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My scars are my trophies. They're the proof and the constant reminder that I have survived moments I couldn't imagine being on the other side of. They reside in the cabinet that is my body, and here is it displayed for you all to see.
You may not see beauty, or joy or really even understand what these scars mean. But what I see is a body that has fought and thrived. These scars change who I am MORE than they change my body. I am proud of everything me and my body have been through, I'm proud of every mark on my skin and every story that lies behind them.
I make my own beauty, I share my own truths, I display my own reality and I share with you my own joy.
I'm so happy to share that with you. To trust you with my scars. And I'm blessed that you share yours with me too. #scarrednotscared β€’
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One of the hardest parts of being a mental health advocate is realizing that my eating disorder still has a big impact on how I feel about my body and what it "should" look like.
I've come a long way from my really bad days but I still feel the need to restrict calories. I still strive to weigh less and exercise more. I still purge.
I just do it less and don't give it as much importance as I once did.
I will always live with my eating disorder but, with the right support & therapy, I can control how much it affects me.
I wish that every day I could look at my body with love but that's not the case & it's ok.
I may be doing better but I still need help & that's ok.
Here's to taking the first step & trying my hardest to love myself today because I am SO much more than a β€œbefore” photo.
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Day 16 of #selflovebootcamp: #boycottthebefore
@omgkenzieee
@lexiemanion
@boycottthebefore

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I've noticed there's a #BoycottTheBefore movement going on and I wanted to add my two cents on the topic. I understand the reason for it, but I also can see the other side as well. When I post my "before and after" pictures, I'm not simply posting it because I'm smaller. It's deeper than that. The girl in the before photo isn't less of a person. I wasn't ugly. I wasn't fat. I wasn't necessarily an unhealthy person, but I'll admit I wasn't treating my body the way it deserved. It wasn't about the number on the scale or how I carried a little extra fat. I always felt sluggish. I would waste days away being hungover. I lacked confidence. I felt uncomfortable in my own skin.
I'm still the same girl in the picture on the right, but I've decided to make my mental and physical health my number one priority. I don't drink as much. I don't eat as much processed foods. I'm more active than ever before. I get up early and feel energized. I sleep well at night. I'm passionate about this lifestyle and how it makes me feel. My intention with these pictures is never to make someone feel like losing weight is the only way to be happy and love yourself. I'm a firm believer in all bodies are beautiful. Every persons journey is different and it all comes down to finding what makes you happy. ❀❀❀

In honor of #NedaAwarnessWeek, @neda Ambassador and body-positive girl boss, @iskra, joins the #Boycottthebefore movement to help shed light on eating disorders and recovery.
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"I myself have felt the pressure to post before and after pics to validate that I too suffered... but that's not right. We do not need to prove that we struggled, we do not need to feel like anyone may have struggled more or less because maybe there before and after photos aren't as "dramatic". It's not even about that, it's always about how far you've come so @boycottthebefore is here to celebrate YOU right now! To celebrate how far you've come and maybe how far you still have to go - there is no perfect recovery & everyones is completely unique." - iskra
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Tap the link in bio to learn more about the movement and the powerful women behind it.

If you sent these photos to 16 year old me, she would immediately be so disgusted, find the nearest bathroom and start purging and starving herself. But today, I am so appreciative of my body and so beyond proud of myself for beating the most deadly mental illnesses. When I developed such horrible habits, I lost more than just weight. I lost my sense of self, my motivation to succeed, and my happiness. Recovery was far from easy, but it was so worth every bit of it. If you, or someone you know is struggling with and eating disorder, please reach out and find help, there is a whole community of people that wish to bring you back to life. πŸ’œ #NEDAweek #NEDA #effyourbeautystandards #boycottthebefore

Day 16 of @omgkenzieee #selflovebootcamp is #boycottthebefore.
On the left I am a girl in the midst of depression and self loathing. I'm younger, several stone lighter, and by all social standards, healthier. On the right I'm a woman who knows who she is, and loves herself unconditionally for it. I'm a survivor of mental illness, a force to be reckoned with, but by all social standards I am less healthy.
Society says that the girl on the left has greater worth than the woman on the right. Society would prefer of I was thin and depressed than fat and happy. Society sees my transformation as a negative one, because I put on weight.
Because at the end of the day, being thin is all that matters right?

