2.19.2013

Weight Loss Undressed

I've gone back and forth on if I should post these pics. 
Once you put it out there it's hard to take back, not that I mind sharing the truth, but I also suck at taking criticism. 
I also kinda wish that only women could read this blog, so HUBBY JACK if you are reading stop now.
Trust me.

Dad, you too.
Oliver, keep on reading and you won't be bitching about giving me money for a little work :)

Why am I sharing this?
I want to be honest about what losing weight will do to your body. Some things get better, some are just bad, but in a different way.
I also am doing this to track my toning up process, I get asked if weight training will help with loose skin.
Honestly I don't know, but it can't fucking hurt!

I know y'all see me looking cute in my outfits, clothes hide a lot.
I have posted pics in a bikini, but these are up close and personal. 
For reals.



DEEP BREATH.


Totally awkward to pose for these pics in a your friends living room.
We just hit a whole new level of bonding.


Yes, I spray tanned before. I'm brave, but not THAT brave!


My boobs are a disaster. They went from super G's to D's AND I nursed for 9 months. 
I plan on getting implants, in a SMALL C. Yes, I want to go smaller.


I may need a glass of wine before hitting publish. 
This is what I consider my 'problem area' my hips and thighs. I'll be honest they are WAY better than they were 112 pounds ago.


The extra skin above my belly button really bugs me, I would be happy just getting that tightened without an entire tummy tuck.



Eek. I don't know that any amount of weight training can fix all that. It makes me sad that I did that to my body with food. Well, the baby didn't help either.
Ugh, even extra skin on my hips and thighs.
I can't have surgery anytime soon, so in the meantime I plan to try my hardest to get that to look better through sweating and eating right.



My arms are pretty much the only thing to make it through intact, even when not flexing they aren't too bad.
I do have more wrinkles, but I guess that was probably going to happen anyways!
Thank God for Instagram Filters.




My body is far from perfect, but it's improved drastically from when I started which is why I can post these pics, I worked HARD for all that mess :)
You can still be happy and not be perfect.
I know I'm willing to put in the work to try and repair what I've done.
I'm still a work in progress even if I'm in 'maintenance'.

Now, who's ready to lift those weights??




Love,
Not So Skinny Meg










466 comments:

  1. Beautiful lady, and very brave to boot. You've worked hard for success, and I'd say your body bringing forth a child is a pretty major success. I don't normally comment, but just wanted to say bravo--for the muscles, the skin, the filtered wrinkles, and the honesty. A life lived, not air-brushed or covered up. :)

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  2. Beautiful lady, and very brave to boot. You've worked hard for success, and I'd say your body bringing forth a child is a pretty major success. I don't normally comment, but just wanted to say bravo, for the muscles, the skin, the filtered wrinkles, and the honesty.

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  3. You are so awesome and beautiful! I read your blog and I think to myself wow I can't wait to get where you are! I have lots 126lbs and i still need to lose 60 more and reading your blog helps me keep on pushing! Thanks for putting your life out there so we can all read about it!! YES YOU ARE STILL SKINNG MEG!!! :)

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  4. All I see in those pics is one fabulously hot and courageous woman! You and your journey are an inspiration. I think I'll go lift some weights right now and try to look more like you!

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  5. Truly inspiring! Takes a whole lot of nerve to completely put yourself out there!

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  6. You are so brave and I give you a huge round of applause!!! Thank you for trusting your readers and sharing this with us! You are beautiful inside and out and I couldn't be more happy for you!

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  7. You are such a beautiful person. I applaud you for the courage it takes to post pictures where you feel like you don't look your best. You have worked hard to be where you are now. Don't ever let anyone take that away from you. My goal is to meet you someday, hopefully sooner than later. I'm positive we would be fast, real life friends!! Have a beautiful, Tuesday, pretty lady!!

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  8. Gah, I just love you. And since we texted at 5am, I know you're already at the gym burning off calories. But that's what you do... You don't wait for the short cut... you just keep on keepin' on. You keep your eating right, your cardio strong, your weights heavy, etc. And because of that... you have a VERY NORMAL body. And a pretty extraordinary body of a woman who has lost over 100 pounds.

    I love you!

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  9. You continue to ah-maze and inspire the freaken hell out of me. You are beautiful and so much of that is because of your confidence. So thanks again for showing us that we can be happy with ourselves and confident even without being perfect in every way. And I'm totally with you on smaller boobs. I need to raise that to the top of my list for reasons to lose weight. :)

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  10. Thank you for sharing! You look great, and its nice to hear the whole story, people never talk about the leftover skin part of losing weight, though I don't think it looks bad at all, we are always hardest on ourselves. You are very inspiring!

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  11. Thank you so much for sharing those pictures. I have the same problem area (hips and thighs)and after two babies that weighed 9.3 and 9.10 and two c-sections I feel like my stomach will never be the same. You are such an inspiration. I have been moaning and groaning about my weight but hadn't really tried hard to lose weight. Since I started reading your blog I am eating better, running more, joining a gym and trying to get in workouts at home. You are amazing and I appreciate you being real and yourself. Rock that bikini girl :)

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  12. Thank you so much for sharing those pictures. I have the same problem area (hips and thighs)and after two babies that weighed 9.3 and 9.10 and two c-sections I feel like my stomach will never be the same. You are such an inspiration. I have been moaning and groaning about my weight but hadn't really tried hard to lose weight. Since I started reading your blog I am eating better, running more, joining a gym and trying to get in workouts at home. You are amazing and I appreciate you being real and yourself. Rock that bikini girl :)

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  13. You are amazing - that's all I really have to say :) I look forward to your blog posts everyday! Thank you for being a ray of sunshine in my day!

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  14. Thank you for sharing those pics. You really do look beautiful. Not one person is perfect and I think that's important for all of us ladies trying to lose weight to know. I know I'm pretty hard on myself and I for sure know other ladies who are just as hard on them selves. You are a huge inspiration, keep up the great work!

