The popular weight loss Instagrammer shared a photo of her excess skin, a side effect of dropping over 90 lbs. Her honest post struck a cord with her 107,000 followers, who thanked Graham for talking about something that often goes unspoken.
“Ever since I started my Instagram, I’ve wanted to keep true to being honest about every aspect of this journey. The good, the bad … insecurities and all,” she tells PEOPLE. “I find that sometimes it’s easy to pick which photos I like the most of myself and add them online – but there’s more to my journey than just posed pictures at the best angles. I want to keep it ‘real’ to those following my journey, and my excess skin is my reality.”
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 90lb+ gain and loss (100lb+ 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 mean time I'm just working on self loooovvveeee. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ BE KINDDDD, I delete negativity 🤗 (No itworks, creams, lotions, yada yada) #nofilter #stretchmarks
Graham, 24, started documenting her attempt to lose the weight she’d gained after having her sons on Instagram to keep herself accountable. That was what finally worked after trying tons of diets over the years, and along with finding healthy recipes on Pinterest and going for daily walks, she dropped 83 lbs. in a year.
Still, she was nervous about exposing the excess skin she had hidden with high-waisted shorts.
My journey began when I stopped seeking the next "quick fix" to lose weight and realized it was going to take time. Work. Dedication. Commitment. It began when I realized a LIFESTYLE change was what I needed. I had tried sooo many gimmicks before I made this realization. What really needed though was healthy food and exercise, not a short term attempt at a solution. I calorie counted for agggges to make sure I wasn't eating too much or too little. Also, losing weight isn't a "one size fits all" thing. Find what works for YOU! ❤️ ⬇️90+lbs
“I’ve always struggled with my self-esteem, and I was hesitant to make myself so vulnerable to such a large audience,” Graham, who lives in Nova Scotia, explains. “My excess skin is an insecurity of mine, and while I’m learning to love this body – loose skin and all, I was nervous putting myself so ‘out there’ for everyone to see.”
But Graham heard only cheers from her followers after sharing the photos.
235.8 ➡️ 145.6! Can't believe I'm officially down 90lbs, and also officially have 90,000 of you incredible people following my journey!!!!! What a day!! The ongoing love, support, everything from you guys throughout this process.. During my successes and my struggles.. There are no words. Thank you… THANK YOU!!! So so SO much. It all seriously makes me emotional!!! So much love to all of you. ❤️❤️❤️ x 90k
“I have received such an outpouring of love from so many people who can relate,” she says. “I truly didn’t anticipate this much encouragement and support from everyone. Reading the responses really left me emotional!”
And posting the photos is helping Graham – who struggled with eating disorders growing up, before going in the opposite direction and gaining weight during her pregnancies – to accept her body.
RELATED VIDEO: Shonda Rhimes Opens up About the Moment That Sparked Her Dramatic Weight Loss“When I began this journey, I felt as though I would LOVE my body if I just lost the weight, but it isn’t that easy,” she says. “Would knowing I might end up with loose skin prevent me from carrying on with this journey? NO! Absolutely not. My stomach has grown two beautiful boys and has been through a large weight loss.”
“I am so much healthier not only physically, but also mentally. What’s more important though, is that the loose skin that I have doesn’t hold me back like the weight used to.”