Day 16 in #selflovebootcamp is called #boycottthebefore 🌞 🌞I'm not really sure how I feel about this day. I totally understand the point behind in, but I'm not sure if it's really something that works for me. My weight and the way I look has changed a lot over the last few years, so I can look back at the before and see a whole bunch of different times-some healthy and some not so much. 🌞 🌞Right now, I'm not at my healthiest point.I've been using food to deal with stress, so I'm not eating as healthy as I should be, and I'm having unhealthy eating habits as well. For me, I like to look back at the "before" because it shows me some healthier times that I strive to go back to. 🌞 🌞I still do really like the idea of this day though! And it works because, even though I'm not at my healthiest, I'm still "so much more" than just thinking back to those times.

Day 16: #boycottthebefore I am worth so much more than a before photo. My struggles are valid and they have made me a stronger person today. At times I wasn't sure if I could live another day with this disorder but here I am now I am a better version of myself and I couldn't have done it without all the amazing supportive people in my life! Thank you ❀ #selflovebootcamp

Hello loveliesβ€”
So, I debated posting anything that directly related to myself during NEDA week, but then, on this last day, I felt a sudden longing to do so. What better way to stress the importance of eating disorder awareness in the intersectional feminist community than by relating it to the story of a person I know so well?
#BoycotttheBefore is a movement that celebrates recovered bodies or bodies in recovery, no matter their relation to a lowest or highest body weight associated with an eating disorder. It's certainly awing to see a picture of myself like the one on the right, taken over two years after I began recovery from anorexia, and not remember the "before" body.
At the same time, however, I am also reminded of what it meant to starve, to treat my body with such disregard, hatred, and lack of love. I still grapple with it some days. Other days, I am reminded of all that I've become in its aftermath: I'm an author and a good student and a kind person and have a good heart. These are the things that hold valueβ€”certainly more value than any coveted body type.
Most importantly, though, I wanted to post this to emphasize what this community has meant to my recovery and growth as a person. I am inspired everyday by your strength, brilliance, and kindness. You are people that I feel lucky to have known, to call my friends. You have taught me the value and weight of existence. I am still growing, recovering, and learning. But now I do it in the comfort that there is a community of people with hearts as big as mine and voices just as loud that want to make this world better. For it, I am forever in your debt.
So, as we move forward from #nedawareness week, remember to be compassionate and kind as you have always been. And let's continue to support mental health legislature and respect for those suffering with mental illnesses. Together, we can change the world.
I am so grateful.
So, so grateful.
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Week 4- I choose to #boycottthebefore because I believe that posting a before picture gives the eating disorder some sort of twisted credit. If the picture is not posted, there is no opportunity for others to compare their illness to yours. Feeling superior to someone because you think you came closer to death is a sick way to live. That is not recovered thinking and posting a before picture is not recovery behavior. We are all in this together to fight the illness. She deserves no credit. Indulge in yourself and post one of those hot selfies you have stored in your phone. #lovewarrior #loveislove #love #bodylovetribe #boundaries #bodypositive #edrecovery #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #prorecovery #ptsdrecovery #selflove

One of the hardest parts of being a mental health advocate is realizing that my eating disorder still has a big impact on how I feel about my body and what it "should" look like.
I've come a long way from my really bad days but I still feel the need to restrict calories. I still strive to weigh less and exercise more. I still purge.
I just do it less and don't give it as much importance as I once did.
I will always live with my eating disorder but, with the right support & therapy, I can control how much it affects me.
I wish that every day I could look at my body with love but that's not the case & it's ok.
I may be doing better but I still need help & that's ok.
Here's to taking the first step & trying my hardest to love myself today because I am SO much more than a β€œbefore” photo.
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Day 16 of #selflovebootcamp: #boycottthebefore
@omgkenzieee
@lexiemanion
@boycottthebefore

as summer comes, my brain is screaming: 'this is the time when you get smaller. why aren't you getting smaller?!' & i need to whisper, 'because i'm recovering.' // easier said than believed // posting this in hopes that it will help someone else? // #edrecovery

