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Sunday, September 01, 2013

I posted an avatar on my Sparkpage a week or so ago.
I am not keen on posting pictures of myself online, because I do have concerns about privacy. I know that everything you post on the Internet is there forever. And that whatever we post here on SP is available for anyone to see.
Some things I tell no one. One of those things is my weight, which is between me and my doctors.
Some of my posts are quite revealing and not the kind of things that I would say to friends or strangers. More what I would say in a group who appreciates that what is said in the group stays in the group. But of course it is a very big group, and I have no idea who is lurking, reading my posts without commenting, just checking me out, whether with ill intent or not. (Hi there, lurkers!)
Privacy is a plastic thing and we are working out new notions of privacy these days.
The anonymity of the internet is quite beguiling. And I prefer to protect my privacy and anonymity as much as I can without preventing me from accessing the benefits of this amazing space.

...Anyway, what brought me to this preamble was that since I have posted that avatar, I find it rather motivating. When I go to my page, I see my shape now and what I would like it to be, and it is great to remind myself of my aspiration. And I get to look at my shape now, having been through quite a rapid and substantial weight reduction period, and it helps me to come to grips with the change I have already made.
I've posted before on the lag in the reality gap between how I look now, and my self image. I am spending more time looking at myself in the full length mirror to get to grips with my slimmer self before I drop the next five or ten kilos. And I am going to take the next stages slowly so I can incorporate my new self image.

Dear Sparkers, I know that some of you reading this are horrified and in despair to find that you weigh what I now weigh, to my delight! I certainly was, on my way up past this weight. Now, I like what I see in the mirror, which is a bit baggier than my avatar. And I like to see my avatar.

Hi there, Fifi! Looking GOOD!
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TDWANDD2MYK9 9/2/2013 12:42PM

    What I do make known is the size of my dog, all 14.5 stone of him;)

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TDWANDD2MYK9 9/2/2013 12:38PM

    Sadly what Motlem says is true. I had major problems with SP and turned every thing private, but it made my life difficult, so I gave up, just don't give out my name or address:)

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DOGLADY13 9/2/2013 10:26AM

    Yeah... I'm with OVERWORKEDJANET on privacy. I long ago decided that we no longer have privacy. Our governments have the means to track our every move. I just try to make sure I don't write anything that will hurt another person. In fact, the things I deleted from my Spark Page were things that in the end won't matter if people I work with see. It's more a matter of not making them feel uncomfortable. But I totally understand other people's need to protect their privacy and to set boundaries.

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WATERMELLEN 9/2/2013 9:42AM

    Like you I find that avatar very motivating . . . reminds me of where I was!! Not going back . . . .

And I totally appreciate that we are reworking our notions of privacy. A concern of mine too.

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RDEE22 9/2/2013 7:42AM

    Your Avatar is looking good already. I have one and keep tweaking it everytime I lose weight. Its not on my Sparkpage though, It is just for my eyes. emoticon

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OVERWORKEDJANET 9/2/2013 4:34AM

    You are simply awesome.
Yes the privacy thing is an issue.
Fortunately. or unfortunately, I am an open book here and in "real" life.

I do like your avatar though and wonder if you will still walk around in your underwear when you reach your goal weight!

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CHRISTASP 9/2/2013 3:15AM

    I understand about wanting privacy.
I agree with the other poster that if someone truly wants to know, they can probably find out because internet allows no secrets. Still, we can make a choice about posting a pic of ourselves or not, or about what we say in a blog or not - most members will NOT make great efforts to find out more about you.
I made the choice that I do post pics of myself in my gallery, but I do choose to have my page and blog be private. So I have some control over who has access to what I write and post. Maybe that's an illusion too but again, I don't think most members will go out of their way to know more about moi.

Enjoy your avatar and your new size!

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MOTLEM 9/1/2013 9:05PM

    Everyone loses their right to privacy as soon as they are 'Internet bound'. Doesn't matter if you think you never share anything ... because EVERYTHING is traceable!! Believe this old bird as she is telling you true. So just go spread yourself, or not, around the globe, as it makes no difference. YOU will be FOUND no matter what you try to hide! Sorry news, but TRUE news!!

Your Avatar is Cool-Beans!! It is a great incentive too, eh! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WETPTARMIGAN 9/1/2013 7:59PM

    Future's so bright, ya gotta wear shades! emoticon

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