I’m a sucker for a good motivational quote. I have dozens of “just keeping going”s and “stay strong”s splattered all over my Pinterest boards. But sometimes you need a little more. Sometimes I need a little more. And in that spirit, here are seven eating disorder recovery milestones to help you just keep going and stay strong, and what they mean.
Eating Disorder Recovery Milestone #1
Milestone: You go to the grocery store and randomly toss former fear foods into your cart because they look good.
What it means: You no longer think of foods in terms of good VS bad, nonfat VS full fat, or even sweetened VS unsweetened. Your cravings are honored and you trust your body.
Milestone: You smile when someone says “You look healthy.”
What it means: You realize that being “the sickest” or “the thinnest” will never make you the happiest. You no longer want your thin-ness to be the first thing others notice about you. You allow your finest qualities to define you.
Milestone: You walk in and out of the bathroom or your bedroom without ab checking.
What it means: You understand that your stomach will take different forms throughout the entire day, and refuse to let a little bloat upset you (or the presence of abs be what excites you).
Milestone: You find the courage to speak about your eating disorder publicly, whether it be to a close confidant or on Facebook for the world to see.
What it means: You are fighting unashamedly. You know this is a battle that you will win, and maybe yours can inspire someone else to keep fighting as well.
Milestone: You forget how long it’s been since you last exercised, because rest days no longer terrify you.
What it means: Exercising for the sake of burning calories and maintaining control is no longer at the forefront of your life. You prioritize family, friends, work, and passion above the gym. And when you do exercise, it’s because you truly want to.
Milestone: You apologize to those who have been hurt by your eating disorder, and say thank you to those who helped you through it.
What it means: You take responsibility for your actions, and know that you will never allow this disease to drive a wedge between you and your loved ones or you and the life you have planned ever again.
Eating Disorder Recovery Milestone #7
Milestone: You feel the most recovered and free you ever have, but know there is still progress to be made.
What it means: You finally believe that a full recovery is possible, and will never stop working towards it.
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