When you're a writer who's too lazy to maintain a blog but needs to share the beauty of life after an eating disorder....you start a recovery insta πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›#saltyrecoverysweetlife

For this #selfiesunday of our #selflovebootcamp, I wanted to share this gem of life. Who's words made me think deeply about the concept of beauty. Read and share in the comments about these beautiful words.
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What the hell is beauty anyway? And why are we so bloody desperate to MEASURE something we can't even define? Because that lamp on your bed side, that you think is so beautiful, I think it's ugly. And the colour on my living room wall genuinely offends many of my friends, but I adore it.
If I say something is beautiful, that's makes it so. If I say my lumps and scars and folds are beautiful, that makes it so.
Who wants to live in a world where we limit what beauty is? Where we try and contain beauty in tiny little boxes? Where beauty is the same thing over and over? Beauty is undefinable and uncontrollable, it is an experience, not a thing.
Make your own rules, define your own beauty, dismantle the boxes, break out of the mound and start to realise that beauty is about what you see and no one else. β€’
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#fuckthediet #selflove #selfworth #riotsnotdiets #bodyimagemovement #selfacceptance #youarebeautiful #nobodyshame #radicalselflove #nowrongwaytohaveabody #loveyourself #bodylove #effyourbeautystandards #edrecovery#radicalbodylove #boycottthebefore #bodypositivity #mentalhealthawareness #bodypositive #losehatenotweight #pma #disabledandproud #ditchthediet #beyourownkindofbeautiful #mybadassbody #selfieforselflove #healthateverysize

Yes, this is a "then vs. now" photo. Yes, this is a post by the creator of #BoycottTheBefore But no, this isn't about "sickness vs. recovered". In both photos, I'm in recovery from an eating disorder. In both photos I am in what I consider "stronger recovery" though.
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The first photo is from the final week of an art camp I was at when I was 16. I struggled the first week with restricting. And the second week (when the first photo was taken), I wasn't using disordered behaviors. But, I was still so weak, and I tired easily. My face is so red in the photo because I was incredibly out of shape. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
The second photo is from a few minutes ago. I struggle now with some emotional eating. Today I mindfully ate my meals. And I just got home from walking a mile. My whole body hurts now and my face is red.
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And this might sound odd, but right now, I physically feel the same way I felt in the first photo. I feel tired, out of breath, weak and dizzy. That makes sense because I wasn't used to exercising at that time and I'm not used to exercising now. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
What I want to point out with these photos is that no one looked at me differently when I was thin and out of shape. I was congratulated for being tiny. And when I was dizzy or lagged behind friends, I was met with worry and concern. Now that I am fat and out of shape, I am seen as being lazy and gross, when really, I should still be met with that same worry and concern. I'm not though. Because this world can't understand that fat isn't always "bad" and thin isn't always "good". I am at a similar place physically as I was at 16, but a different extreme. To me, this speaks volumes, as it shows that just because I was thin, doesn't mean I was in shape. β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €β €
Right now, I don't want to be thin and weak. And I don't want to be fat and weak. I want to be whatever weight my body chooses to stay at, without using disordered behaviors. My goal isn't to be skinny. My goal is to match my inside with my outside, and be strong.

Day 16: #boycottthebefore
This hashtag was created by Lexie Louise [@soworthsaving on instagram]. For myself I struggle with always wanting to be my "before" picture. I want to be the skinny girl who fit into m/lrg sizes or size 8 jeans. The girl who weighed 135 lbs. The girl who should've been happy because she was the skinniest she had been since she was like 11 years old. But I wasn't. I was far from happy. I was in one of my worst mental states I had ever been in. So it's hard to look back and wanting so so badly to be that size again but I'm always trying to remind myself that even if I were to be that size right now I'd probably still not love myself. I'd still hate my stretch marks or my not so perky boobs or the way the bottom of my stomach hangs. I'd still be longing to be smaller or to actually love/connect with myself. How could I love myself then if I can't love myself now? The size of your body does not determine whether or not you have good or bad mental health. It also doesn't determine you love the body you are in. I can honestly say this is the most comfortable I've ever been with my body and I would not expect it because I am in size xxl/plus size, I wear a size 16/18 pants and I weigh 185 lbs. Everyday is different but more days then not I am able to love this body.
#selflovebootcamp #selflove #day16 #imcatchingup #lovethisbody

