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.

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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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TW: Sexual Abuse/Rape
Hi everyone.  My name is Scott, and I was sexually abused as a child. I have spent the past 7 years struggling with depression, guilt, low self-esteem, and intimacy issues.  Most people, including friends and family, have always been quick to stereotype me as a happy go-lucky “jock”.  This could not be any further from the truth.  For years, I have lied to everyone (including myself) by masking my pain and insecurities.    
Over the past year or so, I have taken a big step forward in the healing process.  Counseling sessions and discussing the abuse with others has really helped me A LOT.  It still is a day-to-day challenge, but I am in such a much better place now.  I have really begun embracing the self-love/body positive philosophies, and have acquired a much more positive self-image. It has been a long time since I have felt this good about myself.
The people and stories on this site are so inspirational.  I wanted to take a moment to share my story.  Please continue to love yourself. 
Feel free to message me at my tumblr below
http://evenflow1996.tumblr.com/
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TW: Sexual Abuse/Rape

Hi everyone.  My name is Scott, and I was sexually abused as a child. I have spent the past 7 years struggling with depression, guilt, low self-esteem, and intimacy issues.  Most people, including friends and family, have always been quick to stereotype me as a happy go-lucky “jock”.  This could not be any further from the truth.  For years, I have lied to everyone (including myself) by masking my pain and insecurities.    

Over the past year or so, I have taken a big step forward in the healing process.  Counseling sessions and discussing the abuse with others has really helped me A LOT.  It still is a day-to-day challenge, but I am in such a much better place now.  I have really begun embracing the self-love/body positive philosophies, and have acquired a much more positive self-image. It has been a long time since I have felt this good about myself.

The people and stories on this site are so inspirational.  I wanted to take a moment to share my story.  Please continue to love yourself. 

Feel free to message me at my tumblr below

http://evenflow1996.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!
shiftingmyclarity.tumblr.comthesecondside.bandcamp.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!

shiftingmyclarity.tumblr.com
thesecondside.bandcamp.com

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TRIGGER WARNING: EATING DISORDER / NEGATIVE BODY IMAGE / SELF HARM
It’s been maybe 3-4 months since I started recovering from my anorexia. I never had a problem with my body, in fact, I loved my body. I started taking birth control and saw that I gained a little weight on it (I weighed 110 at this point, I was only 4’10). I felt a little down so I decided to eat healthier. Unfortunately, eating a salad once a day didnt change much. Shortly I realized that I could drop those pounds quickly unless I drastically changed my calorie intake. For months upon months I would eat 0-500 calories a day plus exercise. I started seeing results but still was not satisfied. I soon lost my period, got bruised everywhere, and my hair started to fall out. Badly. I passed out all of the time and all of this led to me to isolation and depression. I was mean, I never went out anywhere, and I was crazy if I was around food. I began to purge at that point, and I would take about 10 laxatives every day. I destroyed my intestines and now using the bathroom is a struggle. I dropped down to 89 lbs and decided I wanted to try to stop. Of course, I relapsed about a week in and purged, but I was determined. I raised my calorie intake up to a recovering number (what a nightmare that was), and exercised only for a short time a day. I am now back up to a healthy weight and still gaining. My hair has stopped falling out and my period came back. Sure, I’m obviously a lot larger than I was a few months ago, but I feel a million times better. This is a recent photo of me enjoying my curves :)
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TRIGGER WARNING: EATING DISORDER / NEGATIVE BODY IMAGE / SELF HARM

It’s been maybe 3-4 months since I started recovering from my anorexia. I never had a problem with my body, in fact, I loved my body. I started taking birth control and saw that I gained a little weight on it (I weighed 110 at this point, I was only 4’10). I felt a little down so I decided to eat healthier. Unfortunately, eating a salad once a day didnt change much. Shortly I realized that I could drop those pounds quickly unless I drastically changed my calorie intake. For months upon months I would eat 0-500 calories a day plus exercise. I started seeing results but still was not satisfied. I soon lost my period, got bruised everywhere, and my hair started to fall out. Badly. I passed out all of the time and all of this led to me to isolation and depression. I was mean, I never went out anywhere, and I was crazy if I was around food. I began to purge at that point, and I would take about 10 laxatives every day. I destroyed my intestines and now using the bathroom is a struggle. I dropped down to 89 lbs and decided I wanted to try to stop. Of course, I relapsed about a week in and purged, but I was determined. I raised my calorie intake up to a recovering number (what a nightmare that was), and exercised only for a short time a day. I am now back up to a healthy weight and still gaining. My hair has stopped falling out and my period came back. Sure, I’m obviously a lot larger than I was a few months ago, but I feel a million times better. This is a recent photo of me enjoying my curves :)

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[trigger warning for self harm/depression]
I’ve been self-harming since I was 12. No one ever saw the cuts, so no one knew. It wasn’t until after High School that things escalated and I finally got some help. That was almost 4 years ago. Depression is, as many of you know, like a sink hole. There’s no way to predict where it will show up and when it does it sucks you down into the earth where nothing can reach you.
The scars down the length of my thighs have always been a source of embarrassment for me. My therapist says they’re battle scars, and I’m working so hard to see them as such. I want to get to the point where I can wear shorts in any situation and not worry about what to say to people when they ask. 
This is something I’ve lived through. This is something that is a part of me. And this is something you can live through, too. You just have to accept the battle.
http://clarice-snarling.tumblr.com
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[trigger warning for self harm/depression]

I’ve been self-harming since I was 12. No one ever saw the cuts, so no one knew. It wasn’t until after High School that things escalated and I finally got some help. That was almost 4 years ago. Depression is, as many of you know, like a sink hole. There’s no way to predict where it will show up and when it does it sucks you down into the earth where nothing can reach you.

The scars down the length of my thighs have always been a source of embarrassment for me. My therapist says they’re battle scars, and I’m working so hard to see them as such. I want to get to the point where I can wear shorts in any situation and not worry about what to say to people when they ask. 

This is something I’ve lived through. This is something that is a part of me. And this is something you can live through, too. You just have to accept the battle.

http://clarice-snarling.tumblr.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.
newtsbookblog.tumblr.com
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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.

newtsbookblog.tumblr.com

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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

s0wnbones.tumblr.com

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