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Mom Loses 90 Pounds and Shows Off Her Excess Skin to Prove a Point

Losing extreme weight is a huge accomplishment, but the aftermath isn't always as glorious as it seems. In a recent Instagram post, Rachel Graham, a mom of two, got very honest about a harsh reality that comes with shedding a lot of weight fast: excess loose skin.

Her powerful message is encouragement to men and women who've had success losing a lot of weight, but feel insecure about their new bodies regardless. "I'd be lying if I said my loose skin wasn't an insecurity of mine... But I refuse to let it consume me," she writes.

Addressing her excess skin, she explains: "It doesn't hold me back like the weight used to. This stomach has grown two beautiful boys.. Has been through a 90lb+ gain and loss (100lb+ lost from my highest weight while pregnant!) Will you have loose skin after losing weight? I can't answer that for you, every BODY is different... I do plan to have surgery some day, but in the mean time I'm just working on self loooovvveeee."

Here's her entire post:

 

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! Its all there. High waisted bottoms have become my bff. Do I regret losing weight? Hellllll noooooo. NEVER. Not even a 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 90lb+ gain and loss (100lb+ 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. BE KINDDDD, I delete negativity (No itworks, creams, lotions, yada yada) #nofilter #stretchmarks

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Instagram users have been quick to show support for the brave mom and have thanked her for teaching them not to be too hard on themselves. Excess skin might be a very real byproduct of extreme weight loss, but it should never take away from anyone's hard-earned success.

"I truly didn't anticipate this much encouragement and support from everyone," she told People in an interview. "Reading the responses really left me emotional!"

 

9 months difference. I barely recognize myself in the "before" shot.. But if I'm being honest I barely recognize myself in the "current" picture either. Nailed that unimpressed look, eh? Haha.. It was genuine in the "before".. I hated having my picture taken and was noooot happy that my husband was snapping pictures of me. Answering common questions: I lost weight through calorie counting, eating (mostly) healthy foods, portion control, and some exercise. I'm sure breastfeeding has played a role as well, however until I started everything else I was gaining while nursing. I have done a lot of fast paced walking (while stroller pushing). That has been my main (but not only) form of exercise. Never underestimate the full body workout of pushing a stroller on a rocky surface.. Quite the full body workout with the added resistance ;) I've done the 30 day shred, a ton of stair climbing, and misc other things not as consistently. I'm now at the point of wanting to start focusing on some toning/being a bit more strength focused :) I started my journey in June 2015 at 229ish (high weight was 235.8lb not pregnant, 245 pregnant). I'm 5'5"! Hopefully that answers some of the commonly asked questions :) THANKS FOR THE ONGOING LOVE AND SUPPORT GUYS. You are all wonderful!

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Follow Rachel's inspirational weight loss journey on Instagram.

 

Faith Brar

Faith is an Associate Digital Editor at Meredith Corporation in Boston. Her work has appeared in Fitness, Shape, Better Homes & Gardens, More and others.  More →

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