This is a place of encouragement, a place to discuss body image, insecurities, self-esteem, and everything under the umbrella of fighting self-hate and finding self-love.

No matter what you look like, what color, what gender, sexual orientation, what size or however many "flaws", healthy, not healthy, working on it, abled, disabled, we are all human, we all deserve to be happy, we all deserve to love ourselves. With this blog you will see all kinds of REAL bodies, REAL people, REAL stories.

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Katrina, 18, large lady and loving it. I’ve always been insecure about my size, but sometimes I catch a glimpse of myself in a mirror, and I love what I see, those are the moments that get me by.There was no effort taken to improve my appearance in this picture, that’s why I love it so. It was late. It’s real,it’s me.
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Katrina, 18, large lady and loving it. I’ve always been insecure about my size, but sometimes I catch a glimpse of myself in a mirror, and I love what I see, those are the moments that get me by.There was no effort taken to improve my appearance in this picture, that’s why I love it so. It was late. It’s real,it’s me.

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Heyhi people. My name is Kayla and I just turned fifteen years old. I’m 5’10 and I weigh about 225. Yes, that’s overweight. Many generations of women in my family have struggled with their weight (my grandmother was 350+ until she started juicing several years ago, my mother has been a steady 400 my entire life, and I fear I’m following in their footsteps.) I love my family to death, I really do. But I’m worried about us. Not just them, but myself as well. They’ve taught me my entire life that food is good and you should enjoy eating. That food is meant to be used as a comfort. I’ve always been picked last in sports (besides basketball, but that’s because of my height), I can’t run in Phys Ed without having an emotional breakdown. I have severe social anxiety and I was diagnosed with depression at  the age of eleven. I’ve done a lot of things to hurt myself because I cannot stand my body. I’m covered in stretch marks, my hips are huge and my tummy is definitely there. It doesn’t help that I’m clumsy as hell and covered in scars.
Since the fifth grade I’ve gone to a uniform school, and I didn’t understand why I looked so different from the rest of the girls in their uniforms. Boys never wanted to flirt with me the way they did the other girls. In sixth grade there was a group of girls who decided to bully me because I had huge (36C is pretty big for a sixth grader) boobs and I didn’t tie up the back of my uniform with a hairtye like every other girl. It really got to me. I wanted to change, but I didn’t know how, so I went home an ate. I managed to grow four inches that year, which helped a little bit with the ‘fat’ image, but I still knew my weight and it constantly bothered me. Those bullies stayed with me and tortured me almost every day for three years.
I’m going to be a 10th grader this year at a new school (no uniforms) and I’ve discovered that boys can actually appreciate girls with bigger bodies. I had a boy that I had had a crush on since the sixth grade tell me last year at a dance, “Wow Kayla, you look absolutely stunning tonight…” because I was wearing a pretty dress that hugged me in all the right places. Something in that moment clicked for me, and since I’ve been learning to love myself. I’m not 100% there. Loving myself will always be a challenge for me, but I enjoy a challenge :)
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Heyhi people. My name is Kayla and I just turned fifteen years old. I’m 5’10 and I weigh about 225. Yes, that’s overweight. Many generations of women in my family have struggled with their weight (my grandmother was 350+ until she started juicing several years ago, my mother has been a steady 400 my entire life, and I fear I’m following in their footsteps.) I love my family to death, I really do. But I’m worried about us. Not just them, but myself as well. They’ve taught me my entire life that food is good and you should enjoy eating. That food is meant to be used as a comfort. 
I’ve always been picked last in sports (besides basketball, but that’s because of my height), I can’t run in Phys Ed without having an emotional breakdown. I have severe social anxiety and I was diagnosed with depression at  the age of eleven. I’ve done a lot of things to hurt myself because I cannot stand my body. I’m covered in stretch marks, my hips are huge and my tummy is definitely there. It doesn’t help that I’m clumsy as hell and covered in scars.

Since the fifth grade I’ve gone to a uniform school, and I didn’t understand why I looked so different from the rest of the girls in their uniforms. Boys never wanted to flirt with me the way they did the other girls. In sixth grade there was a group of girls who decided to bully me because I had huge (36C is pretty big for a sixth grader) boobs and I didn’t tie up the back of my uniform with a hairtye like every other girl. It really got to me. I wanted to change, but I didn’t know how, so I went home an ate. I managed to grow four inches that year, which helped a little bit with the ‘fat’ image, but I still knew my weight and it constantly bothered me. Those bullies stayed with me and tortured me almost every day for three years.

