3 year journey

I'm going to be very honest.⁠⠀

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I've been on this self-love, body acceptance journey for about 3 years now.⁠⠀

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In the beginning, I focused on how I looked and compared myself endlessly to instagram models and celebrities. I would move, contour, squish and pull back my skin to see what I would look like if I was just a tiny bit thinner, fitter, leaner.⁠⠀

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Three years ago, I took a picture of myself smiling sitting with my squished tummy (scroll to see post). I wanted this to be my "before photo" being happy but also the start of a crazy diet - HA. (We all know now diets don't work)⁠⠀

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The next day I started a strict keto diet.I pushed through for a week. The 2nd week came. I was completely miserable. I hated what I was doing, I couldn't see the end of the tunnel. I was so tired and depleted. But damn, I showed results quick.⁠⠀

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Compliments started to roll in. I didn't have a photo of myself then bc I still thought it wasn't where I wanted to be.⁠⠀

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Cheat day came and I broke - I stopped the diet, I ate whatever I wanted. ⁠⠀

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A month later I made this next post (swipe). ⁠⠀

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The caption is still so relevant till today.⁠⠀

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That's when I really started my self-love journey and started embracing myself.⁠⠀

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I no longer look in the mirror and wish for someone else's body. I look at it and see what my body can do. So much more now that I have a little being growing inside of me. ⁠⠀

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For at least a little bit, I hope that all of you get to find peace in your body as it is right now. It took a long time but there are certain steps I do to make sure I don’t spiral. Would you be interested in learning?⁠⠀

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#bodyneutrality#bodyacceptance#selflovejourney#emmelinethings ⁠⠀