Mirrors versus photographs

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Well, the Christmas photos are in--why is it that I look in the mirror and see myself in one way, then I see the photos, and I look like I gained 20 pounds overnight.
It's like I am in denial or something about my true size/what I really look like. These mind games I seem to be playing with myself are constantly driving me crazy! I am really trying to focus more on pant size, etc, but it's just hard to get out of my head.

Today has been a good day--actually, the last few days have been pretty good, with the exception of New Year's Eve. I am so glad I have such great Spark friends to help encourage me along, just as I like to cheer everyone else on too!

Keep on Sparking, everyone!
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    As they say, the camera adds 10 lbs, but I know exactly what you mean.

    It also matters who is in the photo with you. Next to my daughters I look huge. Out and about in the neighborhood it's a different story. I agree with the earlier comments. Just concentrate on a healthy lifestyle.
    1840 days ago
  • DAWN14163
    I too have a very different image of myself in my head to what I see in photos (and I can't believe I'm not 23 anymore either!). As fluffydaddy suggests, focus on being healthy and the rest will slot into place. We can do it!

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    1840 days ago
    I agree with all the comments below! I don't usually like my pictures either. I looked back the other day at some pictures from my daughter's birthday in July...I'm wearing shorts and it's terrible because all I see is the cellulite on my legs and how chunky everything is. UGH, what was I thinking? So now I am not going to beat myself up over pictures, knowing that NOW I am doing things to rectify that.

    So don't be too hard on yourself, you are making changes and eventually you will start to see what others see.

    1840 days ago
  • C8TSON
    Oh goodness! I know exactly what you mean! It's so frustrating to see one thing and then realize in another way something completely different. Although, I have heard it said that a camera adds extra pounds, and I think there is some truth to that. One thing I remember reading somewhere along the way is that we never actually see ourselves...not the way others do. All we ever see is a reflection in a mirror or a picture. We never get to look directly at ourselves with our own eyes the way we see others around us. Chances are the people who look at YOU see something completely different than what you see: a lovely strong determined woman who is making changes each day! emoticon
    1841 days ago
    When I got the photos from my birthday show I got really depressed about how fat I was, since then I have tried to looka at them and seenhow fun I am having and even used one as them as profile pictures. I need to accept mysel as I am even though I donĀ“t find myself attractive. But then, I am not that interested in being attractive either!
    1842 days ago
    Keep plugging along! We're right here with you in the same boat!!!
    1842 days ago
    Can I make a suggestion? Focusing on sizes, inches, weight, etc can be a real downfall. Focus on just being healthier, counting everything you eat and your exercise. Also, you are the last person who will notice or see the changes, trust me on this one
    1842 days ago
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