Picked On For How I Was Different

@quadcitychick
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I took the @I_dont_do_ugly challenge! This is a campaign to bring awareness to #antibullying #cancerawareness and to #soberlife . I encourage and challenge you to get rid of any ugly you may have in your thoughts/words/actions/heart and set your intention to spread love instead to yourself and others.
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Part of this challenge is to share your story of how any of these topics may have impacted your life.
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Here's mine...
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When I was in high school I had a few things going against me: I moved from Jersey to Vermont, a body different than everyone else's, and oily skin. I was always picked on for having big thighs. My build was thanks to my gymnastics growing up and I had a muscular lower half! In my eyes though they were big and big meant fat. In gym class one day freshman year of high school a boy yelled out in front of my entire class "DAMN MARY HAS A BIG BUTT" and everyone laughed. The type of shoes I wore were mocked, my body, and my shiny greasy skin. I took the opinions of others so seriously I would wash my face and redo my make up 2-3 times a day and I started a "diet" that lead to anorexia. I was always a solid 130lbs in high school and got down to 83lbs. It took me a long time to get healthy- mentally and physically but it is what ultimately got me to where I am and what I do for a living today. . .
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If you teach love not hate at an early age, imagine the potential kids can reach at a much earlier stage of life. How much more loving and peaceful our world would be. .
Embrace what makes you different - it's what sets you apart! It was given to you for a reason so do something with it! And never allow the opinions, words, or actions of anyone else dim the light you have inside of you! 
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My company name QuadCityFitness came from me I owning these thighs (quadriceps... "quads"). I am more about teaching you fitness. I show you how to love yourself and build confidence. I took what I was most embarrassed of and turned it into what I'm most proud of. And I challenge YOU to do the same. . .
#IDDU #IDontDoUgly #positive #motivation #inspiration #love #begood
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