Loose skin and confidence trouble

Today I took another small step forward in putting myself out there.. I posted a video on IG rambling (I was extremely nervous) about my loose skin life and troubles with confidence. If you'd like to watch or give some advice it is here: https:
//www.instagram.com/tv/CM2T7tXn2NG/?igshid=ziy54jth0h7e
If not I will explain some issues. I have a lot of loose skin on my torso (chest back sides and stomach) as well as arms and thighs and the.. private area.. it's a huge confidence killer. I'm very proud of what I have achieved but having that outer shell on me is eating away at me in the mirror. I wish I was stronger.. I wish I could just accept myself but I just don't like it and it hurts. The pulling and tugging is a killer.. I feel like I'm cramped up 24/7 during normal activities and especially during workouts which are already pulled back on intensity for that very reason. I could really use some help, thanks so much in advance.

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  • wunderkindking
    wunderkindking Posts: 1,607 Member
    Have you seen Obese to Beast on youtube? If not watching his stuff (or some of it, find the channel and then look through) might be helpful. There's quite a bit about his loose skin.
  • NecessaryChange
    NecessaryChange Posts: 91 Member
    Have you seen Obese to Beast on youtube? If not watching his stuff (or some of it, find the channel and then look through) might be helpful. There's quite a bit about his loose skin.

    I have, I enjoy his content as well, but I'm nearly 100% sure I want the surgery though. I have been wearing compression shirts as well but there's just so much that it doesn't do much of anything. Thanks so much for the suggestion though. I should dive a little deeper into his older videos. Maybe I could find something helpful if I watch some more!
  • NecessaryChange
    NecessaryChange Posts: 91 Member
    You've every reason to be proud, but its also okay to not love the loose skin.
    I love my son and I love that my body created him, but I do not love the stretch marks. Acceptance and love do not have to go hand in hand.
    Maybe reach out and get a consultation, if you're sure you want to go through with the surgery. If its causing you pain or chafing, insurance might cover a portion. Otherwise, I know a lot of surgeons here in the US (not sure where you are) will put patients on a payment plan for cosmetic surgeries.

    I currently have a consultation with the Herwitz center for plastic surgery in a few weeks. I'm hoping to get some Info on what procedure I'd need, what weight I need to reach, and everything before after and in-between. I live in central NJ, so that's very good to hear. I just worry about the money. I've never had a job. And I don't think I could possibly ask my family to help. They would.. but the guilt would weigh on me way more than my loose skin does. Thanks so much for the info!
  • AnnPT77
    AnnPT77 Posts: 24,759 Member
    So how long has it been since you reached goal weight? Reason for asking: I found that my true loose skin (the thin wrinkles stuff) kept shrinking for many months after goal weight, at least into year 2 of maintenance. Until nearly complete depletion of the subcutaneous fat in the area, which conspires with gravity to keep skin stretched, it can't really even get a good start on shrinking, and it's not necessarily a fast process even then. I'm not saying it will all go, but there might still be improvement if you recently reached goal. Your plastic surgery consult should give you more information, though.
  • NecessaryChange
    NecessaryChange Posts: 91 Member
    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    So how long has it been since you reached goal weight? Reason for asking: I found that my true loose skin (the thin wrinkles stuff) kept shrinking for many months after goal weight, at least into year 2 of maintenance. Until nearly complete depletion of the subcutaneous fat in the area, which conspires with gravity to keep skin stretched, it can't really even get a good start on shrinking, and it's not necessarily a fast process even then. I'm not saying it will all go, but there might still be improvement if you recently reached goal. Your plastic surgery consult should give you more information, though.

    I'm not quite at my goal yet. Still have another 30ish pounds to go, at least that's the assumption of my coach. I know it shrinks in time, and I have a consult coming up in a few weeks to get some more info that I was finally able to book recently. For the most part I'm looking for some advice on how to relieve some of the pain in my back and sides from holding up the skin lol. The shared opinion between coach and Dr is that I don't have much fat in my body cavity itself, so most of that fat is just loose and under the skin which is just gonna be more uncomfortable for quite some time. It didn't take long, maybe a month for these back problems to really start hurting. So I'm worried about the long term, and it's just uncomfortable 24/7. I'm definitely trying to find some new ways to deal with the pain and reign in the rolls, but man is it hard lol. Just thought I'd see if the community had some tips and tricks or stories on how they accepted it if they decided not to get the surgery. Or even just tips on confidence in general lol, I spent my whole life as the gross fatty so.. I don't have the most positive view of myself.
  • AnnPT77
    AnnPT77 Posts: 24,759 Member
    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    So how long has it been since you reached goal weight? Reason for asking: I found that my true loose skin (the thin wrinkles stuff) kept shrinking for many months after goal weight, at least into year 2 of maintenance. Until nearly complete depletion of the subcutaneous fat in the area, which conspires with gravity to keep skin stretched, it can't really even get a good start on shrinking, and it's not necessarily a fast process even then. I'm not saying it will all go, but there might still be improvement if you recently reached goal. Your plastic surgery consult should give you more information, though.

