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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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