The Compliment

Just the other day I received the greatest compliment I have ever been given.It was a compliment that left me feeling on top of the world.

I wasnt by a mirror at the time, but I can assure you that I was glowing. For the rest of the day, I was full of confidence and nothing could get me down.

What was this compliment, you ask?I was told by a friend of my familys that I gained weight. Her exact words were, I didnt recognize you! You gained weight didnt you?

I know I am healthy and recovered now because I took this as a compliment. Not even for the slightest second did I second guess her statement and take it in a harmful negative way like I would have when I was not fully recovered and still dealing with my ED.

Years ago, this comment would have sent me running with tears spewing from my eyes. I would have immediately turned to ED for comfort and feed myself nothing but negative thoughts.I would have felt like crap. I can assure you that I would have felt completely unworthy of food, happiness, and even life.

But not now.

As an ED survivor, I am proud to say that I took this comment as the biggest compliment I have ever received in my life. I couldnt wait to tell my parents the news! Someone actually noticed my hard work and weight gain! I couldnt be happier.

Personally, I have been noticing changes in myself, but sometimes I questioned the changes I saw
Was I the only one noticing these changes?
Could others notice all of my hard work?

But now my questions have been answered. People are noticing and apparently I do look healthier.Yes, I look healthier with my weight gain and I am so proud to say that today!

Why is weight gain so commonly associated with something negative?I am the healthiest I have ever been, not to mention the happiest! So there is no way that weight gain = negative for me!

When I told my parents the wonderful news they also began to glow and then continued to shower me with compliments! They told me that they too have noticed these changes.