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LESSON #2: See yourself as you really are (WAKE UP CALL)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

I am now convinced that I have a special ability to see myself (in my mind) as a lot smaller than I really am. People have always told me that it is important to love yourself and to feel good about yourself but I believe that I am overdoing it (in my mind). I realize that a lot of overweight people don't feel good about themselves and may even think that they are larger than they really are.

This is not my problem.

I have been Sparking (if not sparingly Sparking) seriously since February of this year (2013) and have lost 10 pounds, which was enough to take me out of a size 26. Even 24s are getting baggy and I have a size 22 skirt that I can easily wear. I feel GREAT about this. But, despite this progress I had a WAKE UP CALL yesterday. I had a picture taken of myself at work (school) and I look considerably fatter than I think I look. Here is the offensive picture:

Don't worry, I'll be fine. No sympathy needed. Seeing this photo just inspired me to stay on track and loose some weight!

I am not going to shy away from the camera, either. I'm not going to make every shot a glamor shot. I am going to seek out some photos that show exactly what I look matter how unflattering. You gotta have some before pictures, in order to enjoy the "after".


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  • STR458
    I don't always look the way I feel.... I'm a magnificent creature in my mind's eye... videos/camera keeps me grounded so my imagination doesn't completely wipe out my need to follow through with sp improved living journey/my own previous living kindda got me here in the first place.
    You being a beautiful woman can make the need of life style adjustments disappear too. Keeping up with this journey we're on will enhance us in every which way emoticon
    1467 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/17/2013 11:30:50 AM
    Hi Everyone! Thanks for commenting on by blog. I'm really trying to revive my Spark and everyone knows that the real secret to Sparkpeople is not just the spark but the PEOPLE. I'm committed to posting a blog every day and at least one video blog a week. I hope you all will continue to follow my blog and support my efforts!

    1469 days ago
    First, I saw that photo and thought how cute you look. I know that you are not the weight that you want to be and you could be thinner, but you are still cute. love the hair.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I am going to blog once in awhile just to solidify my goals and to keep myself in check and hopefully connect to other spark people like you who are ready when I am which is right now.
    1470 days ago
    I had one of those... had the BEST time, ever, at a dinner party with some games (like charades) afterwards. Someone was taking photos. I wore a "slimming" black skirt and an untucked red turtleneck. When I saw the photos the next day, OMG they weren't of me at all -- some chunky monkey took my place in every single one, apparently. And she had my hair!!
    1470 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/14/2013 7:07:06 PM
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    1470 days ago
    I had this same shock in high school. I thought I was way skinnier than I really was. (I was actually very chunky). You have a much better attitude about the wake up than I did. I am constantly hiding from cameras and people- maybe that's why it's such a shock when I do finally see myself!
    1470 days ago
    Photos sometimes add twenty pounds I've been Keep up the positive attitude because that is what will get you to your ultimate goal. The most important thing is to love yourself no matter what kind of shape you're in. You are the only one that can change you. Keep up the good work...losing is losing if it is one pound or a hundred so keep on sparking
    1470 days ago
    You are so not alone in this.... and it is all very true.... Im right there with you..... keep up the great work tho. babysteps and keep chugging along.. you will get to where you want to be.... and you are further than you were in Feb. emoticon emoticon
    1470 days ago
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