    I'm not quite at my goal yet. Still have another 30ish pounds to go, at least that's the assumption of my coach. I know it shrinks in time, and I have a consult coming up in a few weeks to get some more info that I was finally able to book recently. For the most part I'm looking for some advice on how to relieve some of the pain in my back and sides from holding up the skin lol. The shared opinion between coach and Dr is that I don't have much fat in my body cavity itself, so most of that fat is just loose and under the skin which is just gonna be more uncomfortable for quite some time. It didn't take long, maybe a month for these back problems to really start hurting. So I'm worried about the long term, and it's just uncomfortable 24/7. I'm definitely trying to find some new ways to deal with the pain and reign in the rolls, but man is it hard lol. Just thought I'd see if the community had some tips and tricks or stories on how they accepted it if they decided not to get the surgery. Or even just tips on confidence in general lol, I spent my whole life as the gross fatty so.. I don't have the most positive view of myself.

    I'm so sorry you're going through that!

    Other than working on overall body strengthening, which I assume your coach already has you working on, but will take a while, I don't know of any shorter run solutions - I wish I did.

    Hoping the medical folks will be able to help you!
  • NecessaryChange
    NecessaryChange Posts: 91 Member
    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    So how long has it been since you reached goal weight? Reason for asking: I found that my true loose skin (the thin wrinkles stuff) kept shrinking for many months after goal weight, at least into year 2 of maintenance. Until nearly complete depletion of the subcutaneous fat in the area, which conspires with gravity to keep skin stretched, it can't really even get a good start on shrinking, and it's not necessarily a fast process even then. I'm not saying it will all go, but there might still be improvement if you recently reached goal. Your plastic surgery consult should give you more information, though.

    I'm not quite at my goal yet. Still have another 30ish pounds to go, at least that's the assumption of my coach. I know it shrinks in time, and I have a consult coming up in a few weeks to get some more info that I was finally able to book recently. For the most part I'm looking for some advice on how to relieve some of the pain in my back and sides from holding up the skin lol. The shared opinion between coach and Dr is that I don't have much fat in my body cavity itself, so most of that fat is just loose and under the skin which is just gonna be more uncomfortable for quite some time. It didn't take long, maybe a month for these back problems to really start hurting. So I'm worried about the long term, and it's just uncomfortable 24/7. I'm definitely trying to find some new ways to deal with the pain and reign in the rolls, but man is it hard lol. Just thought I'd see if the community had some tips and tricks or stories on how they accepted it if they decided not to get the surgery. Or even just tips on confidence in general lol, I spent my whole life as the gross fatty so.. I don't have the most positive view of myself.

    I'm so sorry you're going through that!

    Other than working on overall body strengthening, which I assume your coach already has you working on, but will take a while, I don't know of any shorter run solutions - I wish I did.

    Hoping the medical folks will be able to help you!

    That's ok, it comes with the territory lol. I was expecting it. I was also referred for physical therapy for my back, but I wasn't sure if I should or not because of the limited coverage I have. I'll figure that stuff out though, thanks for trying to help. It really does mean a lot to me
  • TakeTheLongWayHome
    TakeTheLongWayHome Posts: 763 Member
    I’m in the same boat with the loose skin. It doesn’t hurt me physically like yours, but it messes with me mentally. I know the work I put in to change from what I was, but that skin is a reminder of how far I let myself go and how far I still have to go. I’m just trying to make the best of it for now and flip my way of thinking into look how far I have come. Good luck to you in your journey💪
  • NecessaryChange
    NecessaryChange Posts: 91 Member
    I’m in the same boat with the loose skin. It doesn’t hurt me physically like yours, but it messes with me mentally. I know the work I put in to change from what I was, but that skin is a reminder of how far I let myself go and how far I still have to go. I’m just trying to make the best of it for now and flip my way of thinking into look how far I have come. Good luck to you in your journey💪