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  15. First of all, I want to say that you look absolutely beautiful. This post gave me chills just knowing how brave and self aware you are. You are truly an inspiration to me. I haven't had any babies yet but I did used to be fat(ter). I gained a lot of weight super fast and now I have stretch marks on my stomach. I am so pissed at myself for causing stretch marks by being fat! I still have cellulite and flab. I know that by sticking to eating right and exercising I can make my body better but some things (aka stretch marks) just don't go away. I already feel good in clothes but feeling good naked and feeling good in a bikini are a whole other story. Keep at it girl and there ain't nothing wrong with getting a little nip and tuck ;). I am already saving for my post-baby tummy tuck and I am not even pregnant yet! lol. So anyway, thank you SKINNY Meg!!!! :)

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  16. Girl you look awesome!!!! And like 99% of us out there! I have struggled w/anorexia and binge eating (most overweight I have been is 10 lbs). Even though I am at a healthy weight, I have stretch marks, saggy breasts, celulite, etc....so thank you for posting pictures I can relate to because honestly I am sick of bloggers posting pictures of their flat abs (kids or no kids).

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  17. You look awesome Meg!!! Thank you for posting a picture of what about 99% of us look like. I have struggled w/anorexia, binge eating (10 lbs overweight) and have had a baby. I am at a healthy weight, but I know I will never have flat abs, no cellulite on my thighs, or stretch marks on my arms. Personally, I am getting a little tired of bloggers posting pictures of their abs (kids or no kids)...my abs will never look like that, so thank you for keeping it real!

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  18. Its really inspiring that you posted these pictures for your followers to read. I really think that takes guts. Its also shows us exactly how far you've come. That's just crazyness that you've changed your body so much!! I get that your body's not perfect-- heck almost no ones is.. unless you count that chick on the front of the Victorias Secret mag--- but shes DEF. photoshopped. Anyway!! Great progress and your truly an inspiration!

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  19. First of all, I think you're beautiful and you should be SO SO proud of yourself for your accomplishments! In the same breath, I completely understand what you're feeling when, even after all your hard work and dedication there's this reminder of what used to be and it just doesnt go away. I'm 29 and when I was 23 I had gastric bypass surgery, lost a ton of weight and then I got pregnant....and gained a ton of weight back. Now, 2 years after having my daughter I'm STRUGGLING to lose weight again. When I was at my lowest weight the lose skin tormented me. It ruined my self image and even though I had worked hard to lose weight I felt mocked by it because it was this constant reminder that "i used to be fat" so I get what you're feeling. Moral of the story, you worked hard to get your body in shape and I think you look great.

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  20. Way to put yourself out there and keep it real girl!!!

    This post made me respect and appreciate your hard work morr.

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  21. Way to keep it real and put yourself out there. This post made me respect you and all your hard work even more! Good for you!

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  22. Kudos for you for posting these pics. I know it was scary but you look amazing and I know you have worked so hard for it. None of us are perfect and you don't have to be in order to be happy with yourself and all of the progress that you have made.

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  23. Thank you so much for this! I am not large, but have a lot of loose skin and stretch marks from my first baby-she was 10 pounds...it messed my small frame up. After seeing this, you're even more of an inspiration to me. You rock!

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  24. Thanks for posting these pics today... You are a brave one! Your arms look fantastic, Im envious of those guns.

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  25. You are such a beautiful person, inside and out. You are so brave to post pictures where you don't feel you look your best. However, you have come a long way. Be proud of the body you have. My goal is to meet you, sooner than later. I'm just positive we would be fast friend, in real life. And I'm pretty sure we need to have a few margaritas together! Happy Tuesday, pretty lady!

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  27. Megan! I just love you and don't even know you! You are so real... Thanks for all you do and share for the rest of us....

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  28. You are so brave and I love this post. You're gorgeous and such an inspiration! I have my first half-marathon post-baby this upcoming weekend and I have checked both you and Mama Laughlin's blogs almost every day of my training! It's definitely kept me going! Thank you so much for being so candid and real. :D

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  29. You are so brave and I love this post. You're gorgeous and such an inspiration! I have my first half-marathon post-baby this upcoming weekend and I have checked both you and Mama Laughlin's blogs almost every day of my training! It's definitely kept me going! Thank you so much for being so candid and real. :D

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  30. You are so brave and I love this post. You're gorgeous and such an inspiration! I have my first half-marathon post-baby this upcoming weekend and I have checked both you and Mama Laughlin's blogs almost every day of my training! It's definitely kept me going! Thank you so much for being so candid and real. :D

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  31. First of all,I found you through Mama Laughlin and I look forward to reading both of your blogs every day. You are so cute, but more importantly, REAL. And that's what I see when I look at these pictures. A real, beautiful body that is the result of a lot of hard work. Good for you! And thanks for posting.

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  32. You are so brave! Be proud of your progress - you are absolutely beautiful! :)

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  33. GIRL - You are amazing and an inspiration to us all. RESPECT for publishing those pics and keeping it real for the readers, we love you even more for it.

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  34. You have to be the bravest lady I know!!! You have done an amazing job on your weightloss journey and it is such a honor to get to read your story and be inspired! I'm in the process of losing my babyweight but I too fear that after delivering twins and another baby less than 10 months apart I just don't see my stomach going back to how it was but I am working on loving my body for what it has accomplished.

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  35. LOVE!!! you look AMAZING & have worked you a** off!!! Be proud! Love your honesty & you're such a HUGE inspiration!!! Xoxoxoxo

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  36. I'm in the process of losing weight, i have lost40 and i have another 50 to go and i am very concerned about loose skin especially because i'm terrified of surgery so i'll just have to live with it. If look as good as you do in your bikini pics i'll be thrilled. I know it's hard to work your ass off to lose a bunch of weight and still not be thrilled with your body but i hope you know that even though your body may not be perfect (and whose is really) you still look fan freakin tastic. Thank you for being brave enough to share your pictures i promise they are not nearly as bad as you think they are. You look great!

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  37. You are amazing! Thanks for sharing it's not all perfection. You look great and have come so far. Do what you need to do to be happy (in terms of surgery) but know you're a beautiful woman now, and I'm totally jealous of your arms!

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  38. I'm in the process of losing weight, i have lost40 and i have another 50 to go and i am very concerned about loose skin especially because i'm terrified of surgery so i'll just have to live with it. If look as good as you do in your bikini pics i'll be thrilled. I know it's hard to work your ass off to lose a bunch of weight and still not be thrilled with your body but i hope you know that even though your body may not be perfect (and whose is really) you still look fan freakin tastic. Thank you for being brave enough to share your pictures i promise they are not nearly as bad as you think they are. You look great!

