The Ana Belles

Welcome to The Ana Belle's website! We got our name because we are Pro-Ana, and we are also Belles, charming and beautiful young women. At least that is what we are striving towards for us the thinner = the closer to perfection. Here you will find many helpful tips and tricks, our favorite thinspirational photos, articles and the details of own personal development and progress. Enjoy, don't forget to check out our all new message board and please let us know what you think!

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

A Secret Between Us

Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained, a suitable path to follow. You are here to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment.
: Morihei Ueshiba :

7 Comments:

  • At 6:26 PM, Blogger The Ana Belles said…

    So what do you do when others are pushing you to eat? Here's some effective ways to excuse yourself from joining the piggies at the trough:

    Just tell 'em what they wanna hear!

    1. "Oh, thank you, but I already ate at work (school, friend's house, on your way home, etc. wherever you just came from)."

    2. "Well, I haven't really been feeling well today. My stomach is kind of queasy; maybe I'll just have some hot tea and see if it settles for now."

    3. "Man, I've got a massive headache -- I'll just take a big glass of water and an aspirin (tylenol, ibuprofen, whatever) if you don't mind ..."

    4. "Well, I had a really HUGE breakfast (lunch, snack, whatever) and I'm still full from that ... maybe later."

    In ALL cases, if you are really being pressured to eat (from parents, friends, boyfriend, whomever), often nibbling a few safe bites here and there and drinking a TON of water at the table serves as a good compromise. Often they won't notice how little you are eating, or will overlook it if you combine a few "brave" nibbles with one of the excuses listed above.

     
  • At 11:50 PM, Blogger The Ana Belles said…

    The dreaded restaurant...What to do when you're on a date or at a family affair, and need to keep them in the dark!

    1. Before ordering, ask for a full glass of ice water (with lemon, optional) and consume it. Get a refill when the waiter comes to take your order.

    2. Get nutrition information ahead of time if you can. Surf the net or call the restaurant (just tell them you have "health issues") and ask about the calorie, fat and carb content of their dishes. Then you will know what to order -- or whether to even bother going there.

    3. Avoid all breaded or battered items, fried items, sauteed items, breads, pasta, rices, sweetended drinks, and of course, desserts.
    Get the simplest foods in their most natural form available, such as grilled fish and a tossed salad. Lean proteins like shrimp are best. (You don't NEED the cocktail sauce, ignore it!)

    4. When given a choice, always lunch portion, never dinner portion.

    5. Request all sauces and dressings on the side. That way you retain control over how much you consume. Nearly all the excess calories, fats and carbs are in restaurant sauces and dressings.

    6. Eat a tossed or garden salad appetizer; only 20-30 calories and helps fill you up before the entree arrives.

    7. Have your water glass refilled when the food arrives.

    8. One or two sips of water between bites.

    9. Set down fork after each bite.

    10. slowly and thoroughly.

    11. Be discreet; don't make a spectacle of yourself. You are there to survive the experience, savour your sense of control, and enjoy your time out -- not to draw attention to how weird you can be with food.

    12. Be good company. Others are less likely to care about your eating habits if you have much more fascinating things with which to attract their attention.

    13. When the dessert tray comes around, obviously it is "Oh, no thank you; I'm full." (If you are out with a friend or lover, you can ask to have "just a taste" of their dessert; that way you don't feel deprived, and they are more likely to think you are just being health-conscious!)

     
  • At 11:43 PM, Blogger The Ana Belles said…

    Anas Unite!!!

    Have you ever wondered if a skinny girl you see walking down the street is anorexic? Now, there is a way to find out!

    Let us all unite! To do that we need to recogize each other and how would we do that? With a braclette.

    Yep! Simple and fashionable. If you have ever wondered if someone was anorexic, now all you have to look for is a red, beaded braclette. This will help us tell the world and eachother that we are proud of who we are. We are proud to be striving for perfection.

    Now, I am asking you to do the same. You can either make, or buy a simple red, beaded braclette and make one very bold statement.

     
  • At 12:28 PM, Blogger The Ana Belles said…

    Letter To Ana...

