WOMEN
02/21/2014 09:23 am ET Updated Feb 21, 2014

A Fat Girl Dancing: I Didn't Let A 100-Pound Weight Gain Stop Me From Doing

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I never set out to be a voice in the body-positive movement. In fact, as recently as a year ago, my most significant life goals hinged solely on losing 200 pounds so I would fit into a body deemed attractive and acceptable by society.

I desperately wanted to have a body that gave me permission to do the things I loved, like dance in public, and a body that gave me permission to outwardly be the person I was inside: a confident, quirky woman with endless goals and dreams.

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