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openingd00rs's Instagram Photo - @kettlebellrachel 
I am so proud of this 3rd place medal in Two Arm Long Cycle. I have worked over 3 years to accomplish this goal. I haven't competed in anything in over 8 years. This was my first ever individual event. I've always been apart of a team such as high school cheerleading, basketball, softball, and dance team. The only person I could rely on was myself. I've done thousands of reps in my basement. I've cried, torn my hands, and almost gave up on myself. I've proved to myself thru this journey that I am strong and I can keep up with expierenced lifters. I wouldn't have found this sport without my husband. I like big bells and I cannot lie. I am so motivated and determined. When I lift bells it's a dance with my body. I went up to the platform saturday with butterflies in my stomach and my heart rate already elevated. The environment was loud, I felt out of my element, my coach aka husband was juding some else. This was up to me. I kept telling myself this is just a workout, and it's just me and the timer. I can do this and I can't wait for more to come. I pride myself in my technique. It goes way back to my cheerleading and dance days. These bells represent a person I need to lift over my head, lock out my arms, and never let the flyer fall. What a experience I can't wait to share my knowledge with others. But for now I need to stretch, work on strenth conditioning, and mobility. Thank you all for your support. “WE ALL HAVE A STORY”🚪🚪

@kettlebellrachel I am so proud of this 3rd place medal in Two Arm Long Cycle. I have worked over 3 years to accomplish this goal. I haven't competed in anything in over 8 years. This was my first ever individual event. I've always been apart of a team such as high school cheerleading, basketball, softball, and dance team. The only person I could rely on was myself. I've done thousands of reps in my basement. I've cried, torn my hands, and almost gave up on myself. I've proved to myself thru this journey that I am strong and I can keep up with expierenced lifters. I wouldn't have found this sport without my husband. I like big bells and I cannot lie. I am so motivated and determined. When I lift bells it's a dance with my body. I went up to the platform saturday with butterflies in my stomach and my heart rate already elevated. The environment was loud, I felt out of my element, my coach aka husband was juding some else. This was up to me. I kept telling myself this is just a workout, and it's just me and the timer. I can do this and I can't wait for more to come. I pride myself in my technique. It goes way back to my cheerleading and dance days. These bells represent a person I need to lift over my head, lock out my arms, and never let the flyer fall. What a experience I can't wait to share my knowledge with others. But for now I need to stretch, work on strenth conditioning, and mobility. Thank you all for your support. “WE ALL HAVE A STORY”🚪🚪

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openingd00rs's Instagram Photo - @kirandeep_photography 
I’ve been using Instagram for a while, but it’s time to make a friendly introduction because I want to know you better + give insight into my business. Most clients describe me as a fun and dedicated entrepreneur, and my friends agree…but they might also say I can be obsessed with work sometimes too! 😊🙈
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Born and brought up in Chandigarh, Computer science graduate, National player of Cricket, music lover, loves to document stories of people through pictures. And how can we miss “CHAI”. Ohhhh i just loves Chai . It feels lucky to have blessings of a lovely family and friends that always strengthen me through thick and thin with their support system.

3 years ago.. my brother asked if i could do one thing for the rest of my life, what would it be? I closed my eyes, a tear dropped out and said “I want to be a photographer, I want to capture this lovely world, beautiful nature and amazing people” The very next awesome day, my brother handed over his camera and said ” I would rather see you fail at something you love than to succeed at something you hate.” With that i started my journey and realized that i have a way with people, pictures and capturing those real emotions through frames.

Path to any destination is not easy. I made my way by working as an assistant photographer and digital editor for Punjab’s leading digital artwork unit. Nurtured myself with ethics of professional photography and was showered with chances of working with Punjabi Music Industry’s big names that includes Singer and Actor Amrinder Gill and many more.

With grace of God i got to meet and work with such a wonderful clients, who always helped me in bringing out the best each time.
.All n all i feel so blessed to do what i love. ❤
.now over to you 😊

I look forward to getting to know you more, so leave a comment and introduce yourself. It’d make my day! ✨ .
“WE ALL HAVE A STORY”🚪🚪

@kirandeep_photography I’ve been using Instagram for a while, but it’s time to make a friendly introduction because I want to know you better + give insight into my business. Most clients describe me as a fun and dedicated entrepreneur, and my friends agree…but they might also say I can be obsessed with work sometimes too! 😊🙈 . Born and brought up in Chandigarh, Computer science graduate, National player of Cricket, music lover, loves to document stories of people through pictures. And how can we miss “CHAI”. Ohhhh i just loves Chai . It feels lucky to have blessings of a lovely family and friends that always strengthen me through thick and thin with their support system. 3 years ago.. my brother asked if i could do one thing for the rest of my life, what would it be? I closed my eyes, a tear dropped out and said “I want to be a photographer, I want to capture this lovely world, beautiful nature and amazing people” The very next awesome day, my brother handed over his camera and said ” I would rather see you fail at something you love than to succeed at something you hate.” With that i started my journey and realized that i have a way with people, pictures and capturing those real emotions through frames. Path to any destination is not easy. I made my way by working as an assistant photographer and digital editor for Punjab’s leading digital artwork unit. Nurtured myself with ethics of professional photography and was showered with chances of working with Punjabi Music Industry’s big names that includes Singer and Actor Amrinder Gill and many more. With grace of God i got to meet and work with such a wonderful clients, who always helped me in bringing out the best each time. .All n all i feel so blessed to do what i love. ❤ .now over to you 😊 I look forward to getting to know you more, so leave a comment and introduce yourself. It’d make my day! ✨ . “WE ALL HAVE A STORY”🚪🚪

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openingd00rs's Instagram Photo - @shxnnon_w 
Ok it's time for some real talk. Posted above is a lovely photo of me taken by the gorgeous girl @jordazie . Me. A living, breathing human girl! 
And. Like a lot of other girls in this world. No. I am not what you would call "a model", who is tall and thin. I am just me. A girl of my own shape and size like most other females who have a diverse range of shapes and sizes. In this photo im just sitting on a bridge with one leg bent up. And, I will point out that no; my legs arnt stick thin. And no, I don't appear very tall (because I'm not). And I'm definitely not what you would call "a model" by the standards of the media. But. That's not important!

