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Am I a tiger who's earned her stripes? What about my loose skin? (pics included)

Sunday, April 28, 2013

I have an unusual attitude toward my stretchmarks-badges of honor! From the birth of my two kids and then from losing weight I have a nice little collection of them. And I don't care-a favorite saying of mine is "Stretchmarks are the badge of a real woman" whenever my daughter is apt to point them out the stinker. emoticon I did see a saying "Your body is not ruined, you're a tiger who earned her stripes" which I like too! However my daughter who is the one who is roped into taking my pics said something interesting to me today that I really hadn't consciously considered before.

I have loose skin. What I had rationalized as stubborn fat on my hips, glutes and lower stomach is loose skin. Now maybe it would be far more prominent if I had not weight trained and built muscle during my fitness journey, but I do have loose skin. And I know WHY I have it and I see it in the same way as I do my stretchmarks-stripes that I have earned and badges of honor. My body that carried two wonderful babies for nine months-that is where my loose skin areas come from. They are reminders of when I was unfit and out of shape and efforts to get back into good health. So loose skin and stretchmarks...yes I have them and will continue to wear them proudly. I EARNED them! emoticon


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TABBYJO88 5/1/2013 7:16PM


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ROYALTY1022 4/30/2013 2:26PM

    You look amazing! Congrats on your success and winning attitude showing that with strong determination and dedication. Thanks for sharing and showing that it is possible and never too late to get healthy! Peace and blessings to you... emoticon

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SPICEMWE 4/30/2013 9:26AM

    You look fantastic! Love your refreshing outlook on your body! Congrats on all of your success!!

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CLPURNELL 4/29/2013 9:24PM

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CARRAND 4/29/2013 7:24PM

    I love your attitude! I have loose skin, too, but I don't worry about it. I'm having too much fun!

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ILUVTHE80S 4/29/2013 11:19AM

    emoticon What a positive attitude! You look great regardless.

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PAMDAQTPI 4/29/2013 11:11AM

    You look great!!!

The skin should tighten up in time, for now just celebrate your amazing bod! emoticon

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NYARAMULA 4/29/2013 7:47AM

    But you sure do look amazing. You have done a wonderful job, you should be proud.

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LIZAPO 4/29/2013 6:14AM

  I love or grown to love my stretch marks. I like the part about stripes emoticon

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LOVINGAFRICA 4/29/2013 4:25AM

    You look like a champion. Don't sweat the loose skin. Compared to what is out there, you are seriously streamlined.
And have I mentioned, you look amaizing?
Teens are still a bit obsessed with 'perfection' and with the airbrushed piccs they see in the media. So don't listen to her sweet little heart.
Yes, you deserve your stripes and badges. Wear them proudly, it took a lot of work.

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ANDI571 4/28/2013 11:27PM

    Wow, you look great. I wish I could consider my loose skin battle scars. I just see them as a melted marshmellow. emoticon

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LJCANNON 4/28/2013 10:36PM

    emoticon Are we Sisters? I have ALWAYS considered My Loose Skin a Battle Scar!! I don't really have Stretch Marks to speak of, but the ones that are there are Definitely NOT something I am Self Conscious about. Weight Loss And Weight Maintenance are BATTLES and I have the Scars to Prove that I have fought a Good Fight!!

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HAWAIIANMAMMA 4/28/2013 10:30PM

    Your ability to see your body this way is admirable. My sister calls her stretch marks "birth tattoos". lol I mostly accept my stretch marks, but "mostly" still involves some self-consciousness. You are amazing.

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    I see some fab muscle definition :)

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YA_YAYA 4/28/2013 9:46PM

    You are gorgeous. Great work getting in shape.

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TERRIPAL1 4/28/2013 9:39PM

    You look amazing!

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NINNY165 4/28/2013 9:38PM

    Thank you for the a women of stretch marks from childbirth and weight loss....I have never thought of them as a I too continue on this journey..I hope to lessen them and learn to appreciate them. emoticon

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PURPLE180 4/28/2013 9:31PM

    emoticon I feel the same. emoticon

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    I think you look GREAT!!!!!


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