6:37 pm

      I feel your pain on this one. Though no one in my family ever said that to me, I felt it. I avoided dating like the plague…not because I didn’t want to be in a relationship…because I really wanted one….but because I was convinced that no one would ever want to be with me because of my size.

      As a matter of fact, it’s still a problem and I’m smaller than I used to be! =\

      Just gotta keep on working through all of that. It’s rough.

      • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound weight loss!!! September 12, 2010, 11:35 am

        I may have finally “overcome” those words my father said to me so long ago but they will always be in the back of my mind of course! =(

        Take it from me, a women who used to be 246 pounds and who met my current husband when I was 230 that SIZE does not always matter…….not when you find the right person it doesn’t…..it is what is inside that counts! I never would have thought I would end up with a man like my husband who was a body builder for 10+ years, has a great body and all that…..not at my size then or even my size now (140’s)……..but I did because he saw the real me inside and feel in love with that person and didn’t look at my size at the time. He than helped me lose the rest, by being there for me in a postive way. GOOD MEN ARE OUT THERE BELIEVE ME!

        • Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks September 12, 2010, 12:34 pm

          The problem is that I usually am just exposed to the lousy men out there. 😉

          No, that isn’t fair. When I weighed 230+, there were guys who liked me. Problem was in my own head though. I was so convinced that a man really liking me despite my appearance was impossible that I dismissed all who tried to bond with me. I assumed it was a joke…or they were just trying to be nice to me. I didn’t give them a chance to prove whether they were nice or slime balls. I made my decision blindly. I also kept my feelings for people whom I really enjoyed secret and never put myself out there. And that was dumb on my part also. I think I missed out on a lot of really great experiences in my teens and 20s because of my image problems.

          I’m with someone now, and even though I have loose skin and stretch marks from the weight loss, he still loves me and wants to be with me. Which is still hard to wrap my brain around.

          I guess it just takes time to heal.

  • Mary September 10, 2010, 11:33 am

    I can relate to this story on so many levels. If I could go back and tell my 13 year old self something it’d be that it’s okay that you have braces and it’s okay that you dont have a boyfriend and it’s okay that you got a c on your last math test. You’re wonderful just the way you are 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 10, 2010, 11:56 am

    Congratulations Erin! I love hearing stories about healthy tipping points of other girls in Ontario. 🙂

    If I could go back and tell my 13 year old self something, it would be to embrace my teenage years. I spent a lot of time wishing I was older so I could do this and that, but now actually being an “adult”, sometimes I wish I could go back!

  • Amber K September 10, 2010, 12:02 pm

    I would probably tell myself that I will be alright. I will find a best friend who is always there for me and a husband who treats me right. I don’t have to listen to the girls who will bully me and put me down and I don’t have to worry about every finding a boyfriend. I’d tell myself to study hard because that’s what school is for!

  • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa September 10, 2010, 12:29 pm

    Great story! I would tell myself that things would happen to me that are beyond my wildest dreams. That by 23 I would be living in a city that I always dreamed of living in. That I would figure out what I wanted to do with my life and that everything would be working out.

  • Heather September 10, 2010, 12:36 pm

    Great story, she’s a very strong young woman!

    If I could go back to my 13 year old self I would tell her that it doesn’t matter if you are in the popular crowd now, what matters is that you do well in school because that will take you farther than being a popular girl will.

    I was kind of a nerd in junior high, and I had a tough time with that, but looking back now I’m glad I was like that and hit the books. My life is fantastic, and if I wouldn’t have applied myself like I did I might not be where I’m at now.

  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston September 10, 2010, 12:45 pm

    Wow this story is great.. and I’m so impressed by how eloquently she writes at only 15 years old.

  • Jacquelynn September 10, 2010, 1:10 pm

    If I could go back, I would make sure I knew that it’s the inside of people that counts… not what you look like. How many hours, days, etc I wasted worrying about appearance and not concentrating on the REAL me!

    Love this post, she is wise beyond her years!

  • Lindsay September 10, 2010, 1:20 pm

    This story had me teary! I can relate so much to it, and hearing it written so beautifully made me emotional. You are an inspiration. You are proving that you CAN recover. Keep it up, girl. I’m rooting for you!

  • Wendy G September 10, 2010, 1:28 pm

    Erin’s story is so inspirational. At 15 she has learned things that women (and men) live their whole lives and not figure out. Her story was so thoughtful and beautifully written, I am in awe. She has a bright future ahead of her!

  • Dee September 10, 2010, 1:47 pm

    What an amazing young lady!

  • Susan@MomSwimBikeRun September 10, 2010, 2:14 pm

    I’d tell my 13 year old self not to do one thing differently b/c you’ll wind up right where you need to be 🙂

  • Christine September 10, 2010, 2:18 pm

    If I could go back and talk to 13 year old me I would tell her she is perfect and not to worry so much about everything! I really hope I can help my daughters when they are in their teens, I had way too much anxiety over nothing 🙂

  • Deb September 10, 2010, 2:52 pm

    Erin, you sound very mature for your age. Congratulations on your huge accomplishment! I’m so glad you took charge of your life before you lost it!