    Dear Ana,
    I offer you my soul, my heart and my bodily functions. I give you all my earthly possessions.
    I seek your wisdom, your faith and your feather weight. I pledge to obtain the ability to float, to lower my weight to the single digits, I pledge to stare into space, to fear food, and to see obese images in the mirror. I will worship you and pledge to be a faithful servant until death does us part.
    If I cheat on you and procreate with Ronald McDonald, Dave Thomas, the colonel or that cute little dog. I will kneel over my toilet and thrust my fingers deep in my throat and pray for your forgiveness.
    Please Ana, don't give up on me. I'm so weak, I know, but only you with your strength inside me will I become a woman worthy of love and respect. I'm begging for you not to give up, I'm pleading with my shallow breathes and my pale skin. I bleed for you, suffer leg pains, headaches and fainting spells. My love for you makes me dizzy and confused I don't know whether I'm coming or going. Men run when they see the love I have for you and never return. But they aren't important to me all thats important is that you love me.
    If you stay with me, I will worship you daily, I will run miles a day, come rain, snow, bitter cold or searing heat I will run from the pain and in fright. I will do 1,000 sit ups a day and lie to my family about what I eat and how I feel. I will stop weeping when I feel your warm arms embrace my shivering body. I will numb the hunger pains with razor blades and your strength.
    Today, I renew our friendship and resolve to be faithful to you year long, life long. I begin each year with a 3 day fast in honor of you. If you give me the strength to fade away I will love you and worship you forever.
    When I'm finally faded to nothing, when you've given me the gift of ending this torturous life. I will float on to the next world and be thin and beautiful payment for my undying love for you in this world.
    I ask only one more thing you, please Ana, remove me from this hell, from this world ASAP. Please take away this hatred for my pain and allow me to be free and light.

    Love Always, Worthless One

     
  • At 12:29 PM, Blogger The Ana Belles said…

    Letter From Ana...