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  39. Okay, I just want to say what an amazing effort that took to post those pictures.. I am still the 112lbs heavier 'meg' and would be happy to look like you do now. BUT I understand your insecurities but just know please you are beautiful and have such a good attitude and personality! Keep on going and motivating!

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  40. let's look at the silver lining here, you may not be happy with the loose skin, BUT that loose skin is proof that you've worked your ass off to get where you are. Kudos to you!

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  41. You may not be happy with some loose skin, but that shit is proof you've worked your ASS off to get where you are. It's so normal for us to focus on the things that make us uncomfortable, but you have come a long way and look GREAT! kudos to you!

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  42. You're beautiful.
    And such an inspiration!
    Xo

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  43. You have no idea how much I needed this. I had my first child 6 weeks ago and was about 30 lbs overweight pre pregnancy. I now find myself 72 lbs overweight with stretch marks and saggy skin all over my body. It's really hard to feel beautiful. But I think you are a hottie and very inspirational, and it's encouraging to see you bare it all and be real. Thank you for your honesty!

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  44. Honestly I think you look fine! And I love following you and reading what you eat and do for a work out. Dann I wish I looked like that after having a baby! Come on girl! Not everyone is perfect but your pretty close!

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  45. Skinny Meg - Please don't beat yourself up over your body. You look great and you have a wonderful, awesome, infectious personality (at least you do over the internet!!!). :) I, too, have lost a lot of weight (95 pounds for me) and my loose skin is in my tummy and thighs. My boobs are droopy, too. Sometimes I look in the mirror and get annoyed with my body, but then I remember how far I've come and how much healthier I am and then I also think about how much my family loves me and my husband wouldn't trade my body for anything. Stay strong and keep working out! Have a great Tuesday!

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  46. thank you for this post. As a Mom of two, both I breastfed and well... i'm just over weight anyway... it's nice to see realistic pics of Moms post pregnancy. I know not all of yours if from pregnancy, neither is mine. But i've been feeling so down lately about my appearance I don't even like the hubs to see or touch me in the light of day. Thank you for making me feel normal since I've been envying you (and still do).

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  47. I have lost almost 200lbs and am not as small as you (yet, hopefully) and have a lot of the same "mess" going on up in there. I really admire your strength and courage not only for posting these today and giving other ladies a real perspective but also every day empowerment. You're a hero, and you look amazing.

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  48. you are amazingly brave to share that. much love and admiration to you

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  49. Meg you are amazing and strong for putting it all out there! You have worked hard to get where you are and I'm glad you are proud of that, because you should be. My favorite thing about your blog is that you always offer a real, honest perspective. Thanks for being you and for inspiring us all every day!

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  50. Thanks for being so open and honest Meg. I am in the process of losing a large amount of weight myself and am beginning to see the start of stretch marks. Like you I am doing it the old fashion way through diet and exercise. Keep up the good work!

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  51. You have balls of steel girl. I've been following your blog for a while - I learned about you from ML and am SOOOOO impressed by all that you do.
    Posting these pics is unbelievable - in a good way :) baring your skin and your soul for your readers is a truely selfless act. Thank you for being so transparent and inspirational. I'm very early in my process of being a healthier me. My hubs and I decided on Christmas night that we were done with the unhealthiness. We started our journey to health the next morning. It felt so good to get a 1 week jump on a new years resolution. Being able to read your blog each day and stay focused on being HEALTHY rather than skinny has kept my head in the game this long. Words can't express how much your honesty means to me and so many others.
    Thank you for being you and sharing that with us. Keep up the great work!!!

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  52. Thanks soooo much for sharing!! You are beautiful and you have a lot to be proud of each day! We all have the sags, bags, lines and wrinkles. Keep up the hard work.
    Have a fantastic day.

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  53. Your post is inspiring, and makes me feel like I am not alone. I went from a size 16 (pre pregnancy) and after 2 kids I am a size 6/8. I have loose skin and stretch marks everywhere. You are brave, and amazing and inspire me to keep going!

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  54. You are totally awesome and gorgeous! I havent been following you for long but you inspire me so much. You have a lot to be proud of! It is very hard when we have babies or just eat unhealthy. I dont blame all of my issues on my babies, but it definitely didnt help. Even before i ate whatever i wanted but i was young and could do that. Now that im 28 i have realized i cant eat the way i do. Iwant to lose my weight and feel good and be healthy. Its just so hard because i LOVE food so much! Seriously need to figure out a way to control it. Anyway you look amazing and i dont have an answer but be proud...you have come a long way!

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  55. You are amazing! It takes courage and pride to do this, and I am so inspired by you. Always. You have every reason to be proud of your body - You've worked your ass off...literally! I'm continually amazed at your dedication, and I hope to have a story to share like yours one day (considering I recently started my own WL blog! Eek!). Thank you for your honesty and candidness (is that even a word?).

    http://loseitprincess.blogspot.com

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  56. As I sit here, at my desk, I have tears of happiness for you, beautiful lady. YOU are an inspiration to SO many women, all over the freaken world. You kick ass! We all are trying to be as awesome as you are! Remember that!

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  57. Thank you! I'm Jordan! I'm about 60 pounds overweight and I'm on my way to a healthier me! I was feeling very crappy about the last 3 weeks! I have been working my ass off and saw a 4 pounds loss the first week then 2 weeks later (after continuing my hard work) I gained 1pound of muscle. I know this because my clothes are loose. But it pissed me off so bad that I wanted to give up. I took a break from the gym and ate not so well from 2/14 to 2/18. But reading your post just now gave me a boost of confidence! It made me realize I can do this and it's not always going to be a perfect week/day! If it were easy everyone would be skinny ;) thanks for being brave and posting this! You are inspiring the people around you! Thanks!!

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  58. Thank you! I'm Jordan! I'm about 60 pounds overweight and I'm on my way to a healthier me! I was feeling very crappy about the last 3 weeks! I have been working my ass off and saw a 4 pounds loss the first week then 2 weeks later (after continuing my hard work) I gained 1pound of muscle. I know this because my clothes are loose. But it pissed me off so bad that I wanted to give up. I took a break from the gym and ate not so well from 2/14 to 2/18. But reading your post just now gave me a boost of confidence! It made me realize I can do this and it's not always going to be a perfect week/day! If it were easy everyone would be skinny ;) thanks for being brave and posting this! You are inspiring the people around you! Thanks!!

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  59. you are beautiful! way to go on all of your progress and success!

