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This Weight Loss Influencer Had 7 Pounds of Excess Skin Removed

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Lexi Reed already lost a whopping 312 pounds, but these last 7 pounds. are just as big of a deal.

The weight loss influencer, who is best known on Instagram as @fatgirlfedup, underwent skin removal surgery on Wednesday to take off 7 pounds of loose skin on her stomach, thighs, and butt.

Reed, 28, documented every step of the experience on her Instagram account, from her pre-surgery appointments to the lengthy recovery that she's going through now. One day before the surgery, she talked about what it will entail. (Related: Why I Got Skin Removal Surgery)

"Nine hours of surgery and a 360 bottom lift tomorrow. This is a major surgery and I will have to spend six weeks recovering before I am able to hit the gym," she wrote. "This surgery is something that is not easy for me to do as it means I have to take off time from the things I love, my work, my workouts, my routine, my life, and my many responsibilities. However, I know that it'll be worth it." (Related: Why This Body-Positive Blogger Loves Her Loose Skin)

And on Halloween, Reed's surgeon, Dr. Joseph Michaels successfully took out a 3-ft. wide and 1.5-ft. tall section of skin from her abdomen, along with two smaller pieces from her outer thighs.

Reed said she was thrilled and ready for the surgery after dealing with the extra skin for so long, but admitted that the pain is worse than she expected. (Related: This Badass Bodybuilder Proudly Showed Off Her Excess Skin On Stage After Losing 135 Pounds)

"Surgery is even harder and more painful than expected but I know I'm in good hands," she wrote on Saturday. "I'm in a lot of pain. I've never had surgery before and I've cried daily multiple times. I am determined to heal and give recovery my all."

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Drain life. I'm not going to tell you I've felt great because to be honest I've been in pain the last few days more than in my entire life. The surgery I had was a major surgery and I am so swollen plus so sore over my entire body that I cant pull myself out of bed without being lifted by @discoveringdanny. I spent the last few days sleeping but I am determined to show my body the care it deserves and heal at my own pace. I am slowly able to use the bathroom on my own and getting better at walking daily. I am getting over my fear of needles and accepting the shots. I still cant laugh or cough due to the pain in my abdomen from where it was repaired. If I do it hurts so bad that I start sobbing. However I know that I had to go through this pain to get to the other side. I know I have to be strong because there are too many counting on me for me to be weak. One day all of these struggles will be worth it. Thank you for all your support and dealing with me while I heal! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Whos ready to hustle for the holidays!? NEXT DIETBET STARTS 11/19!! Theres almost less than 2 months left to finish this year fighting for your health! Why not bet on yourself with our tribe? Next dietbet starts 11/19! I joined my first dietbet in January 2016 when I started my journey & it helped me change my life! Time to change yours too & make those resolutions stick! Lose weight, share tips/recipes, giveaways including @fedupfam, an airfryer, & MORE! Plus get paid to get lean in 2018!  Link in bio or dietbet.com/fatgirlfedup #weightloss #weightlossjourney #fedupfam #fit #fitfam #fitspo #motivation #sweat #fattofit #obesetobeast #drains #dance #diet #dietbet #fatgirlfedupsdietbet #fitness #losingweight #fitnessmotivation #halloween #fitfam #wonderwoman #plussize #looseskin #excessskin #effyourbeautystandards #extremeweightloss

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In another post, Reed said that she knows it will take time for her body to heal.

"I spent the last few days sleeping but I am determined to show my body the care it deserves and heal at my own pace," she said. "I am slowly able to use the bathroom on my own and getting better at walking daily. I am getting over my fear of needles and accepting the shots. I still can't laugh or cough due to the pain in my abdomen from where it was repaired. If I do it hurts so bad that I start sobbing. However, I know that I had to go through this pain to get to the other side. I know I have to be strong because there are too many counting on me for me to be weak. One day all of these struggles will be worth it." 

And by Monday, Reed said that she was feeling better, and was able to go for walks every two hours. Reed first committed to losing the weight as a New Years’ resolution in January 2016. Along with her husband, Danny, the two ditched fast food, soda, and alcohol, and started meal prepping and tracking their calories.

Along with plenty of time in the gym, they managed to lose all their weight naturally—Lexi is now 312 pounds lighter, and Danny has dropped 95 pounds Lexi told People for the 2018 Half Their Size issue that the couple loves their lives now. “It wasn’t about the weight that we lost but the life we gained,” she said.

This story originally appears on People.com by Julie Mazziotta.

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