Texas mom of two Jordan Kirkham was overjoyed recently when her husband Daniel was able to pick her up in the pool.
According to TODAY, Kirkham has been on a weight loss journey since January 2015. Since that time, she's lost about 140 pounds, down from over 300. This was the first time her husband was able to lift her up.
"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 told TODAY. "I felt light as air. I was over the moon I was so happy."
That's why she decided to document the occasion. Though she was a little self-conscious about her excess skin (which is normal when one has lost over 100 pounds), Kirkham decided to post the photo to Instagram. It quickly went viral.
"The excess skin is real, but that's what you get when you've lost 130lbs," Kirkham captioned the photo. "Anyways, this post isn't about my skin, it's about the fact that my husband can pick me up! Hot damn."
(She also made sure to clarify that the child behind her and her husband in the photo is fine, and not drowning, as some of her Instagram followers had feared.)
Kirkham, who is a mom to two sons age 3 and 11 months, said that her husband whispered to her, "Look, I can pick my wife up," and pretended he was carrying her over the threshold. She wanted to share the moment on her popular Instagram account as part of her weight loss journey.
"That's a pretty non-scale victory so I wanted to post it," Kirkham told TODAY. "I was hesitant because of the loose skin, but that wasn't the point. The point was my husband picked me up."
Kirkham told TODAY she thinks the loose skin in the photo may be the reason it's been liked almost 50,000 times.
"It was so raw and so real," she said. "I didn’t tuck it or hide it. This is real life."
Kirkham says she hopes her viral photo will encourage others who might be afraid to lose weight because they don't want to be left with excess skin.
"I’d rather hold onto this 15 to 20 pounds of extra skin rather than having hundreds of extra pounds of fat on my body," she told TODAY. "It’s OK to have flaws. Mine right now is my loose skin."
Yes, girl! Keep on being awesome.