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  60. Thank you! I'm Jordan! I'm about 60 pounds overweight and I'm on my way to a healthier me! I was feeling very crappy about the last 3 weeks! I have been working my ass off and saw a 4 pounds loss the first week then 2 weeks later (after continuing my hard work) I gained 1pound of muscle. I know this because my clothes are loose. But it pissed me off so bad that I wanted to give up. I took a break from the gym and ate not so well from 2/14 to 2/18. But reading your post just now gave me a boost of confidence! It made me realize I can do this and it's not always going to be a perfect week/day! If it were easy everyone would be skinny ;) thanks for being brave and posting this! You are inspiring the people around you! Thanks!!

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  61. You are inspirational, you are beautiful! Thank you!

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  62. You are amazing and totally kick ass!! When I look at those pictures I see a strong and beautiful woman. You are an inspiration to me as well as millions of others!!! Thank you and have a great day :)

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  63. I just wanted to let you know how incredibly awesome you are! I know how brave you have to be to post pictures like this, and I think that you look awesome, even if you do have a little loose skin! You have so much to be proud of, and you certainly inspire women to know that it's possible! Keep up the great work!

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  64. You are still so pretty though!! I've been following your blog for awhile and i've seen SO much difference in your face alone - it looks SUPER skinny minny! and that's what most people see anyway lol! but so brave posting these pics!!!

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  65. Meg! I freakin love you! You are a serious rock star! Thanks for posting! Love your heart, seriously so sweet! And I still think you look incred! --karly

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  66. I'm getting choked up reading and looking at your pictures. You have come so far and are such an inspiration. I'm sure it took a lot of courage to put yourself out there like this, but I am really glad you did. It gives hope, inspiration and perspective to others struggling with their bodies. I know it does for me. I know you will keep up all the hard work. Maybe one day soon you'll get that surgery cause girl, you deserve it! Way to go!

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  67. Why did u sign not so skinny meg. You are!
    Beautiful flawed or not.

    U deserve the word skinny!
    Xo
    Amazing.



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  68. Thank you for sharing! We all have our parts were not so happy with, but being healthy definitely trumps it. Thanks for being an nspiration! :)

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  69. I am even more inspired and wowed now! This post is absolutely amazing! Congratulations on all you've accomplished!

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  70. I admire you for not only losing the weight but also for putting yourself out there to inspire others! You have lit a fire under my ass to get healthy, so for that, thank you!!!

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  71. You are so brave and I think you are beautiful! You have come so far and you are an inspiration.
    You rock! Thank you for sharing with your readers. You are making a difference!

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  72. love this! it's hard to imagine what a massive amount of weight loss can really look like. i have 50 pounds of baby weight to lose (again) once this kid comes out plus another 20 or so to get back to where i used to be. i love seeing how much time you devote to taking care of yourself - it's hard to do when you have a family. you are quite an inspiration!

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  73. love this! it's hard to imagine what a massive amount of weight loss can really look like. i have 50 pounds of baby weight to lose (again) once this kid comes out plus another 20 or so to get back to where i used to be. i love seeing how much time you devote to taking care of yourself - it's hard to do when you have a family. you are quite an inspiration!

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  74. love this! it's hard to imagine what a massive amount of weight loss can really look like. i have 50 pounds of baby weight to lose (again) once this kid comes out plus another 20 or so to get back to where i used to be. i love seeing how much time you devote to taking care of yourself - it's hard to do when you have a family. you are quite an inspiration!

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  75. You're still skinny girl! Wow, 112lbs down, that's something to be very proud of! You look amazing!

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  76. You are beautiful! Thank you for posting these! It has opened my eyes to what I an doing to my body. I'm only 22 with a on year old and I weigh 200 (haven't weighed myself so I don't know) I need to stop doing what I know is wrong. Thank you again for being so brave.

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  77. Hooray for you!! It's eye opening to realize I'm not the only one.
    Thank you skinnymeg!!!

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  78. You are beautiful lady! Inside and out! I am sure this post will be an encouragement to many women!

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  79. Meg, thank you! You are so brave and honest. You are a huge inspiration.

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  80. Beautiful! Hard work makes you wonderful, inside and out. Thanks for sharing and being brave :)

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  81. Wow! I am so super excited to see you post these! Thank you!!! I have lost lots of inches not so much weight and it is wonderful to see other women dealing with skin too! Thank you so much for being so brave! PS - You are beautiful!

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  82. You're so brave to post this. It helps to remind us that you're a real person :) you lost the weight to get healthy, now you're lifting weights to look good naked! You'll get there! You're such an inspiration!

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  83. You are wonderful! You are beautiful!!! I'm so excited for you, you have so much to be proud of!

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  84. And this is why I love reading your blog. You are real. I've wanted to email you about my extra skin before. I have the exact same issues minus pregnancy/nursing. I've lost around 70 lbs and need to lose about 30 more but I have all the same skin except my arms are disgusting. Your look fabulous and you have worked so freaking hard!! Thanks for the push to work harder. I don't think I'll ever be as skinny as you but I'm going to try :). Thank you for sharing!!

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  85. And this is why I love reading your blog. You are real. I've wanted to email you about my extra skin before. I have the exact same issues minus pregnancy/nursing. I've lost around 70 lbs and need to lose about 30 more but I have all the same skin except my arms are disgusting. Your look fabulous and you have worked so freaking hard!! Thanks for the push to work harder. I don't think I'll ever be as skinny as you but I'm going to try :). Thank you for sharing!!

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  86. You look spectacular, Meg! So glad you posted these. Now show before and afters and you'll really see how far you've come.

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  87. Very brave @skinnymeg! You are beautiful inside & out! You have come a long way and should be very proud, flaws and all! Congrats on your achievements and the pair you have for being able to be an open book in your blog ☺��

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  88. I will happily tell you how amazing you are! Thank you for being an inspiration and being brave enough to post these! Especially in a world wear airbrush and perfection are the standard, you are beautiful. Not just because of your beautiful face and your tiny frame but because your outlook on life and your willingness to sacrifice your own comfort to help women like me, who are struggling every day. THANK YOU for putting yourself out there and being real. I'm sure it would have been easier to allow your fans to swoon over your cute pics but I have so much respect for you and truly see you as a much more beautiful person all because you were willing to make a sacrifice like this. You are one smokin' hot momma and deserve mad respect :)

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  89. Great, inspiring post. We can't all look perfect, but I'd rather be healthy and have some loose skin and stretch marks than be overweight and unhealthy. Bravo!

