Viral photo shows extra skin that can remain after major weight loss

Woman thrilled when husband can pick her up after major weight loss.

When Jordan Kirkham's husband picked her up into his arms, she felt on top of the world. Finally.

In the pool about a month ago, Kirkham was overjoyed when her husband was able to pick her up, the first time he had ever done so. Since January 2015, the mom of two has shed at least 140 pounds, down from over 300 pounds.

“I haven’t been picked up since I was a kid, so when he did that with no hesitation, no struggle, just picking me up, I almost cried,” Kirkham, 24, told TODAY. “I felt light as air. I was over the moon I was so happy.”

Her husband, Daniel Kirkham, had whispered in her ear, “Look, I can pick my wife up,” and pretended he was carrying her over the threshold on their wedding night, she said. Kirkham wanted to document the moment for her large Instagram following, as part of her weight-loss journey, and they recreated the pose in a photo that went viral.

“That’s a pretty big non-scale victory so I wanted to post it,” said Kirkham, who was overweight for most of her life and now weighs 170. “I was hesitant because of the loose skin, but that wasn’t the point. The point was my husband picked me up.”

Her loose skin, which hangs uncomfortably from her stomach, thighs and arms, as a result of her weight loss, is the reason she believes the photo racked up nearly 50,000 likes on Instagram.

Jordan Kirkham

The 24-year-old mom of two has lost over 140 pounds.

“It was so raw and so real,” said Kirkham, who has sons ages 3 years old and 11 months and lives in Bastrop, Texas. “I didn’t tuck it or hide it. This is real life.”

The victory was another step in her nearly two and half year effort to lose weight and reclaim her life.

As an overweight girl, she was bullied and called names: Her middle school nickname was “Twinkie.” As a young adult, it was hard to breathe, her joints hurt and getting out of bed could could take 30 minutes. But not any more.

“I feel incredible,” Kirkham said. “I have my life back.”

Kirkham decided to lose weight in January 2015 after seeing herself in holiday photos.

“I knew I was big, but I didn’t realize how big I had actually gotten,” Kirkham said. “I was so tired of being heavy.”

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