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This isn't about who has the most artsy pic. It isn't about who's skinnier or more in shape. This is about people sharing their real life struggles, challenges and success stories with the world. By reading these stories, I hope that you as the reader do not feel alone.  My goal is to show you that everyone faces problems and hardships in life and that it's possible to overcome each and every one of them. It's time to see past the Instagram filters and to see people for who they truly are.

 

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January 2, 2018

This is Cassidy, and this is her story: “I've had an unhealthy relationship with food for as long as I can remember, but I didn't see it as a real problem until I was in college. I loaded my schedule up with extra workout classes, and I ran 5-7 miles A DAY, sometimes more if I had the energy. I found myself surrounded by people who talked negatively about their bodies, and I joined in because I thought it was normal. I started...

October 10, 2017

This is Caitlin, and this is her story: “I’ve always been known for my self-induced stress. The expectations I set for myself are often impossible to reach and push me into cycles of chronic stress. In high school, stress caused my body to develop H. pylori, a bacteria that causes stomach ulcers. Genetically, I am prone to ulcers, but I should have never put that kind of pressure on myself as a HIGH SCHOOLER. After that incide...

September 24, 2017

This is Noah, and this is his story: "I was always a bigger kid when I was younger, and it’s easy to blame others or make excuses as to why I was overweight. But the truth is I just didn't have self control. During my freshman year of high school, I reached my peak weight at 5’7 weighing 180lbs. I felt disgusting, but I didn’t know where to start when it came to losing weight. I realized that you have to start somewhere, so I...

August 9, 2017

This is Tiffany, and this is her story: "My fitness journey started early. During high school, I was a tomboy and a very competitive athlete. As soon as I graduated at the age of 18, my world turned upside down; I was going to be a mom. I lost my athleticism and became tired and lazy, and I yo-yo dieted to keep the weight off. At the age of 26 my daughter’s dad left me for another woman he got pregnant. I was devastated. I sto...

July 5, 2017

This is Liam, and this is his story: "Today, I finished my goal of running and doing push-ups/ sit-ups everyday for 30 days. I was inspired by my dad, a man that is currently sitting around 850 consecutive days of running. The combination of seeing him drop nearly 20 pounds over the course of his journey and me feeling uncomfortable with my body made me want to give running a shot. Being the kid of two former triathletes, I pr...

June 21, 2017

This is my sister, Dunya, and this is her story: "After three years of running varsity cross country in high school, I realized I wasn't happy. During my senior year, I decided to quit the team, even though people were telling me not to. My dad passed away right before I entered my freshman year, and every race I ran was in memory of him. However, with each race I ran, my mental health began to slowly deteriorate. I ran for my...

June 21, 2017

This is Haley, and this is her story: "When I started college, I had a lot of anxiety and stress. It was both school-related, and also closely tied to the idea that if I lost weight, people would like me more. I ended up not eating enough compared to how much I was working out, purging after I ate, and all sorts of other destructive habits. It got to the point that my mom threatened to take me out of school because she could c...

June 21, 2017

This is Emma, and this is her story: "Before college, I was a cheerleader for 6 years. After my 5th year of cheer, though, I was really burnt out and I didn't have the same passion or drive to do it as I once had before. I had surgery on my foot and was out for the beginning of my senior year of cheer. Going through physical therapy, I realized that I really enjoyed all the exercises we were doing. However, I never pursued the...

June 21, 2017

This is Pierce, and this is her story: "My body was never something I liked people to see. Basically any part of it was gross to me. I caught feelings for guys who loved pointing out flaws and things they didn't like on me, which only made it worse. Being younger then, it was hard to feel pretty because I depended on other people's opinions so much. Luckily, I've started to surround myself with very supportive people, and I'm...

June 21, 2017

This is Sarah, and this is her story: "When I was 18 years old, I fell in love with alcohol. I loved the fact that drinking made me feel fearless, confident, happy. At first, it wasn't anything serious, I was just having fun and being a normal teenager experimenting. Soon enough, I would start drinking until I blacked out. There were more than a few mornings I woke up not knowing where I was, how I got home, or found injuries...

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