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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.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.





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BriaF said...
Jun. 19, 2010 at 6:06 pm:
Wow, this is amazing. I need to take your words and apply them to my own life.. I am grateful that I read this. Thank you.
 
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earthmuffin This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 19, 2010 at 5:12 pm:
The words flow very well and its a very beautiful and inspiring piece.:)
 
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SKN17 said...
Jun. 19, 2010 at 3:39 pm:
It's beautiful and I completely agree with every word you have written :) GREAT JOB! ^.^
 
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Sumana2 said...
Jun. 19, 2010 at 3:33 pm:
Absolutely incredible. The pledge of some teenage girls. Well, the pledge they want to make, but feel theyy are unable to. Thank you so much for this. Really.
 
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Aidyl said...
Jun. 19, 2010 at 11:35 am:
This is so amazing, the writing is beautiful, but so is the message. This was really inspiring.
 
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EmilyFrances said...
Jun. 19, 2010 at 9:02 am:
From someone who's been there, done that, this poem is arresting ♥ It sounds like a pledge, and I can completely relate to it. Good luck and much love on your recovery!
 
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Egyptiangirl13 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 19, 2010 at 8:43 am:
wow this is awesome!!! truelly inspiring!!!
 
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Bouskiegirl said...
Jun. 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm:
You go girl!
 
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mpacheco15 said...
Jun. 6, 2010 at 8:00 pm:
HEck to the yea!
 
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Sarbear said...
May 28, 2010 at 10:24 pm:
this is inspiring! i love your writing style and the message in this! great job:)
 
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myworld10This 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 28, 2010 at 9:59 pm:
good job on the story. You dont always have to be thin to look beautiful. Everyone is beautiful in their own special way. besides, beauty is really about what is inside.
 
earthmuffin This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jun. 19, 2010 at 5:14 pm :
I agree. No one is ever more beautiful or more talanted than you, they're just different looking and have different skills.
 
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TheSummoningFreak said...
May 28, 2010 at 7:18 pm:
i love this!!!!
 
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Demon_of_Truth said...
May 28, 2010 at 2:24 pm:
This was a great peice with an even better message. Way to go!
 
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ricearonii said...
May 28, 2010 at 12:21 pm:
I favorited it. Is this personal? Your great at laying out emotion.
 
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Court-Dingo said...
May 28, 2010 at 11:45 am:
omg! that was amazing! i know exactly how that feels!! you are sooo right! thank you so much for writing this!
 
Yamez replied...
May 28, 2010 at 12:19 pm :
Amazing! This makes me feel better now.Very nice, keep it up.
 
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Love_Me_Not said...
May 28, 2010 at 9:54 am:

Oh wow...That was AMAZING!  I am so happy someone else feels this way.  I couldn't have said it better myself.  Keep it up, you've got talent.

-Alex

 

 
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Thoughtwave said...
May 23, 2010 at 3:21 pm:
Now THAT was a great poem... I can relate to it as though I wrote it. A family member of mine was in the hospital a few years ago for months because she almost starved. When you are in the hospital, no outings with friends, no evening strolls, or running, or ANYTHING... Why not live life with energy? Great job!
 
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The_End said...
May 12, 2010 at 8:25 pm:
This is the kind've of poem that's worth being viewed! That kind that you can tell truly means something to the writer! Beautiful.
 
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