Transforming the way you see yourself one post-it note at a time
That is a truly beautiful thing to share.
It’s so true that some of us know what it’s like to look in the mirror and see thighs that touch, and miss the pretty face.
I’ve battled anorexia. I almost beat it and took a small relapse, and now I’m figinhtingmy way back up the ladder.
Thankyou, because reading this made me see once again, that my thighs and belly arn’t the only parts of me, and that on a whole, I can be BEAUTIFUL.
Thank you for the comment, Emma. I’m so glad that you’re taking steps in the right direction – you CAN overcome your ED!
We’re all beautiful just the way we are – even with “larger” thighs and a not-so-flat stomach. Those parts don’t define us or make us who we are, but they help us run and do yoga and exercise so LOVE THEM!
I know that this article and both comments were written a couple (more) months ago, but I am just now looking at this website. Well I just wanted to say that thank you, Shannon, for sharing your story with the world. I am a junior in high school and ever since I was in seventh grade I have dealt with my eating habits. In seventh grade, I had an eating disorder, it was so bad that my doctor told me I had to eat or I would end up in the hospital. I was a dancer; I still am a dancer. People say that there is more pressure in high school…well, that’s crap. From my experience, at least. All my friends were cheerleaders and I was dancer, all battling to be the skinniest. For my last year in middle school and freshman year of high school, I had already beaten my anorexia by the middle of eighth grade. Now, I am healthy and I’m loving it. I love love loveee to dance (still) and I am 5’9 and weigh 118 pounds. Now, that sounds bad, but it’s not, with my daily workout of a 4-hour dance class. I am loving life. And I am happy. Now, doesn’t feel pretty damn good?
I’m so sorry that I’m just now replying to your comment, Rebekah! I’m so glad to read that you have overcome anorexia. Being 5’9″ and 118 pounds is definitely NOT bad. Stay happy and strong!
doesn’t THAT feel pretty damn good?
-is what I meant to say (:
Thank you, Shannon. Thank you very much.
At this moment, I’m just 2 weeks out of the hospital.
And I’m trying to beat my ED. Your story gives me hope
that I will succeed. Because you succeed too.
It feels nice to know that I’m not the only one who
looks in the mirror and only sees love handles!
I hope that it will change, that in a while, I can love myself the
way I am.
Nienke, I’m so glad to hear that you’re taking steps to beat your eating disorder. You are absolutely beautiful and you can succeed. We’re all more than than the sum of our parts and I am confident that soon you will love yourself just the way you are.
Thank you for sharing 🙂 Your story is an inspiration and I am so happy for your accomplishment. I have been struggling now for about 4 years with an eating disorder. Every sentence you wrote, I kept thinking “Yep, that sounds just like me”. I’m praying for a recovery like yours, and the satisfaction I will feel for loving the body that God intended me to have.
You’re beautiful 🙂
You can do it, Melissa! It’s so liberating to not count the calories in the food we eat or obsess over how many calories we burn off at the gym. You are beautiful and I know that one day you’ll fully realize it. 🙂
I’ve struggled with EDNOS since I was little and I find it insulting to read that you chalk up eating disorders to “dwelling on negative self talk”. I do not think I’m fat and my perception of myself is not distorted. I do not want to look like a model or feel I need to restrict or purge or fast so that people will keep calling me skinny. Positive self talk will not make any eating disorder go away.
I’m younger and i deal with bulimia. but reading this article makes me change my way of thought. i’m so glad i found this site.
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