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The Most Inspiring Before and After Picture Ever

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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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  • CASAGRANDE
    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:
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    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
  • LEVYMERIDA
    I think that this woman is being honest about how she feels about her body. She didn't feel good about her body when she was fit either. And the shape of the body doesn't neccesary mean you are healthy. Honestly, why do you want to be thinner? Because of your health or your image. Me, honestly is because I want to look good, but I tell everybody is for my health. We need to love ourselves just the way we are. - 4/9/2015 10:55:14 AM
  • eh. I agree with the others who say that this vid is the opposite of what I am on sparkpeople for. sure love yourself and all of that but that after is NOT what I am here for and def not inspiring. I guess this is good for those who have self esteem issues and such. - 4/9/2015 10:32:45 AM
  • 2BFITN23838
    I was thinking this morning just how sick I am of my bulges and back-fat. I was feeling frustrated because the pounds are coming off at such a slooooooooooow rate. Then I saw this video and I cried. I'm guilty of the self-hate and negative talk about my body. I need to reflect deeply on the message of this video, and learn to embrace my body. - 4/9/2015 9:00:12 AM
  • I do not understand this article.

    The woman was out of shape so she works out.
    But the demands of working out were too much for her.
    So...she stops and becomes out of shape AND fat.

    People are celebrating this? Seems to me instead of becoming 'comfortable' with her body, she quit trying to be healthy because it was easier.

    We should never accept or be comfortable with an unhealthy body. Never. - 4/9/2015 8:59:38 AM
  • Wow Taryn is amazing I can't wait for her film. - 4/9/2015 8:32:35 AM
  • We need more Taryns! I'm guilty, I'm size 4, fit, healthy BMI, but every morning I can find 10 things I hate about how I look, sad, very sad. - 4/9/2015 7:21:50 AM