Its been like a forever and a decade since I posted about eating disorders.
I know, snore, yawn. But I think its time for one.
I get asked all the time from people both struggling with eating and/or exercise issues and by people who are just plain curious:
“How do you know when you are ‘recovered’ “
That’s a loaded question. And the truth is, one never really “knows”. But I thought about it, and there are for sure some signs that mark your getting close to recovery.
So here’s what I came up with:
…You no longer do complicated mental algorithms of calories consumed and burned to avoid dealing with problems.
…You exercise for the sheer fun of it. (Ha, not gonna happen with me. Running will forever and always be torture.)
…You see your reflection in a store window and your first thought is, “Shit, I’m hot!”
…You realize that you’ve forgotten the number of calories in a grape and you don’t care to find out.
…You only use a scale to measure how much you bananas cost.
…You ovaries go, “Yes, we work! LOLZ!” (I don’t know about your ovaries, but my ovaries totally “LOLZ”.
…You order the most drool worthy item on the menu and not the lowest-cal. (And if you think a salad is “drool worthy”, your not yet recovered).
… you stop compulsively reading books, blogs, websites etc. about recovery and wondering if and when it will happen to you because it has already happened.
…Running out of diet soda is no longer the greatest emergency in your life (but running out of chocolate is totally acceptable)
…you no longer need to layer 3 sweaters and leggings under jeans just because it dropped to 60º outside.
…When you start to use “carby” as a good adjective
Like for these beauties!
What do you think is a good sign of recovery? It doesn’t even have to be for eating disorders. What are some signs of genuine happiness?