So excited! New banner for TSK :)

TSK Cover Photo

I admit I’ve very lucky to be working with the people that I do, so when this came through today, without any prompting I was stoked and had to come share it.

The team have been working so hard, we’ve had our first proof copy through and have now tweaked the cover to reflect all the changes and things that we hadn’t expected. 🙂 We have submitted it once more for their review and I should have the next copy this week hoping to take it on my hols and get through it as a last min check. Before we go for launch.

I am SO excited!

Life changing experience – New Me!

Hey everyone.

(This post will contain weights and numbers and could be triggering for some, please do not read if suffering)

I wanted to write this post because its been a long road, but a good one. It is going to cover some of what I’ve been through over the last few months in changing my weight and turning my depression on it’s head. It started 13 weeks ago and is entering it’s second phase and I really wanted to share how positive an experience it’s been.

I want to include a couple of pictures here, to show the differences in 18mths in myself and how my body has changes in the last 13 weeks too.

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This was where I started off in 2014. with my journey at The Wellness Centre in Burscough. But after all the good I did, I hurt my back and started off with 2015 as one of the worst years in our lives, I hadn’t realised how much I was comfort eating at work. (I drive a food delivery truck and the weight piled on, till I hit rock bottom and breaking point at 17 stone 2lbs.

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The bottom line is where I am at now.

I wasn’t one for pictures. But these were some taken last year, and early this year.

Old me      old me 2

This was part way through my journey with Lipotrim.

Middle me    middle me 2

And this is me now 🙂

2015-08-12 15.52.23     And me now. 🙂

Dawn Chapman

What I really wanted to discuss, was the change in my attitude though. After suffering with eating disorders for most of my life, I went into this knowing all the risks, all the ways it could go wrong, and all the ways it could go right. I decided that this was for me and that this was a decision I could make as an adult.

So I did it, I went for it, I struggled, I battled through the weekly regime and I have reached my set goal weight.

When I was attending Cheadle Royal Eating Disorders Unit, My weight went from 88kg and dropped to 71kg, this was after losing both my grandparents, and virtually not eating anything but yoghurt for 5 mths. I was in a bad place, but the Unit and the staff there helped me see why I did things and why I used food as a crutch, when food was no longer an issue in 2007 I turned to alcohol and Self Harm, it was a very bad year for me, but Cheadle Royal got me through it and in 2010 I was discharged from them at 83kg.

I have gone from 109kg to just under 83kg, and this is a good weight for me. I am happy, but this journey doesn’t stop here, because I need to carry on and be healthy. After going Total Food Replacement, I am now re-introducing foods again. I admit I was a little apprehensive of doing this. But, I was also armed with the re-feeding I did at Cheadle Royal.

This last week, I’ve been introducing healthy foods. Yey! and because this week has been such a milestone in my life. Reaching my target weight, and receiving the proof copy of my first novel, we went out to celebrate last night and I also had my first Vodka and Coke in 13 weeks.

With the help of The Wellness Centre now I have different goals. I do still want to reduce my body fat down some because I want to build my muscle back up again. My metabolic rate is the lowest I’ve seen it in a long time, and this also needs to pick up.

So, healthy eating and good foods. (It really tastes amazing now) and exercise.

For a treat, I booked a photo shoot for the 12th September. I’ve never done this before. Never wanted to document my life in such a way. Camera’s scare me! but I would like some professional pictures for my books and websites, and to do it because I know I can.

Eating Disorders and Mental Illness suck, but with things we learn over the years, we can pool ourselves together and turn a horrible year into the best year.

Keep positive when you have doubts, keep active when you want to hide. But more than anything, never give up.



Challenging and Changing How we Think about Mental Illness and Addiction

I was contacted by Mel Gaines about an article she wrote on Mental Illness, and I read through it with interest mostly because of how some people do perceive us and it. I was pleasantly surprised at how she saw Mental illness and agreed with some of her points. Media does play a big part in all our lives from how we look to how others see us.

Here’s a short introduction by Mel and the links to the article.  🙂 enjoy, and please let her know where you got the link from 🙂


Challenging and Changing How we Think about Mental Illness and Addiction

Media portrayals of people with addictions or mental illnesses are often inaccurate, and as a result, there’s still a considerable amount of stigma faced by people affected by these problems. What can be done to change the narrative?

Overwhelmingly, the media portrays mental illness and addiction inaccurately, often by playing to stereotypes: for example, addicts who are unable to successfully move through the recovery process, or people with mental illnesses who commit violent crimes or are institutionalized for life. Studies show that most media portrayals depict people who act in ways that are considered deviant, while there are relatively few portrayals that depict people affected by addictions or mental illnesses in a positive light.

Other studies show that in general, people’s opinions about addiction and mental illness are strongly influenced by the media. For example, according to national survey results, many Americans say they don’t want to work with or live next to people with mental illnesses or addiction problems. More than half believe that such people are likely to be violent, even though people with mental illnesses are more likely to be victims of violent crime than they are to be perpetrators. It’s likely, then, that the continuing stigma that surrounds these problems are also influenced by the media.

Could media portrayals of people who successfully undergo treatment reduce the stigma, and make people less likely to express discriminatory attitudes? Recent studies looking at people’s attitudes to narratives about recovered addicts suggests that this might be the case.

Given the enormous influence that the media has on public perceptions of mental illness and addiction, it’s vital that the media begin to make recovery more visible, by paying more attention to success stories, and by creating accurate portrayals of people affected by these problems.