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Tummy Troubles: How I Learned to Embrace My 'Flaws'

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
6/20/2011 10:06 AM   :  86 comments   :  20,023 Views

Confession: My stomach is my least favorite part of my body. When I was in high school, I had a taut, toned belly that my angst-ridden adolescent self couldn't appreciate. But by the time I realized how rockin' my body really was, it was too late: Years had passed, and eating disorders had given way to lax college eating and weight gain.

Much of the weight settled on my stomach, and, as a woman with fair skin, every bump, ripple and dimple was more visible.

A total of 50 pounds fell away in three phases: the bulk of it during my year in Korea, another 10 pounds when I started working at SparkPeople, and the final 15 since I underwent some major life changes late last year. (If my math seems fuzzy, it's because I gained and lost 10 pounds a few times!)

Everyone loses weight at different rates and in different places. For me, the upper body is the first area to see results, especially my breasts (TMI, but ladies, you know what I mean!). My arms and legs see changes next, followed by my hips and rear end. But the belly--that one's the last to go. It's so hard for me to see results there.

Thanks to years of yoga, I have strong abs... but they're still buried under some softness. (I don't use the "F" word.) I have no trouble baring my arms in tank tops or wearing open-backed tops, and I even overcame my aversion to wearing shorts. But I don't wear bikinis, and I feel self-conscious baring my belly. I pause during yoga practice if my tummy hangs out, and I often tuck in my shirt to avoid anyone seeing it.

A couple of weeks ago, I turned 30, and I celebrated with a yoga retreat in Honduras. With temperatures topping 90 degrees most days, I wore as little as possible to stay cool.

On my birthday, we took a 3-hour hike. About an hour into the hike, my clothes were drenched with sweat. I shed my button-down shirt and wore only my sports bra and hiking pants. I was nervous at first.

Were the other people on the hike staring at my belly, with its soft whiteness? Were they wishing I would cover up? Did they think I didn't have the body to bare my belly? After about five minutes, surrounded by the beauty of the Central American jungle, I stop caring. This is MY body, and I'm going to love it, flaws and all.

That day, I hiked three hours, climbed over boulders, did yoga on some rocks, and frolicked with the light heart and playful spirit of a child. I was the sole member of my hiking party to stand under a waterfall--our ultimate destination on the hike. I stood there, arms overhead, and let the water wash over me. I yelled: "I'm 30! Happy Birthday!" And I said a silent apology to my body.

Another woman on the trip captured a photo of me at that moment. It's not the most flattering angle--my hips are turned, my belly creased, my abs not sucked in--but the look on my face is priceless. It's now my favorite photo from the trip.

Women have curves, and I love mine. We have cellulite. Most of us don't have six packs.

I eat a super clean, plant-based diet. I run regularly. I practice yoga daily. This body is the healthiest it's ever been, inside and out. It's a body I worked very hard to achieve. It's a body that has been abused, loathed, and mistreated. And now it's a body that is loved. It's a body that is moved. It's a body that has infinite potential.

This body, "belly" and all, has run two half marathons, carried me through thousands of yoga practices, and supports me through each and every day. This body skinny dipped and stood naked under another waterfall on that trip. And I felt great! This body is beautiful.

This summer, I will be more confident in my body. I will not freak out if my stomach hangs out during yoga. (I already bought a pair of short yoga shorts, and I love them!) I will run in a sports bra and shorts on hot days.

I'm done bad mouthing my body and my belly. No more thinking of any body part as flawed. It isn't good or bad. It just is.

Love your body, and it will love you in return.

Do you have a body part you're afraid to bare? Do you feel comfortable in your own skin?