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  90. Bless you for posting that. I imagine that when (not if) I lose weight, I will have a similar problem. You are gorgeous, girl, and you worked hard. I'm glad that's what you focus on. :)

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  91. Beyond brave! The reality is that this is what most women deal with....not popping back to no stretch marks and a 6-pack. I have been following you and Mama Laughlin's adventures over the past month or so and have started making small changes that I can live with. Trying to figure out when to work my schedule around for a workout but I've done it twice before and I know when I start I can do it. I worked for a plastic surgeon for 3 years so I know when I reach a goal weight I'll be doing a "mommy makeover"!

    Anywho. I think you're inspiring and couldn't be prouder of your journey if it was mine! Happy Tuesday from GA!

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  92. I feel like this is the comment I always leave but, you are awesome! This is what we need! True words from real women!

    Thank you!

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  93. Girl you are beautiful and brave! I know first hand how you're feeling. After my first baby i lost a ton of weight 100+ lbs. I still had loose skin and the boob situation wasn't good either. When I had the 2 & 3rd babies I was determined not to gain a ton of weight but my body had other ideas so I'm working on losing it again 50lbs gone and 50-60 to go. What I was told from the dr is that it is impossible without surgery to lose the loose skin. While toning up will help if the skin elastically is lost only a nip tuck will fix. That being said I did notice that the "look" of the loose skin got better as I toned up. My hubs knows how hard I work and is on board for a tuck and lift. I'm in awe of your braveness because honestly for me it's hard to look in the mirror in fact I think that's what keeps me working and running. I want to be comfortable in my " skin" and I'm just not there yet. You are such an inspiration and I hope one day I can be for someone that is struggling as well. We can't see how far we've come if we don't see where we started. Keep being brave and inspirational.

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  94. Crazy girl, you should never call yourself not so skinny! You look amazing and you inspire me to work hard every day. I think of you NOT Jillian Michaels when I'm working out!! Congrats on your transformation, You're amazing!!!!

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  95. Couldn't be prouder of your journey if it was mine! I've done it twice before and know I can do it again. Because of you and Mama Laughlin I've been making small changes each week. Hold your head high! Happy Tuesday from GA!

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  96. Thank you for sharing! You look absolutely amazing! After 3 kids (2 of them being huge), my body is so scary! It's easy to get discouraged when I think, "no amount of exercise can fix these skin issues." But you're right - it can't hurt!

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  97. You're awesome and brave! Also, I think your body looks beautiful and strong. Your body looks a lot like mine, too, which I love because I always look at your pictures and wish I was as cute as you!

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  98. Meg you are amazingly beautiful! I dont think you could ever know how many lives YOU have touched!! You are beatiful inside and out!!!! THANK YOU for being honest!

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  99. You're always going to be harder on yourself and your body image than what other people see. We see ourselves naked and we see it everyday. If someone gave me a sharpie and a picture of myself naked, I would circle about 20, ok, 100 things that I would like to fix, get rid of, tighten, and have surgery on. I think it's very strong of you to put yourself out there like that because Lord knows people are ape shit and will always have negative opinions. You're such an inspiration to so many women,, keep being you!

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  100. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, for posting these pics. I think you are beautiful, and it is nice to see a real body on a real woman that has had a real journey. My son is 13 months, and I still hate myself everyday for gaining 65 lbs while pregnant with him and completely destroying my stomach with stretch marks and loose skin. I often feel like I am the only youngish mom out there that isn't perfect and back in their bikini with flat smooth skin by the time their kid is 6 months old. I still have 25 of those lbs to lose, and your blog has been such an inspiration. Sometimes I feel like it is not even worth it to lose the weight because my stomach skin will never be the same, but blogs like yours keep me going :) Thank you again.

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  101. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, for posting these pics. I think you are beautiful, and it is nice to see a real body on a real woman that has had a real journey. My son is 13 months, and I still hate myself everyday for gaining 65 lbs while pregnant with him and completely destroying my stomach with stretch marks and loose skin. I often feel like I am the only youngish mom out there that isn't perfect and back in their bikini with flat smooth skin by the time their kid is 6 months old. I still have 25 of those lbs to lose, and your blog has been such an inspiration. Sometimes I feel like it is not even worth it to lose the weight because my stomach skin will never be the same, but blogs like yours keep me going :) Thank you again.

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  102. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, for posting these pics. I think you are absolutely beautiful, and it is nice to see a real body on a real woman that has had a real journey. My son is 13 months, and I still hate myself everyday for gaining 65 lbs while pregnant with him and completely destroying my stomach with stretch marks and loose skin. I often feel like I am the only youngish mom out there that isn't perfect and back in their bikini with flat smooth skin by the time their kid is 6 months old. I still have 25 of those lbs to lose, and your blog has been such an inspiration. Sometimes I feel like it is not even worth it to lose the weight because my stomach skin will never be the same, but blogs like yours keep me going :) Thank you again.

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  103. You go girl! You are an inspiration! Thanks for being so brave ♥

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  104. Girl you are keeping it real that's for sure. You look amazing and even though you see all your flaws they really aren't as bad through every one elses eye! I've taken Mama Laughlin's post to heart about not judging anyone because i don't know their journey. So true! I hope no one judgest you becaues they don't know your journey!

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  105. My love and respect level for you just went up 110% - if that is possible. Putting yourself out there like this is the most brave and truly selfless act. I know it wasn't for you or else you wouldn't have done it. It was for the hundreds and thousands of women struggling everywhere! You are nothing short of amazing!

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  106. I applaud your bravery! You've just sprinkled even more inspiration and motivation dust via internet. Thank you Meg! :D

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  107. Amazingly inspiring!! You should feel nothing but pride in all the hard work you have put in and everything you have accomplished.

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  108. OMG girl.. .u are so brave and u look amazing by the way. I would check into ItWorks body wraps to help tighten your skin as well. I have started using them and have seen pretty good results. I have some cellulite,which no amount of working out has helped and its slowly starting to go away. They will totally help ur stomach and ur legs too. I found ur blog via instagram....if u have any questions my username is soon2bemrs_sipes.

    -Mindy

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  109. You are awesome!!! Thanks for being so real and honest. Truly inspirational!!!