    Allow me to introduce myself. My name, or as I am called by so called "doctors", is Anorexia. Anorexia Nervosa is my full name, but you may call me Ana. Hopefully we can become great partners. In the coming time, I will invest a lot of time in you, and I expect the same from you.
    In the past you have heard all of your teachers and parents talk about you. You are "so mature", "intelligent", "14 going on 45", and you possess "so much potential". Where has that gotten you, may I ask? Absolutely no where! You are not perfect, you do not try hard enough, further more you waste your time on thinking and talking with friends and drawing! Such acts of indulgence shall not be allowed in the future.
    Your friends do not understand you. They are not truthful. In the past, when the insecurity has quietly gnawed away at your mind, and you asked them, "Do I look....fat?" and they answered "Oh no, of course not" you knew they were lying! Only I tell the truth. Your parents, let's not even go there! You know that they love you, and care for you, but part of that is just that they are your parents and are obligated to do so. I shall tell you a secret now: deep down inside themselves, they are disappointed with you. Their daughter, the one with so much potential, has turned into a fat, lazy, and undeserving girl.
    But I am about to change all that.
    I expect a lot from you. You are not allowed to eat much. It will start slowly: decreasing of fat intake, reading the nutrition labels, cutting out junk food, fried food, etc. For a while, the exercise will be simple: some running, perhaps some crunches and some situps. Nothing too serious. Perhaps drop a few pounds, take a little off of that fat tub of a stomach. But it won't be long before I tell you that it isn't good enough.
    I will expect you to drop your calorie intake and up your exercise. I will push you to the limit. You must take it because you cannot defy me! I am beginning to imbed myself into you. Pretty soon, I am with you always. I am there when you wake up in the morning and run to the scale. The numbers become both friend and enemy, and the frenzied thoughts pray for them to be lower than yesterday, last night, etc. You look into the mirror with dismay. You prod and poke at the fat that is there, and smile when you come across bone. I am there when you figure out the plan for the day: 400 calories, 2 hours exercise. I am the one figuring this out, because by now my thoughts and your thoughts are blurred together as one.
    I follow you throughout the day. In school, when your mind wanders I give you something to think about. Recount the calories for the day. It's too much. I fill your mind with thoughts of food, weight, calories, and things that are safe to think about. Because now, I am already inside of you. I am in your head, your heart, and your soul. The hunger pains you pretend not to feel is me, inside of you.
    Pretty soon I am telling you not only what to do with food, but what to do ALL of the time. Smile and nod. Present yourself well. Suck in that fat stomach, dammit! God, you are such a fat cow!!!! When mealtimes come around I tell you what to do. I make a plate of lettuce seem like a feast fit for a king. Push the food around. Make it look like you've eaten something. No piece of anything...if you eat, all the control will be broken...do you WANT that?? To revert back to the fat COW you once were?? I force you to stare at magazine models. Those perfect skinned, white teethed, waifish models of perfection staring out at you from those glossy pages. I make you realize that you could never be them. You will always be fat and never will you be as beautiful as they are. When you look in the mirror, I will distort the image. I will show you obesity and hideousness. I will show you a sumo wrestler where in reality there is a starving child. But you must not know this, because if you knew the truth, you might start to eat again and our relationship would come crashing down.
    Sometimes you will rebel. Hopefully not often though. You will recognize the small rebellious fiber left in your body and will venture down to the dark kitchen. The cupboard door will slowly open, creaking softly. Your eyes will move over the food that I have kept at a safe distance from you. You will find your hands reaching out, lethargically, like a nightmare, through the darkness to the box of crackers. You shove them in, mechanically, not really tasting but simply relishing in the fact that you are going against me. You reach for another box, then another, then another. Your stomach will become bloated and grotesque, but you will not stop yet. And all the time I am screaming at you to stop, you fat cow, you really have no self control, you are going to get fat.
    When it is over you will cling to me again, ask me for advice because you really do not want to get fat. You broke a cardinal rule and ate, and now you want me back. I'll force you into the bathroom, onto your knees, staring into the void of the toilet bowl. Your fingers will be inserted into your throat, and, not without a great deal of pain, your food binge will come up. Over and over this is to be repeated, until you spit up blood and water and you know it is all gone. When you stand up, you will feel dizzy. Don't pass out. Stand up right now. You fat cow you deserve to be in pain!
    Maybe the choice of getting rid of the guilt is different. Maybe I chose to make you take laxatives, where you sit on the toilet until the wee hours of the morning, feeling your insides cringe. Or perhaps I just make you hurt yourself, bang your head into the wall until you receive a throbbing headache. Cutting is also effective. I want you to see your blood, to see it fall down your arm, and in that split second you will realize you deserve whatever pain I give you. You are depressed, obsessed, in pain, hurting, reaching out but no one will listen? Who cares?!?!! You are deserving; you brought this upon yourself.
    Oh, is this harsh? Do you not want this to happen to you? Am I unfair? I do do things that will help you. I make it possible for you to stop thinking of emotions that cause you stress. Thoughts of anger, sadness, desperation, and lonliness can cease because I take them away and fill your head with the methodic calorie counting. I take away your struggle to fit in with kids your age, the struggle of trying to please everyone as well. Because now, I am your only friend, and I am the only one you need to please.
    I have a weak spot. But we must not tell anyone. If you decide to fight back, to reach out to someone and tell them about how I make you live, all hell will break lose. No one must find out, no one can crack this shell that I have covered you with. I have createdyou, this thin, perfect, achieving child. You are mine and mine alone. Without me, you are nothing. So do not fight back. When others comment, ignore them. Take it into stride, forget about them, forget about everyone that tries to take me away. I am your greatest asset, and I intend to keep it that way.

    Sincerely, Ana

     
  • At 11:24 AM, Blogger The Ana Belles said…

    Why Not Pro Ana?