What's important is that we remember that no body is the same! And all body's are beautiful no matter what shape or size. 
No one is perfect and everyone has flaws. Everyone has bad skin days. Bad hair days. Just. Bad days! And that never shows in these photos. We are all only human and no one is perfect. No one is perfect under the medias eyes. But. We can love ourselves and support each other. Which is why I think people need to spread more body love! 
In reality it is going to take years for the media to actually start broadcasting normal body's all over the internet and on our televisions. Yes it's slowly creeping through. But it's not the dominant message being sent out to everyone; and most importantly our younger generations! Who are still very impressionable 
The message isn't thrown around enough. That you are beautiful just the way you are! Why isn't it being slammed in everyone's faces when it's so so important???! Instead it's just a dull noise in the background.

So. This is why I have posted this photo. A photo that shows me. Just the way I am. A beautiful shot nonetheless. But It shows that I'm not tall and thin. It shows that I'm relaxed. It shows that I'm human. And I love this photo because it's the exact kind of photo people need to see in there feeds. Ones that show diversity, and flaws.
And reminds people that it's ok not to be the medias definition of perfect to be considered beautiful! ❤️
“WE ALL HAVE A STORY”🚪🚪

@shxnnon_w Ok it's time for some real talk. Posted above is a lovely photo of me taken by the gorgeous girl @jordazie . Me. A living, breathing human girl! And. Like a lot of other girls in this world. No. I am not what you would call "a model", who is tall and thin. I am just me. A girl of my own shape and size like most other females who have a diverse range of shapes and sizes. In this photo im just sitting on a bridge with one leg bent up. And, I will point out that no; my legs arnt stick thin. And no, I don't appear very tall (because I'm not). And I'm definitely not what you would call "a model" by the standards of the media. But. That's not important! What's important is that we remember that no body is the same! And all body's are beautiful no matter what shape or size. No one is perfect and everyone has flaws. Everyone has bad skin days. Bad hair days. Just. Bad days! And that never shows in these photos. We are all only human and no one is perfect. No one is perfect under the medias eyes. But. We can love ourselves and support each other. Which is why I think people need to spread more body love! In reality it is going to take years for the media to actually start broadcasting normal body's all over the internet and on our televisions. Yes it's slowly creeping through. But it's not the dominant message being sent out to everyone; and most importantly our younger generations! Who are still very impressionable The message isn't thrown around enough. That you are beautiful just the way you are! Why isn't it being slammed in everyone's faces when it's so so important???! Instead it's just a dull noise in the background. So. This is why I have posted this photo. A photo that shows me. Just the way I am. A beautiful shot nonetheless. But It shows that I'm not tall and thin. It shows that I'm relaxed. It shows that I'm human. And I love this photo because it's the exact kind of photo people need to see in there feeds. Ones that show diversity, and flaws. And reminds people that it's ok not to be the medias definition of perfect to be considered beautiful! ❤️ “WE ALL HAVE A STORY”🚪🚪

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openingd00rs's Instagram Photo - @enjoythej0urney 
The amount of times my heart has broken in the past few years makes me want to hide away & never connect with anyone again. My social anxiety & OCD have had a field day with my self-worth, self-trust, and trust in others throughout my adult life, and I don’t see it stopping any time soon. My heart has been heavy for the people & the days I once knew with them, and nostalgia has crept in to take advantage of that vulnerability. Some days I want to try again with so many different people because my memories are distorted by emotion, and I come so close to giving up on all of the things that I’ve worked so hard on becoming. But then I catch myself.
You never need to apologize for walking away from someone who hurt you so badly that you laid awake at night wondering what you could do better & where you went wrong. Sometimes you didn’t. Maybe you did. But anyone who steps over the line of standing up for themselves & their feelings into attacking & belittling you & yours is not worth fighting for. At least, not in my life.
Sharing this on Instagram is scary as hell because of how my message can be misconstrued, but I am tired of trying to “do the right thing” on an account that is meant to show you my life & the things that I am going through in an authentic way.
This shit hurts. A lot. Every day. But the first step to healing, even from relationships that ended years ago, is to take my own advice. It’s okay to walk away. & try not to fall for the tricks your mind plays on you.. it can be easier to remember the good as compared to the bad.
❤️
“WE ALL HAVE A STORY”🚪🚪

