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Woman who battled anorexia posts 'tummy roll' photos to help inspire others

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A blogger went from an eating disorder to a body-confident role model

At 14, Megan Jayne was 70 pounds and hospital-bound with a severe case of anorexia.

Fast-forward eight years and the Colchester, England, woman is now at a healthy weight and using her body to show that recovery and self-acceptance is possible because it happened to her.

One day you'll see. The moments of your life that you've missed. The memories that were made to light up your mind with smiles in vivid colour. But instead, they are dull. They were dulled. By a mind that could never truly live in that moment, too consumed by the ever present mirror forcing your reflection to the forefront of your thoughts. You cannot truly live with that mirror, looming over all that you do, and all that you are. One day you'll see, that it was inside you all along - the power to smash the mirror into pieces too small to ever pierce through your self esteem again. One day you'll see, that you could have lived unburdened by lies about your worth residing in your reflection. That you could have laughed with your whole body shaking. That you could have devoured every bite without shame. That you could have lived every moment, for yourself. One day, you will see. And I can't think of a better day than the one you're living right now.

A photo posted by Megan (@bodyposipanda) on

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Jayne writes about her recovery on Instagram with a series of non-Photoshopped images that shows her body in all its beauty, "thunder thighs" and all.

"If a picture of my tummy rolls or cellulite being shamelessly embraced can show someone else that their body is worth loving too," she told The Daily Mail, "then I will post the most tummy-tastic, lumpy bumpy, thunder-thigh pictures that I can take."

HERE'S TO UNFLATTERING. To all the pictures we've deleted. To all the ones we've avoided. To all the spotlights we've hidden away from. To all the outfits we've been too worried to wear. To all the moments we've been too scared to embrace. 'That's my bad side' 'The camera angle is all wrong' 'Always dress for your shape, remember to disguise your flaws' 'When I've lost the last 10 pounds, then I can finally be happy' Life is not meant to be lived through the lens of how other people see you. It is for you, and you alone. Stop trading away your memories because you didn't have your makeup on. Stop forfeiting things you love because people say that your body doesn't suit them. Stop hiding in the shadows because you don't think you deserve the light. These pictures were taken 30 minutes apart. One is not a lie. The other is not an embarrassment. They are both me, and I choose to embrace and love them both. So here's to redefining that word, because the only thing that's truly unflattering is a culture that convinces us that any version of ourselves is unacceptable. We are spectacular, in all of our forms. #effyourbeautystandards

A photo posted by Megan (@bodyposipanda) on

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Her message is an important one: If we wait until the "perfect" time to love our bodies, then we miss so much of our lives because nothing is perfect. "We tie ourselves down with chains of 'I'll do that when I lose weight' and 'I can't do that how I look now,' and we give up our current happiness for a promise that never comes," she wrote on her blog.

Jayne's beauty radiates through every photo — and she hopes it'll inspire other women battling eating disorders to love themselves as they are, right now.

Can we talk about mental health for a minute? Every single one of us will know someone, or be someone who's struggled with mental illness at some point. And sure, there's a lot of talk about breaking stigma and being more compassionate, but so many of us are still afraid to put ourselves out there and say this: Yes, those things are a part of me, but they are not all of me. #thechristineproject is about embracing our struggles, and knowing our worth beyond them. We are such magical multi-dimensional beings, and we deserve to recognise the wonder in that, in the ups, the downs and everything in between. Check out the unstoppable @thechristinecho and her blog to see more, and please please take part in this wonderful project if you feel like you can!

A photo posted by Megan (@bodyposipanda) on

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"If I can fall in love with my body after all I've been through anyone can — they just have to believe that they deserve it. I honestly believe that body positivity has the power to save lives, and that is my mission," she said.

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