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  110. Megan, You look beautiful with or without clothes. Being healthy is more important then looking flawless naked. Although WE by that I mean ME would love to look great nakes..Playboy naked but thats not reality . I admire your courage to post your pics. I wish my arms looked as good as yours . We all have things we hate. YOU LOOK FAB. Hopefully in 30lbs you can check out my blog lol;)

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  111. All I have to say is WOW! What an inspiration! To be honest..I saw your before pic of you in the bikini with your humungo watermelon tits and I still thought to myself...but look at that beautiful skin. Your skin still looked tight and smooth. It drives me crazy to see bigger folks that have nice skin & proportion and look good in shorts still. I have fat bulges at muh knees, stretch marks (muh belly looks like a tiger no lie!) and cottage cheese arms. I see your after pics in your cute workout clothes & work outfits..and it's AMAZING to me how petite you now are. How tiny your frame is. It's such an encouragement to me to know that it is possible! I also LOVE that you posted these pics! I've always been very worried about lots of lose skin after I lose...but seeing you takes that worry away! I have lost 40 & have about 100 more to lose. Seeing your pics...it looks so much better than I imagined in my head! I think you look awesome! Thank you for sharing!

    Mommy Edwards
    www.MommyEdwards.com

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  112. I love how real you are. You are a true inspiration and I think you look fantastic fully dressed or baring it all!

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  113. YOU ARE SO BRAVE!! And, you also look amazing. You have come SO FAR and SHOULD be proud of that body!! Even if it is not what "society" thinks is perfect....it is REAL, and it shows HARD WORK. You may look at it and see some of the imperfections...I look at it and see my goals!! I would kill (and plan on killing it at the gym to get...) the gap between my thighs that you have....to sit down and the only rolls on my stomach be extra skin, NOT fat, THOSE ARMS, those collarbones, no double chin...etc etc etc. So, just know that you are AMAZING and even these pictures make me jealous of you!!! You and Mama are such an inspiration to me!!!!

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  114. Thank you for sharing such personal photos. Keep lifting!

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  115. Rock on! Thank you for sharing such personal photos.

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  116. You look amazing! You have come so far and I have give you boat loads of credit and respect for putting this out there. That's not an easy thing to do but you are keeping it real. Keep rocking it girl!

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  117. You look great! You're human and you've worked your ASS off! I admire you putting yourself out there, helps me realize too, that hard work pays off, but we aren't perfect, just real people.

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  118. Thanks for sharing your imperfections with us Meg!! You still look grat and have come a long way!!

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  119. I am sure you will get a lot of this, but oh well :) High five for posting that. You are a BRAVE woman (or quite possibly cray cray) but that was so nice to see/read. THAT is REAL. Anyone can work angles/photoshop/whatever to say oooh look how buff I am, but that was awesome. Good for you. AND i read that after falling off the wagon for breakfast so you have inspired me back. GOOD JOB :) LOL.

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  120. God LOVE you...you are so brave..and BEAUTIFUL!!!! 112 lbs down and looking great! Thanks for motivation :) Thanks for everything you publish here.....you are georgous inside and OUT!

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  121. Girl be so very proud of the bodacious arms! While I am not near finished losing weight, I am already starting to see the wrinkling of lose skin. I hate that we have to have this permanent disfigurement that we caused ourselves. It really does make you angry with you past self for not getting a clue much sooner. You are extremely brave for sharing those photos. Much love to you!

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  122. You looking freaking hot girl!!!!! I would kill for that body now. You are beyond amazing and inspire thousands of women including me :)

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  123. As hard as I know that was for you, thank you for sharing!! It is very inspirational to see how far you've come. In the last week, I've read your entire blog. (I found you on Mama Laughlin)

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  124. I just love u to death!!! You should be proud to post those pictures!!! U look great Girly!!!! U r a true inspiration to so many people!!! Keep up the great work �� I look forward to your posts that tell me to get my ass n gear and get my workout on!! U r helping so many people .. Ur a rockstar ����

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  125. You are so brave to post these. It is the truth about what weight gains and losses abound babies can do to your body. You are now so much healthier and that is what matters. You look beautiful and I'm very proud of your journey, despite not knowing you personally.

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  126. Thank you for being so open and real! You are a true inspiration!!

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  127. Thank you for having the balls to show that. I remember the last time i lost a ton of weight, looking at myself naked, looking much like you do now and thinking to myself "good lord i'm freaking gross". After that i lost my motivation because i felt like no matter how hard i tried, i would always be 'gross'.
    A year later, i've gained all the weight back and i realize that i wasnt gross. i looked awesome. I just couldnt see it at the time.

    YOU look amazing, what you have accomplished is amazing and you have every right to be proud of it. Go SKINNY Meg!! :)

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  128. That was really inspiring and super brave. in some way makes you more human and relatable for me. keep up your amazing work!

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  129. Oh my gosh!! I think this is one of the bravest blog posts I have ever read! I find your bravery totally inspiring. Work it, Skinny Meg!

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  130. Thank you for being so open and honest!! I just finished the 30 day shred and debate on whether to post my before and after on instagram. :) I lost 35 pounds,and I am happy with my weight now. Like you, I am working on toning this shit up!! I also have that droopy, mommy belly when I do plank or push up position. I think you look smokin'!! Keep up the hard work and the motivation for all of us that are right in the same boat with ya girl!! Much love!!

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  131. You are such an inspiration. Thank you for posting these pictures--your blog today is my motivation:)

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  132. i think that was super brave and inspiring! Makes you even more relatable and human in my book. keep up your amazing work.


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  133. Thank you for posting these pictures! You are such an inspiration--your blog today is my motivation:)

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  134. Thank you for sharing these. I know it took some balls. I'm not so sure I could do it! Thanks for being a wonderful inspiration!

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  135. That is truly amazing that you have put yourself out there. That is an inspiration to us all and what you have done to get where you are at this moment is truly inspiring!! My body looks the same in alot of ways. Man, that food is so damn good when you put it in your mouth but the consequences are awful and we have to work so hard to get it gone!!

    I love your blog and all your workout tips. As soon as I can start working out again, I will have a list made from your blog on things to do!

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  136. I think you look great! I see many similarities between you and I. I too breastfed and the girls will never be the same, deflated at best.

    I applaud you posting these photos! I think maybe I don't look as bad as I think in my head. :)

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  137. You are beautiful, and such an inspiration. You worked your ass off (literally) and you should be super proud. The areas that you are concerned about are all cosmetic and can be fixed. Kudos to you for being so brave!!!