    Thanks, that's a great mindset to be in! I hope I can get there soon. I'm still just a little too stuck in the past.
  • Diatonic12
    Diatonic12 Posts: 32,344 Member
    edited March 2021
    I listened to you. Youth is on your side. I'm calling out to @ninerbuff because he is a pro. He used to be a Moderator here but he's very busy and he's helped many people get through all kinds of things. Medical professionals can help you but I'm hoping ninerbuff will have some things you can do while you're making your decisions.
  • NecessaryChange
    NecessaryChange Posts: 91 Member
    Diatonic12 wrote: »
    I listened to you. Youth is on your side. I'm calling out to @ninerbuff because he is a pro. He used to be a Moderator here but he's very busy and he's helped many people get through all kinds of things. Medical professionals can help you but I'm hoping ninerbuff will have some things you can do while you're making your decisions.

    I appreciate it! Thanks, I'm definitely looking for some tips in the meantime. Tryin hard to get answers from the medical professionals. It just all takes time and I'm very impatient, mostly I just wanna feel better physically and mentally. Thanks again for looking out!
  • MaltedTea
    MaltedTea Posts: 6,287 Member
    edited March 2021
    🗣️ What a cutie-paTOOtie, you are!

    Beyond one-piece compression exercise garments (which may have already been mentioned above...I'll come back to read all posts later), my suggested strategy/tip for you is to see the positive in your journey.

    At one point, you even swung your leg up onto the sink and I said to myself, "Does he realize he likely hadn't been able to do that in the past?"

    I'm so serious when I say I'm seeing nothing but laudable progress. So hearing you be down on yourself is tough. If this is humbleness then I hope you learn to channel it in a way that better serves you, Richard.

    That said, there are cosmetic surgeons who specialize in this type of thing for longer term results (whereas the compression garments would be a temporary fix to help facilitate your current exercise goals).

    🙌🏿

    [ETA: lol I HAD to read the thread before my workout. If cost is an issue and a job isn't on the horizon right now, Richard, then is there a way to link the procedure to your purpose?

    By that I mean, is there a way you could raise funds in a motivational way and commit to a lifestyle/career that helps others who can benefit from your story?

    Maybe that would be becoming a speaker (you have natural storytelling ability based on the Insta), starting a podcast in partnership with a healthcare professional or some other content that can help people...while consequently helping yourself.]
  • NecessaryChange
    NecessaryChange Posts: 91 Member
    MaltedTea wrote: »
    🗣️ What a cutie-paTOOtie, you are!

    Beyond one-piece compression exercise garments (which may have already been mentioned above...I'll come back to read all posts later), my suggested strategy/tip for you is to see the positive in your journey.

    At one point, you even swung your leg up onto the sink and I said to myself, "Does he realize he likely hadn't been able to do that in the past?"

    I'm so serious when I say I'm seeing nothing but laudable progress. So hearing you be down on yourself is tough. If this is humbleness then I hope you learn to channel it in a way that better serves you, Richard.

    That said, there are cosmetic surgeons who specialize in this type of thing for longer term results (whereas the compression garments would be a temporary fix to help facilitate your current exercise goals).

    🙌🏿

    [ETA: lol I HAD to read the thread before my workout. If cost is an issue and a job isn't on the horizon right now, Richard, then is there a way to link the procedure to your purpose?

    By that I mean, is there a way you could raise funds in a motivational way and commit to a lifestyle/career that helps others who can benefit from your story?

    Maybe that would be becoming a speaker (you have natural storytelling ability based on the Insta), starting a podcast in partnership with a healthcare professional or some other content that can help people...while consequently helping yourself.]