@enjoythej0urney The amount of times my heart has broken in the past few years makes me want to hide away & never connect with anyone again. My social anxiety & OCD have had a field day with my self-worth, self-trust, and trust in others throughout my adult life, and I don’t see it stopping any time soon. My heart has been heavy for the people & the days I once knew with them, and nostalgia has crept in to take advantage of that vulnerability. Some days I want to try again with so many different people because my memories are distorted by emotion, and I come so close to giving up on all of the things that I’ve worked so hard on becoming. But then I catch myself. You never need to apologize for walking away from someone who hurt you so badly that you laid awake at night wondering what you could do better & where you went wrong. Sometimes you didn’t. Maybe you did. But anyone who steps over the line of standing up for themselves & their feelings into attacking & belittling you & yours is not worth fighting for. At least, not in my life. Sharing this on Instagram is scary as hell because of how my message can be misconstrued, but I am tired of trying to “do the right thing” on an account that is meant to show you my life & the things that I am going through in an authentic way. This shit hurts. A lot. Every day. But the first step to healing, even from relationships that ended years ago, is to take my own advice. It’s okay to walk away. & try not to fall for the tricks your mind plays on you.. it can be easier to remember the good as compared to the bad. ❤️ “WE ALL HAVE A STORY”🚪🚪

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openingd00rs's Instagram Photo - @twisted__angel_ 
This is a lot for me to post.. I’ve been suicidal and have self harmed since I was 16, the last time I self harmed was about 5-6 months ago, I struggle with issues that I’d rather keep private as some people would judge instead of wanting to listen or hear me out. I didn’t choose to have these problems. I’m sharing this because I believe I can be stronger than I have been in the past, these are just a memory of how weak I’ve been in the past and how strong I am to overcome what has brought me down.. I am getting stronger, I’m starting to cope with everything, being able to control the things that bring me down that dark path. I just wanna be happy again and love myself because I never really have, because of certain situations I was put through it made it hard to see the beauty inside me. I know it’s there though ❤️ I’m getting stronger ❤️
“WE ALL HAVE A STORY”🚪🚪

@twisted__angel_ This is a lot for me to post.. I’ve been suicidal and have self harmed since I was 16, the last time I self harmed was about 5-6 months ago, I struggle with issues that I’d rather keep private as some people would judge instead of wanting to listen or hear me out. I didn’t choose to have these problems. I’m sharing this because I believe I can be stronger than I have been in the past, these are just a memory of how weak I’ve been in the past and how strong I am to overcome what has brought me down.. I am getting stronger, I’m starting to cope with everything, being able to control the things that bring me down that dark path. I just wanna be happy again and love myself because I never really have, because of certain situations I was put through it made it hard to see the beauty inside me. I know it’s there though ❤️ I’m getting stronger ❤️ “WE ALL HAVE A STORY”🚪🚪

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openingd00rs's Instagram Photo - @nicole.honeycutt 
Love yourself for who you are!
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Life has taken me down many paths, but finding love for myself was honestly the hardest!
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I have been bullied, harrassed, body shamed my whole life. I use to let it get to me, no one to talk to, feeling alone and sunk into a whirlwind of depression.... but then a little over a year ago my life changed.
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I was introduced to a community of amazing women who lift one another up and love each other for who they are. This was something I had been searching for all my life. And to think that starting a workout program and coaching would change my life around.
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I am stronger then I have ever been mentally and physically. I LOVE myself for who I am and I am beautiful inside and out and so are YOU!
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I want you all to know you are loved! Tell yourself your beautiful because you are. We are all unique and our own. If you stuggle to love yourself, I get it is hard, but I want you to know there always people out there to talk to. You ARE NEVER ALONE!
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If you need some help with self love and looking to be surrounded by a community of amazing uplifting women, I am always a message away.
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And music has always been a huge part of my life so on that note🎶🎶 If you are struggling visit http://youaretheperfectcolor.com a site created by the amazing band Safety Suit a place to go if you need help and support!
“WE ALL HAVE A STORY”🚪🚪

@nicole.honeycutt Love yourself for who you are! . Life has taken me down many paths, but finding love for myself was honestly the hardest! . I have been bullied, harrassed, body shamed my whole life. I use to let it get to me, no one to talk to, feeling alone and sunk into a whirlwind of depression.... but then a little over a year ago my life changed. . I was introduced to a community of amazing women who lift one another up and love each other for who they are. This was something I had been searching for all my life. And to think that starting a workout program and coaching would change my life around. . I am stronger then I have ever been mentally and physically. I LOVE myself for who I am and I am beautiful inside and out and so are YOU! . I want you all to know you are loved! Tell yourself your beautiful because you are. We are all unique and our own. If you stuggle to love yourself, I get it is hard, but I want you to know there always people out there to talk to. You ARE NEVER ALONE! . If you need some help with self love and looking to be surrounded by a community of amazing uplifting women, I am always a message away. . And music has always been a huge part of my life so on that note🎶🎶 If you are struggling visit http://youaretheperfectcolor.com a site created by the amazing band Safety Suit a place to go if you need help and support! “WE ALL HAVE A STORY”🚪🚪

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openingd00rs's Instagram Photo - @dirtygoodvegan <3 THIS is one of the first photos taken of me when getting back home. I was weighing in at about 120 pounds and feeling physically on top of the world. I had never been this size before. And I had worked so hard to get the weight off. So at this time I was still dealing with my anxiety and depression. I held onto the fact that I had come so far with my physique and had high expectations for what was to come once moving back.
This was not good for me; Having high expectations lead me down a road that was dark and as I said in a previous post, back to having more weight on than I want. I feel uncomfortable in my own skin again, and that is the worst part.
This summer I went on one date and the experience was horrible. I left there feeling like I was not worthy of love and not thinking that this was just one date. And we were not a match. Simple as that. But since I'm in my own head. I took it more negatively than I should. And I began binge eating again and not taking care of me. All because I felt rejected. I would give anything to go back and to laugh that date off and move on. But I have that chance now. I can recover. I can get back to me and what made me happy in at least one department. 
I am going to.
I wanted to share this with you all as it makes me feel stronger. And I will be posting more about myself and some serious before and after pictures in the coming days.
Can you believe I started at over 220 pounds? I can't. <3 #nofilter *Photo credit to my friend @barryavocado
“WE ALL HAVE A STORY”🚪🚪

