I’ll be honest here, I’m not at all, and never really have been. I think all people have insecurities and concerns about themselves. Some people, like myself, struggle a bit more with positive self image than others. So, this article turned into inspiration for people to love and accept themselves for who they are, but, it didn’t start out that way.
This particular topic morphed somewhat from my original idea. Since I’m on a 21 day detox program to spark health and weight loss for myself, I set out to write a motivational post about weight loss. During my search for motivation to include in this post, I stumbled on a young man by the name of John David Glaude, who is inspiring people to, quite literally, feel comfortable in there skin.
You see, in 2012, John set out on a weight loss journey. Over the course of 2 years. John lost 160 pounds, from 360 pounds to 200 pounds. As you might imagine, this resulted in a lot of loose skin on his body. One of his biggest fears was for people to see all of his loose skin. So, in an effort to face his fears, he made a video for his youtube channel, Obese to Beast, where he takes off his shirt and shows his loose skin.
In the video below, John tells Ellen DeGeneres about making the loose skin video and how it changed his views about himself. John and Ellen discuss what inspired him to lose weight, how he lost the weight and why he made the “loose skin” video. Take a look…
Here’s what John says about the “loose skin” video…
“With the video, it was something I wanted to do, because it was something I was so uncomfortable with. I made the video, really, for myself …so I could feel better about it, and I’m just so glad that I did, at the end of the video I say like I’m comfortable with my loose skin. When I said that, it was the first time I really felt that.”
I just love his video! It’s so inspiring. He was so strong and brave to make it and put himself “out there” as he did. If you didn’t watch the video, here are a few of his inspiring words…
“I want to show people that yes, obviously this is not ideal, right. This is not what I would have wanted after losing 160 pounds. I would’ve wanted to have a perfect body, right? But, that’s not the case and that’s okay…I want people watching this video to understand that you should never let loose skin, or anything else stop you from going for your dreams. My dreams are to be very happy in my skin and I am. Loose skin and all, I’m happy with where I’ve come from and where I am at now. This isn’t the end…This is where I’m at right now. … and I’m okay with this…This isn’t going to stop me from reaching for my goals, and going for my full potential. This is who I am and I’m proud of it.” ~ John Glaude
In case you’re wondering, because of his loose skin video, John was offered free skin removal surgery by a few people and has turned them all down. He told Ellen “I don’t really want to get the surgery…” He says he meant what he said in the video. He’s comfortable in his skin; he loves his skin; the skin is a battle scar, a symbol of where he’s been and the choices he’s made in his life…his choice to become obese and his choice to lose the weight and get thin and healthy.
I was inspired by John’s message. His message, goes far beyond obesity, weight loss and loose skin. It touches at the heart of everyone who has low self esteem and insecurities, and we ALL have insecurities. His message is loud and clear: love yourself for who you are; love everything about yourself, but especially those things that make you insecure. They are what make you wonderful, beautiful incredible…they are, what make you human.
After I was inspired by John, I set out to find anther message about being comfortable “in your own skin, strength in your own identity and your own self. I found Natalie Barzyk, high school senior. In the TedX Talk below, (4:38), Natalie talks about her journey to the love of dance. She has an inspiring message about how nothing and no one should ever stop you from being comfortable in your own skin. How you feel about yourself is all that matters. Take a look..