I’m going to be a 10th grader this year at a new school (no uniforms) and I’ve discovered that boys can actually appreciate girls with bigger bodies. I had a boy that I had had a crush on since the sixth grade tell me last year at a dance, “Wow Kayla, you look absolutely stunning tonight…” because I was wearing a pretty dress that hugged me in all the right places. Something in that moment clicked for me, and since I’ve been learning to love myself. I’m not 100% there. Loving myself will always be a challenge for me, but I enjoy a challenge :)

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I’ve never been very kind to my tummy. In fact for most of my life I’ve thoroughly hated it. I wasted years wishing it looked differently. I denied it nourishment hoping it would get smaller and flatter. I insulted and ignored it. Hoping one day it would live up to my unattainable expectations. I recently had been very sick because of my gallbladder, which I had to have out a little over a week ago (you can see the scars from my surgery on my stomach.) The whole ordeal has honestly made me appreciate what my stomach actually does for my body, and what would happen without it working properly. I had to go to the emergency room because at the worst of it I couldn’t eat or even drink anything without terrible pain. I want to give a public apology to my stomach. Its been a trooper and has put up with everything I’ve put it through. Its still working hard despite everything, and I’m going to appreciate it from now on. Not for something superficial like what it looks like, but for what it does. Its the way my body sustains itself, it gives me the energy to pursue my dreams, and fuels the vessel that carries out everything I do or will do in my life. I will give it the love and respect it deserves from now on.

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I’ve never been very kind to my tummy. In fact for most of my life I’ve thoroughly hated it. I wasted years wishing it looked differently. I denied it nourishment hoping it would get smaller and flatter. I insulted and ignored it. Hoping one day it would live up to my unattainable expectations. I recently had been very sick because of my gallbladder, which I had to have out a little over a week ago (you can see the scars from my surgery on my stomach.) The whole ordeal has honestly made me appreciate what my stomach actually does for my body, and what would happen without it working properly. I had to go to the emergency room because at the worst of it I couldn’t eat or even drink anything without terrible pain. I want to give a public apology to my stomach. Its been a trooper and has put up with everything I’ve put it through. Its still working hard despite everything, and I’m going to appreciate it from now on. Not for something superficial like what it looks like, but for what it does. Its the way my body sustains itself, it gives me the energy to pursue my dreams, and fuels the vessel that carries out everything I do or will do in my life. I will give it the love and respect it deserves from now on.

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So i thought i would talk about age issues.
Why dont you act your age, how old are you, and Jay your 31 years old are comments i hear on a weekly basis. These comments usually come about because i have done or said something a 31 year old is not allowed to say. Apparently when you hit 30 years of age there is a way society expects you to act. And sadly i dont fall into that expectation. So what are these expectations? Well it tends to be your typical nuclear family, husband, wife, two kids, preferably one boy and one girl. You will also have a secure full time job and have a mortgage on your first house. Your wife looking after the kids and keeping the house tidy. This is the along the same lines as what the conservatives want you to be like (see marriage tax break). This ideals are very old fashioned ans havent really evolved even though society has evolved. So why dont i fit into the ideal? I’m 31 years old, im technically single according to the forms (i have a girlfriend), i have no kids, i work part time, full time University student and i live at home with my mum and step-dad. If you didnt know my age you would think im 19 years old.
Then we have the maturity level of what a 30 year old should be like. When i was 29 myself and four friends were having a pub lunch, my friend had a coffee with two small chocolate pieces to accompany it, he used the first one to stir his coffee, he then got the second one out and started to stir again, i used the opportunity to slap his hand which made him drop the chocolate piece into his coffee, we both found this hilarious, my other friend turned round, looked at me with that disapproving mother look and said “Jay your nearly 30”. The issue i had with this was my actions hadn’t upset anyone, it didnt cause an argument and it achieved a few chuckles, whats the harm in that? Ahhh because i was at the time nearly 30.We are told way to much about how we should act any age not just 30, when it comes down to it act how you want to act, and if it means you are not hurting anyone in the process then why should it matter if you are 30 acting 19? We are individuals do hat you want to do. I will continue to put dice in peoples tea, i will continue to hide one shoe, i will always swap peoples pictures over, because thats me, and thats why you love me.
Feel free to visit my tumblr page www.jayyylord.tumblr.com
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So i thought i would talk about age issues.

