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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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    Very moving and thought provoking. I hate my body right now. I don't know how not to hate it. It doesn't help when your husband hates it to. And you. - 9/21/2014 4:17:04 PM
  • I'm sitting here sobbing right now. The only time I remember my father telling my mother she was beautiful & he loved her was after her mastectomy for breast cancer. She never thought of herself as beautiful. I hope that I can take a lesson from this & pass it on to my daughter. - 7/26/2014 1:03:43 PM
  • I found it interesting that she went from being out of shape and a bit pudgy (I wouldn't say she was really overweight) to being a competitive body builder who did not accept her body when it was nearly perfect. Now, with being back to being a few pounds above her competitive weight she is more accepting of herself. Nice.

    As a 15 year breast cancer survivor with double mastectomies I was surprised and actually pleased to see the photos of the women who had undergone surgeries, with or without reconstruction. Their acceptance of their bodies, scars and all, and willingness to share these photos increased my acceptance of my own flat concaved chest, scars and bulging skin at my sides. - 7/21/2014 5:02:46 PM
  • Very powerful and something I worry about, when I loose the weight I need to will I be happy?? This will not stop me from loosing weight and becoming more healthy but I have been overweight all my life. How do I change my perspective about my body?? How do I start loving myself for who I am??
    This video has put a seed in my imagination and hopefully I will be able to come to terms with a liife long conditioning program that I have programmed myself with help from others and knock it for 6. Hopefully one day it will happen. - 7/13/2014 3:52:33 PM
  • o.k. This made me cry. We women seem so conditioned for self-loathing when it comes to our bodies. So much wasted energy on something so unbelievably superficial. If we women spent as much energy on doing good in the world, it would be a better place. I completely disagree that this video is contradictory to people wanting to be healthy. Spark for me is not just about losing weight, it is about reconnecting with my body and getting healthier. You cannot judge health solely by a number on a scale. There are plenty of "skinny fat people" out there who have poor habits and eat junk and who have major health issues as a result. Self-loathing will only keep you fat. Body shame never made anyone get healthy. Women need to stop thinking that only one body type is healthy or acceptable. It is not a crime to look like a real woman. - 7/11/2014 3:05:07 PM
  • I have been as skinny as 88 pounds (i lost lots of weight while in the ICU and in a medically induced coma) and when i came out of hospital still felt fat...this was when i was in my 40' i'm up to 130's and my hubby says "you're fat". Guess i exercise for me and only me. If i'm be it! I can live with it. - 6/25/2014 3:29:41 PM
  • Beautiful video and powerful message. I am guilty of telling myself over and over that I was ugly, disgusting because I was overweight and have only one boob. Who else could possibly love me like that. When I met my husband and first started dating, he boldly told me he had never dated anyone as fat as me (I wasn't even 140 lbs at that time). He would force me to do push-ups and sit-up so I would "get healthy" as he called it. Sadly, I overlooked all the red flags and began believing what he said, and added weight on. I am working to get healthier to reduce my risk of breast cancer nonoccurrence and I may never be a size 4, but who cares. I have found a new love for myself - ME. I am learning to love my body, whatever it ends up looking like, and I won't let another soul tell me I'm anything but beautiful. - 6/23/2014 4:02:59 PM
  • I was down to 135 lbs after a stroke 6 years ago, and I still felt fat. I went up to 175 lbs three years ago because I had not yet gotten my energy back. I went back down to 140 and kept my energy and I seem to vary between 140 and 155 now. That is all well within my range. My body still feels big, but I keep working on my views. Thank you for this video. I know now that a person can hate their body, and by extension themselves, whether thin or fat. One improvement for me-I think less about my body these days. - 6/23/2014 10:58:56 AM
  • Great video. Sometimes a video is very powerful and this one is. More power to this young woman. - 6/22/2014 6:17:51 PM
    After watching this video clip, it made me realize how unhealthy I was 6 years ago when I got myself back down to a size 8 and was exercising everyday for at least one hour - sometimes up to 3 hours a day. I took it to the extreme to keep off those 50 lbs I got rid of (I ended up getting knee surgery from overuse from all the exercising and high impact aerobics I was doing). I counted every point and logged every cardio and weight training session and still felt like I was too fat. On days I would weigh-in at the local WW, I exercised in the morning before work - making sure it was a "sweat fest" - I did not drink even a drop of water and I did not eat anything until after the 12:00 pm weigh-in. That is far from being healthy! My time and thoughts were consumed with keeping that weight off for good. It didn't leave me time to think about much else. I began to burn out after a few years and 35 of those lbs slowly found their way back and you know what? I feel better now than I did back then. I enjoy exercising a few days a week. I feel great while I am riding the spin bike, doing a low-impact step workout, hiking or using free weights. I have fun with it! It is no longer something that "must be done" or feel like a "punishment" if I have that piece of cake. I wear a size 14 now and I like myself and my curves. :)

    I hope Taryn gets the funding she needs to make the full length documentary. I think everyone needs to see more real women in the media, not air-brushed, photo-shopped, unhealthy models. - 5/30/2014 9:59:51 AM
  • Wow! Powerful!

    - 5/29/2014 10:24:06 AM
    i thought this was a beautiful video and wasn't at all offended by it or the pleas for donations. It's a worthy cause IMO. - 5/27/2014 2:49:02 PM
  • This video is not contradictory. This woman is not saying 'love your body and let yourself go", she is saying women at every size hate their body. Healthy, fit, anorexic, overweight and normal looking women all thing they are fat, ugly, jiggly, inadequate and average looking women. I believe if every woman loved themselves, they would take it upon themselves to treat their bodies with the love and compassion they deserve. When will we learn to not equate our appearance (or even worse, a NUMBER) with self-worth? That is much more important than looking a certain way (and still hating yourself) any day.

    Carry on :)

    - 5/27/2014 1:42:15 PM
  • I would not share pictures of naked women on my face book page. We have this one and have another one which Is almost naked. - 5/27/2014 12:14:11 PM
  • OK so I shed a tear or two esp when she told about the woman hugging her on the beach who said she had one boob because I have 1-1/2 boobs. I'm terribly lopsided and since I had to stop taking estrogen after breast cancer, I am spreading out and have mixed feelings about my body, mostly negative. This was inspiring and I needed to see it. Thank you! - 5/27/2014 10:08:18 AM