Because for years, I couldn't stand the reflection of myself in the mirror. My own body made me cringe. I would stare and scrutinize every square inch of myself - picking apart every flaw and placing my worth in these imperfections. I starved my body in hopes of diminishing these detrimental thoughts, but this proved only to add fuel to the fire. With each pound I lost, my self doubt and self hate escalated beyond a level I ever imagined possible. My body was my greatest enemy, and my biggest insecurity. Today I see a girl staring back at me with life in her eyes and passion in her heart. I see a radiant soul that shines bright with energy and optimism for a beautiful future. I see a smile that inspires others, and a spark that reminds me why I started this battle for recovery in the first place. I see myself - a girl I lost sight of for far too long. I surrendered myself to a demon that stole my health, happiness and existence from right under my feet. But you better believe I fought like hell to get her back, and now she's here to stay.