Why dont you act your age, how old are you, and Jay your 31 years old are comments i hear on a weekly basis. These comments usually come about because i have done or said something a 31 year old is not allowed to say. Apparently when you hit 30 years of age there is a way society expects you to act. And sadly i dont fall into that expectation. So what are these expectations? Well it tends to be your typical nuclear family, husband, wife, two kids, preferably one boy and one girl. You will also have a secure full time job and have a mortgage on your first house. Your wife looking after the kids and keeping the house tidy. This is the along the same lines as what the conservatives want you to be like (see marriage tax break). This ideals are very old fashioned ans havent really evolved even though society has evolved. So why dont i fit into the ideal? I’m 31 years old, im technically single according to the forms (i have a girlfriend), i have no kids, i work part time, full time University student and i live at home with my mum and step-dad. If you didnt know my age you would think im 19 years old.

Then we have the maturity level of what a 30 year old should be like. When i was 29 myself and four friends were having a pub lunch, my friend had a coffee with two small chocolate pieces to accompany it, he used the first one to stir his coffee, he then got the second one out and started to stir again, i used the opportunity to slap his hand which made him drop the chocolate piece into his coffee, we both found this hilarious, my other friend turned round, looked at me with that disapproving mother look and said “Jay your nearly 30”. The issue i had with this was my actions hadn’t upset anyone, it didnt cause an argument and it achieved a few chuckles, whats the harm in that? Ahhh because i was at the time nearly 30.We are told way to much about how we should act any age not just 30, when it comes down to it act how you want to act, and if it means you are not hurting anyone in the process then why should it matter if you are 30 acting 19? We are individuals do hat you want to do. I will continue to put dice in peoples tea, i will continue to hide one shoe, i will always swap peoples pictures over, because thats me, and thats why you love me.

Feel free to visit my tumblr page www.jayyylord.tumblr.com

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trigger warning: weight-loss, surgery, eating disorder, depression, bipolar disorder
To be completely honest, I’ve never been good at posting trigger warnings. There are a lot of things that trigger, and I never know if I cover all the bases. I hope those suffice. Anyhow,
I’ve been overweight my whole life. I’ve always been down on myself, to the point where my battles with depression and bipolar disorder were exponentially worsened.
Last summer, I had an extreme bout of bulimia; binge eating a purging everything. A lot of this was also due to my Lap-Band* being far too tight. I dropped close to sixty pounds in a little less than four months. As much as I was digging the results, I just wasn’t healthy. I had the Band adjusted, and gained back a lot of the weight. So it goes.
Yet, for years I’ve always had insecurities with my double chin. Playing guitar in a band means a lot of pictures of me looking down at my guitar or feet a la “shoegaze” which in turn means seeing my double chin. But you know what? As much as it makes me feel uncomfortable, I think I do a good job at just owning it and making it work.
And with my body and weight? I’m slowly and surely on the right path to making it all work. :)
*Back in 2008, I had Lap-Band surgery for weight loss. If any of you reading this are interested in having the operation, or just have questions regarding it, please feel free to shoot me some asks on my page. I’ll be more than glad to answer any questions you may have!
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trigger warning: weight-loss, surgery, eating disorder, depression, bipolar disorder

To be completely honest, I’ve never been good at posting trigger warnings. There are a lot of things that trigger, and I never know if I cover all the bases. I hope those suffice. Anyhow,

I’ve been overweight my whole life. I’ve always been down on myself, to the point where my battles with depression and bipolar disorder were exponentially worsened.

Last summer, I had an extreme bout of bulimia; binge eating a purging everything. A lot of this was also due to my Lap-Band* being far too tight. I dropped close to sixty pounds in a little less than four months. As much as I was digging the results, I just wasn’t healthy. I had the Band adjusted, and gained back a lot of the weight. So it goes.

Yet, for years I’ve always had insecurities with my double chin. Playing guitar in a band means a lot of pictures of me looking down at my guitar or feet a la “shoegaze” which in turn means seeing my double chin. But you know what? As much as it makes me feel uncomfortable, I think I do a good job at just owning it and making it work.

