After having grown up a fat kid I can say that I still see myself that way.
I was always very self conscious about my weight. I was the kid with the the shirt on in the pool. The kid with the huge cloths to try and cover myself up. I learned to be funny but not because I like it but because it was a distraction. i learned that the words you have such a cute face and lets just be friends are far worse than insults. I learned that people can be cruel. I also learned that the more you try to hide the more attention you draw not only to the thing your hiding but to your own lack of confidence.
My recent weight loss transformation has been good and bad. I got down to a crazy light weight. One that was unsustainable. It was fun to be in such a small body but my real goal was to get rid of my loose skin. I wanted to see if it was possible. I ended up down more than 100 pounds from my highest weight in life and 45 from my start.
I have thought that a body that is skinny then gets fat can return to skinny easier than a body that was never skinny growing up. I don't have science to prove it but it seems to be the case in terms of loose skin. You see around my body and waist especially I have stretch makes all over. these are skin wounds that never quit return to normal. I have tried everything you can imagine for this. Even at my low 166 weight I still had the loose skin.
I spend most of my time learning for health but more brain health as that is my real passion. Being worried about loose skin doesn't seem to be a good use of thought but it is something I think of every time I see myself now. You see I don't have any fat to speak of on my body except around this loose skin area.
I hope to encourage myself and other with this post.
Loose skin is proof of progress. Scares show the battles you have survived.
I know under my loose skin is a 6 pack. I know how hard I have worked to naturally become a person that no one would have ever known was fat. Most of this is in my head and I don't think anyone at this point would call me a fat person at this point but I still grab my loose skin and feel that I am. Some day I may have it cut off. I think people who do that make perfect sense. Especially if you have lost far more weight than me and the skin is just hanging off your body. In my mind surgery for the removal of loose skin is different than surgery to have your fat removed or your stomach bypassed or something that would induce weight loss with out discipline. No hate on people who have done that it just wasn't my path as I my external is just a reflection of my internal and I needed to discipline my mind.
So to everyone out there like me who just looked in the mirror saw your six pack that is honey coated and felt like you haven't done enough. You are awesome. Do it all for health and let the skin be what it is.
A reminder of how far you have come.
Rob Alexander is on a journey to learn not just about health but everything else.
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