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    Default Anniversary Today! 4 years free from bulimia :O)

    I stopped drinking a while ago now, but for 44+ years I had also been fighting an entrenched eating disorder with binging and purging. When I joined SMART I didn't know what it would do for me, but I'd tried everything else, so why not try SMART too? Well, it turned out that SMART was different. Using a mix of the amazing tools on offer, the meetings and the forum, after a year or so something clicked. I still can't believe it ..... but I have now been abstinent from both binging and purging for 4 years.


    More than anything SMART has taught me how to stay with bad feelings without escaping into my old toxic behaviours. I CAN get through those rough days without blocking everything out with binging and purging. Also the longer I stayed in SMART, the more I learnt about how to handle those difficult feelings - often resulting from my "irrational or unhelpful beliefs". The tools are brilliant at helping us cut through our habitual and often skewed ways of thinking.


    I am also hugely grateful for the general wisdom, support and warmth that I have experienced here . As Morgan9 once said, "Peer group support is SMART's secret sauce." All in all I owe a huge thank you to SMART ideas and the wonderful SMART community..... They have helped me turn my life around.

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    Congratulations Caroline!

    I think that I (and many of us) owe you huge thanks for helping us along the way in our journeys

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    This just made my day, huge congratulations Caroline. I don't have this particular BOC but have worked with women who do so have a little understanding of the magnitide of the challenge. Unlike alcohol, it's not like you could just stop eating.

    LOVE & HUGS, James
    I can't always make it better but I don't have to make it any worse.

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    What a lovely triumph of a human over a human condition!

    Go, you good thing, Caroline14!

    As you have moved through your growth and development, you have reached out a hand, and thought, to help another move forward in their journey.

    You have added so much secret sauce to this place

    Well done, congratulations, and I commend and acknowledge you for your many contributions
    What got me sober was TRYING to get sober. Often when I lapsed, picked up, drank, I FELT thoroughly beaten. I thought at that time "there is no hope for me" Yet, when I had recovered from that thought just a little, I thought "I'll have another GO!" It was a few little sparks, rather than a flame, that got me here!

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    Ahhhh, swiftowl, James and Gordon1! How lovely to hear from you, and thank you for your kind words.

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    Caroline, huge congrats on celebrating 4 years! You have made such an impact here at SMART and your commitment to the community is so inspiring. Thank you for being here.

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    Thank you so much mh_logic :O)

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    What a wonderful testimony to hard work and dedication Congratulations Caroline14! You give so much to the community that you haven't only helped yourself but many others along the way.

    Mindset is everything.

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    Congrats, Caroline! So glad you are a Smarties so we can learn from your struggles and successes!

    Have a great day or at least a crappy sober one!
    “Woe to the thinker who is not the gardener but only the soil of the plants that grow in her”


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    Thank you PhoenixR (such a wonderful name!) and old pal LT!

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    Well done Caroline14 and congratulations on your success!
    Glad to hear you have successfully overcome and managed to handle those difficult feelings over the last 4years.
    and Thank you for all that you do.
    I used to have an addictive behavior,
    but I choose not to act that way anymore”


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    Thank you C_C - I think both of us owe a lot to SMART :O)

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