And with my body and weight? I’m slowly and surely on the right path to making it all work. :)

*Back in 2008, I had Lap-Band surgery for weight loss. If any of you reading this are interested in having the operation, or just have questions regarding it, please feel free to shoot me some asks on my page. I’ll be more than glad to answer any questions you may have!

shiftingmyclarity.tumblr.com
thesecondside.bandcamp.com

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NSFW 18+ Maybe? [No actual nudity unless you count sideboob]
I’ve always been insecure about the way I look in pictures. I nit-pick myself apart, suck in my stomach as much as I can, and make silly faces whenever I can so that I have a reason to be “unphotogenic.” But today, it was hot as hell in my unairconditioned apartment, I was feeling hella fine in my soft robe, and my makeup game was on point, so I grabbed my phone and snapped this badboy right here.
This is the first picture I’ve ever taken where I’m proud of how I look. I like my curves, and the angles of my face. I’m able to look at this picture and see myself as beautiful, and I think submitting this is a huge step for me on the road to self love. 
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NSFW 18+ Maybe? [No actual nudity unless you count sideboob]

I’ve always been insecure about the way I look in pictures. I nit-pick myself apart, suck in my stomach as much as I can, and make silly faces whenever I can so that I have a reason to be “unphotogenic.” But today, it was hot as hell in my unairconditioned apartment, I was feeling hella fine in my soft robe, and my makeup game was on point, so I grabbed my phone and snapped this badboy right here.

This is the first picture I’ve ever taken where I’m proud of how I look. I like my curves, and the angles of my face. I’m able to look at this picture and see myself as beautiful, and I think submitting this is a huge step for me on the road to self love. 

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I’ve been following this blog for a while now and I have been toying with the idea of submitting but now I have finally decided to do it. I’ve been struggling with weight issues since I was in my early teens and I was constantly picked on and I felt bad about the way I look. 
But now I’ve started to accept myself for the way I love and embrace my body. And so, recently I’ve started to accept myself for who I am and I am beginning to like my body. For the first time since I was a small child, I have worn a dress - and I wore it out in public, too, and I found myself not caring what people thought of me. I still have hang ups, but I’m wrapping my head around those and learning that my body is part of me and something I need to embrace and love. I treat my body well and I love every part of it because it’s what I deserve from myself. 
I am learning to be body positive now thanks to tumblr and the wonderful people on it. I am learning to embrace myself and realise that I don’t need to comply to societies “norms”. I am myself and I will learn to love every fault my body has whilst gradually changing bad habits.
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I’ve been following this blog for a while now and I have been toying with the idea of submitting but now I have finally decided to do it. I’ve been struggling with weight issues since I was in my early teens and I was constantly picked on and I felt bad about the way I look. 

But now I’ve started to accept myself for the way I love and embrace my body. And so, recently I’ve started to accept myself for who I am and I am beginning to like my body. For the first time since I was a small child, I have worn a dress - and I wore it out in public, too, and I found myself not caring what people thought of me. I still have hang ups, but I’m wrapping my head around those and learning that my body is part of me and something I need to embrace and love. I treat my body well and I love every part of it because it’s what I deserve from myself. 

I am learning to be body positive now thanks to tumblr and the wonderful people on it. I am learning to embrace myself and realise that I don’t need to comply to societies “norms”. I am myself and I will learn to love every fault my body has whilst gradually changing bad habits.

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It makes me laugh when people are just like “just lose weight and you’ll be happy with yourself”. My older sister lost 200+ pounds and still says that she finds problems with herself. While losing weight is a good thing, it’s not a solution. Happiness doesn’t sprout from a number on a scale.
If you want to make my day, then follow my tumblr.i love connecting with people :P
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It makes me laugh when people are just like “just lose weight and you’ll be happy with yourself”. My older sister lost 200+ pounds and still says that she finds problems with herself. While losing weight is a good thing, it’s not a solution. Happiness doesn’t sprout from a number on a scale.

If you want to make my day, then follow my tumblr.
i love connecting with people :P

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TW FOR SUICIDE, EATING DISORDER, AND SELF HARM.
I spent most of my nineteen years on earth despising myself.
I spent most of my nineteen years on earth harming myself.
I spent most of my nineteen years on earth starving myself.
I spent most of my nineteen years on earth contemplating leaving the planet.
And I am so done with it.
I am fat. And that’s okay. Because I am loved and funny and smart and I care about people and I’m a great performer. I will never forget those things again.  
My name is Abigail (lightfromorion.tumblr.com)! Feel free to message me a hello if you want new friends! :)
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TW FOR SUICIDE, EATING DISORDER, AND SELF HARM.

I spent most of my nineteen years on earth despising myself.

I spent most of my nineteen years on earth harming myself.

I spent most of my nineteen years on earth starving myself.

I spent most of my nineteen years on earth contemplating leaving the planet.

And I am so done with it.

I am fat. And that’s okay. Because I am loved and funny and smart and I care about people and I’m a great performer. I will never forget those things again.  

My name is Abigail (lightfromorion.tumblr.com)! Feel free to message me a hello if you want new friends! :)

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