I Struggle With My Body Image

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    So I was challenged to post a pic of this.

    My friend knows how much I struggle with poor body image and barely any self-esteem, so she told me to write 'I love myself and my body' on a piece of paper, take a picture and post it for others to do the same if they struggle with it, and then to start making myself better and...
    lizygurl lizygurl
    22-25, F
    35 Responses Jan 18, 2015

    I'm short and have an hourglass figure - think

    Marilyn Monroe with thinner thighs. I will never be a tall, skinny supermodel. I hate my tummy - even at my lowest adult weight (107) it was never nice and flat like the girls in magazines. But as time goes on, I find it easier to see the beautiful things about myself. My neck...
    SmartKat SmartKat
    46-50, F
    10 Responses Aug 5, 2014

    Today was the big day

    for final weigh in on the 28 day fitness challenge. I lost 16.2 pounds and 2.6% body fat. I am happy about the result and will continue. It isn't easy stuff my friends.
    Mishu69 Mishu69
    51-55, F
    8 Responses Feb 27, 2016

    My boobs are so saggy,

    it's so depressing. My nips point at the floor :(
    deleted deleted
    9 Responses Apr 7, 2016

    Since the beginning of highschool,

    I was always a little chubby. I became a vegetarian for a little under a year but had to stop when it turned into a mild eating disorder and I drastically lost weight before gaining it all back. In university I managed to start losing weight in a somewhat healthy way and reached...
    Lukas2727 Lukas2727
    1 Response Apr 6, 2016

    Sometimes i feel like I will ever look good

    enough to feel comfortable in my own skin.
    younglittledreamer younglittledreamer
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Nov 6, 2015

    Yesterday, a sweet girl posted about how she

    had been conversing on here with a guy and when she sent him a full body shot of herself, he disappeared. It resonated with me and I just now have time to reply. And I can't find it! I want to encourage her! I want to tell her to tell him to **** off! He revealed his true...
    LivvyMonroe LivvyMonroe
    41-45, F
    4 Responses May 28, 2015

    I am mourning my old body.

    I had exercised and gotten in shape and eaten right and lost my boobs. I had to get implants to feel good about myself again. They look nice, but are heavy and hurt my back and because they look nice no one seems to understand my frustration at having to do back and neck...
    napolitan1 napolitan1
    41-45, F
    4 Responses Apr 7, 2016

    it's like...you try it the healthy way.

    .you know..exercise, cardio & strength train...eat healthy and just above your bmr..and your body is like no!!-im not doing this..and you achieve no to very, very minamal results like 2kg=4lbs? in six weeks...so you get angry and frustrated and either give up or turn to a...
    Barbee95 Barbee95
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Mar 30, 2016

    I'm posting this to share my accomplishment.

    I'm finally starting to love my body!
    emgal emgal
    18-21, F
    9 Responses Nov 16, 2014

    I've always had an issue of feeling to self

    conscious in every aspect. I feel like I've reached a point in my life where I want to do and be better. I was wondering if anyone was looking for a fitness pal? Haha. I have pump up and my fitness pal apps and I'm looking for someone to motivate and vice versa (:
    2amhit 2amhit
    18-21, F
    Apr 17, 2016
    Ttlicious1 Ttlicious1
    51-55, F
    3 Responses Apr 11, 2016

    On one hand in totally okay with how I look.

    And then I see other girls who look better than me and I get insecure
    DiamondAuthority DiamondAuthority
    18-21, F
    7 Responses Sep 23, 2015

    Especially lately. Whenever somebody asks

    for a picture and I send it, I get the feeling they just tell me they like it because they like how much of a freak I am and they don't want me to stop talking to them. :( I really, REALLY wish I didn't have such a hard time accepting my body.
    KinkyKatelyn KinkyKatelyn
    26-30, F
    20 Responses Dec 31, 2015

    I have naturally big

    and slightly muscular thighs and I hate it... nowadays girls go to the gym to achieve that look...if my midriff was at least smaller , I could perhaps learn to live with my thighs and even like it..
    Barbee95 Barbee95
    22-25, F
    9 Responses Feb 4, 2016

    My thighs are very big.