Week 3- grateful, so eternally grateful for all of the support given to me by so many people who watched me destroy myself but never gave up on me. Thanks for taking off your masks and being raw and genuine with me. So much love for you all! Ps- major shout out to Caitlin, my therapist for truly walking with me while I save myself. Can't tag her because, well, boundaries πŸ’œπŸ’πŸ»πŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸ‘…πŸ₯‘πŸŽ€πŸ’•πŸ–€ #strong #prorecovery #edrecovery #eatingdisorderrecovery #ptsdrecovery #love #lovewarrior #bodypositive #bodylovetribe #boycottthebefore

Because these words are truth and this woman is amazing
@Regrann from @the_feeding_of_the_fox - What the hell is beauty anyway? And why are we so bloody desperate to MEASURE something we can't even define? Because that lamp on your bed side, that you think is so beautiful, I think it's ugly. And the colour on my living room wall genuinely offends many of my friends, but I adore it.
If I say something is beautiful, that's makes it so. If I say my lumps and scars and folds are beautiful, that makes it so.
Who wants to live in a world where we limit what beauty is? Where we try and contain beauty in tiny little boxes? Where beauty is the same thing over and over? Beauty is undefinable and uncontrollable, it is an experience, not a thing.
Make your own rules, define your own beauty, dismantle the boxes, break out of the mound and start to realise that beauty is about what you see and no one else. β€’
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#fuckthediet #selflove #selfworth #riotsnotdiets #bodyimagemovement #selfacceptance #youarebeautiful #nobodyshame #radicalselflove #nowrongwaytohaveabody #loveyourself #bodylove #effyourbeautystandards #edrecovery#radicalbodylove #boycottthebefore #bodypositivity #mentalhealthawareness #bodypositive #losehatenotweight #pma #disabledandproud #ditchthediet #feminist #beyourownkindofbeautiful #mybadassbody #selfieforselflove #healthateverysize

What the hell is beauty anyway? And why are we so bloody desperate to MEASURE something we can't even define? Because that lamp on your bed side, that you think is so beautiful, I think it's ugly. And the colour on my living room wall genuinely offends many of my friends, but I adore it.
If I say something is beautiful, that's makes it so. If I say my lumps and scars and folds are beautiful, that makes it so.
Who wants to live in a world where we limit what beauty is? Where we try and contain beauty in tiny little boxes? Where beauty is the same thing over and over? Beauty is undefinable and uncontrollable, it is an experience, not a thing.
Make your own rules, define your own beauty, dismantle the boxes, break out of the mound and start to realise that beauty is about what you see and no one else. β€’
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#fuckthediet #selflove #selfworth #riotsnotdiets #bodyimagemovement #selfacceptance #youarebeautiful #nobodyshame #radicalselflove #nowrongwaytohaveabody #loveyourself #bodylove #effyourbeautystandards #edrecovery#radicalbodylove #boycottthebefore #bodypositivity #mentalhealthawareness #bodypositive #losehatenotweight #pma #disabledandproud #ditchthediet #feminist #beyourownkindofbeautiful #mybadassbody #selfieforselflove #healthateverysize

I don't really have any #fearfoods, so today I am doing another #embracethesquish (probs to @nourishandeat for creating that dope hashtag!) It is day 19 of @omgkenzieee #selflovebootcamp!
And I noticed: it does get easier! I only think half as long about posting a picture that makes me feel uncomfortable. Because you guys make me feel absolutely beautiful even if i can't feel it myself that day. And the longer I look at your and my own pictures #embracingthesquish and showing cellulite, it becomes normal. I know it was before, but it didn't really feel that way with all the perfectly photoshopped people in magazines and shit.
Now I look at all of us and the beauty is right there! I can see it right away, and it makes me so happy because I just want people to be happy and I think body positivity can and will help so many people (and already did), and that makes me happy and I am happy and today is a good day. Today I am so grateful for all of you.
Here is a picture of my back roll, which I really am trying to embrace right now. You know, the ones I couldn't show just about to weeks ago.

