‘It’s a trophy from weight loss’ Mum shows off 9kg of excess skin after losing 11 stone

A mum who lost almost 11 stone but was left with 9kg of excess skin has been sharing photos and messages of body positivity on Instagram, to highlight the reality of weight loss.

Amanda Roberts, a mum of one from California, lost weight after undergoing gastric bypass surgery in 2014.

The procedure left the 23 year old with 9 kilograms (about a stone and a half) of extra skin around her midsection and arms, which she has mixed feelings about. Amanda, a self-confessed ‘Loose Skin Screen’, shared a video of her body on her Instagram, and captioned it by describing her everyday life with her excess skin

‘My Loose Skin is my Reality,’ she writes. ‘My loose skin is not a deflated fat suit. It’s not a fake stomach.

‘Loose skin is a REAL thing that happens to a LOT of people after extreme weight loss. The skin is not something I can exercise or diet away. I can’t wrap it in some magical foil or rub some cream on it and make it go away.

My Loose Skin is my Reality. And I just want to address some recurring questions/comments that people send me daily ABOUT my skin. ————————————————— My loose skin is not a deflated fat suit. It's not a fake stomach. Loose skin is a REAL thing that happens to a LOT of people after extreme weight loss. Ive lost 150lbs in 2 years already. The skin is not something I can exercise or diet away. I can't wrap it in some magical foil or rub some cream on it and make it go away. If I "lose another 100lbs" it will NOT make my loose skin disappear, I'd simply be an unhealthy 80lb person with even MORE loose skin. ———————————————- This is what I live with everyday. Some days it's my favorite part of me, some days Its hard to live with it, but no matter what I may feel from time to time, I remind myself that this is the only body I'll have, and it's so beyond important to let the POSITIVE days outweigh the negative. ——————————————— And anyone who doesn't LIKE my body (or for some reason thinks it's fake?!? Yes- people think my skin is fake.) please take a moment and hit the block button, because I will NEVER stop posting about it and helping empower other women to love their loose skin too. I don't care if you think I'm looking for attention, or if you think my stomach is the most disgusting thing you've seen. Just spare us all your ignorance and remove yourself right now. And to everyone who has supported me throughout my self love IG journey, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you all so much. ———————————————- #tummylovethursday #wls #bodypositive #bodylove #effyourbeautystandards #excessskin #looseskin #bodypositivity #selflove #weightlosssurgery #selflove #fitness #fitnessmotivation #inspire #rny #vsg #extremeweightloss #rnycommunity #vsgcommunity #health #weightloss #plasticsurgery #body

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Amanda goes on to explain how her attitude towards her excess skin changes day to day. ‘This is what I live with everyday. Some days it’s my favorite part of me, some days it’s hard to live with it, but no matter what I may feel from time to time, I remind myself that this is the only body I’ll have, and it’s so beyond important to let the POSITIVE days outweigh the negative.

‘I will NEVER stop posting about it and helping empower other women to love their loose skin too.

‘I don’t care if you think I’m looking for attention, or if you think my stomach is the most disgusting thing you’ve seen. And to everyone who has supported me throughout my self love IG journey, thank you from the bottom of my heart.’

One of the BEST blessings and #NSV that has come out of this health journey is being able do simple things that once seemed impossible- like playing soccer in the park with my daughter. At my start of 330lbs, I could barely play on the floor with her without being in pain. Now at my current weight of 180 I can run, jump, and play as much as she wants, and that's all I ever wanted from my journey- to be the Mom I've always wanted and the Mom that she deserves. ——————————————— #wls #rny #weightlosssurgery #bariatricbabe #bariatricsurgery #weightloss #majorweightloss #extremeweightloss #transformation #gastricbypass #rouxeny #wlscommunity #wlsfamily #fitness #health #extremetransformation #thenandnow #motivation#staymotivated #inspo #fitspo #wlstories

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The video has been viewed over 27,000 times, with hundreds of comments supporting Amanda.

‘I lost 200lbs. I’m in the same situation as you. It is horrible to be with this skin. I hope you can remove the skin,’ commented one follower.

‘You’re simply amazing. It just reflects the tremendous amount of dedication and hardwork you have put in and you got to feel proud of yourself, for you’ve been such an inspiration for so many people out there. Respect!’ wrote another.

Random #beforeandafter picture because as I was getting ready to settle in for the night, I looked in the mirror and felt SUPER TINY for the first time in a long time. It's nice to have a moment where my body dysmorphia isn't distorting my body image. No amount of loose skin will keep me from feeling small after my 150lbs of Weight Loss! 💕💕 ——————————————- For those who will ask: -I've lost 150lbs in 2 years -I have approx 20-30lbs of loose skin -Highest weight: 330lbs (left) -Lowest weight: 180lbs (right) ——————————————– #wls #rny #weightlosssurgery #bariatricbabe #bariatricsurgery #weightloss #majorweightloss #extremeweightloss #transformation #sidebyside #gastricbypass #rouxeny #wlscommunity #wlsfamily #fitness #health #extremetransformation #beforeandafter #thenandnow #motivation#staymotivated #inspo #fitspo #wlstories

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Although Amanda is striving to normalise the reality of extreme weight loss, she still wants to remove her excess skin so she can exercise and run properly.

She’s set up the ‘mandasmuffintop’ Go Fund Me page to raise money for the procedure. ‘Now, I want to make this perfectly clear. I LOVE MY BODY,’ she writes on the page.

‘I loved myself at 330lbs, I love myself at 180lbs with loose skin, and I will love myself in the future. But just as I needed to lose weight for my health, getting the skin removed would be for my health as well, not cosmetic.

‘The main problem I am facing now is, because of the loose skin on my body, I am having a hard time with normal tasks like exercising, running, etc.’

So far, Amanda’s reached $1,557 of her $7,500 goal.