During the first few weeks of any new year, you'll hear about a lot of people making new health and fitness goals for themselves. But we're over-the-moon proud of Megan and Liz singer Liz Mace for so bravely sharing her own with fans on Instagram. The artist has been quietly struggling through an eating disorder for the better part of a decade – and now she's seeking help to take care of herself in the best way possible.
"I've debated about posting about this for a long time. But, I felt that on this eve of a brand new year I owe it to myself to celebrate how far I came in 2016," Liz shared along with a side-by-side photo of herself on Instagram.
"For a lot of you- friends and family included- you probably had no idea that for the past 10 years I have been battling anorexia. It's been on and off, up and down, biggest secret/struggle I've ever had to deal with."
"But in 2016 I took control of my life and sought treatment for the first time. So if this New Years you are thinking about doing something, changing something, this is me telling you that you can fight your demons (whatever they are) and win," she added. "Remember that your body was made to carry your soul, to be the voice of your beautiful words and ideas. Here's to a strong 2017. Thank you for always loving me no matter what. #gainingweightiscool."
Liz continued her story in a longer blog titled "New Beginnings 2017" for her group's site, where she explained more about what she's going through.
"I am aware that at this moment I don’t 'look anorexic' or I’m 'not even that skinny' – but anorexia is not as much about weight as you may think. It’s a real (sometimes) genetic mental illness that causes an obsession with food/weight in an unhealthy and sometimes fatal way," Liz writes.
"I am also aware that I am not the first girl in the world to battle with Anorexia, and I will most certainly not be the last. This post, is for me. After finally seeking therapy after 10+ years, this is me telling myself my story," she continues. "Anorexia recovery is not as easy as 'eating a burger' or 'Just eat something!' – it is a mental illness that will take years to over come but for the first time I am admitting to myself, to you, and to most of my friends and family, that I am officially in recovery and trying, fighting, for the life that I want not the life that an eating disorder wants me to have."
Liz concluded her blog with a message to all her fans out there who may know her story a little bit too well.
"If any of you reading this feel like you may have an eating disorder but feel you aren’t ready to get help, take my advice and go get help. Every meal you skip, or mistreatment of your body is one damaging step that may not be reversible," she says. "You are worthy of a life that is so full and memorable, bright and delicious. Anorexia is a real mental illness. Eating disorders are extremely common and unfortunately extremely underplayed. Your body was made for so much more than to 'look good in clothes,' or to get attention. Your body is a vessel for your beautiful, passionate, unique soul."
We're so inspired by her bravery.
Click through the gallery to see more stars who have previously shared stories of their own about their eating disorders and recovery. If you or a friend need help finding treatment for an eating disorder, there are tons of helpful resources out there. A great place to start is nationaleatingdisorders.org.