@dirtygoodvegan <3 THIS is one of the first photos taken of me when getting back home. I was weighing in at about 120 pounds and feeling physically on top of the world. I had never been this size before. And I had worked so hard to get the weight off. So at this time I was still dealing with my anxiety and depression. I held onto the fact that I had come so far with my physique and had high expectations for what was to come once moving back. This was not good for me; Having high expectations lead me down a road that was dark and as I said in a previous post, back to having more weight on than I want. I feel uncomfortable in my own skin again, and that is the worst part. This summer I went on one date and the experience was horrible. I left there feeling like I was not worthy of love and not thinking that this was just one date. And we were not a match. Simple as that. But since I'm in my own head. I took it more negatively than I should. And I began binge eating again and not taking care of me. All because I felt rejected. I would give anything to go back and to laugh that date off and move on. But I have that chance now. I can recover. I can get back to me and what made me happy in at least one department. I am going to. I wanted to share this with you all as it makes me feel stronger. And I will be posting more about myself and some serious before and after pictures in the coming days. Can you believe I started at over 220 pounds? I can't. <3 #nofilter*Photo credit to my friend @barryavocado “WE ALL HAVE A STORY”🚪🚪

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openingd00rs's Instagram Photo - @thenewrachb 
I did my fair share of research prior to embarking on this weight loss surgery journey and dont get be wrong I came across A LOT of unpleasant, nasty, uncomfortable and yuck things which I have already experienced and will continue to experience throughout my recovery and new life but there are many things that no one seems to talk about or tell you about. I thought I would cut the crap and speak up about the experiences I have had to date.

For starters at hospital they jab you in the stomach every night before bed with blood thinners...seems painless enough right? Oh hell no! The injection itself is fine, you barely feel it, but just wait until that liquid gets under your skin. Its like you have just been stung by a giant mosquito. Its hot, itchy and hella stingy all at the same time and the sensation lingers for a solid 10 mins. 
Then there's the itchy skin from all the drugs and toxins trying to escape your body. Every night just as I am trying to sleep its as though I am covered in chicken pox or covered in bed bug bites or bee stings. I can not stop scratching! I am ripping myself to pieces and drawing blood daily from the uncomfortableness that is my skin 😣

And lastly....the gas 💨💨💥💣 After every single sip or bite to eat I uncontrollably have the need to burp or fart or both and man do the farts smell now 😂😂 The days of pretending to be a well brought up lady all well and truly out the window. 
As I come across more post surgery quirks I will be sure to do another update but for now I need to dip myself into a soothing milk bath 🕷🐝
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“WE ALL HAVE A STORY”🚪🚪

@thenewrachb I did my fair share of research prior to embarking on this weight loss surgery journey and dont get be wrong I came across A LOT of unpleasant, nasty, uncomfortable and yuck things which I have already experienced and will continue to experience throughout my recovery and new life but there are many things that no one seems to talk about or tell you about. I thought I would cut the crap and speak up about the experiences I have had to date. For starters at hospital they jab you in the stomach every night before bed with blood thinners...seems painless enough right? Oh hell no! The injection itself is fine, you barely feel it, but just wait until that liquid gets under your skin. Its like you have just been stung by a giant mosquito. Its hot, itchy and hella stingy all at the same time and the sensation lingers for a solid 10 mins. Then there's the itchy skin from all the drugs and toxins trying to escape your body. Every night just as I am trying to sleep its as though I am covered in chicken pox or covered in bed bug bites or bee stings. I can not stop scratching! I am ripping myself to pieces and drawing blood daily from the uncomfortableness that is my skin 😣 And lastly....the gas 💨💨💥💣 After every single sip or bite to eat I uncontrollably have the need to burp or fart or both and man do the farts smell now 😂😂 The days of pretending to be a well brought up lady all well and truly out the window. As I come across more post surgery quirks I will be sure to do another update but for now I need to dip myself into a soothing milk bath 🕷🐝 ................................................................................. “WE ALL HAVE A STORY”🚪🚪

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openingd00rs's Instagram Photo - @jessicaemilyquinn 
THIS IS POSSIBLY THE REALEST STUFF I'VE EVER SHARED.

This right here is me. 100% me. As me as it gets. 
Long story (follow the link in bio for that) short I had a very rare surgery that left my leg looking like this. After years of taping t-shirts around my thigh in order to simply fill out my jeans I got a "thigh" made and now me without it is a site that's rarely seen.

