What’s Your Motivation? : Sandy’s Story

My cousins and I ran through the house, little legs pumping in unison. We came to a halt in the kitchen and oohed and ahhed over the birthday cake. The adults were chatting about Saints’ football and setting out even more food. Riding on the high of making my middle school dance team, I blurt…

What’s your motivation? : Mandy’s Story

The cold, white sterile walls seemed to close in on me as the doctor walked back into the holding room. My slippered feet hanging off of the edge of the hospital bed; the room smelled of ammonia and sickness. “We have you on the highest dose of the strongest blood pressure medicine available, and it…

What’s your Motivation? : Raven’s Story

I started my first diet at the end of 8th grade. It was 900 calories of fruit and meal replacement shakes. I ate this for three months and worked out to Richard Simmons’ “Sweating to the Oldies” every damn day. I can still see his room full of fat-burners skipping to the beat of “I…

What’s Your Motivation?: Farrah’s Story

I walked into the gym for the first time in December 2011 at 266 lbs. It was cold and smelled like the beach, a combination of Pina-colada and suntan lotion, mixed with sweat and plastic. I didn’t want anyone to look at me, so I would only go after 10 pm, sometimes as late as…

Share your body positive story

When I started this blog last year, I wasn’t sure where I wanted it to go. So, as a result, it has taken on many different forms from poetry to recipes to philosophical essays on body image and eating disorders. One thing I did not want to do was turn my blog into the “Me…