#bopo #bopobabe #bodypositive #bodypositivity #boycottthebefore #effyourbeautystandards #embracethesquish #embraceyourcurves #natural #nofilter #nomakeup #nowrongway #nowrongwaytobeawoman #loveanybody #allbodiesarebeautiful #selflove #selfloveclub #selfloveisthebestlove

Day 16 of @omgkenzieee #selflovebootcamp
#boycottthebefore "I am so much more then a "before photo"
I want to love myself as I am

#lovemyself
#learningselflove
#recovery
#selflove
#support

Struggling to find the words. Yesterday was tough. But I'm tougher. And you guys lit a fucking fire under me. Honestly. I felt like such a cunt. Hunger and dehydration riddled my eating disordered brain and you guys just grabbed me by the feet and pulled me back down. I can't even express how thankful I am for that. I was ready to go home, give in, sob my self silly.. but instead I rolled up my sleeves, rolled down my pants and got the fuck on with it.
I had so many messages from people all over the world who feel exactly the same. Who bodies fail, who feel no acknowledgement of their existence, who feel violated by medics, who struggle to find beauty or neutrality in their bodies.. we are all in this. The words I write here aren't for me, they're for us. Because I have a platform and WE have a message.
We will not die. We will not give up. We will not be silenced or ignored. We will find a fucking platform, will be shout out fucking massages and WE WILL BE FUCKING HEARD.
I hear all of you, and thank you from the depths of my exhausted heart that you all HEAR me too.
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#fuckthediet #selflove #selfworth #riotsnotdiets #bodyimagemovement #selfacceptance #youarebeautiful #nobodyshame #radicalselflove #nowrongwaytohaveabody #loveyourself #bodylove #effyourbeautystandards #edrecovery #radicalbodylove #boycottthebefore #bodypositivity #mentalhealthawareness #bodypositive #losehatenotweight #solidarity #disabledandproud #ditchthediet #feminist #beyourownkindofbeautiful #mybadassbody #selfieforselflove #healthateverysize

What have I gained since starting recovery? (I will include not only ED recovery but self-harm, suicide ideation, etc.)
I gained myself back. Nothing less. I'm so much stronger than I EVER could imagine. I am so much more confident too. I have a peace of mind that I wouldn't trade for the world. I found dreams. I found a future. I found health. I found enjoyment and energy. I found respect, affection, admiration for myself and others. I found trust, honesty and intimacy. I found boundaries. I found HOPE.
#boycottthebefore #selflovejourney #recovery #selflovebootcamp #recoveryisworthit #iamenough #staystrong #youareworthit #youarebeautiful #believeinyourself #loveyourself #youcandoit #hope

I've fallen behind with keeping up with everyone's posts under the #BoycottTheBefore hashtag but the ones I've seen so far during @omgkenzieee 's bootcamp this month have inspired me so much. Thank you Kenzie for including my hashtag in your self love bootcamp and thank you to all you guys participating - even if you disagree with boycotting the before. Even if you disagree with the premise of my hashtag, it is so important to keep the conversation open and going and I truly appreciate and enjoy reading the posts. The ones I've read so far are so insightful and respectful. I'm proud of all you recovery warriors out there. πŸ’œβœ¨

Day 16 in #selflovebootcamp is called #boycottthebefore 🌞 🌞I'm not really sure how I feel about this day. I totally understand the point behind in, but I'm not sure if it's really something that works for me. My weight and the way I look has changed a lot over the last few years, so I can look back at the before and see a whole bunch of different times-some healthy and some not so much. 🌞 🌞Right now, I'm not at my healthiest point.I've been using food to deal with stress, so I'm not eating as healthy as I should be, and I'm having unhealthy eating habits as well. For me, I like to look back at the "before" because it shows me some healthier times that I strive to go back to. 🌞 🌞I still do really like the idea of this day though! And it works because, even though I'm not at my healthiest, I'm still "so much more" than just thinking back to those times.

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