EDs can feel insurmountable but really every single step, bite, and healthy thought is a huge amount of progress. It can be so hard just to eat one bite and even when we do it still feels like it will never be enough.
Last week was one year for me since I began the process of recovery and I'm looking for a way to celebrate it. However, I feel like most traditional celebrations are not good for those of us with EDs. I can't keep a chart of progress because numbers are too triggering and having a party with food is out cause I will get too caught up in what to eat.
How do you celebrate your progress? From the biggest step to just getting through one more day?
Your silence will not protect you.
I have been recovered from my eating disorder for 3 years and now that I think about it, I celebrate everyday!
#1: I write down my workouts. I used to keep a food diary, writing EVERYTHING I ate. I am a big runner. Now I log in my miles and I love to see my progress. I write down my weight training workouts. I celebrate because it's not about weight anymore, it's about my health!
#2: I am very involved in feminist activism and I have geared my college education and soon to be graduate studies toward fighting negative representations of women in the media. I geared my ED recovery into helping to cure the social epidemic. I feel strong and powerful everyday.
#3: I celebrate by not saying negative things about my body, especially around other women. I give other women compliments, and I try to steer them away from toxic body talk. I write a blog and many of my posts focus on self love!
I would love to hear how others celebrate. I recommend celebrating by enjoying things. The wind. Running. Coffee. Laughter. Books. Writing. Celebrating by letting yourself enjoy things that you can't enjoy when ED controls your life.