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THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS’ Tammin Sursok Writes Inspirational Letter to Her Overweight 13-Year-Old Self!


Tammin Sursok (ex-Colleen, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) penned a message to her overweight 13-year-old self in the hopes of helping other insecure young women realize that their lives can get better.

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Warning her teenaged self about a young boy she liked, Sursok wrote, “Not only does he not have any giddy interest in you, but he will verbalize in front of everyone that you are indeed ‘fat’ and after he miniaturizes you, he will parade away. And you will feel like the lights just blasted and you are standing on a stage, naked, in all your quarter-pounder glory.”

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Hey guys. 🙂 So I was going through some pictures from my family home and I came across these. It actually took me back to a place of painful memories. I remember the lack of self love and the lack of compassion I had for myself. I think it's important to speak about this around the holidays- especially when all we are seeing is everyones "highlight" reel, the filters, the perfect families, the perfect bodies – and I know there are many people out there who are struggling, who don't feel like they are enough, who have no hope. I PROMISE you, you can change your life. You can get out of a painful situation. It takes one positive step in the right direction. Just one step. This is not about weight, it's about positive change from whatever negative situation you find yourself in. This is coming from me, this was my story, a little girl close to 200 pounds, who woke up one day and decided enough was enough. I love you all and I truly believe in every one of you. #thisisbeautiful.

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Continuing, she advises herself not to give up because change is coming. “Your body will change, not because you are mimicking perfection,” Sursok wrote. “But because you will regard it as a vessel that needs to be treated with respect. A figure that will ultimately swell and magnify as it carries your unborn child.

“But I’m here,” the actress and mom concludes, “standing on the sidelines, looking at you, my 13-year-old self and I want you to know you’re going to be more than okay.”

In an Instagram post where she shared some photos of herself as a teenager, Sursok promised her fans that they can change their lives and escape painful situations. “It just takes one positive step in the right direction,” she declared. “Just one step. I love you all and I truly believe in every one of you.”

Sursok definitely changed her own life, becoming a successful actress appearing in the Australian soap HOME AND AWAY, Y&R, and PRETTY LITTLE LIARS among other roles, marrying boyfriend Sean McEwen in 2011, and giving birth to her daughter, Phoenix, in 2013. 

See just how beautiful her life has become in the special family gallery below!

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