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November 23, 2008
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From this point forward
I will not stand
to be unhappy
any longer.
I will not stand
to be broken down,
broken apart,
From this point forward
my success does not depend
on my waistline
and my strength does not depend
on my weakness.
My biggest fear is not
the nutrition label.
From this point forward
I will not worry those
who love me.
I will not look at those
with hip bones
and rib cages
and be jealous.
I will not be afraid
to eat the birthday cake
you made me.
I will not measure
every morsel as if
any more would make
it poison.
From this point forward
food is not my enemy
and Ana is not my friend.
Size zero is not beautiful
and 90 pounds is not ideal.
I am no longer
enslaved by my scale
and it is not an awful day
when I weigh enough
to donate blood.
From this point forward
the only things coming
out of my mouth will be
I will no longer be called
From this point forward
I am

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Bus3"> said...
today at 4:27 am
Fantastic poem,very nice
mendingflowerThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
May 7 at 7:46 pm
This is so inspiring!
pineappler03 said...
Aug. 10, 2016 at 2:38 pm
This is so inspirational. You managed to take beuaty and turn it into how it should truly be defined. I can see how much heart was put into this poem. Amazing job!
breatapp1 said...
Nov. 3, 2015 at 8:45 pm
This poem is a strong transition of importance in a persons life, and also a strong perspective of the phrase"starting over". "From this point forward I am Inspired,Indestructible,Independent",this is putting into perspective on how you will view yourself as a better person once you put unnecessary worries to the side ,and also how differently you will view your self-worth .
CristyD said...
Jul. 17, 2015 at 4:27 pm
A brilliant challenge of an impractical standard of what it is to be a perfect woman. More women should embrace this pledge. You have truly inspired me on this Friday afternoon.
Iamwhoiam16 said...
Mar. 19, 2015 at 6:21 am
I really love the way it was written! :) Great job! can you check out some of my poems,please
GeorgiaLaz said...
Jan. 26, 2015 at 8:13 pm
Really nice
Hanna O. said...
Jan. 6, 2015 at 7:55 pm
This is an amazing poem and it is relatable. It is also very strong powerful. It's beautiful.
Sarah23 said...
May 21, 2014 at 12:21 pm
I love this peom, I am very glad that i read this today, and it should be shown everywhere
Laugh_Live_Write said...
Apr. 2, 2014 at 8:30 pm
This is a very good poem. You did a wonderful job. :)
a7moura said...
Nov. 8, 2013 at 12:38 pm
Living with american girls for the past two months I see how you girls can put each other down. It's crazy how people in america care about opinions. Opinios sometimes are stupid and you took a step forward to be successful in your life. Great Job
Presley B. said...
Aug. 20, 2013 at 8:22 pm
All girls should read this, the girls who see themselves as obese and overweight who are really underweight. I'm glad you wrote this topic the way you did because if somebody had written this any other way i wouldn't have the same opinion. Good job!
AdrianaMartinez This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 9, 2013 at 3:32 am
Absolute perfection. This poem can be related to most, if not all, teens out there comparing themselves to someone who you think looks better. I loved the refrences; they fit in perfecty in the poem. And not only that, your choice of words was great, and it all flowed very smoothly.
RosePal This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 16, 2013 at 8:59 am
That was beautiful! Recovery is a long road but you're walking it <3
lollipopz101 said...
Mar. 13, 2013 at 12:16 pm
i really admire this, u did a great job
Deej6595 said...
Nov. 30, 2012 at 3:28 pm
Thank you for writing this for all of us. I can relate to this and I am going to show this to many people.
ElmoCarlon said...
Oct. 24, 2012 at 10:04 am
I love this. :) And I am proud of you!
Fishtailz said...
Oct. 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm
Wow. I'm new to teenink and so glad I joined. Really relatable poem
LittleOldMe said...
Oct. 2, 2012 at 12:56 pm
That was awesome!!!!!! Great work:) keep writing and stay strong.
_Optimistic said...
Sept. 16, 2012 at 1:54 pm
Thank you so much for writing this 
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