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  • 86
    thank you so much for posting this blog. I can relate very easily to what you are saying. My stomach has always been my trouble spot, and no matter how fit/ thin I may be, looking in the mirror it never seemed to be good enough. In the past year I gained 20lbs, lost 15, and have now gained 10 back, but mostly in muscle. For a while, I was really upset with the number on the scale and the extra "softness" I see in the mirror, but then something happened a couple months ago. I told myself to embrace my body, and that no matter how many crunches I do, how many miles I run, my body/genetic makeup is just not designed for rock-hard abs. I am 24 and my body will likely never be the same weight as it was when I was 19 or 20, but I should be grateful for all the other aspects of it that my hard work has given me. I am healthy, fit, and have the ability to run, walk, hike, etc. I am leaving to go backpacking across South America in a month, and I am mentally preparing to see my body change again as my diet and lifestyle changes during these upcoming months. But mostly, I am telling myself to mentally prepare for all the amazing adventures my body will be able to take me through, no matter what size or flaws it may have.
    Thank you again for this inspiring post! - 8/1/2011   4:10:55 PM
  • 85
    yes I hear you my (50yr) body is not too bad except for my belly which hangs over a bit, it does have something to do with the two ceasarean sections i had I too have strong abbs but they are hidden under the fat. Good on you - 8/1/2011   10:05:35 AM
  • 84
    my stomach was once my favorite body part and now, well....
    i spent hours and hours researching plastic surgery -- post bariatric-- NOT that i'm doing it, i just know my body will look post bariatric if i reach my goal in a year- and dang, i don't now how to visual what i want to look like. I don't want to look saggy, but i cannot carry this extra person's worth of weight around because

    i want to be able to hike again! Or at least wander where I want.