    Thanks so much. I definitely do see all the good, it's just so hard for me to not focus on the bad, especially when it causes some physical pain. I'm not very used to positive thinking. I'm trying to be better. I never thought about being any sort of content creator because I have always believed I'm too boring lol. To be honest I get terrible stage fright so I'm not sure if it would work but I could always try. That's a lot to think about. These are great suggestions that I wouldn't have thought of on my own. I wouldn't even know where to start so I'll add this to the list of things to start looking into. Right now I'm trying to study for the GED and then a driver's license. Very crucial towards breaking into the working world, especially since my dream has always been to build my own house from the ground up 😋 Thank you so much for all the advice and the amount of thought put into it
  • ninerbuff
    ninerbuff Posts: 46,174 Member
    edited March 2021
    First congrats on your triumphs! It's a tough road to take and sometimes even harder when you arrive there and even with all the hard work, things like loose skin can deflate you.
    You may need a little patience with this. Skin can take up to 2 years to retract. At that time you may reassess. Another thing you can try to do to reduce some of it is to actually to add more muscle. It would help to fill out some of the voids, but of course not to the volume you've lost in body fat. Take the 2 years to do that.
    And lastly, self confidence may be hard to build because of what some may view as odd. But what I would do is work with people who struggle with being overweight and trying to inspire and encourage them to achieve like you. You may find that their success will help you with being confident because sometimes gratitude to you will mean more. And that still leaves room to get surgery if you opt for it.
    Be proud of yourself. Not many achieve what you have. Embrace that you're better off than a lot people who may have much more in health issues to worry about. What they wouldn't give to be in your shoes, loose skin and all. Good luck on whatever you choose, but at this point you've done a lot to improve yourself immensely.

    A.C.E. Certified Personal and Group Fitness Trainer
    IDEA Fitness member
    Kickboxing Certified Instructor
    Been in fitness for 30 years and have studied kinesiology and nutrition

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  • ninerbuff
    ninerbuff Posts: 46,174 Member
    Diatonic12 wrote: »
    I listened to you. Youth is on your side. I'm calling out to @ninerbuff because he is a pro. He used to be a Moderator here but he's very busy and he's helped many people get through all kinds of things. Medical professionals can help you but I'm hoping ninerbuff will have some things you can do while you're making your decisions.
    Thanks for the comps. I'm not always right, but giving my opinion hopefully gives more options. I appreciate the vote in confidence.

    A.C.E. Certified Personal and Group Fitness Trainer
    IDEA Fitness member
    Kickboxing Certified Instructor
    Been in fitness for 30 years and have studied kinesiology and nutrition

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  • NecessaryChange
    NecessaryChange Posts: 91 Member
    ninerbuff wrote: »
    First congrats on your triumphs! It's a tough road to take and sometimes even harder when you arrive there and even with all the hard work, things like loose skin can deflate you.
    You may need a little patience with this. Skin can take up to 2 years to retract. At that time you may reassess. Another thing you can try to do to reduce some of it is to actually to add more muscle. It would help to fill out some of the voids, but of course not to the volume you've lost in body fat. Take the 2 years to do that.
    And lastly, self confidence may be hard to build because of what some may view as odd. But what I would do is work with people who struggle with being overweight and trying to inspire and encourage them to achieve like you. You may find that their success will help you with being confident because sometimes gratitude to you will mean more. And that still leaves room to get surgery if you opt for it.
    Be proud of yourself. Not many achieve what you have. Embrace that you're better off than a lot people who may have much more in health issues to worry about. What they wouldn't give to be in your shoes, loose skin and all. Good luck on whatever you choose, but at this point you've done a lot to improve yourself immensely.

    A.C.E. Certified Personal and Group Fitness Trainer
    IDEA Fitness member
    Kickboxing Certified Instructor
    Been in fitness for 30 years and have studied kinesiology and nutrition

    9285851.png


    Of course. I know that, even though my struggle has been difficult, some people have it much much harder. The man that I spired my current journey is still struggling to this day. I hope to find the answers not just for myself but if I am ever asked I absolutely love having the answers. Especially when someone is counting on that information. Thanks so much for your input it is greatly appreciated and I will take everything under consideration. My only worry about the 2 years thing is that this has started to really hurt my back and that only took a month. I have some current exercises to help strengthen my back as well as a fresh referral (from yesterday's follow up) for physical therapy. I think I can handle the confidence issues and work to improve over time since it's something I am used to. I just hope I can get the pain issue to improve. I would rather work it off than rely on medication, mostly because I do not know my family history and addiction could be an issue, so it's not worth the risk, in my opinion, for myself.
  • ninerbuff
    ninerbuff Posts: 46,174 Member
    ninerbuff wrote: »
    First congrats on your triumphs! It's a tough road to take and sometimes even harder when you arrive there and even with all the hard work, things like loose skin can deflate you.
    You may need a little patience with this. Skin can take up to 2 years to retract. At that time you may reassess. Another thing you can try to do to reduce some of it is to actually to add more muscle. It would help to fill out some of the voids, but of course not to the volume you've lost in body fat. Take the 2 years to do that.
    And lastly, self confidence may be hard to build because of what some may view as odd. But what I would do is work with people who struggle with being overweight and trying to inspire and encourage them to achieve like you. You may find that their success will help you with being confident because sometimes gratitude to you will mean more. And that still leaves room to get surgery if you opt for it.
    Be proud of yourself. Not many achieve what you have. Embrace that you're better off than a lot people who may have much more in health issues to worry about. What they wouldn't give to be in your shoes, loose skin and all. Good luck on whatever you choose, but at this point you've done a lot to improve yourself immensely.

