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The Most Inspiring Before and After Picture Ever

The response to one woman's unique before and after picture inspired her to start a body-image movement and documentary. A must-watch for anyone on the journey to self-acceptance!
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  • I loved this video. We have all felt that way. - 5/24/2016 10:37:27 AM
  • So true. I cried. - 10/5/2015 5:42:09 AM
  • I've come to realize that I've had a distorted body image of myself since I was a child. When I look in the mirror it's like looking in a fun-house mirror. I see myself as fat and lumpy. I guess I never developed anorexia or bulimia because I don't throw up and would never do anything to harm myself. The only way I can judge my size is by the size of my clothes. When I was a size 6 I still saw myself as fat, but knew that wasn't accurate. You can't be a size 6 and fat. This was a painful video for me to watch. With age and the evil "shape shifter" I'm definitely no longer that size 6 and that's okay. My goal is to learn to like the body I have today. - 6/4/2015 5:27:48 PM
    Thanks! its made me look at my body in a different way - 5/12/2015 11:57:47 AM
    Wow! When I first saw the before and after photo, I was confused but then I watched the video. And I walk away with a new understanding about my own body image. - 5/10/2015 10:04:52 AM
  • I think my body is amazing. Sure it's far from perfect, but I celebrate what it can do. And not some unrealistic goal of what it might look like. It's because I love my body. That I take care of it. - 5/8/2015 10:41:31 PM
    Beautiful honest and real. This is the world I want to live in. I am tired of hating myself. - 4/13/2015 10:29:30 PM
  • I am inspired. I am sorry that a lot of you dont understand the message here - 4/12/2015 3:43:42 PM
  • Wrote a blog about Taryn that gives more insight.
    Here is the link if you are interested in learning more:

    I think she IS absolutely amazing!!!! - 4/9/2015 10:10:01 PM
    People who are criticizing this video are totally missing the point - she thought achieving the perfect body would make her happy. It didn't. She didn't ever say she quit working out because it wasn't worth it, or stopped taking care of herself. She wants to create a movement of women who stop being their own worst critics and start loving the body we have. I've been at my perfect weight and I still thought I was fat. I look in the mirror today and still think my body is ugly. It has nothing to do with how much I weigh, but how I perceive myself. And even though I haven't been overly vocal about my self-loathing, I can see my eldest daughter following in my footsteps. And that makes me sad. Loving your body does not mean you give up - loving your body means taking the best possible care of it that you are able to, giving yourself the grace to accept the imperfections, and being grateful for the things that it enables you to do. - 4/9/2015 10:00:23 PM
  • I'm completely tired of opening up this site to see her naked arse. I don't care what the message is! - 4/9/2015 9:41:39 PM
  • People that don't understand the movement are not seeing the real message. I'm anorexic now over 25 years. I am below the healthy BMI and weight for my height and age. I still see my body as fat and ugly, BECAUSE I DON'T LIKE WHO I AM - 4/9/2015 5:35:10 PM
    She achieves a beautiful body builder's physique, she's still not happy with herself and calls the amount of work and dedication to get there "crazy." Not at all inspiring to me. - 4/9/2015 4:29:54 PM
  • This made me cry, not because I'm sad, but because it shed some light into the shadows of my life and inspired me to love my body for what it is, and make improvements as I see fit.

    We only have this one body after all. - 4/9/2015 3:45:01 PM
  • She never said she was unhealthy. She just had a poor body image which didn't disappear even after the 'perfect body' was achieved. That's what this video is all about. Our bodies may not be perfect but it is a blessing to have a body that gets us around and lets us experience life. I feel like I have wasted so much time and energy hating my own body, even when at my goal weight. I'm certain that when I am on my deathbed, I will wonder why I wasted my life worrying about a little bulge over the top of my belt or a little flab under my arms. I think this video is relevant to people who want to lose weight. It's not making an excuse to not lose weight. It's telling us that we may as well love ourselves while making changes, and not think 'everything will be perfect when I weigh ___ pounds'. - 4/9/2015 1:58:54 PM