When it comes to losing weight, everyone’s journey is a little bit different.
Some people try to lose baby weight, while others try to work off weight that they have had for years.
Some lose the weight that they want by starting yoga or a certain sport — others even find success by walking to Walmart every day!
Though every body transformation is different, one thing is for sure — the process is not as simple as the before-and-after photos make them seem!
There is plenty of hard work, emotion, uncertainty, and at times, a bit of excess skin at the end.
This is what Rachel Graham hoped to show when she created her Instagram account chronicling her awesome body transformation.
Being both inspiring and emotional, her photos explain how tough the process can be, though it is definitely rewarding at the end.
She even posted an extremely body-positive photo of her belly post-weight loss — and it is definitely not the “after” photo you are used to seeing!
Check below to learn more about her amazing journey and to read her inspiring words.
Nova Scotian Rachel Graham started her inspiring Instagram account losinggravity in 2015.
Since then, she has shown her thousands of followers what a realistic, relatable weight loss journey looks like!
After having two children, she began her fitness journey and has been documenting the process online.
And so far her “Work. Dedication. [and] Commitment,” have paid off. She’s lost a total of 90 lbs.!
But what’s even more inspiring than her weight loss is the open and honest point of view that she has on the process.
Along with showcasing her body transformation, she also aimed to keep it real with her followers and show them the strength, struggle, and emotion that goes along with losing weight.
She also condemned finding any “quick fixes” that would make her thin and instead advocated for realistic lifestyle changes and seating habits.
Her two sons also played a role in the process. “Never underestimate the full body workout of pushing a stroller on a rocky surface,” she explained in a post.
But the most honest and inspiring part of her journey so far has been a revealing post about her excess skin after the weight was gone.
While we are constantly exposed to before-and-after photos, we rarely see any of the difficult points in between the two bodies.
But Graham’s post shows off all of her excess skin on her stomach along with a very inspiring message:
“The anxiety posting this is REAL. Taken a few minutes apart, flexing in the first.”
“How did you avoid loose skin and stretch marks?” Heyyyyy, I didn’t! Its all there. High waisted bottoms have become my bff.
Do I regret losing weight? Hellllll noooooo. NEVER. Not even a slightest thought. I am more FIT than I’ve ever been in my entire life.
Happier. HEALTHIER. I’d be lying if I said my loose skin wasn’t an insecurity of mine. But I refuse to let it consume me. It doesn’t hold me back like the weight used to.”
“This stomach has grown two beautiful boys.. Has been through a [90-pound+] gain and loss ([100-pound+] lost from my highest weight while pregnant!)”
“Will you have loose skin after losing weight? I can’t answer that for you, everyBODY is different.
“Will it be worth it, regardless? YES. Also for those who have asked… I do plan to have surgery some day, but in the meantime, I’m just working on self loooovvveeee…”
Since posting, her open and honest photo has gotten plenty of praise for showing off a realistic weight loss process, while urging everyone to love their bodies regardless of what they look like.
Though healthy weight loss is inspiring in the first place, Graham’s honest journey is truly amazing because it is coming from her heart.
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