Here’s Matt at 16 years old and 497 pounds, versus today after his surgery at 22 years old and 220 pounds.
To stay motivated, he started sharing his passage on social media, posting before-and-after photos, answering questions and giving support to followers, and even sharing his meals and favorite workouts. Six years later, Matt is down over 270 pounds and is a very active voice in the online body-positivity push.
But in all his years of sharing his floor, the one thing he’s never done is showed what his person looks like after 200+ pounds of weight loss. So he decided to upload a video to his Tumblr and demonstrate his adherents his true ego.
Shortly after he posted the video online, it quickly led viral on Tumblr, garnering thousands of shares and commentaries from beings around the web. I was one of the thousands touched by the video, so I reached out to Matt to find out more about what motivated him and what he hopes others can take away from his floor. Here’s what he had to say:
“I’m a really big advocate for self-love and person positivity. I think it’s important that we memorize to cherish the bodies we’re in, even if we don’t inevitably like every little thing about them. Nonetheless, in the time I’d been writing and talking about it, I’d never actually demonstrated my excess surface to anyone. It detected deceitful somehow, to others and to myself. I couldn’t tell others that I wanted them to cherish themselves and stop myself hidden away and ashamed of my skin.”
“I know what it feels like to detest your person, and to be depressed about it, and I never crave anyone is of the view that direction again. So, if obligating myself vulnerable going to be able to one person, why not? ”
“I were of the view that putting any ruling on the Internet will garner a certain amount of negativity and cynicism, but I haven’t envisioned anything like that at all. I’ve spoke every remark and message since the video has gone up, literally thousands, and they’re all so thoughtful.
A genuinely surprising side-effect were the number of transgender people who’ve thanked me saying that they understood my battle, even though their body-related anxiety developed from different roots. I’d never even begun to[ anticipate] of what that must be like, and the fact that my message were gonna help even though my questions began somewhere else is really incredible.”
“I know it’s difficult, especially when you’re to begin. I crave you to remember that you are not the problem, specific elements of culture are the problem. You’ll constantly be told that you’re too heavy or extremely tall to be attractive, or you’re not masculine or feminine enough, or that your skin isn’t the right tone or your hair isn’t the right emblazon, and these people are always always always wrong.
Luckily, we’re gradually starting to see these hypothesis get phased out by modernity. Plus-sized, unretouched examples are getting more attention in major firebrands, more attention is being put one across the alternative stage for high fashion, it’s becoming clear that these negative hypothesis are not going to last, though it’s going to take a while.”
“Understand that to love yourself is to contest the negative happens that were put into your top. Every smile, tattoo, swimming trunks, and cultivate pinnacle is a small change. Tell yourself you’re beautiful every day, and I promise you will be.”
I anticipate the most important thing to take away here is that self-love takes time and is different for everyone no matter what they definitely sounds like. It’s also worth pointing out that for Matt, losing heavines was an important part of his passage, but that might not be the case for everyone. Even so, our society has such unbelievably high and unrealistic person touchstones that even many of those who do work to lose weight end up appearing awkward or being dishonor for not having “perfect bodies” once they’ve lost heavines.
There’s no such happen as a “perfect body” because everyone is different , which is something that clears us beautiful and enormous! I’m glad “theres” beings like Matt in the world who are not only willing to share their tales but also to stimulate others by showing that person confidence comes in all shapes and sizes, and that everyone deserves to feel good about who they are. Here’s hoping Matt’s inspiring terms going to be able to others begin to love and accept themselves , regardless of where they’re at in their journey.
EDITED TO ADD: Matt has set up a GoFundMe to crowdfund his excess surface removal surgery. If you’d like to donate, you can do so here !~ ATAGEND