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  138. If this posts twice, I'm not trying to be an annoyoing heffer...

    But I need to make sure you know how incredibly brave and awesome you are!! Work it, Skinny Meg!!! Completely inspiring.

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  139. Megan thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for addressing something that's not fun or exciting about weight loss. Thank you for letting me know I'm not alone.

    (Michelle Banks)

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  140. You look great! You are such an inspiration to me! You should be super proud that the things that you want to change are all cosmetic and CAN be fixed!!! You worked your ass off (literally) for your body, rock it!

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  141. This is awesome! To be so honest is a great thing! Keep up the good work. I think you are beautiful, extra skin and all! Also, if you need any advice on a breast redux, I'm your girl. Best thing I have ever done for myself! Feel free to email me at burks22@mon-cre.net.

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  142. You are beautiful inside and out. You are so brave to share these photos. I'm an IG lurker but had to comment today. I love how you always keep it real. You're an inspiration. Happy Tuesday!! xoxo

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  143. You are SO BRAVE!!! I think you should be really proud of all your progress and strength; NO ONE is perfect! Everyone is chasing a perfection that doesn't exist. So, hold your head high and thanks for the honesty. I still think you look amazing!

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  144. You're an inspiration! Good for you for posting these pictures, you just give more support to ladies reading your blog :) You've changed my mind about how I eat. Thanks!

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  145. Beautiful regardless! Thanks for putting yourself out there to let others know they're not alone! But you need to realize you're not alone either! Nobody's body will ever be perfect. We will all find flaws when we look in the mirror!! Xoxo

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  146. You are REAL and it is soooo awesome for me to see REAL progress vs celebs who lose weight, or look perfect after having a baby. I beat myself up because I spend too much time focusing on perfection vs real. I am real, you are real. you just made my day by makeing me realize that we are getting health the REALLY healthy way: diet and exercise. I admire you for how strong you are, I admire you for showing what REAL progress is. you should be damn proud of you (and I know you are) for how far you have come and for motivating others, like me to be real about diet, exercise and weight loss. I thank you for sharing your pictures! You inspire me more than you'll know, and you just bumped it up a knotch for me. Keep your chin up, keep rockin that bod and KEEP inspiring me :)

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  147. Beautiful regardless! Thanks for putting yourself out there to let others know they're not alone! But you need to realize you're not alone either! Nobody's body will ever be perfect. We will all find flaws when we look in the mirror!! Xoxo

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  148. I think you look awesome! We can't expect to ever look perfect, especially after having kids. They are worth if but man our poor bodies take a toll!! You have the same prob areas that I do, lucky genes I guess ;) keep up the awesome work!!

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  149. I have had a tummy tuck and anchor lift with augmentation after losing 100 lbs. It was the best thing that I could have spent money on. I continue to try and tone and tighten what is left and I actually had so much skin that they couldn't take it all so I don't have the tight flat yummy that most end up with but I'm just happy to not have to dolt and tuck various body parts when getting dressed. My mission is to see what the heck I can do with these thighs! It takes brass ovaries to put it all out there.

    Hugs!
    Ang

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  150. I love you. Such a motivating post. You rock!

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  151. First off, thank you for posting these photos. Seriously.
    Secondly, you are beautiful!
    I am in the same boat as you in a lot of ways! I've lost 54 pounds and my boobs went from size F to a size DD and are now a small C. I have breastfed my three daughters, and I am still breastfeeding my baby girl (16 months old). It has taken a toll on my ta-ta's. It is a comfort knowing I'm not the only one, not that I thought that I was, but you get it!
    You are a brave woman! I post photos on my blog with tight clothes on. I posted two photos of my stomach after Jillian's 30 Day shred, and it took every ounce of me to post those photos. I am very self-conscious of my "new" body. I have extra skin. I am proud of my body and the journey that it's been on, but my extra skin is a constant reminder of the life I will NEVER live again.
    Thank you, again, for posting these photos. You are an inspiration to me and I am proud of your success and effort! Keep rocking it lady!

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  152. This was a great blog post. Thank you for sharing the real you.

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  153. First time commenter (had to finally comment after your braveness). Just wanted to tell you I love your blog and how inspiring and real you are. Thank you!

    Ps. You look great!

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  154. Thank you for posting these! I think you look great and you can see all the hard work you did!! I was just searching the other day for anything that would tighten loose belly skin without surgery, but I'm sure toning always helps. You are a brave, brave woman leading the way in our weight loss area!! Keep it up Meg....you absolutely rock!!!!

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  155. Thank you for posting these pictures. It was crazy brave of you. Sometimes I look at my post-baby body in the mirror and think, how come everyone else who has a baby doesn't have this loose skin on their tummy? I have a long way to go on my weight loss journey still, but knowing that it's normal that post-baby body is what it is to a certain extent is comforting and makes me feel better. You look amazing and should be so proud of all of your hard work. Thanks for being so vulnerable with your readers :)
    Liz

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  156. I love how you have put yourself out there completely. I want to lose 100lbs but I'm struggling to find my mojo. I had it this time last year but after walking my fat ass at the Color Run in November I gave it up. How did find a way to hold on to your motivation when you first started this journey?

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  157. You are BEAUTIFUL Meg!! Thank you for sharing with us...I appreciate your open honest life!!!

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  158. You have done an amazing job!!! No need for fear of any kind! Way to go!! (So jealous!!!)

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  159. You are BEAUTIFUL Meg!! Thank you for sharing with us...I appreciate your open honest life!!!

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  160. I just started reading your blog and I wish I knew you in real life. You are simply AWESOME!!!! Be proud of all your hard work and you are gorgeous!!!!

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  161. Meg you are a winner! You are a success story! Why? Not because you are perfect, but because you have pursued and pushed your self to do something many of us havent had the guts to do! You have put yourself out there and look at you girl! The Meg we see is a strong and determined woman and that means the sky is the limit!! Cheering for you from sunny Florida:-)

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  162. I just started reading your blog and all I have to say is your AWESOME!!! I wish I knew you in real life. You should be extremely proud of yourself and you are GORGEOUS!!!!!

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  163. Whatever girl!! You look hot!!! You have worked so hard and have accomplished so much!!! It may not mean a lot but I'm so so so proud of you and what you have accomplished!! You are skinny meg!!!! Love you girl and thanks for inspiring all of us daily!!

