Hello and welcome to my blog!!
My name is Lucie, called Luce. I am a 30-plus year old Swiss, living in Basel. I am a passionate, yet not educated Blogger, Writer and Photographer – in my professional life, I am a social worker. I am also a lover of the beach and the sun, I travel as much as I can and I like to end my week with a chilled glass of sauvignon blanc. ‘Cause living. I love life in general – why that is such a special thing – read on.
I have a long story about food, bodyrelated issues and exercising. I started at the age of 15 – I ‘only’ wanted to drop a few pounds. That happened quite easily. Too easy? I stepped right into the trap of Anorexia Nervosa and I got obsessed about each and every bite I put into my mouth. After 2 years, I ate about 3 bites a day – and looked accordingly to these circumstances – like a skeleton. Shortly before they put me into hospital I started to understand what I am doing and gave in to food. Gaining weight was SO scary and I couldn’t cope with the changes of my body. So I got trapped by the next disease: Bulimia. Over years, I binged and purged, gulped down a cocktail of colorful pills daily, starved and fasted or absolved insane workouts every day only to go back to binge and purge again. It took 20 years, tons of patience, a therapist, a permanent treatment, hours of meditation and a brilliant personal trainer to bring me back on a healhy track.
It’s been a long and bumpy road, my recovery but today I can finally say that I am healed. I am recovered. I don’t binge anymore, I am free of pills and any dieting and food anxieties. I put all my daily energy and effort in making baby steps each day, towards the goal to be fully recovered – and finally I made it after 20 years. I learned to appreciate life, my body, my health and I managed to come back to live my life to the fullest and to be HAPPY. I found healthy alternatives to cope with struggles, emotional issues, anxieties and depression. Recovering from an Eating Disorder that lasted 20 years takes tons of patience, self-love and respect, positive thinking, gratitude and smiles. I am a huge advocate of meditation which I am convinced made the biggest changes in my progress towards mental and physical health. I practise these ‘tasks’ daily, even if I don’t feel like it. It’s the consistency that pays off eventually.
In the past, I worked out to lose weight and to burn as many calories as possible, to be skinny, skinny, skinny. This changed completely – although the side effect of maintaining a good figure and being in shape is nice, working out and exercising means so much more to me. It makes me feel confident, invincible, strong, relaxed, balanced and happy. I just LOVE to test my limits, to cross them, to challenge myself, to learn new things about me and my capabilities. I am curious and love to try anything. I love the improvement, the skills, and the adrenaline. I want to educate myself as much as possible, cause this is my passion.
Above it all is CrossFit.
I love CrossFit for its variety, I love it cause it showed me what I am capable of and it taught me how to handle failure and weaknesses. I learned to be consistent and dedicated, to fight through even if I feel I reached my limit. This all gave me so much confidence in my mind and especially in my body. I am almost end of my thirties and I am in the shape of my life.
I love to do challenges once in a while too.
Or a Survivalrun…..
Riding the slopes…..
…or crazy pass tours.
Besides the passion of movement, I learned to LOVE food. I keep up clean eating 80 – 90% of the time – I don’t follow a specific diet, but I would say it goes in the category Paleo with benefits 🙂 I love to prepare healthy meals and getting creative in the kitchen. I want to go my workout routine and nutrition hand in hand, so I can benefit from great results physically and mentally. Of course I try to motivate others to jump on my wagon, but I never force or preach – everyone should chose their own good way of being healthy. My way of being healthy is the road with Whole Foods – but everyone who knows me well knows about my LOVE for chocolate ( I am Swiss after all!) , prosecco and just a relaxed attitude towards eating and drinking.
On this blog I share all of my recipes, sometimes a workout, updates on my recovery, TIPS on recovery and mental health, and a lot of my experience in coping with the disease. I like to share provoking topics, useful information about Eating Disorders, Food and Workouts and some silliness and hilariousness here and there. If I can inspire people out there to come along and drop the scale, but enjoy life – then even BETTER!!
I hope you enjoy reading my blog and I can’t wait for your comments! Please note: I am NOT a nutritionist or a trainer. I built up quite a knowledge about nutrition and sports, but I am not professional. My blog is only about my views, experience and my lifestyle on healthy living, food and fitness. If anyone needs professional advice I am more than happy to give hints for brilliant nutritionists and personal training.
For food, check out my recipe page!!
For recovery related posts, type ‘recovery’, ‘body image’, ‘eating disorder’, ‘anorexia’ or ‘bulimia’ in the search field and you will find a huge variety of posts about this topic.
Thank you for stopping by and happy reading!!