    Leg exercises make them bigger. My stomach is fat and my *** is disappearing. My figure is ****. I try eating healthier too but still.
    deleted deleted
    4 Responses Mar 28, 2016

    Results are in and I placed third in the

    fitness challenge. I lost 3.8% body fat and 16 pounds. First and second place were dudes, second place won by .1%, so I am really happy about how well I did. I get a free month of gym membership and a free month of hydromassage. Yeah baby!!!! Plus the satisfaction of...
    Mishu69 Mishu69
    51-55, F
    8 Responses Mar 4, 2016

    I have always hated how I looked.

    My mom always told me "No one will like a girl your size." She always found ways to embarrass me. She would yell at me if something wouldn't fit when we went clothes shopping. She used to make me skip meals. She calls me fat. She would bully me at the gym, make me work out till...
    deleted deleted
    5 Responses Mar 20, 2016

    to those girls who pretend they can't eat a

    whole pizza...you're ******' lying!! we all know when it comes down to it you can even eat two in under ten minutes xD
    Barbee95 Barbee95
    22-25, F
    Mar 19, 2016

    it is so hard to go from being skinny to being

    over weight . in the past year I gained 40 pounds . I used to always watch my weight so hard do to the fact obesity is prominent in my family . but I got pregnant at 16 and pretty much used that as a free pass . I thought it would just fall off as soon as I gave birth but I am 9...
    cheyennelopez8 cheyennelopez8
    18-21, F
    5 Responses Jun 10, 2015

    My Battle With An Eating Disorder

    I wrote this story about 5 years ago for a class. It sums my story up well. If you are struggling right now, some of it may be triggering, just to warn you. It seems as though everyone I talk to has some period in their past that they aren’t proud of, or when they...
    CallipygianVenus CallipygianVenus
    22-25, F
    28 Responses Feb 11, 2008
    Barbee95 Barbee95
    22-25, F
    7 Responses Mar 28, 2016

    certain parts of my body have darker skin

    than other parts (ex. my armpits and inner thighs are way darker than my regular skin tone), I have very clear and a large amount of stress marks, I have a lot of meat on my bones, and I have way to many beauty marks on my face to even count. because of these reasons, I find...
    alowz alowz
    16-17, F
    2 Responses Mar 21, 2016

    Okay so this is a picture I took over the

    summer. If there is one thing that makes me extremely insecure, it's my body. My thighs touch & I have a stomach. A lot of people always tell me that I'm curvy & that it's sexy but I don't feel sexy, I feel ugly. I know some of you will think I'm looking for attention but that's...
    kaitybobaityxo kaitybobaityxo
    22-25, F
    20 Responses Oct 29, 2014

    sticking to my diet during the day isn't the

    problem. it's those hours before bedtime that are the real challenge to not eat snacks or actual food when you think about going to bed hungry... #struggling
    Barbee95 Barbee95
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Mar 26, 2016

    Today was another hard day

    for me. I have feelings of disgust and can't look at myself in the mirror yet find I can't look away either I just stare. Draining
    myownbox myownbox
    31-35, F
    7 Responses Sep 1, 2015

      eats chocolate happily -sees the

    number of calories on the packet- eats chocolate stressfully
    Barbee95 Barbee95
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Mar 21, 2016

    one day I'll look in the mirror

    and say "ok, i can work with this..." in the meantime I'll just loathe at the people who I perceive as "perfect"....
    deleted deleted
    12 Responses Apr 28, 2015

    I have come to understand

    that everyone has some degree of self esteem issues. I am a single mom who was never supposed to have kids. My son was worth every pound I gained, but it is definitely hard to get over how am I now. I spent the entire 9 months on bedrest and couldn't to anything except get up to...
    ffnell343 ffnell343
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Apr 16, 2016

