I haven’t done a weight loss blog in awhile and that‘s what got me started in this blogging adventure so I figured I’d get back to the basics. If you‘ve never lost weight or have been around the same weight your whole life this probably won’t hit home with you, but I’ll do my best to make it an interesting read! If you don’t know my story that inspired my content it began at 340 pounds. I was an offensive lineman my whole life up until my third year of college football. Ultimately, concussions would end my career and at that time I was 340 pounds. A 300 pound + man is a force on a football field, but life doesn’t play by the same rules. I was at a body fat percentage of 43% and on the verge of severe health issues so I had to make a change in my life.
I was successful and I’ve now lost over 140 pounds. This morning I weighed in at 197.3, but this blog isn’t about how I lost weight. It’s about where I’m at now in my life and the process of getting to the spot I’m at today.
I always had a fear of taking my shirt off. I think most UNITS can relate. When I was in high school at a pool and I realized that I didn’t look like everyone else I felt insecure. I always had a big belly since the day I was born and believe me...it had its benefits. It made me into a D1 offensive lineman which was my goal from the beginning of my football career and it was the reason I was okay with my body. When football ended, I started noticing my belly even more and I wanted to get rid of it as quickly as possible. I didn’t want to be known as the big offensive lineman anymore because that piece of my life was over. I wanted to remove any resemblance of football from my life because of the how painful the end of my career was and the belly was my daily reminder.
I was successful in my weight loss journey, but one thing that still is a part of my body is the excess skin in my stomach area. This makes sense because my stomach was stretched my whole life so rubber bands eventually lose strength. I’ve tried to get rid of my skin through non surgical methods, but it’s been very difficult. Has it gone down...yes. Is it still there and noticeable...yes.
Since I’ve completed my weight loss journey, I’ve struggled with my excess skin. For over a year now it has been one of my demons. It’s still tough for me to take my shirt off in public, but my mindset has improved in this area. I’ve attempted to remove my excess skin using very unhealthy measures at periods throughout my weight loss effort and I received a wake up call when this caught up to me.
I don’t know if my excess skin will ever go away, but I’ve grown to accept it because of one reason. The excess skin around my stomach made me who I am today. I wouldn’t have been a D1 offensive lineman without it and I wouldn’t be sitting here writing this blog today if that skin wasn’t a part of my body. The skin has been with me for a long time and it‘s a daily reminder of the adversity I battled to get to where I’m at today. When I look in the mirror now, I no longer wish the skin wasn’t there anymore. Without the excess skin, Tanner Kern wouldn’t be Tanner Kern and for that reason I’ve made friends with the little pouch around my stomach. This friendship has allowed me to completely love myself once again!
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