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THINNYMINNY SparkPoints: (34,865)
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1/24/13 4:53 P

Remember a mirror is just a tool. It doesn't have power over you. You are beautiful.

WRENDY28 SparkPoints: (2,975)
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1/24/13 3:50 P

emoticon that mirror loves you lol!!! mine kinda makes me laugh! i have had to learn to accept the fact that i am getting older! emoticon

MWOODS21 Posts: 505
1/24/13 11:54 A

Okay, so I have one but it was my daughters but she moved away to college so it's there behind her bed and her bedroom is right across from my bedroom which now my son has her bed well everytime I go to lay down in my bed I can see myself in her mirror and I don't like what I see but that is why I'm here to change that!

Mirrors are scary but the reality is that sometimes we need to face ourselves and our fears, I sneak and look at myself just to get a reality check sometimes... emoticon emoticon

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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1/24/13 11:45 A

Have one, hate it right now emoticon

HPSANDDOLLAR Posts: 518
1/24/13 10:05 A

yes

KAITLYNN51 Posts: 762
1/24/13 9:56 A

I don't have one at home, but I really need to get one!
I use a long mirror, but it's only about half of a full and I have to stand across the room to see myself from head to toe! It's on my list for this year, of course it was on the list last year as well!

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (101,558)
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1/22/13 7:25 A

I have mirrors including a full length one but the funny thing is that I hate looking at myself in the mirror when doing stationary exercises.....weird but true

KJFITNESSDUDE Posts: 15,787
1/22/13 7:23 A

I have 3 mirrors where I use to see my entire body. One of them I use in my basement where I lift weights, I use it to check my form to make sure I'm executing an exercise the right way. The other two I use to visually measure my progress.

I'm not a slave to my mirrors but when I look good I just can't help but compare my new self to my old fat self.

MI-ELLKAYBEE SparkPoints: (158,474)
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1/22/13 4:40 A

Couldn't make it through a day without my mirrors, scale and tape measure.

BERRY4 SparkPoints: (146,870)
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1/22/13 1:37 A

Actually, it was "surround" mirrors at a resort that caused me to say ENOUGH re. my weight and make the effort to begin changing my thought process regarding overeating.

Mirrors can be very beneficial! They help me with my form while strength training.

My mom taught me MANY years ago to not leave home without doing a check in the mirror first. I can think of a lot of people who ignore the mirror but shouldn't.

BEARLYBOO SparkPoints: (13,183)
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1/22/13 12:28 A

I have a full length mirror. I don't like what I see right now, but at least I can check to see if my outfit matches. Besides I see myself in the mirrors at work everyday. Remember you're the same person whether you're overweight or at your goal weight. Try to be kind and accept yourself. I like your vision board idea.

PIRATETHECAT SparkPoints: (1,726)
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1/21/13 10:56 P

I do have one... it's my best friend and worst enemy. I reached my highest weight when I didn't have a full length mirror, and it wasn't until I saw pictures of myself that I realized how big I really was - by then, I felt too discouraged and too far gone to do anything much about it. But you have to remember - sometimes the mirror will only show you what you want to see. When I've had a bad day and I look at myself the next morning, I look for bulges of bloatedness (even though there isn't any, I feel like I can see it). But then when I feel that I've had a successful day, I can look in the mirror and see how nicely my clothes fit, or notice that my collarbones are showing a bit more than the week before.

Lately I've been a fan of putting my camera on a timer, and taking pictures of myself a few times a month.

BOUTTIME24 SparkPoints: (13,149)
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1/21/13 10:10 P

We don't own one. And I'm fine with that! I worry that if I saw what I actually look like every morning I wouldn't leave the house. Eventually I want to get one though. I have to start owning my body, ya know.

JULIA1154 Posts: 1,783
1/21/13 6:17 P

I do have one and find it is a great tool. We all need reality checks, as weight and lack of muscle tone can creep up on us so quietly.

At the same time, a full-length mirror can be your friend, as sometimes you don't notice how your body is changing for the better until you see the whole picture and realize that yes, those are muscles you're seeing and, by golly, you do NEED to buy something that fits because you really can't get by in those sagging slacks anymore.

It's also helpful in deciding whether an outfit is really flattering or needs different shoes, etc., before you head out the door for the day.

I agree with much of what On2Victory said and add my encouragement to love yourself enough as you are to give yourself the gift of a healthier body down the road. You CAN do it!

SPARKGIRL811 Posts: 332
1/21/13 5:10 P

I don't have one but want one! We are getting ready to buy a new house so I will wait and see if there is one in whichever house we choice and then buy if not.

WRENDY28 SparkPoints: (2,975)
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1/21/13 4:15 P

wonderful job girl!! emoticon

WRENDY28 SparkPoints: (2,975)
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1/21/13 4:14 P

Lol, i have one and when i see me i laugh then... i say get with it girl.... you can do it. emoticon i am not a beauty i am just me.

KKKAREN SparkPoints: (216,846)
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1/19/13 7:42 A

I don't have one, no room to put it. I think it helps to look at your fat self in the mirror, give you insentive to get healthy.

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
1/19/13 7:39 A

Not by choice, but my bedroom closet doors are mirrored.
It definitely made me want to hide from seeing myself in them, until I got myself in gear to become healthy and eat better (henceforth losing weight in the process)

BLUBEL1 Posts: 1,003
1/19/13 5:06 A

I have one and it's a reality check for me. Don't always like what I see but try to love who I am today and go forward.

TACDGB Posts: 6,132
1/18/13 8:37 P

I don't always like what I see in the mirror. I don't own a full length mirror. But my bathroom mirror I do look into once in a while.

