30 Things I’m Able to Do Now That I’m Recovered from my Eating Disorder

Two years ago, from the time of writing this post, I was living a very sick life. A life full of weakness, depression, and all-around sadness. A life where I was unable to do many of the things that I love about my life today. I didn’t see any hope. I had a hard time getting from one day to the next, and I just wasn’t sure if life was worth beating my eating disorder for. I am here to tell you that it 100% is!

Life is beautiful on the other side of an eating disorder. Life recovered from my eating disorder has been the sunshine that I have missed in all my many cloudy days for 14 years prior. Now recovered, life is full of motivation, happiness, and accomplishment.

If you suffer from an eating disorder, you know that there are many things that you physically and emotionally just cannot do. Something as simple as walking up the stairs may be difficult because your heart is so weak. Something like going to a family dinner may be full of anxiety, when you should be focusing on the time with family instead of the food situation. I want you to know that life doesn’t have to be this way.

Let me show you 30 things I am now able to do that I wasn’t able to do when I was sick and in the confines of my eating disorder.

Eating Disorder Recovery

1. run more than 30 seconds straight (even up to a 5k!)
2. eat dinner with my family
3. order food at a restaurant
4. have a down day without it completely ruining me
5. think about my future with hope
6. consider expanding our family
7. try on clothes without freaking out
8. walk up stairs without my heart pounding
9. manage my headaches
10. go more than 2 weeks without getting sick
11. hold yoga poses for long periods of time
12. go to food-involved functions without anxiety
13. hold my liquor
14. teach my son healthy habits by example
15. transition through chaturanga dandasana to updog (yoga)
16. stay awake later
17. have better, more confident, intimacy with my spouse
18. feel motivated to be the best person I can be
19. keep snacks in the house without worrying when my next binge on them would be
20. bake delicious treats for my family without freaking out about the leftovers
21. make healthy dinners for my family that we can all enjoy
22. not feel the need to hide every inch of my skin at all times
23. feel confident when I leave the house every day
24. commit to a healthy lifestyle
25. go on hikes without worrying about passing out (instead I’m RUNNING up the mountain!)
26. eat around other people without shame
27. talk about my eating disorder openly – because I’m SO proud of how far I’ve come!
28. truthfully say that I 100% love my life
29. feel in charge of my life
30. motivate others (like YOU!) to live a happier and healthier life with my example!

I hope this does motivate you. I hope you are able to see that there is a better life out there for you. I know it can be hard to see, but that is why I did this – so you could see the actual changes in my life since I’ve been on a healthy journey.

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  1. says

    Love this! Very motivating and for me it just reiterates why I’m recovering. It’s worth it. Nothing is worth having an ED- not even being skinny and in control 100% of the time.

    • Holly says

      Thanks Bek! It’s true – there have been times throughout my recovery that I have considered just skipping one meal, but it’s not worth it to even think about going backwards and relapsing. Life is so much greater now than it ever was before!

  2. Anne says

    As a parent of a young teen in the early stages of recovery it is fantastic to read of your journey and how amazingly far you have come. You have every reason to be extremely proud of yourself. My daughter is doing well and is on the right path and your story gives me hope for her future. Thank you for sharing…

    • Holly Waterfall says

      Thank you so much for coming by and for your kind words. I wish only the best for your daughter’s recovery. It is possible and it is absolutely wonderful to finally find the freedom. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do for you or your daughter.

  3. Patricia says

    Thanks for the inspiring words! And for all the encouraging commentors on here! I am struggling through my recovery and there is still not a day that passes where I have negative thoughts or feel the need to keep losing weight. But I’m slowly fighting it and getting better 🙂

    • Holly Waterfall says

      I am so glad you have been able to find inspiration here Patricia! The fight is not a quick or overnight one. It’s a slow process, but it’s one that is totally worth it!

  4. says

    I love this so much!! So so inspirational and makes me really happy to see you recovered and living a happy life, something I aim to do☺️ Thank you for posting this it’s so helpful and well done x

    • Holly Waterfall says

      I am so happy that this has helped you Jess! You’ve got this girl. Happiness and a recovered life is totally possible and 110% worth it! hugs and strength to you!


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