Kayla hopes to spread awareness and inspire with her ED story

I have gone back and forth if I was going to share this photo for eating disorder awareness week. I don't have many photos of those days to share and have never shared one from the back side. I tell people to share there before and after photos, yet I have never had the courage until today to share this one. What difference though is me in my swim suit and this photo?

The girl on the left was weak, insecure and always fighting herself. The day this photo was taken I remember I was mentally punishing myself for eating chocolate covered almonds. Most of my life I always saw something else when I looked in the mirror. Learning self love changed my life. I learned to except myself for who I am and to nourish my body because you only get one.

Eating disorders are serious and nothing to be joked about. I hope to spread awareness to others and maybe inspire someone out there. The girl on the right is strong and has grown in so many ways. If you are fighting yourself everyday...please look in the mirror and tell yourself that you are enough. You are beautiful...every human and every body is beautiful no matter what shape or size. You are worth it, each and every one of you.

Don't give up because once you get through the dark tunnel, life gets better. Self love is the best love. When you're having bad days, surround yourself with the things or people that bring you joy. I still fight myself mentally but the difference is how much stronger I am now and that I know what's real and what's not. Not everyday I wake up feeling good about myself but I take care of myself now. Last April around this time I lost 12 lbs quick and was struggling with bad habits but this time I spoke up to my friends and they were there everyday to support me and remind me that I was enough. I even got It tattooed on my ribs in Tennessee last May. So I could read it everyday when I wake up and look in the mirror. Life isn't always beautiful and some days are more difficult then others. We are all on this up and down roller coaster but we just gotta keep going with it. 🙌🏻 #eatingdisordersurvivor