Dramatic Weight Loss Leaves Woman with Excess Skin

Womans after surgery picture

Below is the final after surgery picture to reduce the excess skin after weight loss

It really hit me. I can see my body however I want to. I choose to dislike it. And I do so because after all these years, disliking the way I look has become a part of my identity. Instead of owning my body, I let the world tell me who I’m supposed to be and how I’m supposed to look. I feed off the downward spiral of shame and self-hatred, because it gives me something to strive for.

Sure, there’s an “after” picture here, and in it, I look fine (I hope). But, I wouldn’t let them take new pictures of me for this story, because I weigh about 20 pounds more than I did then. So, I feel like a hypocrite writing something that is supposed to tell others to accept themselves when I don’t accept myself. The truth is, I genuinely think everyone should accept themselves — everyone, except for me. This is the disease I am still trying to overcome.