Amanda Roberts is a 25-year-old mom who has been on an epic weight-loss journey. Starting at 330 pounds, Amanda has shed 150 pounds.
But with that weight loss comes a lot of excess skin.
“I spent a lot of time working on loving myself with loose skin because… I always knew I would eventually need skin-removal surgery to deal with the rashes and such,” Amanda told LittleThings “When I made the decision to love myself — as I was at that stage of my journey, loose skin and all — I think a lot of people were under the impression that I planned to keep my loose skin forever.”
But Amanda decided that she would make the personal decision to remove the excess skin.
“When I announced that I was finally getting my loose skin removed through the show The Doctors, I had an outpouring of support, love, and understanding from my friends and followers who knew my story,” she told LittleThings. “But of course, there were critics who would ask, ‘If you love yourself and your loose skin so much, why are you removing it?'”
But while Amanda was proud of her decision, she received a lot of unnecessary backlash from strangers online. Many said that, if she loved herself, she shouldn’t have changed her body. But since it’s no one’s decision but Amanda’s, she wanted to explain exactly why she did it.
Amanda wasn’t going to stay silent while people made rude remarks to her for changing her body. “Don’t let anyone shame you into staying the same if you want to change,” she wrote on Instagram.
With a long caption, Amanda uploaded a set of photos from before and after her surgery. In her caption, she reminded people that it’s no one’s decision but yours if you want to change your body, and that you can love yourself even if you make the decision to get a surgery like she did.
Keep scrolling to see what Amanda had to say about her critics and her amazing transformation.