  • Penny September 10, 2010, 3:23 pm

    What would I tell my 13-year-old self…..
    That question left me thinking for several long minutes. I realized that I could practically write a novel to my teenage self.
    I would tell her to try and cope better with her fathers death.
    I would tell her to cope better with a mentality checked out mom.
    I would tell her to stay away from that boy she will meet later. He is very bad news.
    I would tell her to stay in school.

    Then, I would tell her that she is going to meet the most wonderful man in the world, and give birth to 2 beautiful boys. Everything will be ok. 🙂

    Sorry if that was TMI. 🙂 That question made me a teensy bit emotional. 🙂

  • Viviane September 10, 2010, 3:56 pm

    Congratulations Erin for the amazing battle you have fought, and thank you for putting your story out there.
    You are not alone and the more hope and positive examples we put out there, the stronger we will be against this disorder that has ruined too many lives.
    Keep it up! 🙂

  • Hedda September 10, 2010, 4:29 pm

    This was touching for me to read, as your story is one my heart can very much relate to.
    Thank you for being an inspiration and a source of hope to other people, you are a person of Greatness and Strength.
    Feel so incredibly proud of you for the fights you have been through. Battling enemies within our mind, who gradually come to dominate our entire body is a challenge so huge words can not express. What might start out as a “innocent” attempt to live healthier can turn into destructive and disorded behaviour, threatening to take our life.

    The 13 year old Hedda was a rather happy girl, confident and filled with a sense of pride and hope for her future. With a change of school and increased social pressue at the age of 17 this changed. So, I would rather say some words to my 17 year old self.
    I wish you could see how beautiful you truely are – both your body and soul. Your legs are long, but don’t feel insecure about that. Doesn’t that mean they can take you incredibly far in life?
    Your hips are embracing the world, and they too are to be loved and embraced by YOU. Not make them the focus of your low self-esteem, don’t punish them because people are talking behind your back.
    Denying your body of food is not the solution when people do not accept your choices in life. Pushing it beyond its limits when it comes to exercise does no good – it only makes you run towards an early death.
    The heart beating inside of you is beautiful, and every piece of you is worthy life. Never let anybody else tell you differently.
    You are slipping away, feeling like everything is out of your control, but that is how life is. Unpredictable. People who love you, and people who dislike you. Unexpected happenings. I know you crave control and safety, but that is because you have not found peace within. Peace with being just the beautiful you you are. Controlling calories only gives a false illusion of control, and it most definetely does not improve your well-being.
    If only you knew what your changes in behaviour would lead to, if only you could see how four years of your life got to be spend battling anorexia.

  • kate September 10, 2010, 5:39 pm

    You wont be 13 forever!

  • erin September 10, 2010, 6:29 pm

    Hey! It’s me: Erin! It took so much courage to share the story with all of you, but I’m more than glad I did. I cried when I read all the generous comments that made me feel so strong, inspiring and beautiful. I hope all of you find a way to make yourselves realize you are ALL just the same! Thank you so much all of you- I really can’t thank you enough. You’ve encouraged me to continue on my way without ever looking back again.

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) September 10, 2010, 7:02 pm

    I would tell my 13 year old self that true friends treat you right, and that what I think is a BIG deal, isn’t. I would tell myself to be more confident, and to not care what others think.

  • Bria September 10, 2010, 11:16 pm

    “You can do anything.”

  • Melissa September 10, 2010, 11:29 pm

    Thanks to all the people who share their Healthy Tipping Points, and thank you Caitlin for spreading the words. Truly inspirational stories!

  • mm September 11, 2010, 1:28 pm

    I think this was the best HTP story I’ve read so far. Thankfully, I’ve never suffered from an ED, but I have struggled with a negative body image in general and her new outlook is very inspiring to me at this point in my life.
    In my teens I was always happy with my body. I actually told myself on a regular basis that I knew it was the best my body would ever look and one day I would look back and wish my body still looked like that. Well, now (in my late 20s) I AM struggling with frustration about my weight and current body. I don’t necessarily want my teenage body back, but I’m not happy with where I am right now either… I’m working on it, but patience has never been easy for me. 🙂

  • Emilie September 11, 2010, 6:00 pm

    If I could tell the 13yr old me anything, it would be that every challenging situation is just preparation for life. All the bad things that happened to me as a pre-teen and teen made me who I am today. I’m sure that wouldn’t have been much consolation unfortunately.
    I wish I hadn’t been bullied as much as I was- but today, I have a very tough skin and have become quite successful in business because of it. Life is what you make of it- the trials and tribulations of growing up teach us to be the adults that we are.

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