    A.C.E. Certified Personal and Group Fitness Trainer
    IDEA Fitness member
    Kickboxing Certified Instructor
    Been in fitness for 30 years and have studied kinesiology and nutrition

    9285851.png


    Of course. I know that, even though my struggle has been difficult, some people have it much much harder. The man that I spired my current journey is still struggling to this day. I hope to find the answers not just for myself but if I am ever asked I absolutely love having the answers. Especially when someone is counting on that information. Thanks so much for your input it is greatly appreciated and I will take everything under consideration. My only worry about the 2 years thing is that this has started to really hurt my back and that only took a month. I have some current exercises to help strengthen my back as well as a fresh referral (from yesterday's follow up) for physical therapy. I think I can handle the confidence issues and work to improve over time since it's something I am used to. I just hope I can get the pain issue to improve. I would rather work it off than rely on medication, mostly because I do not know my family history and addiction could be an issue, so it's not worth the risk, in my opinion, for myself.
    Key thing I work with on back issues is making sure hamstring flexibility is good. Also good core work and POSTURE make a difference. Address the exercise but also focus on those since the tie ins do affect your back.


    A.C.E. Certified Personal and Group Fitness Trainer
    IDEA Fitness member
    Kickboxing Certified Instructor
    Been in fitness for 30 years and have studied kinesiology and nutrition

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  • AnnPT77
    AnnPT77 Posts: 24,759 Member
    ninerbuff wrote: »
    First congrats on your triumphs! It's a tough road to take and sometimes even harder when you arrive there and even with all the hard work, things like loose skin can deflate you.
    You may need a little patience with this. Skin can take up to 2 years to retract. At that time you may reassess. Another thing you can try to do to reduce some of it is to actually to add more muscle. It would help to fill out some of the voids, but of course not to the volume you've lost in body fat. Take the 2 years to do that.
    And lastly, self confidence may be hard to build because of what some may view as odd. But what I would do is work with people who struggle with being overweight and trying to inspire and encourage them to achieve like you. You may find that their success will help you with being confident because sometimes gratitude to you will mean more. And that still leaves room to get surgery if you opt for it.
    Be proud of yourself. Not many achieve what you have. Embrace that you're better off than a lot people who may have much more in health issues to worry about. What they wouldn't give to be in your shoes, loose skin and all. Good luck on whatever you choose, but at this point you've done a lot to improve yourself immensely.

    A.C.E. Certified Personal and Group Fitness Trainer
    IDEA Fitness member
    Kickboxing Certified Instructor
    Been in fitness for 30 years and have studied kinesiology and nutrition

    9285851.png


    Of course. I know that, even though my struggle has been difficult, some people have it much much harder. The man that I spired my current journey is still struggling to this day. I hope to find the answers not just for myself but if I am ever asked I absolutely love having the answers. Especially when someone is counting on that information. Thanks so much for your input it is greatly appreciated and I will take everything under consideration. My only worry about the 2 years thing is that this has started to really hurt my back and that only took a month. I have some current exercises to help strengthen my back as well as a fresh referral (from yesterday's follow up) for physical therapy. I think I can handle the confidence issues and work to improve over time since it's something I am used to. I just hope I can get the pain issue to improve. I would rather work it off than rely on medication, mostly because I do not know my family history and addiction could be an issue, so it's not worth the risk, in my opinion, for myself.

    You've achieved so much, in the realm of weight loss, done things so many people find really difficult (but would benefit hugely from accomplishing themselves). You're clearly working now, on multiple fronts, to honestly face your still-present challenges and take action to improve the situation, using all the factors in your control. This is powerful stuff.