    Thanks for the inspiration and sharing your birthday love story,
    dDawn - 7/31/2011   11:53:50 PM
  • 83
    I'm so glad to read this. I'm sick of Hollywood and the Ad Men (Mad Men) deciding who is beautiful and what is beautiful. Our bodies are all amazing. We who can walk are particularly blessed. Any man who would reject a woman because her body is real and not made of plastic or sucked and shaped to look like a Barbie Doll is a sick jerk. Yahoo for celebrating the wonders of our life. - 7/31/2011   11:00:45 PM
  • 82
    Steph, you and your belly are priceless!! Thanks for reminding us that we should love all parts of us!! - 7/30/2011   10:18:33 PM
  • DWILLIAMB
    81
    This is a great article and just not for women i haven't taken my shirt of in puplic for years. - 7/30/2011   7:55:44 AM
  • PLACE-JE-PASSE
    80
    This is such an inspiring post! I lose weight in a really similar pattern and even though I have strong abs, they're covered by my belly, which I've always been self-conscious about. I really love your outlook and I'm trying to gradually accept my stomach too. - 7/29/2011   1:51:09 PM
  • 79
    Mine too is my stomach. Sad thing is I'm ok with the cushion on it, and the stretch marks on it. I'm not ok with the extra skin. The kind that hangs when I am do push-ups. Its just plain... yucky. - 7/29/2011   12:47:12 PM
  • 78
    I'm another one with very white skin, and a soft belly. I too, have learned to first accept, and then love my body, and just be me. My time came when I turned 40. I realized I was in great shape. I wasn't "perfect" like I wanted to be, but I was real good. And who I was, what I was like as a person, was more important than what I looked like. I can still work towards that perfect idea of myself, but I can be great now and happy with myself now. Letting others see my personality is more important than being concerned with letting others see my belly. - 7/29/2011   12:46:33 PM
  • CATIE67
    77
    I'm still trying to get the confidence to wear clothes that fit. I tend to wear baggy clothes to "hide" in. - 7/29/2011   11:06:49 AM
  • 76
    I have been trying to get a six-pack for months. First I was told that when I dropped the weight it would come. Next it was my body fat percentage that needed to be lowered. Well I have gone from 220 to 195.5 and my body fat is now 11 percent . Still I don't have the six-pack or even 1/2 a pack for my stomach. Still I am happy with my accomplishment although I don't show it. - 7/29/2011   10:04:59 AM
  • 75
    I have a huge scar across my belly button, so I haven't worn a bikini since I was really young. I always hide that, because I don't want to talk about how it got there. - 7/25/2011   3:31:37 PM
  • STARDUSTD
    74
    Boy, can I relate to the stomach hanging out of my pants thing. My stomach's always been a trouble area. Now, after losing over 100 pounds, I have a lot of excess skin in addition to the flab. I can't imagine ever willingly showing my gut in public. I think I'd have to be on the verge of heat stroke and be strictly in the company of the blind. - 6/26/2011   11:25:29 AM
  • 73
    Thanks for this blog! It really spoke to me because I too am most uncomfortable with my belly and am as fair skinned as they come. Over a years time I have lost a lot of weight and have gotten in better shape than I thought possible, but I cannot get rid of this belly and it has been annoying me! I now feel much better and more grateful for my wonderful body that takes me through every exercise and adventure I embark on. - 6/24/2011   10:14:16 PM
  • HOTSAUCE25
    72
    Thanks for your story. It really hit home and I too have a belly and wish that it was a lot flatter and more toned. I always try to hide my belly.. Your story gave me motivation to love my body flaws and all. From this moment I have decided to love every part of my body and to worship it more. - 6/24/2011   12:21:58 PM
  • OL1015
    71
    Reading how you feel about your body and how/where you lose weight hit close to home with me. It's as if I was reading my own words. I'm far from the end of my weightloss journey but when I reach it, I hope to have the confidence and the outlook you do. You're definitely inspiring! - 6/24/2011   9:29:42 AM
  • THINK_THIN12
    70
    I have spent my entire life picking at my stomach. I have never felt it to be "perfect" enough for me. This is really inspiring. I hope one day I have enough confidence to feel this way about myself. - 6/23/2011   9:04:42 PM
  • 69
    I dont like my belly, you are right about how you lost your weight.. I am starting to notice my legs a little slimmer and my arms a little more toned, but my belly is staying chubby.. Its my least favorite part of my body, yes i need to be happy with myself the way i am, i just want to improve myself! thank you for the article, and giving us all a chance to share our stories also! - 6/23/2011   6:08:57 PM
  • 68
    I'm 25 and don't show my stomach, it's also where I gain the most weight and it's the last to go down and tone. I also have stretch marks from my rapid weight gain back in college. - 6/23/2011   4:22:15 PM
  • 67
    It was really inspiring to read this--to hear the fine line between the confidence of words and the confidence behind the words. As a fellow former body-abuser, and one who is working to let my body look how it wants as I embrace the truly fit and healthy person underneath, it is wonderful to read of the moments of clarity--what it means to live and be healthy. Thanks for sharing about your trip and your conquest of baring your belly :) - 6/23/2011   10:52:23 AM
  • 66
    I'm 36 and can totally relate. I have struggled with the same vanity 15 lbs for the last 7 years. Seems like the minute I hit 30, everything I ate started to stick. I have not worn shorts in a long time because the back of my thighs are "not acceptable for view" in my opinion. My boyfreind is 9 years younger than me and is constantly begging me to expose myself (not like that...hahahaha), but he wants me to wear the shorter shorts - normally I'm in capris in the summer...This post has inspired me to let it go...to let it all go...Focus on the positive - health, wellness, and living a happy life...Thanks for this freedom! - 6/23/2011   8:55:22 AM
  • 65
    I totally know what you mean when you say that fat comes from thighs and the stomach last in most people - I have lost 50 lbs and although my top half seems alright, I always wish the lower part of my body is as toned. I have a very defined waist but a stomach which sticks out! I'm hoping that my stomach will decrease as I lose the final 15lbs but I will have to accept that my tummy will not look like the people on ads or celebrities but it will the best I will ever have. I haven't tried yoga but have found strength training (particularly Chalean's Extreme) very helpful in getting some muscle definition. - 6/22/2011   6:48:42 PM
  • 64
    Stephanie, I started to cry when I read this post. I have spent so much of the last few years hating my body. This body of mine carried my two beautiful girls through the first nine months of their lives and maybe I should be loving it instead of cussing it, flaws and all. Thanks for really changing my outlook! - 6/22/2011   12:19:34 PM
  • 63
    This was a great blog. I have a terrible time accepting my body. I have lost close to 100 pounds and just said to my friends, that I think I looked better heavier because of the "softness" in my thighs, my drooping boobs, and muffin top. Being 54 and finally down to a size 10 -12. I am having a real problem loving my body. I have this stupid image that I should look like the 20 somethings that were on Miss USA pageant and I will not be happy until then.

    Good for you. I hope I come to that acceptance soon. - 6/22/2011   8:01:45 AM
  • 62
    Another good post about learning to accept our bodies. I'd love flat abs, too. I guess, who wouldn't? I lost weight mostly off the top half of my body which was already small, but I did lose from the thigh, butt and hip, too. I don't mind too much the wrinkles on my tummy. I"m still working on my core and tummy exercises to see if over time that will tighten up. But if not, oh well. I look much better with clothes on than I used to and not too many people need to see me without. - 6/22/2011   3:02:44 AM
  • 61
    I loved your blog! As a 40+ mother of four (I had them in barely 5 years.) I feel what you are saying. However, I've come to terms with my body after losing almost 35lbs and losing more than my goal weight. My "worst" part is my thighs. They've always been bigger than I'd like. I also have the "bird arms" with the wave/flapping that continues when my hand has stopped.