It's something I've always kept to myself because feeling vulnerable is not a feeling I've ever enjoyed and MY GOD do I feel vulnerable when I strip back my prosthetics. But I figured, if by me sharing the real ME with all of you, then maybe, you might find the confidence to be the real you, insecurities and ALL! & as weird & unusual & unique as it may be, that leg, it takes me places, it gives me the ability to live the life I want, but most importantly, that weird & wacky looking thing is the reason I have my life. & that's not vulnerability, that's strength. So, don't hide away from your differences, your insecurities, your uniqueness, stand tall & be proud of them. They are all a part of your story & your story is what makes you happy “WE ALL HAVE A STORY”🚪🚪

@jessicaemilyquinn THIS IS POSSIBLY THE REALEST STUFF I'VE EVER SHARED. This right here is me. 100% me. As me as it gets. Long story (follow the link in bio for that) short I had a very rare surgery that left my leg looking like this. After years of taping t-shirts around my thigh in order to simply fill out my jeans I got a "thigh" made and now me without it is a site that's rarely seen. It's something I've always kept to myself because feeling vulnerable is not a feeling I've ever enjoyed and MY GOD do I feel vulnerable when I strip back my prosthetics. But I figured, if by me sharing the real ME with all of you, then maybe, you might find the confidence to be the real you, insecurities and ALL! & as weird & unusual & unique as it may be, that leg, it takes me places, it gives me the ability to live the life I want, but most importantly, that weird & wacky looking thing is the reason I have my life. & that's not vulnerability, that's strength. So, don't hide away from your differences, your insecurities, your uniqueness, stand tall & be proud of them. They are all a part of your story & your story is what makes you happy “WE ALL HAVE A STORY”🚪🚪

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openingd00rs's Instagram Photo - @enjoythej0urney 
I feel like it’s been awhile since I’ve done an up close & personal photo of my face having no makeup on & some acne. I so badly want to show others that it’s possible to go from skipping plans/events & hiding inside your house (severe BDD) to embracing your natural self directly to 10,000 people on the Internet, so i hope i can start to take pictures like this more often to stay consistent with that.
This isn’t for attention, validation, whatever it could be misconstrued as— it’s because recovery is possible and that’s the message I’ve been trying to spread for the past 8 months on here. One of the first times I did a photo like this, people were commenting things like “you’re not even ugly” or “your skin isn’t even bad” or “what am I supposed to be looking at”, and it was frustrating because that was never & has never been the point I’m trying to make. Until you’ve been controlled by your physical appearance to the extent of BDD, i wouldnt expect you to understand how huge it is for me to accept the way that I look, or for anyone to accept the way that they look. I don’t want you to call me nice things, or tell me i shouldn’t be insecure, because the only approval I ever needed belongs to nobody but myself. And I’ve gotten it.
So #BDDrecovery folks, here’s my message to you: I’ve been there & I know what it’s like to think you’ll never find your way back to a normal life; one that doesn’t revolve around your mirror and your thoughts. It took a hell of a lot of work, but I promise that you can win your body & your mind back.
The thing that helped me the most? I covered all of my mirrors for 6 months. It sounds like it’s not do-able, but the only thing that’s keeping you from trying it is you not covering them up. It’s so easy to uncover them, so why not try something new and see where it takes you? (Remember, I am in no way a professional and you should absolutely consult with therapist/psychiatrist/treatment team before taking this advice. Body avoidance is real and can hinder your recovery too.)
❤️❤️ so there’s my ramble and my shiny lil face. Stay real y’all ✨
“WE ALL HAVE A STORY”🚪🚪

@enjoythej0urney I feel like it’s been awhile since I’ve done an up close & personal photo of my face having no makeup on & some acne. I so badly want to show others that it’s possible to go from skipping plans/events & hiding inside your house (severe BDD) to embracing your natural self directly to 10,000 people on the Internet, so i hope i can start to take pictures like this more often to stay consistent with that. This isn’t for attention, validation, whatever it could be misconstrued as— it’s because recovery is possible and that’s the message I’ve been trying to spread for the past 8 months on here. One of the first times I did a photo like this, people were commenting things like “you’re not even ugly” or “your skin isn’t even bad” or “what am I supposed to be looking at”, and it was frustrating because that was never & has never been the point I’m trying to make. Until you’ve been controlled by your physical appearance to the extent of BDD, i wouldnt expect you to understand how huge it is for me to accept the way that I look, or for anyone to accept the way that they look. I don’t want you to call me nice things, or tell me i shouldn’t be insecure, because the only approval I ever needed belongs to nobody but myself. And I’ve gotten it. So #bddrecoveryfolks, here’s my message to you: I’ve been there & I know what it’s like to think you’ll never find your way back to a normal life; one that doesn’t revolve around your mirror and your thoughts. It took a hell of a lot of work, but I promise that you can win your body & your mind back. The thing that helped me the most? I covered all of my mirrors for 6 months. It sounds like it’s not do-able, but the only thing that’s keeping you from trying it is you not covering them up. It’s so easy to uncover them, so why not try something new and see where it takes you? (Remember, I am in no way a professional and you should absolutely consult with therapist/psychiatrist/treatment team before taking this advice. Body avoidance is real and can hinder your recovery too.) ❤️❤️ so there’s my ramble and my shiny lil face. Stay real y’all ✨ “WE ALL HAVE A STORY”🚪🚪

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openingd00rs's Instagram Photo - Our prayers go out to the @djsdot1738 family 🙏🏼, @pinkgirlsrock1 “TEAM NELLIE 4 EVA” 🎀

Our prayers go out to the @djsdot1738 family 🙏🏼, @pinkgirlsrock1 “TEAM NELLIE 4 EVA” 🎀

