About Lucie

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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.

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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.

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Manyana Beach, South Coast, January 2016

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Palm Beach, Waiheke Island, New Zealand, February 2016


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.

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You can find the series of my whole story here, here, here, here and here

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.

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Focus without distraction. February, 2016

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Take no prisoners. Advanced Class Crew, CrossFit Basel, June 2016


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.

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I love to do challenges once in a while too.

Crossfit Challenges….

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Or a Survivalrun…..

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…..Bungee….

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Riding the slopes…..

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Riding, Swiss Alps, April 2016

…or crazy pass tours.

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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.

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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!!

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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!!

xxx

yours, Lucie

47 thoughts on “About Lucie

  1. I love your blog! I am so happy you find my blog so I was able to start reading yours!

    • Awe, so cool you stopped by! I love your blog too!🙂 I can’t believe that you plan on hiking in Switzerland that’s fantastic! If you happen to be in Zurich or Basel let me know!!

  2. linda veraska says:

    Hey Lucie,
    I enjoy reading your blog especially your most recent post about Long Beach.
    I lived in the same house as Jen and we all hung out a few times.
    Did you see Rona and Dona the 12 year old (then) twins when you went back in November? I have always thought about those two since I returned home. Rona especially…
    I hope everyone is well in Longbeach! I will never forget the smell and all the mosquitos at your host house due to the drying cocnut shells. I still remember how happy and giving everyone was even though they didn’t have a lot.
    Anyway, keep up the good fight! We all have our baTtles🙂
    Best
    Linda

    • Oh wow, Linda, this is so exciting!! I can not believe that you were there too!! When was that?
      And yes, the smell….I have to say, it was a bit disturbing by time. But all the rest was great, and yes, everyone is fine there. I know the twins, but I haven’t seen them in November, since we only were there for 2 days. Thank you so much for the comment, makes me really happy!

  3. bella says:

    Good for you girl. I’ve never had an eating disorder, and so can’t even begin to imagine what you go through, but as hard as it’s been, I bet you are so happy to be where you are today. You know things could have been worse, much worse, so remember that, and keep at it girl. You can do this, and girl, I’m sure you have been a huge inspiration to many, and they need you🙂

    You weren’t joking about being crazy about fitness. WOW,,, you sure are brave, and strong. One thing, like you said though is to focus on relaxing more, and YOGA is awesome…. good luck girl. So happy to read inspiring stories like yours.

    Hugs, Bella🙂
    Bella’s 40 Day Challenge

    • Thank you so much Bella!! Totally need to include more Yoga and recovery in my workout life. I am still struggling with that but that is all part of the recovery, so I take it slow🙂

  4. Kath says:

    Oh wow, you have a long history of eating problems as well! I’m so happy you’re better now! And you seem to be incredibly fit!😀

  5. Lucie Haye says:

    Hey Lucie, my name’s Lucie too !😛 And I also have a blog on health ! What a coincidence. But I live in Lausanne😉
    Nice blog, I love the recipes !

    Love

    The-Numi.com

  6. Hi Lucie! I just found your blog and right away read your “About Lucie” page. What an inspiration you are! I love all the pictures of you and your exciting fitness adventures! I’m happy to read that you are a happy, healthy and fit woman. I am excitied to start following your blog and going back and reading your previous posts also!🙂

  7. Ellie says:

    Thank you for being so open about your struggles, Lucie! I’m so elated for you for becoming healthier and better to your beautiful self. You seem to be a fun and lively woman, and I wouldn’t want that to be taken away from you by a deadly disorder! I hope things only get better from here on out, Lucie.🙂

    • Thank you so much Ellie, you’re the sweetest! I am not letting the ED disturn my life anymore. My fears and anxieties creep in here and there but i am definitiely in control. Thank you!!