    I've learned to like what I have. My stomach looks pretty good for my age and for having as many children as I did. I took the plunge and not only bought, but wore a bikini this year. My oldest is 16 and said I looked good and for that I was immensely proud. Besides with a bikini on, my best tattoos show.

    So everyone be proud of what you have. There are many people out there that would love to be like you and wish they were for many reasons. Flaunt it if you have it!! - 6/21/2011   9:46:20 PM
  • COMPFC
    60
    Stepfanie,
    You've learned early in your life that to be happy you need to appreciate and care for your body. I love your line about saying a silent apology to your body while celebrating your birthday under the waterfall-I can't think of a more fitting way to positively head into your 30's. I don't know a woman who doesn't have an issue with some area of their body, but when those supposed flaws stop you from living life to the fullest it's time to do as you did and embrace your fears and throw your shirt to the wind!
    Great blog and wonderful message. - 6/21/2011   1:00:10 PM
  • 59
    I didn't feel comfortable exposing my belly even when I was 20 y/o and weighed 128 pounds. I wish I could overcome this, but I don't see that happening anytime soon:( - 6/21/2011   9:11:05 AM
  • 58
    Thanks for the blog! I really want to wear a bikini, but I HATE my tummy. Maybe it's time to just love it and me for what it is a body of a 34 year old and mother of 2:) - 6/20/2011   11:52:34 PM
  • 57
    I too can relate! I am 46 yrs old and will not wear a bikini at my own pool unless no one else is home! I must say...a tanned belly does look better! - 6/20/2011   11:02:48 PM
  • 56
    I read this today and it really helped me offer some love to my own body, sometimes I push it so hard and expect so much because I want to look a particular way. I forget that my body is fine the way it is, and that being an ideal is impossible. The more I say it, the more I think I will come to understand it. Thank you for this beautiful post, it made me smile. - 6/20/2011   9:59:42 PM
  • 55
    THANK YOU!!! I can relate! It helped reading this... things were already starting to click... this has helped more. I'll still probably beat myself up now and then, but have been more conscious of doing it in the last month, and stopping the negative self-talk... this made me realize I need to pay more attention to all the good I have, and my belly (as it is) can do and has done! :) - 6/20/2011   8:51:27 PM
  • 54
    I had twins. My stomach and abdomen will never be the same, but that sacrifice provides the most happiness I've ever had in my life - my children. When I get back to a normal BMI, I plan on having a tummy tuck to get rid if my extra skin. Why not? My husband thinks I'm sexy no matter what, but it bothers me to have the apron of skin hanging over my underwear. Sounds vain, I know... But it is for me. - 6/20/2011   7:24:06 PM
  • GOMASIOPHILE
    53
    I agree w/ firestarinfini: Is it really necessary to keep bashing thin/small-hipped/small-breasted women? Because the whole "Real women have curves" thing does just that. I am a soft-butch, and couldn't care less about having a womanly body; I love my slender, strong physique. But there are women out there getting breast implants because of this sort of negative language. I'm glad the author loves her body, but she should realize that every person has a different body type, and ALL are wondrous. - 6/20/2011   5:19:20 PM
  • 52
    Ladies, it makes me so angry to see that so many of you have had experiences in life that have hurt you and distorted your body image.

    Maybe I'm weird, or maybe it's just because I'm a guy, but there are really very few women I would, or could, judge because of their physical dimensions. I'm not perfect and never have been - who am I to demand that a woman I'm with look like some Photo-shopped, 22 year old who exists on bib lettuce and carrot peelings.

    The BMI suggests that for my height (5'8") I should weight 156 pounds. With a 44" chest, I'd have to be emaciated. My measurements are 44-40-36. My tailor says it would be easier to dress a fireplug than me.

    However, my endocrinologist tells me to NOT get below 175#, regardless of what I do.

    Each person is different, but what is really the sexiest part of any woman is her brain. That's where all the emotions lie - loving, caring, thoughtful, comforting, goofiness (yes, I consider goofiness to be an emotion), etc.

    Remember, that those who care don't mind, and those who mind don't care (or matter). - 6/20/2011   5:03:00 PM
  • 51
    I am at the beginning of my weight loss journey (once again). My abdomen is carrying almost all of my 40 extra pounds. I really am concerned that the ab fat will not go away. Reading your blog today gave me a better perspective. Thank you! - 6/20/2011   4:22:10 PM
  • 50
    Beautiful piece. Thanks for sharing your journey to self-acceptance, self-respect and self-love. - 6/20/2011   4:07:26 PM
  • 49
    Thank you for writing this blog.

