I used to be afraid to eat bread. In fact, I was afraid to eat much of anything, and even more afraid of what would happen if I stopped my daily running. Would my arms grow big, would my neck become fat, or would my legs double in thickness? Worst of all, would my stomach stick out?

I could not let that happen, and my determination was fierce. I even grew to feel accomplished when my stomach would rumble. I stopped going out with my friends out of fear. Fear that they would notice my hesitation towards eating, fear of losing control of my appetite around them.

Of course, this was when I was much younger. A whole eight months younger, to be precise. Oh my, how time changes things. Even more so, it’s astounding how appreciating yourself for everything you are is much more productive than taking note of everything you are not. 

Today, a smile decorates my flour-streaked face as I knead my homemade sourdough. I bubble with the excitement of my best friend’s impending arrival, wondering what delicious treats she’ll bring this time.

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Sabriah Yakubova
Sabriah Yakubova(@sabriah-yakubova)
5 months ago

This is such a fun story and I can feel the character’s emotions.
I absolutely love it.
Wonderful job.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
5 months ago

I enjoy it, Bevanny. I love the transformation of your protagonist and embracing the changes with self-love, care, and appreciation even more. I feel every emotion in your story. Well done. Keep on writing.

A warm welcome to voice club.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
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5 months ago

You’re welcome, Bevanny.

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
5 months ago

Hi, Bevanny, and welcome to Voice.club. I’m so glad that your protagonist managed to grow out of their self-doubt and fear of a negative body image. Things could have gone so much worse. Good job.

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Kayja Daniels
Kayja Daniels(@kayja-daniels)
5 months ago

I think a lot of teenagers would especially find a lot of value in reading this. Good read.

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Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
5 months ago

Welcome Bevanny to Voice.Club. Your protagonist goes through so many emotions- fear of over-eating, of becoming fat, of losing control, but so glad that she ends on a note of friendship.

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