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openingd00rs's Instagram Photo - @janicelovesmusic 
If a child is shattered when they are in school chances are the become broken adults and it takes them a long time before they heal and find there way. It's so important to love and nurture kids believe in them speak life into them because it is in these 4 walls the dreamers live. I had to over come a lot unfortunate negative teachers that seem to not encourage me but put me down when I didn't do well on test . I am a unique case of rising above adversity to standing on a mountain of wisdom lessons learned from life and self taught in all areas from piano to foreign languages most of what I know is self taught so when I stand in front of a classroom the children can feel my heart and they can feel my sincere desire to want them to be the best they can be. When they hear my testimony they all have a new out look on there journey in school. It's the best feeling to see them run up to me when I arrive to there school. I feel so blessed to be creating a legacy of inspiration and love in this school district and trust me I am at the schools that most teachers don't want to be at.And I love it because these kids need encouragement they need inspiration and so I travel this amazing journey of life touching lives
“WE ALL HAVE A STORY”🚪🚪

@janicelovesmusic If a child is shattered when they are in school chances are the become broken adults and it takes them a long time before they heal and find there way. It's so important to love and nurture kids believe in them speak life into them because it is in these 4 walls the dreamers live. I had to over come a lot unfortunate negative teachers that seem to not encourage me but put me down when I didn't do well on test . I am a unique case of rising above adversity to standing on a mountain of wisdom lessons learned from life and self taught in all areas from piano to foreign languages most of what I know is self taught so when I stand in front of a classroom the children can feel my heart and they can feel my sincere desire to want them to be the best they can be. When they hear my testimony they all have a new out look on there journey in school. It's the best feeling to see them run up to me when I arrive to there school. I feel so blessed to be creating a legacy of inspiration and love in this school district and trust me I am at the schools that most teachers don't want to be at.And I love it because these kids need encouragement they need inspiration and so I travel this amazing journey of life touching lives “WE ALL HAVE A STORY”🚪🚪

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openingd00rs's Instagram Photo - @missreneerose 
This is kind of hard topic to discuss, but one thing I really struggle with in life is my mental health. Particularly self image, anxiety and depression. I've been going to counselling coming up two years now and I feel like I haven't made a huge amount of progress. Well... yes I have made progress, but I'm not where I thought I would be by now. However, I've come to learn that progress is actually a process. I thought that if I tried really hard to live my life as "normal" and portrayed myself perfectly to everyone else, then I'd wake up one day with all of my problems suddenly fixed and gone. I realise now that I actually need to work myself better. Work on my health. My mind. My body. And my soul. It's not an automatic snap of the fingers, as much as I'd like it to be that way. It's something that is gradual over time with self-care and dedication. One example of this is lately I've been looking into how important it is to look after myself for wellbeing. This has helped me acknowledge that part of positive wellbeing is making sure to eat good wholesome food every day. Diet is so hugely linked to how we feel in our moods. And I hugely notice the difference when I eat healthy vs when I have a junk binge. Without the support of good nutrients it's harder for the body to function the way it needs to, especially for a positive mind state. So I'm curious, what are some things you do to especially take care of yourself? I'd love to add more ideas to my wellbeing list 📝
“WE ALL HAVE A STORY”🚪🚪

@missreneerose This is kind of hard topic to discuss, but one thing I really struggle with in life is my mental health. Particularly self image, anxiety and depression. I've been going to counselling coming up two years now and I feel like I haven't made a huge amount of progress. Well... yes I have made progress, but I'm not where I thought I would be by now. However, I've come to learn that progress is actually a process. I thought that if I tried really hard to live my life as "normal" and portrayed myself perfectly to everyone else, then I'd wake up one day with all of my problems suddenly fixed and gone. I realise now that I actually need to work myself better. Work on my health. My mind. My body. And my soul. It's not an automatic snap of the fingers, as much as I'd like it to be that way. It's something that is gradual over time with self-care and dedication. One example of this is lately I've been looking into how important it is to look after myself for wellbeing. This has helped me acknowledge that part of positive wellbeing is making sure to eat good wholesome food every day. Diet is so hugely linked to how we feel in our moods. And I hugely notice the difference when I eat healthy vs when I have a junk binge. Without the support of good nutrients it's harder for the body to function the way it needs to, especially for a positive mind state. So I'm curious, what are some things you do to especially take care of yourself? I'd love to add more ideas to my wellbeing list 📝 “WE ALL HAVE A STORY”🚪🚪

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shawnahafen's Instagram Photo - I think it's a little too late to still be working??!!! #relatorlife #openingdoorsforyou #loveourclients

I think it's a little too late to still be working??!!! #relatorlife #openingdoorsforyou #loveourclients

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openingd00rs's Instagram Photo - @itraintrainers88 
My doctor cleared me after my last 2year scan he said you have no reason to come back and see me !The fight wasn’t always easy but it taught me how strong you have to be mentally to overcome things in life.cancer motivated me to go harder just because the limitations that are put on people but anyone who knows me know if you tell me something can’t be done ima show you.my docs told me I’ll be bald my hair didn’t come out and I’ll be to weak to do anything or I can’t eat this or go here me I ate what I wanted went where I wanted worked full time enrolled in barber school after my first treatments I had a relapse had to take a leave from school got more treatments and two bone marrow transplants while in there I got 2 personal training certification and started my business I was blessed to be able to start my own charity events for other patients going threw it I was able to use what I was going threw to motivate people.Everyone wanted to how I do it I told them when you come from where I come from you don’t have successful people around or motivated people around everybody struggling or going threw there own issues . I had to motivate myself and fight threw it all and that’s just always been my mindset sometimes you can’t look for people to do what you need or teach you what you need cause most times what your looking for is in you already
“WE ALL HAVE A STORY”🚪🚪

