Body positivity blogger Jessica Weber (follow her at @jessica_vsg44) has worked hard to get in shape. The 23-year-old Illinois native has lost 180 pounds, and she’s candidly updated her followers on social media about how challenging the weight loss process can be.
Recently, Weber uploaded an Instagram post that highlights a hidden reality of weight loss: When you lose weight, your skin doesn’t always shrink to adjust to your new size. Instead, you might end up with excess, loose skin in places where you’ve lost weight. While this is a normal part of losing a significant amount of weight, people don’t often discuss it. And Weber hoped her honest Instagram would open up the conversation for followers experiencing the same thing.
Weber’s post shows side-by-side photos. In the image on the left, Weber is smiling softly and has her shirt pulled over her stomach. In the image on the right, her shirt is lifted, the skin on her stomach is visible, and she’s making a surprised-looking face. “This is my reality!” Weber wrote in her caption. “This is my life! When you lose 180 pounds, the skin doesn’t just suck back up! I have been learning to deal with it, even with wanting to lose a bit more weight and have surgery! This is my life until then and I will not hate my body anymore!”
Weber told ATTN she wanted to highlight “how much she put her body though” and show how obesity has impacted her over the years. “But I also wanted to show that I still loved [my body], because I worked hard to get to this point.”
Weber’s post resonated with social media users—racking up nearly 26,500 likes and countless comments. Many of her followers thanked her for “sharing real life struggles” and told her the post was “the bravest thing they’ve ever seen.”
See some of Jessica Weber’s Instagrams below.
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