Thank you Eating Disorder, you can leave now. I’m fine. – Success at Basler Fasnacht


14. March 2014 by swissfitchick

Sorry Lovies. I can not promise that this post will make any sense, cause I am having officially the craziest week on earth!! I don’t even know who I am nor what I’m doing here – so bear with me. I slept about 9 hours in the past 3 days, I wonder how I can remember my name. Elizabeth, right?

Let’s go from the start. You might remember that I ran the survivalrun last Sunday – the day before the carneval started. ‘Fasnacht’, aka carneval in Basel lasts 3 days and nights – from Monday 4am until Thursday 4am. FA8So I went to my friend Sylvia on Sunday night, who I spend the carneval with since years and I slept over at her place. We went to bed at 11pm and got up at 2am to get ready for the start. Hmmm. Survivalrun and then 3 hours of sleep. But hey, that was only the beginning. The morning activities downtown lasted till 8:30am and then I went back home to catch up on some sleep. FA6Back to town Monday, 2:30pm. We had AMAZING weather and we caught a nice spot in the sun and ordered some prosecco…..which was the beginning of many more to come! 🙂 FA7FA4We stayed up, walking, playing (Piccolo) and hanging around in the crowd until 3am. I slept in on Tuesday and we went back to town at 1pm. The craziness continued just the way it ended the night before – with lots of laughter, champagne, playing, walking, people watching etc. as a Flight Attendant crew. Seriously friends, these 3 days were the BEST ab workout I ever did – I laughed CONSTANTLY cause we were having so much fun. It was H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S. FA3 FA2 FA1 FAUntil 2am. And oh well, I had to go to work on Wednesday morning. I even registered for Crossfit at 7 am. So after 4 hours of sleep I met Vanessa on the bike and we cycled to the box – this was a GOOD idea, cause my mind was so blurred, I needed some kick ass activity to wake me up!

I worked a few hours until late afternoon, went back home, took a nap (45min), showered and by 6pm I was back in town. And I stayed until the very end and cycled home on Thursday, 4:30 in the morning. Only to wake up 3 hours later to go to work…..I actually felt pretty ok, my brain was a little effed up and I looked a few years older than I actually am, but I did my best 🙂 FA5Though my boss sent me home in the afternoon, cause he thought I was a walking Prosecco bottle.

A very quiet and relaxing weekend is needed, but…..I will be on my way to the mountains with the office crew this afternoon. And when I say officecrew, then you bet this is going to be crazy again – talk about a big bunch of crazy hilarious and adorable people together in a house in the Swiss Mountains. Friday till Sunday. I’m dead. gif

My crazy, inappropriate and adorable officefriends

My crazy, inappropriate and adorable officefriends

I tell you something – this week is so crazy but it definitely is one of the best I ever had. It’s long long ago, since I spent ALL 3 days at the carneval and actually participating AND having NOTHING else but FUN. I didn’t waste one single thought on stupid calories or guilt. And believe me, I had only ONE clean meal per day – my breakfast – the rest was prosecco and pasta. And some dessert here and there. Or a Hot Dog. I ate what was available, cause I needed it – I walked km after km for 3 days and I felt like my body burned a triple amount of calories. BUT I did not binge or letting go my connection to my body – it was all balanced out. I ate when I was hungry and sometimes I didn’t eat for hours, cause I didn’t feel like it. Besides that, I was too busy having fun – I couldn’t be bothered to think about eating greens or enough protein.

Don’t get me wrong – I don’t want to sound snobby or condescending – weeks or events like this are a HUGE challenge for someone with an ED and I fought many many years with my anxieties, panic attacks during these days and most of the time I had to skip days of Fasnacht, because I just couldn’t handle it. But I always kept on going and trying, cause this carneval is a tradition I know since I’ve been a kid and I love it so much. Giving up on it would have meant to capitulate on my Eating Disorder and I NEVER EVER wanted to give the disease the power to take away something from me that is so near to my heart.

Of course I am back in a more clean eating and workout structure again and that’s good, cause that’s what I enjoy just as much – living the healthy and fit lifestyle. But having a week off was just blissful – and believe me this – it didn’t hurt my progress at all. I still look exactly the same like the week before. strawberrySo finally I was able to slap that ED-B***tch in the face and enjoy each and every second of a wonderful and dreamlike Fasnacht. FA

I should drink a glass of champagne on that. Who’s joining in??


Lucie aka Elizabeth

19 thoughts on “Thank you Eating Disorder, you can leave now. I’m fine. – Success at Basler Fasnacht

  1. I was wondering where you’ve been! I’ve missed you!!! But I’m glad to hear that you’re having tonnes of fun and showing your ED what’s up. You rock, lovely lady 🙂 Hope you manage to get some rest this weekend ❤

  2. Enora says:

    What a week!!! We do not have this kind of festivities here in Lausanne!
    Hope you can rest this weekend! But with your office crew I guess its going to be a crazyyyyy weekend!

  3. This post was all over the place and I don’t blame you being a walking prosecco bottle- Lucie, this post is amazing and I hope whenever you have self doubts, you’ll refer to it again.

    It SCREAMS happiness and CAREFREE.

    • THANK YOU my dear friend!! I finally start to feel like a human being again, but as you say – it was pure happiness and worth every minute of this giant hangover!!

  4. In addition to what Arman said (totally carefree and happy and it made me smile!), this post is remarkably similar to the post I am guessing will come post NYC trip. What’s the point in making healthy choices to live a long life if you can’t let go and enjoy it I say!

    Okay this comment is already incoherent and I haven’t even left for NY yet!

  5. LOVE this crazy post! You should be so proud of yourself, I feel proud just reading it 😀 nice work!! Hope you manage to get a liiiiittle bit of rest this weekend 😉

  6. “so I was finally about to slap that ED bitch in the face….” haha, owoman, I adore you. Way to show ED who’s boss 😉 I’m glad you had such a good time love! This looks like such a fun event, so it’s great that you were able to enjoy it. Just make sure you get a lot of sleep this weekend 😉

  7. cottercrunch says:

    sleep deprived and living life! i love it! kickin ass! hope you get to sleep in this week. And so amazing how far you have come. ❤ you

  8. […] very, very thankful for all the shenanigans I was allowed to be part of this week. The Survivalrun, The Fasnacht, this Snowweekend….I was surrounded by so many amazing, wonderful and fun people and I was lucky […]

  9. […] on an amount of ‘unsafe’ foods this weekend which I am not used to. And this after 3 days of Carneval, where I was off plan as well. Most probably I gained a little weight this week, but I didn’t […]

  10. […] I can not see them right now 🙂 Of course I don’t like this, but I definitely preferred a BLAST of a March with my best social times, AND unfortunately I had to face real life which made it a bit […]

  11. […] the happiness went on with carneval and ski-weekend and the proof, that I can dominate my Eating Disorder. I felt great – but I […]

  12. […] guilty, slowly. But I never feel guitly if I indulge at one meal or even 1-2 whole days. Heck, I was off the wagon for almost a week back in February and I felt awesome cause I was happy. BUT – here’s […]

  13. […] people downtown at Basler Fasnacht, aka Carneval. You remember – I wrote about it the past few years and most presumably the major part of you think I am completely nuts for being part of this […]

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