Bridget Malcolm stated that she couldn’t exercise for long because she was focused on "maintaining weight and learning how I eat again."
Bridget Malcolm, who has been struggling with anorexia for years, is now marking milestones in her journey to recovery that she didn't think was possible.
Former Victoria's Secret model, now 30, has spoken out over the past four years about how she was subject to body shame in the industry. She also spoke out about her severe eating disorder which she is slowly healing from. Malcolm is now five years into her recovery and has begun to feel "completely accepted" of her body.
On Thursday, she posted on Instagram that she had done her first pull-up. This is something I never thought I would be able to do five year ago. "Ever since my recovery, I wanted to feel strong. But it takes time to overcome years of self-abuse. It was necessary to allow my body to heal."
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Malcolm said that she would like to exercise sooner but that it was not safe for someone who has a history of severe body disorders.
She said that "Recovery done right" is a slow and lifelong process. I spent several years in a large body that was difficult to adjust to. I couldn't be active. My focus was on maintaining my weight and learning how I could eat again.
Malcolm acknowledged that it was difficult, but she eventually learned to accept her new body and the process of eating.
She said, "This is when I started to write about my recovery and to connect to others who understood what I was feeling." This set me up for the acceptance that I now live in today. I don't care if my weight goes up, down or both. What matters to me is my ability. I have the opportunity to live a fulfilled life.
Three photos were included by the Australia native in her post. The first photo is her on Thursday, "able do a pull up" for the first. The second one is one year later, she is "still very weak both mentally and physically, wanting to be strong but also being unable to exercise properly due to fear of relapse or lingering injuries musculoskeletal." The last picture is her at her "sickest."
"That wasn't a life worth living." She said, "I am so grateful to have made it out."