Monday, June 25, 2012
I'm sure you've heard the saying "A picture is worth a thousand words" but the other day I realized that what's NOT in a picture can say a heck of a lot too.
I was taking some time to get familiar with the Spark People site, scanning around at blogs and success stories and trying to keep my motivation up. I noticed that many people posted pictures of themselves along their weight loss journey and I thought this was a great idea. I started scanning around on my computer for a recent picture of myself to use as the "before" shot and it wasn't long until I noticed a pattern.
I'm obscured in almost all of my picturess.
In every photo either the shot was taken from the chest up, I'm standing half behind someone or something or the picture is taken from a flattering angle, like from up above. I had never considered myself to be someone to hide from the camera but as I flipped through photo after photo of my head just peaking out from behind something I realized that's exactly what I've been doing. I finally found a picture from some hiking I did in Death Valley last Thanksgiving and posted that.
The photo search has given me new resolve. Of course I need to embark on this journey for my physical health, but I'm just now realizing how much help my emotional health needs too.
As the weeks pass and I watch myself reach my goals I will be looking forward to seeing myself emerge in my photos and in my life as the confident woman I always thought I was.