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Reflection Perception

Saturday, July 27, 2013

In my mind's eye what I "see" as myself in my head does not match what is reflected back in the mirror. That is, my body image perception has some catching up to do.

It does feel like my mind is playing tricks on me - I don't "know" that body's reflection in the mirror.

Just now, I was folding my mom's laundry and for a lark decided to see if her pajama top would fit. I slid my tee off, and pulled on her pajama top and it fit. I came out of the laundry and asked my husband, "Am I really fitting into this?" He nodded his head. "Yes, you really are."

Her clothes fit me (I've tried on other garments). Heck, even my husband's clothes fit ... but how can that be? I don't "think" of myself as being that size.

I know that eventually my brain will catch up and I will see my "real" self reflected. I know I will get used to seeing "that" person in the mirror and it will not be like I am looking at someone else.

I just would like it to hurry up already!
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  • v TIME-4-TINA
    This has been happening to me too lately. You know what it is for me? My friends, family they are all commenting how good I look. How thin I'm getting. and of course, my sizes in clothes are going down. However, I don't see myself as looking much smaller. I think it's because we see ourselves naked. I know for me, when I see myself naked, I still see the problem areas. I know they are still there. they may be smaller, but since the rest of me is smaller, the problem areas are still proportioned to my body. Does this make sense? However, when I have clothes on I don't notice the problems as much. And of course, no one else can see them either. Also, it's been two years of me losing these 50 lbs. It's been so slow, I forget what I looked like.
    1095 days ago
    It's so strange...that's how I PUT ON so much weight!!! My mind kept telling me I was thin, but I wasn't!!! I realize that now and am very cognisant of it as I go along.....

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhh so many things to work many things to work on....
    1096 days ago
    I agree, our perceptions take a while to catch up. It's been very surprising lately to see my reflection in a store window and realize it's me, not someone next to me.

    1096 days ago
  • v DEEGIRL50
    emoticon Seeing and accepting with an open heart.
    1097 days ago
    It will come. Just keep at it.
    1097 days ago
  • v KAYDE53
    I think it does take awhile for our self image to catch up to reality sometimes. It's kind of a nice problem to have in a way!
    1097 days ago
  • v GAILANN48
    You're right, and I don't understand how this works. The shirt or pants size goes down, but I still think of myself as larger...

    But then there are those sneak-up-on-you pictures that ruin the whole thing. LOL!

    Whatever size we are, whatever shape we're in, we have to love what's inside the package. You've said that in so many ways, and it's one of the messages I think is critical for all of us. Thank you for your blogging!!
    :) Gail
    1097 days ago
    emoticon Great NSV !!
    1097 days ago
    Our personal filters always distort what we see. Personally, I think we really need to pay attention to the comments of those closest to us as to your appearance. Measurements help too.
    1097 days ago
    I think you bring up an important part about weight loss. The slower you do it, the more chance you give your brain to catch up! I know I was "successful" with a certain weight loss plan but the weight fell off so fast -- it was truly surreal. I still felt every pound I'd shed and struggled with all the attention I was drawing. Not surprisingly -- I gained back all the weight plus! It will be a different story with a different ending with Spark. Weight loss is not in the forefront now. I am getting healthier and learning every day. I have no doubt I will truly be successful. In the meantime -- we have to keep looking for those non-scale victories that help us shape our new variety. You GO Girl!
    1097 days ago
    We always seem to be the last to realize and accept what we really look like, big or small.

    1097 days ago
  • v SHERIO5
    It really is a funny/ sad phenomenon isn't it?

    Good job on having some non-scale victories when you tried on smaller clothes!
    1097 days ago
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