Instagram user @losinggravity has documented her 100-pound weight-loss journey on social media, and she's attracted a serious following with her inspiring story.
Naturally, people comment on her posts with questions. When she shares photos like the one above, many followers ask: How did you avoid loose skin and stretch marks?
She replied with the side-by-side photo below and said, "I didn't. It's all there." She's proud of the loose skin and stretch marks—they're a marker of all the progress she's made. But she also gets real about feeling insecure. Check out her powerful response below:
The anxiety posting this is REAL. Taken a few minutes apart, flexing in the first. "How did you avoid loose skin and stretch marks?" Heyyyyy, I didn't! It's all there. High-waisted bottoms have become my BFF. Do I regret losing weight? Hellllll noooooo. NEVER. Not even [the] slightest thought. I am more FIT than I've ever been in my entire life. Happier. HEALTHIER. I'd be lying if I said my loose skin wasn't an insecurity of mine. But I refuse to let it consume me. It doesn't hold me back like the weight used to.
This stomach has grown two beautiful boys. Has been through a 90-plus pound gain and loss (100-plus pound lost from my highest weight while pregnant!). Will you have loose skin after losing weight? I can't answer that for you, everyBODY is different. Will it be worth it, regardless? YES. Also for those who have asked, I do plan to have surgery some day, but in the mean time I'm just working on self loooovvveeee.