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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"We all grow body hair, men and women alike, but when I stopped shaving, my own family called it “mannish” and accused me of “trying too hard” to make a point. In actuality, there’s nothing innately masculine or feminine about my underarm hair. If a woman stops shaving, she doesn’t suddenly begin to look like a man— she looks like a woman who stopped shaving. Furthermore, to maintain hairlessness takes a specific action. Hair growth is the result of inaction, the body’s natural processes. I do not have to try to grow my body hair; it’s shaving it off that takes effort…In an ideal world, all women would choose whether they want to shave or not. It should, however, be an informed and mindful choice. I don’t claim to know for certain why most women shave, but I do fear many women shave, and believe they have to, because that is the only option our culture gives us. This does not mean I am judging each individual woman’s ability to make decisions for herself or that I want to take away women’s “freedom” to shave. There will always be exceptions, women who have made a conscious decision to shave for reasons of their own. Maybe they are swimmers. Maybe they have a skin condition. Maybe they just really do feel more comfortable that way and it has nothing to do with upholding and supporting sexist beauty rules. And that’s fine by me. The point is that it should be fine either way. But if we don’t occasionally question these traditions, it’s easy to develop a culture in which dissent is not allowed and no one remembers why they do what they do or whether they even really want to. — From my blog,  http://www.bellypride.blogspot.com/2013/05/a-hairy-situation.html
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"We all grow body hair, men and women alike, but when I stopped shaving, my own family called it “mannish” and accused me of “trying too hard” to make a point. In actuality, there’s nothing innately masculine or feminine about my underarm hair. If a woman stops shaving, she doesn’t suddenly begin to look like a man— she looks like a woman who stopped shaving. Furthermore, to maintain hairlessness takes a specific action. Hair growth is the result of inaction, the body’s natural processes. I do not have to try to grow my body hair; it’s shaving it off that takes effort…In an ideal world, all women would choose whether they want to shave or not. It should, however, be an informed and mindful choice. I don’t claim to know for certain why most women shave, but I do fear many women shave, and believe they have to, because that is the only option our culture gives us. This does not mean I am judging each individual woman’s ability to make decisions for herself or that I want to take away women’s “freedom” to shave. There will always be exceptions, women who have made a conscious decision to shave for reasons of their own. Maybe they are swimmers. Maybe they have a skin condition. Maybe they just really do feel more comfortable that way and it has nothing to do with upholding and supporting sexist beauty rules. And that’s fine by me. The point is that it should be fine either way. But if we don’t occasionally question these traditions, it’s easy to develop a culture in which dissent is not allowed and no one remembers why they do what they do or whether they even really want to.From my bloghttp://www.bellypride.blogspot.com/2013/05/a-hairy-situation.html

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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.
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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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When I was growing up, I always envied those girls who could wear those short shorts in summer. I never thought I could be one of those girls. My thighs are thick and rub together and my cellulite is always on display. I remember one time, I was attending summer school. I had on long blue jeans, a long sleeved yellow shirt, and a short sleeved thick vest. I felt so uncomfortable in my own skin that I didn’t even want to let a single part of me be seen. The strangest thing was, as people were asking me “aren’t you hot?”, I felt the need to lie and say I wasn’t.
And, when I realized I actually lied to people about something as simple as clothing, I knew I had a problem. It was a long road to feel good about myself,and to be honest I still have those days where I look in the mirror and cry. And unfortunately, I still have those days were I self loathe enough to put a blade against my skin. My journey isn’t over yet, but I’m a hell of a lot better off then I was before..
So here’s to wearing shorts in the summer,it’s hard I know I’ve been there.Take the steps, you’re worth it.
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When I was growing up, I always envied those girls who could wear those short shorts in summer. I never thought I could be one of those girls. My thighs are thick and rub together and my cellulite is always on display. I remember one time, I was attending summer school. I had on long blue jeans, a long sleeved yellow shirt, and a short sleeved thick vest. I felt so uncomfortable in my own skin that I didn’t even want to let a single part of me be seen. The strangest thing was, as people were asking me “aren’t you hot?”, I felt the need to lie and say I wasn’t.

And, when I realized I actually lied to people about something as simple as clothing, I knew I had a problem. It was a long road to feel good about myself,and to be honest I still have those days where I look in the mirror and cry. And unfortunately, I still have those days were I self loathe enough to put a blade against my skin. My journey isn’t over yet, but I’m a hell of a lot better off then I was before..

So here’s to wearing shorts in the summer,
it’s hard I know I’ve been there.
Take the steps, you’re worth it.