    I have lost about 40lbs over the past two years. I just joined SP in April after a nurse counselor suggested it for tracking my nutrition & fitness. I have mostly been very comfortable with my body. Though my stomach has been my least favorite. Most of my body has all slimmed down even my stomach, though it could stand to be firmer.

    My main issues now days are staying healthy and being out in the sun and bikinis are no longer in my picture. Though at 57 years it doesn't really bother me. Having to cover up to protect myself from the UVA & UVB rays and brightness does cause me some anxiety and occasional depression due to my Autoimmune Disease. Through the SP I have gained some energy back and the exercise has helped me get outside more (covered up of course) and incorporating exercise throughout my day. So now the way my body looks is good. I am happy to take one day at a time and enjoy each day in some way no matter what aches or physical discomforts plague me. Have a Great Day and Enjoy every Day you have. - 6/20/2011   3:42:21 PM
  • 48
    Wow, it's like you could read my mind. As I've lost weight, my body has evolved in much the same way. I do yoga several days a week and run as well, so I can identify with the "abs of steele" under the "f". At -80 lbs, I'm finally beginning to see the real shape of my body and the belly is defintly still there, actually most of the weight I'm still carrying is in my lower half. And because of the extreme amount of weight I've dropped I've become self concious about the sagging skin under my arms and thighs. But the minute I start to feel bad I go "stop!" look at everything you've accomplished. That extra skin is a reminder of the health I've gained. What I love about your blog was the feeling you described standing under the waterfall, the one in the picture. I have had that strong, beautiful feeling many times now when I'm running or in a sweaty yoga class. And it is that feeling that I go to when I'm "off the mat" or out of my shoes. That sense of strength and peace and amazement at what my body can do. As one of the other responses said, learning to accept ourselves right now, the way we are is one of the final stages of achieving a healthy lifestyle. And I'm gonna do everything I can for the rest of my days to love my body warts and "f" and all. And I'm going to encourage others to do the same. Thanks to SparkPeople for showing me the way! - 6/20/2011   3:40:53 PM
  • FATWITHSTEROIDS
    47
    What a great article! Though I would like to feel that way about my body, I don't - yet? I went swimming yesterday for the first time in a long time... and this is thanks to the motivation I have received from SP and it's members. I've not been swimming for so long due to being so self concious, not just about my weight, but about my "battle" scars too. I had a very nasty "flare" when diagnosed with lupus several years back and, as well as giving birth to 2 kids and the subsequent years of high dose steroids, have left their mark... loads of them! However, in the pool, I had a bit of an epiphany... where I realised that so what?, I need to get fit to get healthy and excercise is the way forward and there were people there all shapes and sizes, with wobbly bits too! I thank you for this article today and hope I get there, where you are... Ok with myself. - 6/20/2011   3:27:55 PM
  • 46
    I have a long long way to go before I will ever feel confident about my body or be able to love my flaws. After having four kids, three back to back, and yo yoing up and down 85 lbs of weight three times, I have a lot of stretch marks and terribly saggy skin all over my body. No matter the amount of weight I lose or toning I do, these flaws will never go away and will never be "worked off." I have a bad habit of negative self talk and it is going to take me a very long time of practiced effort to learn to love myself. At this point in my journey I'm not sure I will ever feel comfortable with my flaws. It is a difficult thing to learn to love and accept and congrats to you on acheiving that feeling! - 6/20/2011   3:22:04 PM
  • 45
    I would have loved it if you had posted that photo! it sounds inspiring!

    Many years ago, I was cleaning out my closet and found a piece of black fabric. I thought it was a top or tunic. I couldn't remember buying it, then I looked closely and it was the size 0 black dress I had worn to my first husband's funeral! I was stunned, I had once been a size 0 but I remember thinking I was a fat failure and thinking I couldn't even be thin for his funeral.

    I realized how crazy distorted my body image was! I also realized that I have never once in my life liked how I looked. It is still a problem and I fight a daily struggle.

