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All Quotes by author - Michelle Carter
" Accepting your body and body image is very important, because there are images that are put out in the media and in your face every day that you need to look this certain kind of way, that it's gonna take you far in life. "
" After a lifetime of feeling at home in my plus-size body, I was a 27-year-old having self-esteem issues. Clothes shopping stopped being fun and became a chore; I couldn't wear the curve-showing styles I loved without Spanx - and I worried that my new body would affect my training. "
" After the 2012 Olympics, I returned to training, but unlike in previous years, my off-season weight gain didn't melt off as soon as I got back to my routine. I was tired, and my clothes weren't fitting. I'd been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, which means my thyroid is underactive, and that slows my metabolism. "
" Anything can happen. Everybody is working to be on that team and to win the Olympic Games. "
" Athletes can not look the same and be great in their individual sport. The example I like to use is Gabby Douglas. She could not flip in the air if she was built like me, but then Gabby Douglas couldn't throw the shot put. I was built like this because I was made to throw the shot put. "
" At my first Olympics, I didn't have a contract, and I wasn't making any money. After my first Olympics, I was working at 24 Hour Fitness at the front desk. I would go to practice in the morning, run home, shower, grab some food and then go straight to work. I didn't get off of work until 10 or 11 o'clock at night. "
" Being a female athlete, sometimes your clothes don't fit right if you have a small waist and broad shoulders, or strong hips. And it's OK to embrace that. "
" Black Girl Magic means that I have the power to overcome anything. Especially when we're in a world where you're told that you can't do something or you're less than, I'm reminded that my ancestors have overcome so much. There's still so much work to be done, and I have the power to overcome it. "
" By the end of the day, I just want someone to feed me. "
End Of The Day
" Depending on how slow I move that day, weight training will take two to three hours. "
" Don't be afraid to try new things, because I just tried shot put not knowing my family history behind it, and trying it led me to the rest of my life. "
" Even though I was dealing with all of these health issues, I was still doing well during my season. It wasn't the best season, but it was consistent. And I figured if I could be this consistent when I'm not my best, what happens when I get better, where could I be? So I wanted to see what I would be like on the other side. "
" Everybody wants to come out and win the gold, and sometimes it takes a personal best, sometimes it doesn't. But to be able to have all those pieces come together, it's a great feeling. "
" Fashion and beauty is a reflection of what's on the inside. And if you're genuine, they match up. The core of who you are will be the same. "
" For a couple of years, being professional, I kind of questioned myself. Should I wear my false lashes or take the time I want to take so I can feel good when I go out on the field? Because nobody else was really doing that. And I thought, No: I'm not going to change what I believe I should look like to fit anybody else's standards. "
" For some people, being bare-faced is wonderful. Others like a little bit of mascara and eyeliner. "
" God puts us in position to do the things we need to, both on and off the track, to honor Him. "
" I call him 'Daddy Coach.' He's taught me everything that he's known so I'm able to do what I'm able to do. "
" I can actually dress up or bring my femininity in and bring my own flair and my own stout - and still be great at what I do. We're created different to be unique! "
" I can secretly sing. But I am extremely shy when it comes to singing in public. "
" I can't choose a favorite musician, because I love music so much that whatever/whomever I'm listening to at that moment is my favorite. "
" I can walk in a room of people who may not know Christ and still be myself. And they can still see Christ in me even though they may not know who it is, but I know that they can see that in me and I'm carrying that with me. "
" If I was to get nervous, then I'm wasting my energy. "
" If you are feeling good, you look good, you are confident about yourself, you are going to go out there, and you will rock it. "
" I gained over 100 lbs. that I could never lose. My hair was falling out. I was tired all the time. I couldn't maintain muscle. I had no energy. It gave me some relief that there was something actually wrong with me and I wasn't crazy, but it was really hard knowing that there is something wrong with my body and I couldn't fix it. "
" I grew up in church. I don't know anything different. "
" I have to have my lashes. For me, it all sets the tone: I'm getting ready to go to work. "
" I just encourage young girls to be true to themselves. "
" I just want to go out there and do my best. You can't argue with your best. "
" I know that God is intentional with everything that He brings to me and what He does for me. I'm not here just to be here. God made me intentionally! He created me on purpose, for a reason! To throw the shot put for sure. That's one of the things I am created to do. "
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