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So You're Feeling Too Fat?

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Like so many of you, I have always hated having my picture taken. For YEARS I avoided cameras or always hid behind everybody else in them. I always offered to be the one TAKING the picture to avoid being in them. So now I regret I have very few pictures of me. I have realized that even when I was slimmer I thought I was fat.

I decided a few years ago to go ahead and be in photos "warts" and all! Now I can look back and see the changes that have taken place since I have lost weight. Even though I cringe at most of these, I do see all the progress I have made. I will never be a "camera ham" LOL but I can at least smile and try my best to look good in them.

I realize that I will probably never see myself in the pictures the same as my friends and family sees me in them. To deny my family, who love and accept me as I am NOW, to have pictures of me is selfish.

A friend had this link on her Face Book page and I really enjoyed reading it. Life is too short, as this girl found out, to sweat the small stuff like getting your picture taken.

You are BEAUTIFUL just the way you are RIGHT NOW! So go find a camera and SMILE!!

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  • SUNNY332
    Great post, Pam.

    I think you are beautiful but do relate to what you have said here. I think most women do.

    Hugs, Sunny
    1237 days ago
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    1237 days ago
    Pictures are important even when I do understand how you feel. My kids took photos of me when I was heavier and I look at them and cringe. My daughters always tell me, mom, you are beautiful no matter how your photo looks. Makes me smile. i know beauty is really only skin deep.
    Hope all thing are going well for you on your journey. Do take care.
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    1421 days ago
    Yes!!!! My cousin died recently and at her viewing they had a slideshow with wonderful pictures of her through the years doing things she loved to do. It dawned on me then that there are very few pictures of me becuase I always shunned the camera because of my weight. Then I got to thinking about all the fun I'd missed over the years by being self-conscious. I thought I was fat in high school, and I recently saw a picture and realized I was actually quite thin. Why do we do this to ourselves?
    1438 days ago
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    1440 days ago
    i'd read that blog, and appreciated it a lot. good for you for overcoming your dread!
    1440 days ago
    emoticon WOW!! What a Well Written Blog!! I hope you don't mind I have shared it on My Facebook Page. It DOES need to be read by nearly Every Woman -- And A Few Men! -- that I know!!
    1441 days ago
    Spot on! You are definitely NOT alone in this. for sure. I went thru years of feeling that way too. One time, though, my DD just point blank said to me, "Mommy if you're not in any pictures how will I remember what you look like if you die?" Ok. EYE OPENER! That was 10 yrs. ago.

    1441 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your article. I too hate to have my picture taken and spend alot of time behind the camera. I started to really hate the camera when I was 21 years old and had a professional picture taken. The photographer said I looked jaunty. No 22 year old wants to be called jaunty. Fast track 80 extra pounds and I find it funny that my underweight husband also hates to have his picture taken. He takes his 6 foot frame and hides it behind my 5'1 200+ lb body.
    Recently I started allowing my family and friends take pictures of me no matter how uncomfortable I am. I see the Grandmother my Mom and other family members tell me I look like. They just see me.
    I started allowing pictures again after going to a funeral of a woman who never was heavy a day in her life but also hated to be photographed. He family and friends were sad because there weren't more pictures of her.
    The article really hits home with me. I still hate having my picture taken. I hate being the only fat person in group shots. I can do something about it. Until then, I remind myself the words in the article on what people really see in those pictures. emoticon
    1441 days ago
  • JILL313
    I also am very camera shy and have very few pictures of myself at my highest weight. Even though I've lost some of the pounds I don't like having my picture taken but try to grin and bear it. I know how much I cherish the old pictures I have of my parents, siblings, etc. so how selfish of me for denying them that of me. Take good care. I'm going to check your page out and see if you're brave enough to put some pictures of you in it. Enjoy your day.


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    1441 days ago
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