    This is why I can't answer, I am overweight, unhealthy but I look forward to more energy, health and whatever body my healthy weight will give me. - 6/20/2011   3:21:08 PM
  • 44
    Just what I needed to hear! I've spent years hating the way my body looks - mainly my stomach. I have to accept the fact that at age 46 I will never have abs that are truly toned and tight - I had to have a C-section with my first son, so those muscle fibers aren't going to let me shape it to how I'd like. I need to love my body - especially my flabby belly - after all, my body did give me 2 wonderful sons (26 & 21 years old)! - 6/20/2011   2:26:06 PM
  • 43
    ahhh..familar feelings, familiar thoughts! Having lost 85 pounds and maintained that lost for 20+ years why do I beat myself up over 1 thing that I'm not satisfied with? I don't know - except for the goal of perfection. I'm 50+ years old, I never had a flat abdomen, and I never will. I will always have an abdomen that is rounded and sticks out - despite the fact that I am (by weight charts) underweight. (Don't get excited..I am very healthy and find this weight easy to maintain - despite being almost 4-years menopausal). So, maybe I want the abs of Jillian, but if I hung out in my garage all day I still would never be a car! So, why not just accept me for how I am made? I should love my abdomen it has done and continues to do so much for me; helped carry the weight of 3 beautiful baby boys - 2 of which were 8.5#, holds up my pants and skirts (I have no hips!), gives me a place to rest my arms, reminds me to take care of my back, gets me thru tough exercise/activity moments, and mostly my abs didn't desert me when I didn't take care of them. Maybe I will begin re-thinking what I say to myself about my beautifully and perfectly rounded abs! - 6/20/2011   2:23:36 PM
  • 42
    Thank you for writing this blog entry. It was exactly what I needed today. Although I've reached my weight-loss goal, I am still feeling a bit negative about my body (tummy being my number one enemy). My body has changed and brought me through so much in the last two years, there's no reason for me to feel negative about it. I too am amazed at what I can do now, that I couldn't do when my body looked "better". Again, thanks for this reminder, it has helped me put things into perspective. - 6/20/2011   2:15:02 PM
  • FITTESTNURSE
    41
    My upper arms are my biggest problem. No matter what I have done the skin just hangs there. The new tops are all short cut seeves so they don't even hide my arms anymore and it's too hot to wear 3/4 or long sleeves. I only wear tank tops at home where no one can see me. I don't care wether people look at me or not I'm just that self concious about my arms. - 6/20/2011   2:08:09 PM
  • 40
    My thighs and...well, mostly everything right now...need to be re-shaped, etc. I'm just starting to lose weight, but I feel like my bottom half is what really bothers me. I have an abnormally large bottom and I'm working on improving that. Confidence is what I need though in order to be happy at any size despite the flaws. Thanks for the article. :) - 6/20/2011   2:04:40 PM
  • 39
    I lost all my body issues the day I visited a nudist camp. Well, actually it was clothing optional. I was 63, wrinkled and had lost well over 100 pounds, loose skin everywhere. I met a woman who was every bit as big as I was when I started this journey and she was totally comfortable in her own skin. Everybody there was. I am still not going to sport a bikini, but I am not ashamed to wear short shorts, that show the loose skin on my inner thighs or tank tops that show the loose skin on my upper arms. I would rather have that than have it filled in with fat. I look at them as battle scars and am proud of every wrinkle. - 6/20/2011   2:03:28 PM
  • LIAMSMOM11
    38
    I loathe my stretchmark-covered, flabby belly. ... That's a little unfair, I don't loathe it, I'm just annoyed that, with the amount of work I do and am willing to do, I will never be able to make it perfect. Still - I wear a two-piece only in the safety on my backyard, and even then, I'm careful to avoid hanging around out there if the neighbors are also outside (privacy fence or not).

    The most ridiculously ironic thing about it, though, is that I posted pictures on SP and get at least one inbox a day asking how I got my belly so flat. I guess we never see ourselves for who we are.

    - 6/20/2011   1:52:36 PM
  • 37
    I am 59. When I started reading your blog I thought "oh ya, I can really agree with being the healthiest I've ever been, but still having body parts that have changed forever". Then I read that you are 30. My kids are 30+. Continue to recognize that your body is wonderful as is. Don't waste the time I did thinking others are really interested. People are too busy obsessing over their own perceived defects. I am learning that my fortune comes from a body that works well. So many friends my age no longer have that blessing. Today I will honor the blessing of a healthy body; bumps, lumps, dimples, wrinkles, age spots and all!! - 6/20/2011   1:26:51 PM

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