Mirror Mirror on the wall, who am i kidding?

Saturday, May 07, 2011

I seem to have days when I look in the mirror and think "wow, I look SOOOO good!" and other days when I look and say "geez hunny, when's the baby due? next week?"

Sometimes I've just had a long depressing day or week, or i "cheated" and scarfed down a few too many cookies, or even i just don't feel pretty (like in the picture above right after a day of the pool and running.) And even though I try not to be down on myself I can't help but feel...well, fat and ugly and just grossed out.

And then there are days I've not eaten horribly or I'm wearing an outfit I like (and lets face it, my favorite jeans are my favorite for a reason). The real difference in how I feel is diffinately my mirror.

So what can you do to fight the mirror blues? A few tricks:

*write a feel-good phrase on the mirror, and change it every other day or two*
When I feel run-down or overweight and i look in the mirror it's flat-out depressing. So I combat this by writing a phrase on the mirror so that everytime I look in the mirror I have to read "you're beautiful" or "you are looking at a champion" I've even put the word "waffles" on my mirror before because my best friend is always saying no one can be sad when thinking about waffles. I've put jokes and punchlines on my mirror before too. Anything ionspiring or funny will help. (write in dry erase marker)
The reason you should change it every few days is so it doesn't lose it's punch. if someone told you the same joke over and over again when you are sad, would it still work? Typically I have around 15 saying to put on my mirror, and switch them every 2-4 days.

This tip I'm not so fond of but I do it: I've saved pictures from obesity brochures and websites and when I feel down on myself I look at them and tell myself It could be worse. I also saved pictures from when I weighed more than I do now and hung them on my mirror with the quote: You've come so far.

My favorite thing to do, is avoid them. If I have an outfit on that I've worn several hundred other times, do I really need to look in the mirror and check on it? Nope, so I don't. I've put my full length mirror in the closet and taped newspaper over my bathroom mirror before. If you dont like looking in the mirror, then don't. If that is what makes you feel crappy then don't do it. Since I feel fine with myself before I look in the mirror, I don't look in them very often.

So mirror, mirror on the wall, whose the smartest of them all?

*comment if you read it, I really like the feedback*

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