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SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,255
1/9/13 9:08 A

Stop the tears...your husband loves acccept your stretch marks and learn to love can embrace imperfection as beauty...think of them as sexy cause since you lost the weight you are to him, and thats what counts...

Ive lost 94lbs and yes I have some strecth marks...but I am getting compliments on how great I look...and noone ever mentions the strecth there's no reason to be ashamed or cry. Relish in your weight loss.

Get some cocoa butter and rub across them....might help some if it really bothers you...stretch marks often turn lighter and almost disappear over time.... drink water daily to ensure hydration and elasticity in the drink lots of water...all the more reason to drink more water.

MISS3EVA21 Posts: 222
1/6/13 5:55 P

From pregnancy and weight fluctuations I have stretch marks and cellulite on my legs. I hate it, but I am focusing on the fact that I have been able to change my life with healthy habits an not beat myself up over that. I beat myself up for so many other things, I try to give myself a break every now and then. I know easier said than done, just relish in the moments that you do feel good regardless of what it is and they will multiply.

CECISMOMMY09 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/4/13 4:42 P

my husband considers them battle scars maybe you should too!!! You should be proud!!! I personally would choose stretch marks over being unhealthy and over weight try looking at ti differently!@

STARDUST2K4 Posts: 1,376
1/4/13 4:11 A

I've got some serious stretch marks too and I'm noticing them more and more as I lose weight. One thing I've decided is that this is MY body and no one has the right to make me feel ugly as I am now, or when I reach my goal weight. I actually kind of had to stop losing weight after I had lost about 80 pounds because I was noticing all the damage-the veins in my legs pop out in some areas, and I just wasn't used to being able to feel bone. It was an alien feeling to me. I have stretch marks all up my sides, upper arms, and legs. I hated myself too for a long time for doing so much preventable damage to my body. It was when I realized that my motivation for weight loss wasn't just so I could 'look hot' or wear certain clothes that I stopped caring about the damage and became even more determined to get this extra weight off. These are my battle wounds, and I honestly believe that while there are a lot of people who might be 'grossed out' by it, there will be many others who will be inspired knowing that it's possible to lose a large amount of weight. Not only that, but find one woman who either is perfectly satisfied with her body 100%, or has flawless skin. I personally would rather be healthy and have some stretch marks than be 330 pounds ever again.

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1/4/13 4:00 A

you are just a Tigress that has earned her stripes :)

Seriously, don't let a few stretch marks get you down. My body looks like a melting road map, and I am ok with that because I know that I am healthier and better for losing the weight.

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1/3/13 9:56 P

A lot of women have stretch marks. I do and I'm a teen. They're a sign you're a fighter and if they don't fade they're a sign of what you've accomplished! Wear your skin with pride, most don't come back from the war with weight and most humans worth anything admire those who do come back.

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
1/3/13 3:17 P

Great attitude, Nancy! I'm with you.

My stomach is finally flat, but you won't see me in a bikini. Between a long-ago pregnancy during which I gained too much weight, some yo-yoing in my 30s and 40s and a later surgery, my stomach from the top of my belly button down definitely shows my battles. It doesn't bother me -- and love that I'm now seeing the cuts in my abs.

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1/3/13 2:45 P

I'm right there with you. This was my panic attack last week, and my husband said the same thing. I thought my weight issue was something I could get around to, and I'd have the same body I had when I was a cheerleader in high school. And then I learn that my bad decisions have a more lasting consequence. But hey...

These women have stretch marks, too, and they look pretty darn good. Kim Kardashian has stretch marks (and she's on her way to getting more of them, too). Own it. Rub some vitamin E in there, buy yourself some good lotion, and own it. It will be okay. Maybe you won't feel comfortable rocking a two-piece at the beach for all to see, but I promise you, you'll feel amazingly sexy in lingerie in front of your husband. Spouses don't notice marks when there's other stuff to look at. :)

NANCYJH64 Posts: 966
1/3/13 12:35 P

I too notice things as I am losing weight that I am not thrilled with. My double chin not filled in is more wrinkled, My belly that used to be round and flabby is now more imploded and flabby. I think of these as my war wounds. They tell a story about my life and the success I have been able to have getting healthier. I will not have any cosmetic surgery to get rid of it. It is a part of me and my journey.

Good luck!! I know you can get out of the funk!! emoticon

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1/3/13 12:18 P

Hi, CJ !

I'm afraid that stretchmarks really are a part of the weight loss process. So, don't beat yourself up or be upset that you have them. You'd be surprized how many people DO have them.

Here's something I've learned from my own weight loss journey. I've learned that what my body can do is way more important than how it looks. Stretchmarks are nothing more than a cosmetic issue. If you wanted (and had the money), you could have cosmetic surgery to have them removed. I'll admit that I'm not too happy with my own stretchmarks. But honestly, I consider them a small price to pay for my overall improved good health.

You are going to live a LONG healthy productive life because you've lost the excess weight. That's really important. Some stretchmarks do fade with time. While they might not be overly attractive, they really aren't something you should be making yourself sick over.

As the old song goes,"accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative". Give yourself credit for all the positive things you've done for yourself and don't beat yourself up because you're not perfect. You don't have to be perfect to be healthy.

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1/3/13 12:06 P


Stretch marks happen to many of us, but they do fade over time and while I know that may be of little comfort to you now, there are so many things to be blessed having lost the weight--health and fitness being two.

Take Care!

Coach Nancy

CJANE1 Posts: 87
1/3/13 12:02 P

I need some help getting over the fact that I have so many stretch marks from losing weight. I had no idea that losing weight can cause them. I cry everyday, of course not in front of my husband. I know losing is good for me but I am so angry for what I have done to my body. My husband says he doesn't care but I do. Please help I want to stop the crying and be happy but can't get over the fact of the stretch marks.

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