BIERMA Posts: 836
1/18/13 8:05 P

WE ARE BECOMING BETTER FRIENDS!

NYC2015 Posts: 58
1/18/13 7:58 P

@ on 2 victory thanks for your comments and insight it was right on target.

NYC2015 Posts: 58
1/18/13 7:57 P

After reading the comments, I will consider the purchase. I am in the process of doing a vison collage and will somehow add it to that (baby steps) since just the thought of looking at myself in a ful length mirror causes me to shudder.

COFFEEQUEEEN SparkPoints: (16,826)
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1/18/13 7:46 P

It was a good, long look in a full length mirror that made me realize how out of control my weight was. I really didn't know because it didn't happen over night and I was in denial. Looking at the fat rolls and flab was shocking! I have several full length mirrors now. I'm always checking for areas that have room for improvement. I'm focused on being realistic with myself in the future. Mirrors don't lie! I'm done lying to myself about my body. Keepin' it real.

FIREWOMN Posts: 634
1/18/13 6:31 P

I never used to see my face in the mirror. Just my teeth or hair. I can use a mirror now and I am pleases with what I see. I have taken off 50lbs. from my top weight. And I think I am pretty, so that is nice. What a wonderful discovery.

ON2VICTORY SparkPoints: (47,549)
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1/18/13 6:01 P

NEVERGIVEUP2013- I totally get it. I know that when I first started I totally hated what I saw in the mirror. Its natural to have those feelings because it reinforces the negative image that we struggle with. Whether you do or do not is a matter of personal choice BUT....

If I were to bet, I would bet that over time you will get one because as your clothes start getting a little looser and fitting better, as your self confidence builds, as you begin to realize that what you are doing is paying off, you will want to start looking for the changes and seeing how you look.

The main thing is to love and accept yourself right where you are at and slowly work from there.

I would suggest that if you can, find a friend to take a full length picture of you. It may seem like it doesn't matter now but I PROMISE you, you will treasure that picture later. I dont have very many before pics because of the same sort of self image issues you are fighting. The ones I do have are a badge of honor for a battle well fought.

Do not deprive yourself of the privilege of seeing yourself transform. Also, consider this, your before pic will inspire someone else just like you and prove to them that they CAN.

How awesome is that?

SINAED SparkPoints: (14,583)
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1/18/13 5:44 P

the only mirror i have is the one in the bathroom and i only use it when washing my face. however there is a full length mirror at work i occasionally look at

GEVANS7 SparkPoints: (76,900)
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1/18/13 5:07 P

I don't have one but think it's a good idea.

MANDYVANHOOK Posts: 106
1/18/13 3:39 P

I have one and I think they are important to see your progress! learn to love yourself at all sizes! :)

GAMEDUTCHESS SparkPoints: (781)
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1/18/13 3:12 P

I own one and it is what got me motivated to start losing weight. I couldn't stand the way I looked naked anymore and decided to do something about it.

TRACYLYNN853 Posts: 490
1/18/13 3:09 P

I have one

MOM2ACAT SparkPoints: (167,796)
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1/18/13 3:06 P

I have one on the inside of my closet door, I use it mainly to see how certain outfits look on me.

I_HEART_MY_FAM Posts: 1,809
1/18/13 3:06 P

Full sized mirrors should be required for full figured people. I am full figured and so is my sis and all can tell who has a full length mirror. That sounds bad but c'mon it is needed to see our flaws and work with them. I look appropriate she does not. My poor sis gets talked about her way of dressing a lot. What you do not see the world does and please spare us. This is not directed personally to you, but I think everyone needs a full length mirror and maybe the ones with added weight even more. Full size mirrors are great because you can see the whole you, it really helps out. Once you see a complete outfit you can access it better and you will find a lot of good in it as well. You might be like "damn my junk looks good in this skirt "but from the front you thought not. Try one you may be surprised. There will be times you don't like too but at least you can see what everyone else sees and decide if you really want the world to see that or not. Look at it more this way are you going to just fix parts of your hair and leave other parts undone or unchecked, most likely not ,so please dress with success and get a full length mirror.

WRENDY28 SparkPoints: (2,975)
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1/18/13 3:05 P

Honey listen to me, I hate mirrors not just because of my shape but... I walked by the mirror one day and caught a glimpse and it actually scared me!! I backed up and took a close look, I looked old and gray headed! Where was the wild redheaded girl that loved life so much? I was gone. I have been big or fat since I was 15. When i had a hysterectomy in 95 I was forty years old. Full of energy and such. After that seems like everything went downhill. Another divorce was looming, my daughter was become a smart butt teenager just all kinds of things. Next thing I knew my whole shape had changed. My belly got huge, my legs shrunk some, arms have cellulite and flabby, you name it. I have dieted all my life it seems. I love to cook and eat, and I am a southern girl who like to use bacon grease for most every thing. Did I tell you I am also a type two diabetic, insulin dependent. Portion sizes and a good Dr. has helped me lose almost 70 lbs. I still have some more to go (about 30 lbs). I just had my left knee replaced and they want to do the right one. Bad surgery.
Ms. Nevergiveup, my point is... love yourself and keep on trying. Change the color of your hair, apply different makeup or whatever it takes to make you feel better. I wish you the best of luck and you look in that mirror everyday and love what you see!!!! emoticon

NYC2015 Posts: 58
1/18/13 2:52 P

I do not own a full length mirror,, this is one of goals right now it kinda depresses me to see my full self.I am not sure if this is healthy (mentally) or not. Just wondering how many own a full length mirror and what do you think of not having one. emoticon

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