If you want to make my day, then follow my tumblr.
I love connecting with people.
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This is a recent picture of my recovery body. I’m currently in the process of recovering from EDNOS. I’ve always struggled with hating my body- and I’m not proud of the way I’ve treated it. I still have my fair share of rough days where I don’t like my body and I fall back on old habits. But I’m slowly starting to change my body image to a positive one. I deserve it- We all deserve to have a positive body image no matter what! I’ve been clean from self harm for 5 months and I’ve been working with a therapist to gradually stop obsessing over food and calories. And although I know I have a long ways to go before my mind is in a healthy spot, I’m proud of the progress I’ve made so far. I love the way I look in this picture- not despite, but because of the rolls on the side and the thicker thighs ;)
Anyone who is struggling with a negative body image- I know how hard it can be to change how you view yourself, but the hard work pays off. Loving yourself is so worth it. Don’t give up!!!
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This is a recent picture of my recovery body. I’m currently in the process of recovering from EDNOS. I’ve always struggled with hating my body- and I’m not proud of the way I’ve treated it. I still have my fair share of rough days where I don’t like my body and I fall back on old habits. But I’m slowly starting to change my body image to a positive one. I deserve it- We all deserve to have a positive body image no matter what! I’ve been clean from self harm for 5 months and I’ve been working with a therapist to gradually stop obsessing over food and calories. And although I know I have a long ways to go before my mind is in a healthy spot, I’m proud of the progress I’ve made so far. I love the way I look in this picture- not despite, but because of the rolls on the side and the thicker thighs ;)

Anyone who is struggling with a negative body image- I know how hard it can be to change how you view yourself, but the hard work pays off. Loving yourself is so worth it. Don’t give up!!!

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For years I’ve been bullied about being ‘underweight’ but now is finally the time where I have stopped letting people’s words get to me. Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me. Love yourself.
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For years I’ve been bullied about being ‘underweight’ but now is finally the time where I have stopped letting people’s words get to me. Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me. Love yourself.

http://www.tumblr.com/blog/procrastinatorbitch

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i went swimsuit shopping today. i can’t remember the last time i did that. my last bathing suit was worn very bare two summers ago, so i threw it out to force myself to get a new one. last summer, the little swimming i did was in underwear/shorts and a tanktop, but this summer i need a proper swim suit. i had a good time trying things on! this is the leader so far, but i’m not done. i also wore a new pair of shorts that go above my knees, which is something new for me this summer.
i’m learning that being body positive doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be 100% comfortable with showing every part of your body. i’m pretty self-conscious about my bikini line, just because it feels really private to me, so i’m looking for something with a little more coverage in that area, but i think that i’m at a point where if i’m exposed while swimming or walking or tanning, it’s not going to be the end of the world for me.
thanks, tumblr, for helping me make the changes i needed to in my head space to feel comfortable wearing shorts above my knees to go out swim suit shopping, and find one that i like. it’s all about those posi vibes!
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i went swimsuit shopping today. i can’t remember the last time i did that. my last bathing suit was worn very bare two summers ago, so i threw it out to force myself to get a new one. last summer, the little swimming i did was in underwear/shorts and a tanktop, but this summer i need a proper swim suit. i had a good time trying things on! this is the leader so far, but i’m not done. i also wore a new pair of shorts that go above my knees, which is something new for me this summer.

i’m learning that being body positive doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be 100% comfortable with showing every part of your body. i’m pretty self-conscious about my bikini line, just because it feels really private to me, so i’m looking for something with a little more coverage in that area, but i think that i’m at a point where if i’m exposed while swimming or walking or tanning, it’s not going to be the end of the world for me.

thanks, tumblr, for helping me make the changes i needed to in my head space to feel comfortable wearing shorts above my knees to go out swim suit shopping, and find one that i like. it’s all about those posi vibes!

melodiesintheair.tumblr.com

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wow I can’t believe I has been 4 year since my last submission on here. I come on here almost everyday to read all the stories and encouraging words. You are all absolutely amazing. This picture above was at my Junior Ring Ceremony (I’m in the cheetah) and I received so many compliments. But the fact is I felt so damn good. I felt beautiful. My last post I talked about how I had suicidal thoughts etc. but now I see myself as a beautiful individual. One who can flaunt everything she has and embrace it. We are all beautiful in our own way whether a size 6, 16 or 26. Flaunt what you have beauties.
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wow I can’t believe I has been 4 year since my last submission on here. I come on here almost everyday to read all the stories and encouraging words. You are all absolutely amazing. This picture above was at my Junior Ring Ceremony (I’m in the cheetah) and I received so many compliments. But the fact is I felt so damn good. I felt beautiful. My last post I talked about how I had suicidal thoughts etc. but now I see myself as a beautiful individual. One who can flaunt everything she has and embrace it. We are all beautiful in our own way whether a size 6, 16 or 26. Flaunt what you have beauties.

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