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  164. Thank you for being brave enough to post this! I have been dying to ask about your boobs since I am in the exact same boat and they need work. Kuddos to you for all the hard work you have done. You are awesome!

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  165. You are beautiful. Such an inspiration!

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  166. I just want to let you know that you are an inspiration. You are beautiful inside and out and you should be so proud of what you have accomplished.

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  167. I just want to let you know that you are an inspiration. You are beautiful inside and out and you should be so proud of what you have accomplished.

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  168. Very brave of you to post this! Your awesome and you look beautiful!!!

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  169. I am so inspired by your story and your courage to put it all out there for those of us that are a little behind you in this journey. I have lost about 85 lbs (from my heaviest) and I have about 25-30 more to go. One of the things that I get discouraged about is the loose skin and how terrible my body looks...I, too, know that I did this to my body and I am disappointed in myself. After reading this post, I am going to try remind myself of to concentrate on what I have accomplished instead of beating myself up for the bad stuff! Thank you for the inspiration and encouragement!

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  170. Good for you for posting those pics and thank you for sharing them! I think it's great that you can be aware of your faults while still be extremely proud of the work you did to get to this point today. You're an inspiration!

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  171. You're AMAZING and a TOTAL inspiration to all!!! I appreciate your honesty and baring it all-thats not easy but will it will help to inspire so many others!! Keep up the good work! Your guns are rockin' "which way to the beach"...LoL
    XO
    The Parlor Girl

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  172. You are amazing. You don't know what you and Mama Laughlin have done for me (and my mom)! PROPS!!

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  173. This post is amazing, inspiring, and motivating. Thank you for putting yourself out there and sharing this. You look amazing, you earned every bit of that "mess" and I think that it's fan-damn-tastic. I have 112lbs to lose and I sure hope I can look as good as you do after I do. :)

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  174. Thanks for being brave enough to show those pictures to us. You have come so far and have so much to be proud of. I hope one day I can reach my goal.

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  175. Amazing post! This is refreshing to see it all out there. You have come so far and have had fantastic results, so I know you will tone up even more. You rock!

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  176. YOU GO GIRL!!! Posting those pics couldn't have been easy!! You are so beautiful and we can see that through EVERYTHING!! But I wish you could see that and if you can't then you need to do what you can so you can see that. I am totally not against surgery like some people, I just think some people get it for the wrong reasons. And you have WORKED your ass off and if you are still needing some help then go get it girlie, I completely support that. Even though you don't need my blessing!:) But don't feel bad about your body, you can do more things than most woman. You are a warrior inside and out!! You GO GIRL!!!! I LOVE YOUR BLOG!! You have helped more woman than you know and today is another HUGE leap in helping women! THANK YOU!!!

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  177. Okay, first of all. This post totally made me cry. You are INCREDIBLY brave for talking about and posting about this. I post similar pictures like this on my blog and I totally understand where you're coming from. I haven't had issues with loose skin, yet, but I'm still at the beginning of my weight loss journey, but I have had work done. I have very large breasts and went through a reduction a couple of years ago and it was the best thing I've ever done. Some people in my life didn't understand why I wanted to change my body so much but they just didn't understand what it's like to have something hanging off of you all the time. It SUCKS! That being said, I think you are amazing (both for losing the weight and for blogging about it) and I think you look great in your bikini. No matter what, loose skin or not, you are beautiful and strong and totally freaking awesome!!! Btw, I know what you mean about your friend and a whole new level of bonding. My best friend was with me during my recovery process after my reduction and saw me all stiff and stitched up and gross. It's awkward but it does bond you. =) Congrats on all of your success and tell your husband to buy you some new boobs!!! =)

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  178. Meg- you are absolutely beautiful inside and out. You are such an inspiration to all of us out there and I appreciate how you can put yourself out there like you do.

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  179. You are an amazing women! Thank you so much for allowing us to follow you on your healthy journey. You are what all of us real women want to hear and see, we may not become 'perfect' but we will try our hardest to be our definition of perfect. You are so inspiring, thank you for showing us and leading us to a healthy life.

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  180. Thanks so much for being real with your readers. Your honesty makes me feel so much better about where I am in my journey.

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  181. Holy Shit you are brave!! Thanks for sharing everything. You are cool.

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  182. You've made HUGE progress! It's true that clothes hide a lot ... No one seems to believe 200+ pound, 6 foot tall me that I need to lose, like, 40 pounds. Oliver - help a girl out! It can't do anything but help you to have an even more confident-in-her-body wife. Just sayin.

    You're beautiful, Meg. Thank you for being so honest and helping the rest of us have a firm grip on reality.

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  183. I had a mini tuck BELOW my belly button so I bet you could have one above! I think the pics are fabulous because they are YOU.

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  184. Insert applause here!!!

    Seriously, I think it is so awesome and brave of you to post these pictures up! I think everything you have accomplished is amazing!

    I am still on my weight loss journey and reading your posts always help motivate me!

    Thank you!

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  185. I started crying reading this. I have wanted to ask you about how your body did when you lost weight, but I never wanted you to feel like I was judging you for it. I am the same size you were before you started your journey (except I haven't had a baby) and this is my biggest fear with weight loss (other than I just don't know where to start). I'm so afraid I will lose all the weight and then still hate my body. But let me just say you are beautiful. Just stunning. And even though I don't know you personally, you have changed my life today. No matter what, I can get a little nip/tuck here and there if I am not satisfied, but surgery won't change my health. And I need to embrace the good with the bad. Thank you for being so honest and open. If anyone makes a bitchy comment about your post, I hope you know it has made a huge impact on me.

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  186. Thank you so much for posting this. It helps me a lot. I have a lot of body issues but if you can do this I know I can too thank you thank you thank you. And you are beautiful inside and out. Eff the haters. Well wishes

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  187. Thank you for being so honest and real! I admire you for that. Keep it up girl, I think you look awesome!

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  188. Thank you for posting this Megan. It has shown me their is hope for myself and determination and motivation and clean eating can get me there. You are beautiful on the inside and out. Eff the haters! Well wishes

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  189. I give you such huge props girlie! I think you look amazng! You have worked your butt off (litterally)! The most important thing is that you did change those eating habits and are healthy not only for you but for your hubby, daughter and any more children that come your way. You are truly an inspiration to all of us with imperfect bodies! ;)

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