@itraintrainers88 My doctor cleared me after my last 2year scan he said you have no reason to come back and see me !The fight wasn’t always easy but it taught me how strong you have to be mentally to overcome things in life.cancer motivated me to go harder just because the limitations that are put on people but anyone who knows me know if you tell me something can’t be done ima show you.my docs told me I’ll be bald my hair didn’t come out and I’ll be to weak to do anything or I can’t eat this or go here me I ate what I wanted went where I wanted worked full time enrolled in barber school after my first treatments I had a relapse had to take a leave from school got more treatments and two bone marrow transplants while in there I got 2 personal training certification and started my business I was blessed to be able to start my own charity events for other patients going threw it I was able to use what I was going threw to motivate people.Everyone wanted to how I do it I told them when you come from where I come from you don’t have successful people around or motivated people around everybody struggling or going threw there own issues . I had to motivate myself and fight threw it all and that’s just always been my mindset sometimes you can’t look for people to do what you need or teach you what you need cause most times what your looking for is in you already “WE ALL HAVE A STORY”🚪🚪

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openingd00rs's Instagram Photo - @jadorno25 
This was September 2, 2016. I've never shared this picture before and honestly never really thought I would. But, for some reason I was looking through my camera roll today (looking for a quote I had saved) when I came across this picture. I sat here looking at it and couldn't go past it for some reason...so I felt compelled to share. 
This was the day I had gamma knife radiation. It was just 5 short days after being told I had 18 tumors in my brain, many in my lungs and one huge one on my left adrenal gland. I remember the day like it was yesterday. I got to the hospital around 9:15am...a little late due to traffic. They took me right in. Sebby could not be in the room with me while they prepped me. The neurosurgeon started with 4 shots of novacaine, 2 in the front and 2 in the back. She then proceeded to screw in 4 bolts where she had put the novacaine, fixating this metal cage to my head. It really didn't seem to bother me and she told me that I did better than most patients. After it was attached I went in to the MRI. It was about 45 minutes to hour long. The cage was locked into the table to assure that there was no movement. 
After that, I went to the waiting room while the team mapped out which lesions they were going to target with the radiation. That was when I saw Sebby for the first time with this on. That for me was the hardest part of the day. Thinking about it now brings me back to tears. It tore my heart in pieces to think about what it felt like for him to see me like that. But as he held my hand and wiped the tears from my eyes, I was somehow able to put a smile on my face. We sat in the waiting room for about 4 hours I believe...he fed me my lunch and helped me drink because finding my mouth with this huge metal thing in the way was definitely a struggle. We also joked about how I got to be a real life Frankenstein for a day. 
Then, they finally took me back for the radiation. 
Continued in comments... “WE ALL HAVE A STORY”🚪🚪

@jadorno25 This was September 2, 2016. I've never shared this picture before and honestly never really thought I would. But, for some reason I was looking through my camera roll today (looking for a quote I had saved) when I came across this picture. I sat here looking at it and couldn't go past it for some reason...so I felt compelled to share. This was the day I had gamma knife radiation. It was just 5 short days after being told I had 18 tumors in my brain, many in my lungs and one huge one on my left adrenal gland. I remember the day like it was yesterday. I got to the hospital around 9:15am...a little late due to traffic. They took me right in. Sebby could not be in the room with me while they prepped me. The neurosurgeon started with 4 shots of novacaine, 2 in the front and 2 in the back. She then proceeded to screw in 4 bolts where she had put the novacaine, fixating this metal cage to my head. It really didn't seem to bother me and she told me that I did better than most patients. After it was attached I went in to the MRI. It was about 45 minutes to hour long. The cage was locked into the table to assure that there was no movement. After that, I went to the waiting room while the team mapped out which lesions they were going to target with the radiation. That was when I saw Sebby for the first time with this on. That for me was the hardest part of the day. Thinking about it now brings me back to tears. It tore my heart in pieces to think about what it felt like for him to see me like that. But as he held my hand and wiped the tears from my eyes, I was somehow able to put a smile on my face. We sat in the waiting room for about 4 hours I believe...he fed me my lunch and helped me drink because finding my mouth with this huge metal thing in the way was definitely a struggle. We also joked about how I got to be a real life Frankenstein for a day. Then, they finally took me back for the radiation. Continued in comments... “WE ALL HAVE A STORY”🚪🚪

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openingd00rs's Instagram Photo - @janicelovesmusic 
I have shared my journey openly for the past several years you have watched me raise my daughters on my own you have watched me loose loved ones tragically you have watched me over come physical handicaps due to injuries you have even watched me fight for my life in a hospital after being told I would never sing again because they claimed I had a lung disease . I mean it's been a real journey not a social media press kit but an actual real life experiencing some of the most painful moments anyone can endure in life .Now the season is shifting and I can tell you that the season of love elegance and beauty is arriving . The thing about living and walking with faith is you know the storm will pass you know things are going to get better you know Gods promise so all that you might be facing right now I can tell you it's going to get better if feels painful yes and there are days you feel lonely but Love is God and God is love and remember Gods love never waivers for a second and it is that Love you must trust and hold on to. I am honored to share my testimony because in this new season you will feel my love the same love you felt even in my most darkest painful hour . Because despite how bad it might feel in your dark hour Love is always around you. My little girls give me a circle of love that I will fight to protect I would walk to the ends of the earth to take care of my daughters. Some people want to be in your light because it makes them look good well I must tell you your foot steps are your foot steps and there is only one other set of prints next you that you can't see and that is God. I hope as the days and months turn you get to experience your own seasonal shift of love and prosperity and that you receive an abundance of blessings. I pray that you stand in the light of love ❤️.
“WE ALL HAVE A STORY”🚪🚪

