Beautiful

Every single person has flaws, but they're hardly ever accepted. We're being taught to feel bad about them, not accept them. Sierra, her whole childhood struggled with feeling good about her body and appearance. Sometimes, all you need to do is look in a mirror and remind yourself that you are beautiful. <COVER BY @ZIREEE>

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4. The unhealthy way

The next few months were torture. In order to be skinny I started skipping meals and telling my family I wasn't hungry, doing intense workouts with Callie, and weighing myself everyday. I knew it was unhealthy, to be starving myself, but I wanted to loose weight so bad. The fasting stopped when I fainted during a workout with Callie. 

"Sierra??" I heard as I groggily opened my eyes. "Sierra!!!!" Callie said loudly in my ear. 

"I-I'm f-f-fine." I mumbled. My head was pounding and spinning and my back hurt from when I fell. 

"You don't seem fine." Callie said. "What happened?" 

"I dunno..." I said. "I guess it was because I haven't been eating that much-"

"SIERRA YOU'VE BEEN STARVING YOURSELF?" Callie shrieked. 

"Y-yeah," I said. "That's how I've been loosing weight." 

"Stay here." Callie said as she ran out of her bedroom. I tried to sit up using my elbows to support me. When she came back, she was holding a giant cupcake. "Eat this." 

"No." I said shaking my head. "It's so high in calories." 

"Exactly." Callie said. "It'll give you more energy." I accepted it and bit into it. I felt the creamy frosting and red velvet cake melt together in my mouth. 

"Thanks." I said as I shoved more into my mouth. 

"So that's really how you lost so much weight?" She said. 

"Yeah." I said. 

"I'd been wondering how you lost it all, because I haven't lost that much." Callie said sitting down next to me. "But you know that's really unhealthy and can lead to health problems in the future, right?" 

"Well yeah," I shrugged. "But it's only temporary." 

"That's what the other people think, too." She said. "But that kind of thing turns into a habit, which can lead to anorexia and stuff." 

"Oh." I said looking down at the empty cupcake wrapping. 

"Maybe we should try to exercise by joining a sport?" Callie suggested. I wrinkled my nose. 

"Ugh, no thanks." I said. 

"Come onnn!" She insisted. "Something fun like.... cheerleading!" 

"Cheerleading?" I echoed. 

"Yeah!" She said. "It'll be fun! Wanna join with me?" 

"Sure." I shrugged. "Why not?" 

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