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My Stretch Marks Tell a Story

Have you ever heard the saying that the wrinkles or the lines on your face tell a story? Whether around your eyes, on your forehead, or on the corners of your smile they’ll be there as we age. Could it be from smiling? Frowning? Worrying? Celebrating? Will you remember what was happening in your life during those moments?

I look back and view my stretch marks in the same way.

As a pre-teen, I noticed my first stretch mark. It laid on the lower part of my back and I couldn’t stop looking at it.  My mom said it was because I was growing. This made sense, I was a lot taller than a lot of my friends. And it was during this time I felt awkward and a little clumsy. Boys didn’t really look at me. And I’ll always remember who my first crush was.

As  I continued to grow, so did the stretch marks. This time they were around my hip area. As a teenager, this pretty much stopped me from wearing swimsuits. I was very insecure, even though I was a mere 125lbs and 5’6. I don’t even think I knew what the word “confident” meant at this age. I did know I didn’t want to look like I did. I envied the pretty girls with the boyfriends.

In my 20’s, I noticed them in my waist area. I would lose weight, gain weight, lose weight, and gain weight. And would often beat myself up when I gained a few pounds. I was in the military and I was still trying to figure out who I was. I found myself trying very hard to fit their standards. During this time, I met my amazing hubby.

Today, I have stretch marks in areas I didn’t know we could get them. I’m not even going to go “there.” But, I will tell you I know when they first appeared and what was going on in my life at that time. I don’t hate them, in fact I embrace them. They remind me of the roads I’ve traveled. I’m thankful they will never go away. They tell me the story of my life. 

What do your stretch marks tell you?

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Hey my loves! I’m back from my conference and I can’t wait to share this with you. This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDA). You know I can’t stress how important positive body image and self-acceptance is. I found out today, that 24 million Americans are affected by eating disorders. This includes Anorexia, Bulimia, and Binge Eating Disorder. This breaks my heart. During this week, I’m participating in spreading awareness. As part of this, you’ll see me tweet some startling facts, like today. Read more

A Little Breast Cancer 101

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Editor’s Note: All information in this post is from The Susan G. Komen for the Cure web site. I am not a doctor, I am only passing on information from a credible site. Please seek a medical professional if you have any questions or concerns.

According to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure web site, Breast cancer is a type of cancer where cells in the breast divide and grow without normal control. Between 50 and 75 percent of breast cancers begin in the ducts, 10 to 15 percent begin in the lobules and a few begin in other breast tissues.

Tumors in the breast tend to grow slowly. By the time a lump is large enough to feel, it may have been growing for as long as 10 years. However, some tumors are aggressive and grow much more rapidly.

It is important to understand the difference between invasive breast cancer and non-invasive breast cancer, called ductal carcinoma in situ (kar-sin-O-ma in SY-too). Click here to find out more. 

Breast self-exam (BSE) is not recommended as a screening tool for breast cancer. However, Susan G. Komen for the Cure® recommends that you become familiar with the way your breasts normally look and feel. Knowing what is normal for you may help you see or feel changes in your breast.

Warning signs of breast cancer

If you notice any of the warning signs of breast cancer listed below, see your health care provider.

    • Lump, hard knot or thickening inside the breast or underarm area
    • Swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of the breast
    • Change in the size or shape of the breast
    • Dimpling or puckering of the skin
    • Itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
    • Pulling in of your nipple or other parts of the breast
    • Nipple discharge that starts suddenly
    • New pain in one spot that doesn’t go away

If you feel a lump in your breast, do not panic. Most lumps are not breast cancer, but something less serious, like a benign breast condition (more on benign breast conditions).

Some lumps will go away on their own. Often, they are related to your menstrual period and will go away by the end of your cycle. However, it is best to see your health care provider just to be sure.

Please remember this post is not to scare you, but make you more aware of this disease. Let’s be vigilant and more aware of our health. Early detection and screening is key!!

Size and Self-Acceptance Starts with You

What do you know about size acceptance? This is a topic, not only in the plus community, that pretty much wreaks havoc everywhere. Regardless, of how small, big, tall, or short you are-we should learn to love ourselves and others around us. Read more

Beauty Buzz: Head & Shoulders

No one wants to admit they have dandruff right? In reality, it’s a lot more common than most of us might think. I’m not afraid to admit my bouts with it in the past. (Don’t know what causes dandruff? Click here.)

I know dandruff is on the way when my head starts to itch. When that happens I make sure to wash my hair with Head & Shoulders. Yes, we all know this brand. They’ve been around for years and have really evolved to be the best dandruff shampoo on the market. And that’s for good reason. Their shampoo and conditioner really work. No, I’m not a spokesperson, just a satisfied customer.

I don’t have to worry about “that smell” either. You know what I’m talking about. The smell that most generic dandruff shampoos leave you with. The new Head & Shoulders collections come in 11 different scents at an average price of $7.99. The hubby and I have been using the “Ocean Lift” formula and it has done wonders. And I’ve even noticed how soft and manageable it has left my hair. I only use it once a week now, but it has helped to maintain the health of my scalp.

Disclaimer: I was NOT financially compensated for this post, although the items were gifted. The above is my true and honest opinion.

My Feet Hurt!

I have feet issues. When I say feet issues…what I really mean is…I have feet in high heel issues. Finding a comfortable heel that is also on trend is still really hard to do. That’s why I get stuck with feet that hurt.

While I was in Las Vegas last weekend, I did a lot of walking. So much, that when it was time for evening events I was dreading putting on my shoes for the night. Who’s with me?

I can’t be the only shoe lover out there that suffers for the sake of beautiful shoes!

Every single night in Las Vegas, all I could think about was the pair of Dr.Scholls For Her “Fast Flats” sitting at home. This are great for the end of the night, when you just can’t do a pair of heels anymore. Why didn’t I bring them?  I’ve used them a couple of times, when I remember to grab them. They came in especially handy when I was in Miami as we walked from the club, back to the hotel.

As you can see, the “Fast Flats” come in a cute compact gold wristlet. They do fold and half and there is a rubber sole. You would have to carry a bigger bag when you go out, this wristlet will not fit in a small clutch. They come in small, medium, and large. I have a pair of the mediums which is a size 7-8. I wear a size 9 1/2, so it’s a snug fit, but it’s serves its purpose. They average $8-$15, but there is a $2 coupon on their web site. Click here

Have you ever used Dr. Scholls For Her “Fast Flats?” Are you even interested in trying them?

*Disclaimer: I was NOT paid for the post. Although the item was gifted, the above is my true and honest opinion.

Love, Thanks, and Health

Did I ever tell you curvaliscious ladies how much I love ya? No? Well, I do. You are very supportive and encouraging…that’s why I love ya! Can I just take a second to thank all of you for following me here and on twitter? Thanks! I also want to thank for the comments, as you know, I love the feedback. I know I haven’t been posting a lot of outfit pics, but there are a few things going on lately and I just feel blah! (Like this one to the right…do I have a Bieber shag going on? LOL)

On a side note…I just received news from my doctor about some personal female health issues. Nothing deadly, but if I don’t take better care of myself it could lead to serious health problems. So, I’ve taken the initiative to improve my eating and fitness habits. But, I still want my curves, so I plan on working on a fitness regime that will enhance them. I am currently a size 16/18 and I wouldn’t want to go any smaller than a 12/14. That’s just me, but I do have to take care of my health first, right? I will definitely keep you updated. Ok…so now it’s off to grab a dress for tonight. I’m going out to celebrate my friends 30th birthday in Hollywood! Yay! Oh, I will definitely take pics of that outfit!
Have a blessed weekend!!