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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,
broken-hearted.
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
words.
I will no longer be called
Disgraceful,
Disgusting,
Distasteful.
From this point forward
I am
Inspired,
Indestructable,
Independent.

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pplofdac said...
Aug. 24, 2010 at 5:06 pm:

Excellently written. The flow is superb and the message the free verse seeks to convey is inspiring.

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xovanillatwilightxo This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 24, 2010 at 9:32 am:

Wow. Beautiful! I just love this so much and it's really inspiring and uplifting. Fabulous job! =]

*anyone who sees this, check out my work! I love feedback<3.

 
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Frizzil15 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 24, 2010 at 12:05 am:
I read your poem and I cried. It reminds me of myself and the thing that I struggle with a lot. You are like my hero and you speak the truth. Thank you for writing this poem.
 
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Anjo! said...
Aug. 9, 2010 at 11:32 pm:

very lovely and powerful. my advice for the structure of the poem is to break it  up when you get a new topic like making a break before you start a new point as "From this point forward..." that would make it even more awesome cause you are straining the points and drawing attention to the new ones. do you know what i mean?

awesome, good words though.

 
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Marlyre This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 3, 2010 at 11:11 pm:
very powerful piece that feels like it should be in an ad, i feel it girl!
 
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SnickerLover said...
Aug. 2, 2010 at 5:41 pm:
very cute, i luv it
 
Maxwell replied...
Aug. 2, 2010 at 8:19 pm :
I love how you characterized bulimia nervosa so well! Very very good. Too bad Diana and Elton John didnt see this...
 
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silent_reader said...
Aug. 2, 2010 at 1:54 pm:
very insperational
 
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LuvKirstyn14 said...
Aug. 2, 2010 at 12:31 pm:
A great inspiriing poem. Keep it up. Plz read my poem "Society's Puppet-Slave". I think you'll really like it. :)
 
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poetry_addict said...
Aug. 2, 2010 at 11:54 am:
this poem truly is superb.
 
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sunnyhunny This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 29, 2010 at 11:55 am:
I just want you to know that I love this so much, I'm going to print it out!
 
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Samantha D. said...
Jul. 25, 2010 at 8:26 pm:
empowering!; Great Job.
 
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Gmmantone said...
Jul. 11, 2010 at 8:24 pm:
This is amazing. Its very inspiring. You should be really proud good job!!
 
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AR0093 said...
Jul. 11, 2010 at 12:14 pm:
this poem is really inspiring and great. good job :)
 
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MercedesXO said...
Jul. 11, 2010 at 11:08 am:
i really love this, and it is so true. people think i'm really skinny..but still i'm never satisfied. i only feel right if a little of my  ribs, and my clearly visible hip bones are showing. and im inspired by you. because i don't need to be this way. skinny isnt always beautiful. even though i don't live by what i can and cannot eat, in the back of my mind i knw i'm constatly telling myself, well...you dont NEED that, so why bother. but we shouldn't live like that, we can be what we want, ... (more »)
 
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JennieSmile11 said...
Jul. 11, 2010 at 6:28 am:
this is so amazing! i was actually going to look at my work, but when i saw the line about the waistline i just had to stop and read this. I'm currently going through the same recovery process. It is a struggle, but it is possible.I recomend the book Faded Denim by Melody Carlson and Life Without Ed. May God watch over you, congratulations on ur decison & I wish you the best of luck!
 
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splenda. said...
Jul. 5, 2010 at 6:42 pm:
this is absolutely amazing, and i dont usually say that. im overweight myself, and i love that you were strong enough to write this. i dont have the strength to put y feelings on the subject into words. great job.
 
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crubs3 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 19, 2010 at 11:40 pm:
Wow. This is really amazing and you should be proud!
 
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novelista21 said...
Jun. 19, 2010 at 8:48 pm:
Good luck with your recovery, I know you can do it.  Amazing poem, thank you for helping me.
 
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JessieJ said...
Jun. 19, 2010 at 6:25 pm:
this is really good and allows me to look at myself in a better way.
 
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