This is the reality of weight loss. It’s not everyone’s reality. But this is my story…⠀ .⠀ ⠀ It’s taken me a great deal of acceptance and self love to be able to share these pics with the world. For years, I have struggled with my body. Because of obesity, my body has suffered from the effects of years of overeating and neglect. My skin stretched to allow room for more fat to be stored in my body. My skin did not contest. It did not complain. It simply grew as my food addiction spiralled out of control.⠀ .⠀ ⠀ On the left, I had already lost a large amount of weight, around 80lbs. My muscle definition was becoming more pronounced on my arms and traps, but the belly fat was the last to budge. On the right, is me today.⠀ .⠀ ⠀ As I lost more and more weight, I had to once again readjust to my body. I wasn’t any happier as I stared back at my reflection. I was happy that I had regained my health. I was happy that I was able to do things that I couldn’t when I was obese. But I wasn’t happy with my reflection. With obesity, I had let myself down. And my loose skin was a reminder of darker days which haunted me for the greater part of my adult life.⠀ .⠀ ⠀ If you’re wondering what pulled me out of this dark mentality, the answer is simply, love. .⠀ ⠀ There are many types of love: romantic, familial love, friendship. Regardless of the source, the genuine love that is expressed from one to another is powerful enough to shift the individual’s perspective on themselves. Love is like a mirror - a mirror which shows you all your best qualities and makes your imperfections irrelevant.⠀ .⠀ ⠀ So this is me. Real, raw and in the flesh with my loose skin. Thanks to love, I can finally accept the man I am as the man I want to be #projectfitnessjourney #weightlosswithoscar
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