    I don't know what your confidence level is in your writing and communication skills, but I'm here to tell you that based on this thread, your writing is clear, honest, specific, engaging, kind. That's not a skill set a lot of people have.

    I've noticed that you've been posting and commenting on others' posts to encourage them, and that's a wonderful example of using your experience and communication skills to help people. I know that won't always result in positive feedback from others, but I hope it can still be a confidence-builder for you, because you do have things you can be confident about.

    I hope this won't be creepy, coming from someone old enough to be your granny (I assure you it's meant in a pure granny sort of way): MaltedTea has a point. From your profile photo, you're a handsome young man, with a direct gaze, and intelligent eyes. I hope you find the confidence that could flow from your accomplishments with weight management (self management), your positive outlook, your good communication skills, and yes, your appearance.

    Wishing you continuing progress . . . and expecting it will happen, given your history and accomplishments so far!
  • NecessaryChange
    NecessaryChange Posts: 91 Member
    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    ninerbuff wrote: »
    First congrats on your triumphs! It's a tough road to take and sometimes even harder when you arrive there and even with all the hard work, things like loose skin can deflate you.
    You may need a little patience with this. Skin can take up to 2 years to retract. At that time you may reassess. Another thing you can try to do to reduce some of it is to actually to add more muscle. It would help to fill out some of the voids, but of course not to the volume you've lost in body fat. Take the 2 years to do that.
    And lastly, self confidence may be hard to build because of what some may view as odd. But what I would do is work with people who struggle with being overweight and trying to inspire and encourage them to achieve like you. You may find that their success will help you with being confident because sometimes gratitude to you will mean more. And that still leaves room to get surgery if you opt for it.
    Be proud of yourself. Not many achieve what you have. Embrace that you're better off than a lot people who may have much more in health issues to worry about. What they wouldn't give to be in your shoes, loose skin and all. Good luck on whatever you choose, but at this point you've done a lot to improve yourself immensely.

    A.C.E. Certified Personal and Group Fitness Trainer
    IDEA Fitness member
    Kickboxing Certified Instructor
    Been in fitness for 30 years and have studied kinesiology and nutrition

    9285851.png


    Of course. I know that, even though my struggle has been difficult, some people have it much much harder. The man that I spired my current journey is still struggling to this day. I hope to find the answers not just for myself but if I am ever asked I absolutely love having the answers. Especially when someone is counting on that information. Thanks so much for your input it is greatly appreciated and I will take everything under consideration. My only worry about the 2 years thing is that this has started to really hurt my back and that only took a month. I have some current exercises to help strengthen my back as well as a fresh referral (from yesterday's follow up) for physical therapy. I think I can handle the confidence issues and work to improve over time since it's something I am used to. I just hope I can get the pain issue to improve. I would rather work it off than rely on medication, mostly because I do not know my family history and addiction could be an issue, so it's not worth the risk, in my opinion, for myself.

    You've achieved so much, in the realm of weight loss, done things so many people find really difficult (but would benefit hugely from accomplishing themselves). You're clearly working now, on multiple fronts, to honestly face your still-present challenges and take action to improve the situation, using all the factors in your control. This is powerful stuff.

    I don't know what your confidence level is in your writing and communication skills, but I'm here to tell you that based on this thread, your writing is clear, honest, specific, engaging, kind. That's not a skill set a lot of people have.

    I've noticed that you've been posting and commenting on others' posts to encourage them, and that's a wonderful example of using your experience and communication skills to help people. I know that won't always result in positive feedback from others, but I hope it can still be a confidence-builder for you, because you do have things you can be confident about.

    I hope this won't be creepy, coming from someone old enough to be your granny (I assure you it's meant in a pure granny sort of way): MaltedTea has a point. From your profile photo, you're a handsome young man, with a direct gaze, and intelligent eyes. I hope you find the confidence that could flow from your accomplishments with weight management (self management), your positive outlook, your good communication skills, and yes, your appearance.

    Wishing you continuing progress . . . and expecting it will happen, given your history and accomplishments so far!

    Wow, thank you. That definitely helps, and of course it isn't creepy! I appreciate it more than I know how to express. I will continue to do all that I can to improve and help anyone else that I can along the way. I'll try to remember your words whenever I start to feel those negative feelings creep up. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!