I’ve written on the blog before about disordered eating and the impact that it has had on my life and the lives of others. Rather than dwelling on the struggles of being ill and the ongoing issues that it causes, I’ll cover that on a future post, instead this will focus on celebrating the positives of recovery. Recently I’ve been thinking about just how far I’ve come and here are some of the ways that life is so much easier in recovery.
I can eat what I want when I want. It sounds like a really simple thing but it’s incredible to not restrict and to buy whatever food I fancy and not worry that if I have certain things in the house I’ll “binge”.
Being able to go out and enjoy myself with friends on the spur of the moment without having to research where we’re going, what I can eat and how many workouts I would have to fit in to “make up for it”.
I actually enjoy my workouts. I no longer force myself when I’m not in the mood and listen to my body and mind.
My physical health has improved. Often people assume that if you lose weight you are healthier. Not the case. I obsessively ate “healthily” and as a result ended up exacerbating my previously very minor IBS. Since I recovered that has completely cleared up.
My mental health and body image have improved beyond belief. Being thinner will not repair your body image but learning to love yourself and working on how you talk about and see your body will.
If you’re struggling with body image you can always send me a message.