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Monday, October 28, 2013

I remember.....

See this girl? 


I remember her.

She was teased most of her life for her weight, been called Ta-fatty, had milk shakes thrown at her from cars, people mooed when she walked by, had chairs break on her, had to either special order her clothes & many times just borrowed her dad's shirts and lived through emotional abuse.

Still she smiles in this picture.

I also remember when she wasn't smiling.  When family members would tell her she would be beautiful....if she lost the weight.  Her smile slowly dimmed.

Eventually she started to think like everyone else.  She felt worthless.  Less than human.  Like not herself.  Who was she anymore?  She didn't know.

No matter what her best friend or husband did they could not get her to smile.  

She fell into a deep depression & wanted to end everything.  She even came close once but the sounds of her children's laughter made her think twice.

She went to her support system, her best friend and her husband.  They took her to someone she could talk to, to help her sort her feelings.  They then encouraged her to go to a convention for the company she worked with & to see friends.  

See, it was there that it finally clicked that she needed to try to love herself as much as the people that loved her did.

This is where she found that smile you see in that picture.

She worked very hard to love & accept herself.  To change herself for the better.

So while you think her journey might only be about losing weight, it's so much more than that.  Her journey is about loving herself so much that everyone who meets her walks away loving themselves a little more.

I know this girl right here.....

Loves herself more every day because of her.

The End.


27 comments:

  1. What a great post. You are right that the weight loss is only part of the journey. Finding your strengths is another part.

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  2. Thank you for posting this Tanee, I am at the beginning of this journey after gaining almost 150 pounds after being in the military for five years and have been out for 17 years. I feel trapped in my body and do not even know myself anymore. Self-confidence? What is that? I will get there but it helps to see your journey and know that I am not alone in this. Thanks girl.

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  3. Oh wow what an beautiful and VERY INSPIRING story! I really needed this right now. I will put my best foot forward remembering what you've just said. Thank you.

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  4. Thank-you. I'm too emotional to write too much more than that. But thank-you.

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  5. I just found your blog not too long ago and I love it already. You are so inspirational and motivating. I am on my own fitness journey and reading the stories of other people really help me to keep going! Would love for you to check out my page! My following is a whole lot smaller than yours, but I'm working on it. :) www.facebook.com/tehonicafit

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  6. Tears in my eyes.....YOU are my inspiration every day Tanee!! We all need to love ourselves MORE. We are worth every single hour and day it takes to get us in better shape, to have self-confidence and feel accepted. Thank you for your "real" words. One step at a time.....anyone can start a new journey, just believe in yourself ♥

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  7. You're beautiful.. made me tear up .. thin or plus size we all need to be inspired.. its not easy to come out strong with that kinda adversity... amazing ..God bless you

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  8. 9thanks I need all the help I can get.

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  9. Thank you so very much for this post... and all of your posts. You are an inspiration. While reading this I totally identified. I am, no, was that girl. My whole life large, teased, told I "would" be beautiful... well the rest is me as well. I very recently, partly thanks to you, have begun my journey. I am focusing on me, yes, even being selfish in the fact that I am walking EVERY day. I don't know where this will end up. I started at 308lbs, feeling overwhelmed with life and feeling "sick" all the time. My main focus is to feel healthier; physically, mentally, spiritually. Any thing more is icing on the cake! Thank you again for inspiring.

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  10. You are awesome and so real, I really need that kind of inspiration!!!

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  11. BRAVO TANEE!!! You inspire me. And by the looks of other comments... you inspire many!

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  12. Thanks for making me smile Tanee love ur blog love ur videos love reading about your journey I was feeling down & out today but after reading this I'm filled with joy and energy to get off my a$$ today and work out harder and longer then yesterday txs again

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  13. So you were kind of forced to change yourself...

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    1. No, I wanted to change. I could have stayed on the other path I was on. No one can force anyone to change.

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  14. Great story!!! I do love following you on FB! You're real, lol.

    My mother and family lived in Slidell forever and were displaced after the hurricane. I still have family in the area, what a small world! Way to rock this. It's not easy, I'm in the middle of it right now :)

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  15. Thanks very much needed to read this! I am too this girl but not yet started on my journey. I know I am holding myself back out of fear and who is that hurting ME! You are a true inspiration that helps me see this should be about ME , So what if everyone else is against me and waiting to see me fail, it is about ME and they can and will not take that away from me! Thanks Tanee!

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  16. Thank You Thank You!!! I read and had tears in my eyes....I am also that girl....When I look in the mirror I don't even recognize myself...You have inspired me to try once again and get healthy...Thank you again you are a blessing <3

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  17. Thank you for being so inspirational. I am that overweight girl who fights to be fit and fabulous. I am tired of being that failure. You inspire me!

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  18. *sniffle* Beautiful. Before and after. Because of her beautiful soul.

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  19. I have felt like you many times and my daughter pulls me through. Reading your story has given me the encouragement I needed to know I can do it. Even when I eat something I should not, to remember not to get down. I am human and just go on. Thank you for being a wonderful inspiration!

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  20. Very very well written! Love reading your blog! Children are amazing! My daughter and I went through a tough time- she pulled me through the tough days without even knowing.

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  21. Body transformation can not be achieved if a person does not deal with the fears and insecurities inside. People struggle to achieve long-term success with weight loss because they in their mind they see themselves as fat and unhappy. But if this mindset changes and a person can be more positive then it is much easier to get results.

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  22. Reading this made me wonder if you were not writing my story. Brought tears to my eyes because this is exactly the journey I am going through. I am learning to fall in love with myself and be better to myself than I have been most of my life. Slowly getting my smile back here too.

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