I get asked constantly where is the loose skin, where did the weight go?
I guess I did not realize it in the beginning. Because I was just so freaking excited to be shrinking.
You see when you start out at 272 pounds you think of weight loss as a way to desperately be free of your stifling fat body, or at least for me that is how it began. I wanted to fit into some skinny jeans. I wanted to look like my size 0 sister. That is all.
So I began like this:
I obviously had stretched out my skin pretty far to be carrying around 272 pounds on my 5'5 frame. But I did not realize how much damage I was doing until I began losing weight.
I lost an average of 8-10 pounds a month for 15 months. I lifted hand weights at the beginning and did cardio. I always stuck with both weights and cardio through the journey because I liked seeing the results.
So what is the after math of going from being obese, giving birth, weighing almost 300 pounds and now down to 155 all in less that 2 years?
Where is your skin? As I have been asked many many times?
There it is. My belly button is no longer visible, it looks more like a frown. I have ab muscles but they are hidden by the loose skin. I can crunch a million times a day but that skin will probably never go completely away.
I know I am lucky, I know many have it a lot worse, and I am not whining much but all I am saying is I do wish I had learned about being healthy a lot sooner. I do really wish I did not let it get so bad that my skin would be damaged too.
But I will not live with regret. I decided I will keep working my ass off and running to be faster and stronger. I will keep lifting and work on my body. I may not be able to rock a bikini anytime soon but I can rock this new shirt which I have come to adore :