We all have insecurities about our bodies. There are all things we try to hide because society tells us we should be embarrassed about them. I am talking about things like loose skin, stretch marks, cellulite, and muscles that are not rock hard. I am no different. I understand your fear and anxiety because there are things about my body that I do not like. None of us are perfect but we all want to appear that we are, especially on social media. I am just as guilty as you of trying to hide my insecurities and paint a perfect picture of my life.
Since I lost 140 pounds, I have loose skin around my lower abdomen. People ask me all the time about preventing loose skin when they lose weight. And I cannot answer that question because I was not able to prevent it. I worry when people ask me about this because I feel like I have not shown you the true picture. I want to be open and honest with you guys even when it is hard and makes me uncomfortable. I also know that when I post on social media I tend to hide my lower abdomen. I am just not comfortable showing that part of myself to the world. However, I do not want to send a false image of myself.
So here is the truth. I lost 140 pounds and I am very proud of my body but I have quite a bit of loose skin around my lower abdomen. I do not have a body that will land me on the cover of a fitness magazine. It is not perfect and never will be. I do not like this about my body but I have decided to embrace it instead of changing it.
I have considered getting surgery to remove the loose skin several times. I have never done it because I want to become comfortable in the body that I have now. I worked hard for this body! The loose skin symbolizes my journey. I do not want to use surgery as an easy fix or an escape. I want to make peace with my body, loose skin and all. This is easier said than done, but I am working on it. It helps me to remember that I would rather have loose skin than be obese and unhealthy. I am in a better place now, mentally and physically. I am not perfect but I am working hard and doing my best.
Remember that whatever your problem is, there is always someone who has it worse than you. Change your perspective about your insecurities. For example, my loose skin is not as bad as some people who have lost a lot of weight. No one is perfect and we all struggle. And there is someone struggling with a much more difficult situation than you right now.
Instead of hiding your flaws, embrace them. The best way to get over your fears is to face them head-on. To deal with my loose skin insecurity, I made a video showing it to the world. It was hard. I was scared to do it. But I am so glad I did because I want you all to know that I am just like you. This is my body. I am proud of it. I hope you can learn to embrace your flaws and be proud of yourself too. You work hard and are improving your health every day. Flaunt it!