Feeling good in my own skin
Organized by: Amanda Ridgeway
My name is Amanda Ridgeway, and I have been overweight since I was a little kid. Being one of a few overweight kids in your class can be really heartbreaking when your that young, and I have found that it doesn't get any easier as you get older. I have always struggled with the scales from when I was younger on into adulthood. Every body tells you that you look good or that your still pretty, but when I look in the mirror all I would see would be rolls of fat and feel disgusted with myself. I finally decided to undergo bariatric surgery not only because I was morbidly obese, but because I was starting to have health issues because of it. I am five feet and four inches tall, and weighed 278 pounds, when I underwent the surgery. I am now 167 pounds. That is a little over a hundred pounds of weight loss, and my goal is to lose more. I thought I would be happy after losing so much weight, and being fit enough to actually be able to make it all the way thru a workout, but now all I see is the extra skin that is hanging off my arms, stomach, butt, and thighs. I hate having to pull my extra skin up and out of the way so I can zip and button my pants. Or having to wear spanx everyday to make my body look normal. I am a twenty seven year old that has never been in a relationship or even had a date because I don't feel comfortable enough I my own body to let someone else see me. I would like to feel good in my own skin for once in my life and I believe that this surgery will help me in my journey. Thank you so much for stopping in and reading my story.