  8. Girl in the House says:

    Hey! Just seen your blog🙂 I myself am trying to recover from anorexia and your blog is great to read. I am really really scared of gaining weight but at the same time i want to have energy in my life to do exercise and enjoy it not let it controll me. I would love to get into weight training as I know it would give me a leaner body and that is what I want. I hope to read your blog and find out stuff. I am trying to set up my own blog, just started out really. Its harder than i thought haha! xxxxx

  9. clairemarie2 says:

    Hey Lucie,
    Thanks for finding my blog, now I got to know yours!! I really like what you’re doing, it’s very inspirational, keep up the good work!!🙂

  10. makingthymeforhealth says:

    Hi Lucie! I’m just now finding your blog and I love it! You’ve got a great story and are so beautiful.
    I’m also dying to travel to Switzerland so I look forward to following your journey!🙂

  11. Kristen says:

    Hi! Just found your blog. I love your story and can relate in so many ways. It is awesome that you are so open about your struggles and your successes! Can’t wait to keep reading!

  12. I love your “about” page! Thank you for the insight into your story and life….glad I found your blog!

  13. gorunnaked says:

    Hi! I’m so excited that I found your blog! I am a new blogger, and I just made a healthy lifestyle blog for busy girls who like to stay fit and healthy. I like how you are so open about your past and I’m sure you are such an inspiration to many girls who are going through a rough time in their lives as well. Anyways, I’m excited to read your posts and I’m happy to have found your blog🙂

  14. Enoch Nadler says:

    What a great inspirational story. Keep it up!

  15. mindset says:

    I’m loving your blog. I’m getting back into shape, even though I’m already fit I want to take it to the next level. Your site will definitely help me out. Cheers.

  16. Anoushé says:

    Hi Lucie! I’ve nominated you for the very inspirational blogger award🙂 You so totally deserve it! Have fun writing 7 random facts about yourself🙂 Anoushe xoxo

    http://ofpirouettesandconcealers.com/2014/06/04/i-am-very-inspirational-yeeehaaaaw/

  17. Tyler says:

    Hello! I came across your blog and thought maybe you could help. My wife and I are traveling to Wengen this summer and need to find a gym while we’re there. We are both in training for a strongman/strong women competition and need a place where with access to free weights. Can you point me in the right direction?

    • Hey Tyler!!
      I love that you both do a Strongman/Woman Challenge!
      There is a gym called PowerPlaza which is 16km from Wengen. If you have a car it won’t be a problem. It’s the best one around there as far as I know, it has a lot of free weights and is open 24hours. http://www.powerplaza.ch/index.html
      I hope that helps!!
      Have a great time in Wengen!!
      Lucie

  18. Tori says:

    Hi I love your blog and also enjoy the music links you put in. Just wondered if you could put them in a separate category as well? I’m not trying to create extra work for you!
    Please keep posting!

  19. Emanuelle says:

    Hi.. Maybe you could give me some motivation for leaving my ANA..? I live in Basel, too. Very good blog! Hope to here from you! BB

  20. Your story really hits home for me, and it’s great to hear how far you’ve come! Can’t wait to read more of your blog posts🙂

  21. I’ve been following your blog for a few months now and you’re a huge inspirition for me. Thank you for being so honest about your whole struggle from restricting to the binges. I hope some day that I can be as healthy as you are. Can I ask you a question though…there’s so much misleading information out there nowadays about how much a healthy woman ought to eat and I’m finding this to be a huge struggle in my recovery process. It seems every dietician has a different idea of how much I should eat. Realistically, how much do you eat in a day to keep up with your physical activity?

    • Hey Jennifer
      Thank you so much for your kind words!! It’s great to get such nice feedback from my readers.
      About your question: This is something that can’t be answered generally, cause we all need different amounts of food. Our bodies are different, everyone has a different level of energy, so I can’t tell you how much you need to eat. I do recommend that you start to write down what you eat and watch how you feel with your hunger and energy levels. If you feel hungry and weak, eat more. If you feel stuffed and too full, eat less. Try to incorporate enough carbs, proteins, fat, veggies, fruit and your favorite treats and spread them evenly throughout the day. As long as you eat balanced meals you are fine – just always check back on your energy levels and make sure you eat enough. You can then adjust the amounts and this way will find out what way of eating amount wise works best for you. Try not to read too many articles, cause this can get irritating as you already discovered. Find out what works for you. I hope this helps, if you need mor info, just drop me an email.
      xxx
      Lucie

  22. Jason says:

    Great pictures! I look forward to following your blog!🙂

  23. The updated page looks perfect and captures you to a T. I love it.

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