For some people on a weight-loss journey, the struggle doesn’t end with just shedding pounds.
Jessica Weber from Peru, Ill., is well aware of that after losing 180 pounds — more than half her body weight.
On Thursday, the 24-year-old shared an honest Instagram snap, which revealed her impressive weight-loss transformation — and the loose skin it left her with.
This is my reality! 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! #happythursday #motivation #weightlossmotivation #weightlossjourney #weightloss #weightlosshelp #weightlossstory #weightlossdiary #weightlosstransformation #weightlosssuccess #weightlosssupport #weightlossstruggle #looseskin #extremeweightloss #wls #wlsjourney #wlssupport #wlscommunity #vsg #vsgjourney #vsgcommunity #vsgstrong #tummytuckjourney #tummylove #tummylovethursday
A post shared by Jessica Weber (@jessica_vsg44) on Apr 20, 2017 at 10:05am PDT
“This is my reality! This is my life!” she writes in the caption. “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!”
She adds, “This is my life until then, and I will not hate my body anymore!”
In an interview with the Daily Mail, Weber shares that she started gaining weight when she was 9 years old and she was 383 pounds by the time she was 22.
She underwent weight-loss surgery in January and has since adopted a healthier lifestyle and diet, dropping her meat- and starch-based diet for one that’s rich in protein and vegetables.
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“The extra weight affected my life with how I was looked down on for my weight gain being since that I started so young. It also affected my life in making friends because I lacked the confidence,” she said. “I wasn’t happy; I would pretend to be OK with it though.”
Weber is now a body-positivity advocate on Instagram, where she shares her weight-loss journey with her more than 18,000 followers.
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“When I look back at pictures, I can’t believe I got to be as big as I was. I can’t believe I didn’t try harder to lose weight before I got to that point,” she says. “I feel sad because I feel like I wasted years of my life, but now that I’m losing weight, I feel more confident and am out doing a lot more, so I feel like I’m getting my life back.”