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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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AnonymousKLM said...
Apr. 23, 2011 at 2:14 pm:
Beautiful (:
 
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feconnolly This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 13, 2011 at 11:30 pm:
Sara! Its Felicia from Attleboro and journalism! Just saw this up here congrats! Hope you're well.
 
sarah.s This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 14, 2011 at 9:25 am :

Hey Felicia!! I'm doing well; how are you?? Thank you so much! I submitted this my junior year of high school, so it's been quite some time and I am definitely doing much better now. I actually submitted it because of journalism class, hehe!

Good to hear from you! :)

 
feconnolly This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 15, 2011 at 6:05 pm :
I'm so glad to hear it! And I'm well, glad to be finishing up my freshman year at Salem State. Good to hear from you too.
 
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little-miss-mistakes said...
Apr. 4, 2011 at 8:34 pm:
this was beautiful!!!! i hve  friend going through a problem like this and i showed her this poem and she cried... she has it posted in her locker..... thank you so much for writing this!!! stay strong!!!
 
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caedanse said...
Apr. 2, 2011 at 10:02 pm:
Oh, how I love this so~ it was so powerful and I believe anyone can relate to it.
 
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KelseyM.McNamara said...
Apr. 1, 2011 at 10:31 pm:
very inspiring! i loved it! :)
 
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AliBali said...
Apr. 1, 2011 at 8:06 pm:
Inspiring! (:
 
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cloudskater1 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 1, 2011 at 8:02 pm:
that was so beautiful:) i pledge too!
 
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NeverLookBack This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 1, 2011 at 7:14 pm:
I loved this poem! it was amazing and i bet that everyone can relate to it somehow!!! I PLEDGE!
 
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DownTheRabbitHole said...
Apr. 1, 2011 at 5:12 pm:
That was beautiful. & i hope ur doing well. You have great talentx)
 
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Auburn said...
Apr. 1, 2011 at 4:46 pm:

Thank you for writing this. You inspired me to battle my anorexia and understand that 85 lbs is not healthy for a 13 year old.

thank you. so much.

 
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xelawriter97This 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. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 1, 2011 at 2:33 pm:
really good... even people who don't have problems with their weight can relate to this... excellent job!
 
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WaterGirl23 said...
Apr. 1, 2011 at 12:33 pm:
this is so beautiful and well written! it can inspire so many people to live for themselves, and not to please others. can you please comment on some of my work please? :)
 
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Monkee63 said...
Apr. 1, 2011 at 9:08 am:
I really really love this! You did an amazing job!
 
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lala15 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 1, 2011 at 9:00 am:
o. my. god. i don't know what to say! speechless
 
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swimmergirlie13 said...
Apr. 1, 2011 at 8:24 am:
Amazing poem with a powerful message! Keep writing!
 
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secrets said...
Mar. 26, 2011 at 10:21 pm:
Right on girl!!!!!!!!! no one can tell us how to look and our bodys are beatiful no matter what!!!!!!!!! i love this peopm inspiratonal!!!!!!!!!!!!!! keep writing
 
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Raingirl231 said...
Mar. 15, 2011 at 7:09 am:
This poem has been amazingly inspirational to me, my class, and everyone who read it. thank you so so so much. keep writing!!
 
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Davii said...
Mar. 10, 2011 at 9:16 pm:
this is an incredible poem. i love the imagery you create :)
 
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