Thankful for my body: collagen
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
I teach anatomy, so appreciating my body went to specifics. Collagen is a protein that gives your body strength. It's around your organs, the structure of bones and ligaments, support for your skin. For decades, the collagen of my skin has been doing its strongest to hold back the excess adipose, fat of my body. As that fat is being sparked away, I can see the changes in collagen structuresunder my skin. Stretch marks (collagen holding things together) are reabsorbing. I have 3 scars on my arm that I got when I was 9. I snagged my arm on our mailbox. The scars have been a physical, visible reminder of me as a child. A few years ago, I looked for the 3 small scars on my arm, and couldn't find them. There was too much fat stretching out my skin. Those scars are collagen, too, repairing the deep scratches from almost 40 years ago. I can see the scars now. I feel like I'm finding parts of me I've ignored for years. Strong me, positive me, fit me, healthy me.