I started this journey to becoming healthy in January of last year. A year and a few months later, I'm at a much better place. Of course, I have bad days. But, in the grand scheme of things, everything is so much better. Here are all the great things about being in a healthier place:
1. I get to EAT! I am able to eat yummy foods multiple times a day because that's normal and healthy.
2. I can eat a variety of things without feelings terrible.
3. I binge much less frequently since I'm not restricting myself.
4. Food is GOOD!
5. I have gotten to buy new clothes, especially pants. Who doesn't love shopping?!
6. My changing body has forced me to change the way I dress, and that's a good thing. Variety is the spice of life.
7. I lived through a bad haircut incident, which forced me to cut my long hair (that acted as my ED security blanket). I now love my short hair, so much, that I got another haircut yesterday. =)
8. My entire body has changed from working out. I look healthy and STRONG.
9. My legs, butt, and stomach are obvious, but they have wonderful definition.
10. I can be as active as I want, and I can use food to refuel. I no longer sit around not doing things because I have no energy.
11. I can go out on hikes, run around, and do fun things with J and other people because I'm not afraid of what the food schedule will be. I know that when I'm hungry, I can eat whatever is available. And I'm actually OK with it. Whoa!
12. I'm not afraid of bingeing while travelling, and of always worrying about food on my trips. My normal eating lets me have a great time, and eat intuitively when I'm *hungry*. Gasp!
13. And finally, I can enjoy food AND life-- at the same time!
So, tell me, what are the great things about recovery for you?