What you said about your stretch marks just totally echoed what I hear in my head all the time. I ...
What you said about your stretch marks just totally echoed what I hear in my head all the time. I have the same exact thing going on, even how I got them. I use to weigh 200 lbs.
in highschool, then focused on losing the weight and now I'm 125 lbs.
They are ALL over my body. My upper arms, legs (everywhere on my legs!) my back, my boobs (which also got small when I lost the weight, so along with being small, they also have stretch marks lol!) Needless to say, they cover my body like a road map. I'm 23 years old and have dealt with it since 17 when I lost the weight. I tried creams, lotions, vitamins, whatever you could think of. They're still there lol. It's really difficult and I still need help with my self-esteem, but instead of focusing on how to get rid of them... maybe instead, we who have the stretch marks just have to accept it. If we can't accept ourselves, how can we expect other people to? I have trouble wearing tank tops/low-cut shirts/bathing suits, which really gets in the way of having fun. But facing that fear is what will make you conquer it and not let it control you or hold you back from anything. Stretch marks are superficial. Like I've explained, I do STILL have my own anxieties about my stretch marks. However, I make myself put comfortable clothing on during summer, wear swim suits (use shorts or something) ANYTHING that won't make you miss out on other things... rather than being hung up on yourself because of them. Think of it this way... when your an old lady, looking back on the past... I guarantee to all of us with low self esteem because of stretch marks, we will be wishing so badly to look that good again. But you will be too old to do anything about that past mistake. So! All we can do is make the best of it. Don't focus on the stretch marks, focus on ourselves/yourself in whatever makes you feel happy in doing. Take care.