    More then 8 million American's suffer from an eatting disorder. Of those girls and boys that deal with this disorder they have created a way to escape from the hatred of it and the "you are unhealthy" aspects. Over 93% of the images the media promotes are of very thin women. Pro Ana is a movement of empowerment among females and males that have an eating disorder and do not want to recover. Yahoo and five or six other web site providers have banned Pro Ana sites because the providers have misunderstand what it is and what it is for.
    Pro Ana is a supportive site on the diease anorexia.These sites use personal gained knowledge about how to maintain their weight and their lifestyle without dying for it. In a quote from Ana's Underground Grotto, "You may not already know the differnece between us rexies and anorexics! If you want sympathy for your "disease" you are anorexic. If you want respect and admiration for your lifestyle of choice, you are a rexis...Anorexics die, Rexies don't." This is a very common feeling amongst the Pro Ana sites. Their choice is to maintain the lifestyle of starvation, but to use their own self control to maintain their life and health. There are numerous lists of vitamins and the amount of calories you have to eat a day in order to maintain life and health, what to do if your period stops or if your hair begins to fall out. The people of Pro Ana do not encourage other girl or boys to get an eating disorder. The Pro Anas are often asked questions like, "How do I become Anorexic?" and are often answered with h harsh critisism and morality,such as the quote from My Ana, My Maker , My destoryer, "You don't f***ing get one! I curse the day I started on this path, but I can not get off, you don't want this, it'll kill you. You don't want one, this is not a diet, Be happy with who you are, Never let anyone tell you otherwise."
    The media is the first thing to turn on Pro Ana when the media is one of the main causes and contributor of it. The media is a very important part of child's socialization process and it represents the American Ideal. The American ideal is that women are tall, with long legs and high manufactored breasts and arms that are sleek with no baggage. Every women that you see on television is rated by the pounds. On America's most popular show, "American Idol" a girl was told by the manager "You need to lose a few pounds, you're chunky", this girl looked to be about 135 lbs in weight, not very heavy, but the message was sent. This message is delivered by all kinds of media and even toys, the most well known toy, both for her controversy and just her wealth is Barbie. Barbie is a representation of the American Ideal, she is 6'0 and has nice long legs, perfect bust and perfect sleek arms. The media shoves more and more of the perfection of women down the public's throat and then in return the public decides it has to be more "beautiful". Pro Ana has a thing called "Thinsperation", long pages full of the most popular people in society today, and various supermodels, the Pro Anas use these pictures to remind themselves why they are not eating.
    Pro Ana is a lifestyle choice which Pro Ana girls and boys have chosen and decided to follow. These websites do not encourage people to have this disorder and is only used as inspiration and as an out from all the grief they get during the day for being so. It is an escape for them to be with people who understand their thoughts and feelings and will help them encourage their lifestyle and maintain it. People are allowed to smoke cigerattes and there is a mandatory warning on each pack stating that it may cause cancer. There is a warning on each Pro Ana site stating that it may trigger the diease if the viewer is recovering from an eating disorder and that it is not for those who can not handle their choice of lifestyle. If people are allowed to smoke, drink, box and do other things that may harm themselves just as much or even worse than anorexia and the media and people allow commercials and websites that encourage such distructive behaviors and choices, why not Pro Ana?

     
  • At 1:54 AM, Blogger The Ana Belles said…

    Major Ana Myths And Legends...

    1. People With Anorexia Are Just Seeking Attention

    Possibly that may contribute to it but the causes of Anorexia are not easily defined. Anorexia isn't as straightforward as diagnosing a medical condition like measles or chicken pox, where a doctor knows exactly what the cause is, how you catch it, how long the illness will last, and what the best course of treatment is.
    Anorexia can be attributed to the media's definition of what is beautiful. The fashion industry parades stick-thin models before young and impressionable onlookers, indoctrinating them with the notion that a girl is only as beautiful as she is thin.
    Another factor that may help bring about anorexia is the person's family and home life. Studies show that those who have sexual trauma (abuse or molestation) may unconsciously try to protect themselves by making their bodies sexually unattractive and by focusing their attention on something safe like food." Of course, people should not jump to the conclusion that one suffering from an eating disorder has been sexually molested.
    There is no clear-cut answer as to what causes Anorexia.

    2. You Can Catch Anorexia
    You can't 'catch' Anorexia. It is a mental sickness that manifests itself through the body. An eating disorder doesn't just pop up out of nowhere. It's a symptom, a signal that something is wrong in a person's life.

    3. Only White Middle-Class Teenage Woman Can Get Anorexia
    Once thought to be a problem of the wealthy, eating disorders are now considered to be common in all racial, social, and economic levels. Even the number of men being diagnosed is increasing, causing Newsweek magazine to call eating disorders "equal-opportunity plunderers. The average age of those being treated for eating disorders appears to be getting lower. "There are girls younger than 10, even as young as 6, being admitted to hospital programs," says Margaret Beck, acting director of an eating disorder center in Toronto. "It is still a small number," she adds, "but it is growing."

    4. All Anorexics Are Emaciated Waifs
    Anorexia is when a person compulsively eats an insufficient amount of calories a day or does not eat at all. It is not about being 85 lbs or under. An anorexic can be any amount of weight. It's the compulsive act that defines anorexia.

     

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