@janicelovesmusic I have shared my journey openly for the past several years you have watched me raise my daughters on my own you have watched me loose loved ones tragically you have watched me over come physical handicaps due to injuries you have even watched me fight for my life in a hospital after being told I would never sing again because they claimed I had a lung disease . I mean it's been a real journey not a social media press kit but an actual real life experiencing some of the most painful moments anyone can endure in life .Now the season is shifting and I can tell you that the season of love elegance and beauty is arriving . The thing about living and walking with faith is you know the storm will pass you know things are going to get better you know Gods promise so all that you might be facing right now I can tell you it's going to get better if feels painful yes and there are days you feel lonely but Love is God and God is love and remember Gods love never waivers for a second and it is that Love you must trust and hold on to. I am honored to share my testimony because in this new season you will feel my love the same love you felt even in my most darkest painful hour . Because despite how bad it might feel in your dark hour Love is always around you. My little girls give me a circle of love that I will fight to protect I would walk to the ends of the earth to take care of my daughters. Some people want to be in your light because it makes them look good well I must tell you your foot steps are your foot steps and there is only one other set of prints next you that you can't see and that is God. I hope as the days and months turn you get to experience your own seasonal shift of love and prosperity and that you receive an abundance of blessings. I pray that you stand in the light of love ❤️. “WE ALL HAVE A STORY”🚪🚪

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openingd00rs's Instagram Photo - @larisaklara 
I've been coping with chronic illness sinc I was 19, but last year was absolutely the hardest. I experience so much pain, bad days and sadness, plus coping with a fact that I will have to live with all of that for the rest of my life, wasn't easy. On the other hand, was this year the year I learn how to trust myself, the year I found who are my real friends and who are people I have to let go. I experienced some really bad days, when I almost gave up, but those was also the days I fought the most. I'm not telling you this because I want to complain or feel sory for me, I'm telling you this because I want you to now, that if you are having problems or coping with health illnesses, you are not alone. I want you to now that your health problems, pain, sadness and other things that bothering you are not you! You are not defined by your illness! Get up everyday no matter how hard it is and bite that son of a b**** in the ass!
“WE ALL HAVE A STORY”🚪🚪

@larisaklara I've been coping with chronic illness sinc I was 19, but last year was absolutely the hardest. I experience so much pain, bad days and sadness, plus coping with a fact that I will have to live with all of that for the rest of my life, wasn't easy. On the other hand, was this year the year I learn how to trust myself, the year I found who are my real friends and who are people I have to let go. I experienced some really bad days, when I almost gave up, but those was also the days I fought the most. I'm not telling you this because I want to complain or feel sory for me, I'm telling you this because I want you to now, that if you are having problems or coping with health illnesses, you are not alone. I want you to now that your health problems, pain, sadness and other things that bothering you are not you! You are not defined by your illness! Get up everyday no matter how hard it is and bite that son of a b**** in the ass! “WE ALL HAVE A STORY”🚪🚪

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openingd00rs's Instagram Photo - Our prayers go out to the Ayden family 🙏🏼, Ayden lost his battle last night to cancer. Sorry for your lost @lele_licari #restinpeace 😓

Our prayers go out to the Ayden family 🙏🏼, Ayden lost his battle last night to cancer. Sorry for your lost @lele_licari #restinpeace😓

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openingd00rs's Instagram Photo - @shalondaamua 
My story is so long I will just say the photo on the left I am 39 years old and 240lbs in a bad relationship waiting to die! It almost happened I had 2 seizures back to back and that was my wake up call to finally take the steps to be happy and healthy. The photo on the right I am 43 years old (yes I am proud to be in my 40’s) 182lbs making healthier choices and slowly but surly becoming a powerlifter! I am so excited about life right now!!! I look forward to my future for the first time in a long time! I have wonderful people in my life that encourage and push me when I want to quit or jump, which ever one comes up on that day! Lol. I am truly happily blessed finding myself and enjoying every moment. As my partner/best friend @ettaflyy reminds me! “I am not where I want to be but I am not where I once was was and that is what counts! “ and As my trainer/coach @team83elite tells me “it’s a journey no time line”
“WE ALL HAVE A STORY”🚪🚪

@shalondaamua My story is so long I will just say the photo on the left I am 39 years old and 240lbs in a bad relationship waiting to die! It almost happened I had 2 seizures back to back and that was my wake up call to finally take the steps to be happy and healthy. The photo on the right I am 43 years old (yes I am proud to be in my 40’s) 182lbs making healthier choices and slowly but surly becoming a powerlifter! I am so excited about life right now!!! I look forward to my future for the first time in a long time! I have wonderful people in my life that encourage and push me when I want to quit or jump, which ever one comes up on that day! Lol. I am truly happily blessed finding myself and enjoying every moment. As my partner/best friend @ettaflyy reminds me! “I am not where I want to be but I am not where I once was was and that is what counts! “ and As my trainer/coach @team83elite tells me “it’s a journey no time line” “WE ALL HAVE A STORY”🚪🚪

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