If we sat down with our thoughts and tried to dig up every harsh comment that had ever been made about us either by our peers or ourselves and then scrawled them on our bodies, how much of our skin would be covered in hate? One young woman's story is inspiring others to take a deeper look at the importance of body positivity, and how words can truly cut deep.
Stephanie Seabrook weighed 340 pounds at her heaviest. The young woman, from Portland, Oregon, feared she was going to "die obese," so she began walking a few miles every day and lost 80 pounds in just over six months because of it.
Eventually she dropped 150 pounds, her sights set on becoming a personal trainer. While she was enthralled with her new lifestyle, she was also left with excess skin that took its toll emotionally and physically.
Before getting the tummy tuck, Stephanie chose to cover her stomach with the hateful remarks that came her way. "Before my tummy tuck my mum came up with an idea," she said. "We wrote all the things I had said to myself, what others had said, all the negative words, then the next day I went to surgery," she said. And when the excess skin was removed, the negativity would go with it. "The idea was all the negativity would all go with my baggy skin - it felt so good to wake up. It completely changed my life. I didn't mind the naked me, I had so much more self-confidence." She is now extremely proud of her body, scars and all.
Stephanie revealed that she often cried over her weight before she went through with the operation in 2012. "I thought I was going to die obese - I couldn't grasp it so I shut myself off from the world," she said. "I wasn't a big child but struggled when my parents divorced. I was embarrassed, I didn't want people to know I had put weight on. I didn't think of myself as a fat so I couldn't come to terms with it. I just blocked people out - I lived in my own bubble, I went to work and then come home."
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One day, however, she decided enough was enough and chose to go for a walk. "I kept walking until I couldn't any more - I ended up walking four miles," she explained. "I did it every night and lost 20lb in a week without changing my diet. I realised I could do it." Over the past two years, Stephanie's story has generated a large following on Instagram.
She even met her husband, Kaycee, through the site. "I became a personal trainer because I didn't think most really understand what it felt like to be obese," she said. "But I don't take my clients to the gym, we go outside and I show them they can do it anywhere. I feel great for the first time. I have self-worth and now I match the person in my head. But I think society has a long way to go. It drives me crazy when people see obese people and assume they are lazy when they don't know what they have gone through, or what health problems they are battling. I always say it's not what you are eating, it's what's eating you."
Are you inspired by the method this woman used to get the negativity out of her life surrounding her body?Source: Daily Mail [caption id="attachment_121550" align="alignleft" width="100"] @BodyRockTV[/caption] [caption id="attachment_121549" align="alignleft" width="100"] @BodyRockOfficial[/caption]