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Monday, January 21, 2013

I guess I should also add that taking pictures of myself has always been one of the hardest things to face in my life. I cringe when people try to take pictures and that is why most of photos in my family do not include me.... But yet I am so encouraged when I see others post photos. I do know seeing the progress would help me even more so I am really going to work on this. There are a lot of issues I have to work on at this point in my life. I have such low self esteem that I find it hard to go to stores... I cheat a lot and send my son or daughter.....I am not comfortable in the public at all...My only comfort zone is work...I am a nurse at a local nursing home and I find when I am there I forget all about my own problems...(which is good)....If anyone has any advice I am very open to it...Thanks to you all...
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ERICADAWN1986 1/21/2013 12:13PM

    I look back on my weight loss journey and WISH I'd taken photos as I went along. The only time I actually see my weight loss is in photographs. The bad news is that (in my experience) losing weight by itself doesn't affect self-esteem the way I thought it would. It hasn't been getting "skinny" that makes me feel better about myself... it's accomplishing the actual goals that it took to lose the weight. It was running a 5K, it was spending more time on a machine at the gym or lifting heavier weight. It was knowing that food isn't my boss anymore (most days) and that I can do something I never thought possible. Set some non-weight related goals and work toward them every single day. THAT is where you'll find a sense of accomplishment and discover new and exciting things about yourself. The number on the scale means so little in comparison.

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