    I Have One Life And God Made Me Ugly

    It sucks being ugly Like f-ing ugly People hate you People judge you Every birthday, i prayed I begged, i cried I go on all fours I told God I just wanted to be pretty Days passed, years went But I am stuck in this ugly body I want to free my soul I hate living in this ugly...
    fuglygirlonthebench fuglygirlonthebench
    22-25, F
    105 Responses Mar 11, 2011

    i started exercising on a daily basis last year

    around December. n so far i have lost tons of weight. over 60lbs. i weighed somewhere around 287, now around 204. recently though i hurt my body doing this horrible back breaking job,that i ended up having to quit. my arms n legs where in constant pain and my left foot was in so...
    VoloNoscere VoloNoscere
    26-30, M
    3 Responses Apr 4, 2016

    I'm ashamed to look at people,

    I don't want them to see my ugliness. I always, always.. think on how I look from third person, every angle, every lighting condition, and it gets me so depressed.. I see such beautiful girls all around, not just their body, but their unique personalities, voices, and habbits...
    xRiax xRiax
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Nov 28, 2014

    does the bulimic-workout work?

    working off what you just ate instantly?
    Barbee95 Barbee95
    22-25, F
    7 Responses Apr 19, 2016

    Some days I believe that I am beautiful just

    the way I am. I look in the mirror and see myself and all the beauty I hold. Other days, I see an ugly person. Me. I definitely don't have the body of skinny girls but I don't have the body of someone obese. I'd say I'm more in between but a little more on the heavier side. I...
    jaydamarie15 jaydamarie15
    16-17, F
    Apr 20, 2016
    AmanduhJames AmanduhJames
    46-50, T
    1 Response Mar 25, 2016

    However, in my opinion,

    you only get one body in this lifetime, so why spend so long wishing for a new one? Why would you pay money, JUST to be more socially acceptable, when you already are. People's bodies are unique, there isn't really a body that is alike, and too many people don't remember that...
    deleted deleted
    6 Responses Jul 7, 2015

    Since when is there a body

    that we should all look like. Why do we strive to be skinny? To have a thigh gap? It's quite ridiculous. You're born the way you are, why change that with surgery? There will always be someone who says you're not good enough, but the thing is, staying yourself will...
    deleted deleted
    8 Responses Jul 27, 2015
    getlucky13 getlucky13
    18-21, T
    1 Response Mar 18, 2016

    My mom now she looks bigger then me

    but I got bigger breast and thighs and butt it sucks having big everything born with the curse from my biological family all the woman are big top hips thigh butt it's harder for a pear body to lose weight
    LucidxxShivery LucidxxShivery
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Apr 15, 2016

    I am short, considered heavy

    for my height, with an hourglass figure. But oh, I forgot about struggling the moment I was told that I the best find! Despite knowing that there could have been others just makes the feeling of being so desired and being called "a pleasure to the eyes", makes me want to bring...
    iCuriousBabe iCuriousBabe
    46-50, F
    5 Responses May 24, 2015

    Sometimes I wonder, "how can someone love me

    with all my stretch marks, scars, and freckles all over my body?"
    LaurenSenpai LaurenSenpai
    18-21, F
    7 Responses Feb 3, 2016

    I get everyone and everything is beautiful it

    their own way but... I don't feel that way about myself. I'm short and fat. My thighs are huge but the rest of me is small... I just don't like how I look...
    AlmightyPanda AlmightyPanda
    5 Responses Apr 14, 2016
    ffiflon ffiflon
    16-17, F
    5 Responses Jul 3, 2015

    I'm a size UK 12 US 8

    and still look a bit fat sitting down. Sucks.
    Paleandpolluted86 Paleandpolluted86
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Apr 4, 2016

    Here's a before and after.

    I lost 53 pounds. It's not enough, going to get down to 130 and see how I feel.
    deleted deleted
    26 Responses Aug 3, 2015

    cheat meal... ok cheat day.

