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Your Get-Fit Tattoos -- Revealed!

Turns out more and more women are celebrating fitness milestones in a more permanent way -- tattoos. We checked in with all of you to find out what ink speaks to you, and which event motivated the body art to last a lifetime.

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Mary Richard tattoo
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More Than a Number

"Completing my first half-marathon last April was a huge 'I did it' moment for me. I wanted to prove I could do it, and I finally gave my body the undivided attention it deserved. Now it's time to tackle the marathon!"

-Samantha Shelton, New York City

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Flower Power

"I have lost 125 pounds over the last three years -- yoga was a huge part of my weight-loss journey, so my lotus flower is representative of my experience with yoga and new beginnings!"

-Jamie Burr, Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Winged Runner

"I chose this tattoo for many reasons -- I was, and always will be, a cross-country runner. Along with being an English teacher, I know that I want to be a coach. I also like that the wings are connected to mythology. They represent Hermes, the messenger with winged sandals. This way, I get to put running and English together -- two passions, one tattoo!"

-Kristin Bacher, Liverpool, New York

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Iron Woman

"I got my ink, the Ironman symbol, after completing Ironman Wisconsin in 2009. It's on the inside of my right ankle and I am more than proud to wear it! Back in 2008, I watched the Ironman championship in Kona on TV. I was inspired by all of the finishers and thought, 'if they can do it, so can I!'"

-Melissa Slover, Tempe, Arizona

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Box It Out

"Above the boxing gloves is my father's signature -- he passed away, and the whole image symbolizes his love for boxing and my passion for martial arts."

-Mary Richard, Lisbon, Maine

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Gentle Reminders

"I've struggled a lot with body image, confidence, and just being healthy in general. I got this tattoo to remind myself to 'accept' all of the decisions and experiences I've had, to have 'strength' to get through the present one day at a time, and to have 'hope' that through all of the changes I've made, my future will be a promising one."

-Kathryn Shields, Charlotte, North Carolina

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Permanent Pressure

"I wanted to run a marathon, so I got the tattoo before I ran the Detroit Free Press Marathon to make sure I didn't quit! I ran it in 3:49, qualifying for Boston! My tattoo is a reminder that I can accomplish anything!"

Gabriela Chantler, Windsor, Ontario

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Olympic Strength

"My right wrist reads, 'Citius, Altius, Fortius,' which is the Olympic motto. I really believe in the meaning of the words, 'faster, higher, stronger.' As an athlete, those are words I always want to embody."

-Katie Wenrich, Hegins, Pennsylvania

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Against All Odds

"Nineteen days before I was scheduled to compete in Ironman Canada, I crashed my bike and tore the ligaments in my left arm. Still determined to compete despite having only 50 percent mobility in that arm, I had help tying my shoes, fastening my helmet, and opening water bottles, but I finished! This tattoo reminds me that I can do anything I want to do."

-Tracy Bryant, Vancouver, Washington

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Balanced Out

"While I was randomly looking at designs one day, I saw a symbol of a runner that I liked, and it looked like the letter 'E,' which is my nickname. I had my artist make it look more Oriental and added a Yin-Yang as a head. Running keeps me balanced, so it suits me perfectly."

-Eileen Delaney, Tucson, Arizona

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Athletic Success

"I started running December 2009 to prepare for a 10K race and soon became hooked. I now compete in at least one race every month and I've finished three half-marathons! This is a constant reminder that I really am an athlete."

-Michelle Lyn Himebaugh, Mason, Michigan

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Forever Fit

"I got 'Fit for Life' on the back of my right calf after I completed my first half-marathon. Fitness has always been a huge part of my life, and now I'm a registered nurse in pediatrics and a group instructor for 24 Hour Fitness. This pushes me to follow my passions and stay fit throughout my entire life."

-Melanie Forrette, Livermore, California

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We Can Do It!

"This image resides on my right quad because I believe in women's strength. I have taught aerobics and tried running for a while, but have always found my home to be in the weight room. And there's nothing wrong with that."

-Chelsea White, Hershey, Pennsylvania

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Numbers Game

"I look down at my foot and see a constant reminder of all of the dedication and training I went through to complete such big distances. It's the gentle nudge I need every once in a while to remember that I really can do it."

-Bernadette Meneese, Herrin, Illinois

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Committed for Life

"Running is a commitment I made for life. It's permanent, just like the tattoo. It was a Mother's Day gift from my husband and son, and I absolutely love it."

-Michelle Thomas, New Braunfels, Texas

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