This is a picture from my Duathlon. It shows all the loose skin on my arm. Not very attractive, but it is the reality of 32 pounds of weight-loss. In fact, I have to use a product called "glide" on the soft loose skin under my arms so that I don't get chaffing on long runs. I decided to post this embarrassing picture because I know that 1). I'm not only one with "bat wings" and 2) we all have things that we are self conscious about. A couple of the lines from Mandisa's song that really speak to me are "But what if I share my brokenness
What if you share how you feel. We'd think a little less of ourselves, We'd care about someone else, 'Cause we'd know just how they feel. Maybe we could let someone love us, Maybe we'd be a little more like Jesus. Why can't we learn to real?"
So here I am being real. I have a long way to go, there is going to be a lot of loose skin and I'll never have a perfect body. My legs will always be too big and my boobs too small. But, God looks on the inside. I am trying to honor Christ through my weight loss and exercise. I am trying to give it to him as an offering of love (I get in the way of that a lot of the times). I am learning to turn to Him rather than food. One last Mandisa link. This is an interview that was done. If you don't have time to watch the whole thing, then watch the last 2 minutes.
I hope this helps you feel like you can be a little more real too.