    .. ok cheat days... ok cheat week.. ok cheat weeks... ok let's make it a cheat month... screw this I'm eating wtf I want!! xD later: damn it, why am I so fat???
    Barbee95 Barbee95
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Mar 26, 2016

    My Daily Struggle..

    I have struggled with the issue of self image from the time I was in grade school. I did not start gaining weight until around 5th grade. I grew up in a Christian home, my parents are still together, but they were young when they had me. I had a controlling grandmother, that...
    deleted deleted
    27 Responses Jan 14, 2012

    Although I'm not skinny I wouldn't qualify

    myself as "thick". I think I'm just fat and I can't stand to look in the mirror cause I see the same flaws. I've made changes.. Lost weight, gained weight, changed hair styles / colors and nothing helps. It's a constant battle.
    Courtneyraelove Courtneyraelove
    18-21, F
    9 Responses Jul 5, 2015

    I always wear a sweater

    because I hate people seeing my fat
    whoisadrianna whoisadrianna
    16-17, F
    9 Responses Nov 28, 2015

    so next im going to try the carrot diet.

    ..if I turn orange, you know why lol
    Barbee95 Barbee95
    22-25, F
    1 Response Mar 22, 2016

    I'm not overweight or underweight,

    I'm just a little chubby. The thing with my school is all the guys are searching for that perfect fit and beautiful smart girl No body is perfect. They are the reason most girls struggle with their body image
    leftunloved leftunloved
    16-17, F
    3 Responses Apr 8, 2015

    Do you ever have one of those days

    where you look at your self and everything just goes down hill from there? There are those voices arguing in my head saying "You look fine" and the other one saying "You look like ****". Today the **** voice is winning.
    Lacrimosadies Lacrimosadies
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Apr 11, 2016

    My boyfriend tells me

    that I'm beautiful, and I don't believe it.
    iReallyLoveJorgie iReallyLoveJorgie
    18-21, F
    8 Responses Apr 20, 2016

    Things seem to be getting

    so much worse lately. Everyday I fight with myself over whether or not I should eat-I feel so guilty for it. I can't stop counting calories and it's tearing me down. I want to be happy with how I am but I just can't.....
    fallout07 fallout07
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Apr 21, 2016

    Ok. It's me. Some days I am happy.

    My breasts are ok. Other days I don't know. They should be bigger.
    Lauren30 Lauren30
    16-17, F
    1 Response Apr 20, 2016

    I...I honestly don't understand.

    Girls look good with skirts and high heels and whatnot. The clothes suit them but for some reason I don't feel anything when I wear skirts and heels. Am I supposed to feel comfy or uncomfortable? When I was young I would wear skirts and dresses all the time but it was always...
    RachelDare RachelDare
    2 Responses Mar 19, 2016

    I can't look at pictures of beautiful girls

    without wanting to cry. They are everywhere, in the streets, in the magazines on social media, I feel like a literal piece of **** when I see them. I can't stop feeling like this. It brings my whole world down and I want to just waste away into nothing
    Abcdefghijessy Abcdefghijessy
    18-21, F
    8 Responses Aug 14, 2015

    I do its true. I have been bigger my whole

    life. Last few years it has made me pretty depressed. I finally did something about it. Decided to start working on and it made a noticable difference. I am hoping that I keep up the motivation it has give me to lose another 20-30 lbs. I would be at my goal. I am very...
    BearDownChicago BearDownChicago
    36-40, M
    1 Response Sep 11, 2015

    Similar to females who struggle with weight

    loss, I and some others struggle with weght gain too. I don't starve or fast myself, on the other hand, I stuff and stuff and stuff heaps of food and do not exercise, but in the end my metabolism keeps it back and all my effort just goes into the void. I've been uncomfortable...
    chrysm chrysm
    18-21, F
    5 Responses Sep 14, 2015

    Diet plan for anyone interested: Breakfast 100

    kcal Dinner 400 kcal Tea 700 kcal Supper 200 kcal 1400 kcal in total
    Paleandpolluted86 Paleandpolluted86
    26-30, F
    1 Response Mar 25, 2016
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