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3/11/13 9:48 P

I'm glad you're feeling better. My bet is that your brain was playing tricks on you. It takes a while to recognize the changes in our appearance.

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3/11/13 7:34 P

Thanks, everyone, for your kind words and responses. Just what I needed!

I'm in a better place now. Being a bit kinder to myself today. Besides, it really boils down to - what am I going to do about it...pout, sulk, and give up? Good God, we know where THAT leads.

Instead, I'm working on finding the positive and will emoticon !

Thanks again!

3/8/13 8:45 P

I get it. When I first lost my weight, I would look in the mirror and see that same old girl from before. But, that's because I'm the same darned person.

Recognize your success and visualize your goal. You should feel proud of your accomplishments, look forward to the goals you still have to reach. Allow yourself to feel what you're feeling. They're normal.

Don't go backwards, I did and it sucks.

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3/8/13 8:17 P

I think you look amazing! Everyone gets a bad pic or video once in a while. You are doing so good. Looks like you are almost to your goal also. Look at how far you've come and try to focus on what you've accomplished.

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3/8/13 6:24 P

70 lb?!? What an amazing accomplishment! I would recommend that you look at old pics and compare to see how much progress you've made. Pile up a bunch of canned goods/bags of flour/etc that weighs 70 lb. Then try to walk around with 30 extra lb on you for a while- you've made amazing changes! You should be so proud! :) If anything, you know that you can succeed and lose weight, so you will ultimately reach your goal as long as you stick with the healthy changes you've made! emoticon

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3/8/13 5:42 P

Thanks for your reply, Winwin1. That's why I posted here...such a struggle today - and folks here on SP 'get it'! I appreciate your understanding and support! Hope you have a great weekend, too!

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3/8/13 5:39 P

I totally identify with what you feel today teacherfirst. I lost 80 pounds a few years back and I can't say I ever felt like I looked good. Especially in photos. Now that I have put that weight back on....I have to tell you I look back at those photos and could just kick myself. I feel that it is important for me to work on just loving myself period....of course I want to look good most of us do. But, as I work to become fit and healthy again I want to enjoy the journey......someone told me once that I have to take credit for what I have accomplished...take time to give myself that credit and then move on to other goals. Hope you have a great weekend!!

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3/8/13 5:29 P

Ok folks...I can feel myself getting sucked into the vortex of need to climb out...been fighting it all day.

I've lost 70 lbs to date. I've been on a high this week, feeling great that after nearly a year and a half I've met this goal. I still have more to go, but this was a big one for me. Well, all that confidence, satisfaction,'s all gone out the window today.

After seeing video of a function that I was part of at school this morning - I'm still so disappointed! I try to rationalize that I look and feel so much better than I did 70 lbs ago, and I wouldn't even have had the confidence to participate in such an event back then...but I look at myself in the video and I am still not happy with what I see...

I kid you not when I say this has ruined my day. How pathetic is that? I know I need to snap out of it. I know it's not healthy thoughts...

At least I recognize this and am coming here...looking for some rational thoughts to knock this 'stinkin' thinkin' (great phrase from a sparkfriend) out of my brain.

Sure...we can work hard to change our bodies...but we're not done there. Changing our brain, thought processes and self image is another part of this journey that I hadn't counted on being so difficult.

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