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Yikes!! Photos!!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Who of us here LOVES having their picture taken?? My mom was camera-phobic (she could smell a camera and run and hide better than anyone I ever knew!) so I'm sure I learned my photo-avoidance from her. Sad thing is, my mom passed on about 15 years ago and we have very few pictures of her. For that reason, I allow my picture to be taken, I just don't want to see them!!

I'm not much into photography; I don't own a camera and I have no "Day 1" photos of myself; it didn't occur to me until last week that I have the ability to take photos with my computer all by myself in the privacy of my own home. Yesterday I decided to take some photos so I would have something to compare to as time goes by. Even though I've lost 21 pounds in 7 weeks (I am VERY proud of myself for that!), I suspect I'll be losing more and come January, it will be nice having a record of where I was on July 26.

Well, it ain't purdy!! Maybe it's a good thing I don't have any "Day 1" photos!! How can my mind's eye and the camera lens record such different results? Especially attractive was the picture of me wearing the incredibly slimming horizontal striped shirt!! (Seen any beach balls lately?? I have a photo!!) I know I will appreciate having these pictures someday but not today!

I was in the car for about three hours this afternoon thinking about these photos. I decided to go with my mind's eye: the muscle definition that's emerging, the joints that don't protest, the clothes that fit so much better, the ability to run up a flight of stairs without having to stop and pant at the top, all the good things I"m doing to live a balanced life. I don't know what I was expecting to see in these photos but hard work, pride and accomplishment can't be reproduced. I'm on this life-change quest for me and me only so the fact that I feel so good about myself has to win out over the questionable photos.

HOWEVER, I'll choose my clothing more carefully before the next photo session!!

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  • SCOUT2009
    I can relate to your post about photos and videos. Recently, my manager had to discuss all aspects of her department to the VIPs. She decided that video presentation provided by each of her staff would be her media choice. ARG! I cringed when she discussed this with me four months before the event. I gently tried to steer her towards PowerPoint slides, written documentation and just using photographs. Anything but a video . . . well, I could not dissuade her. She was convinced videos were the way to go. It was so painful at the start but after nine takes (no kidding), we had a video. After the first two takes, I could no longer review the subsequent video takes of myself.
    My co-workers and I did laugh alot throughout the process. Eventually, we produced a "bloopers" video for our department's review at a later get-together.

    That process provides me with motivation to stay with SP . . . Your photos provide more motivation for you to keep moving towards your goal. You have been so successful and have made so many positive changes. You are an inspiration.

    Keep sparking!

    4171 days ago
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    Your blog almost made me cry because I relate to your feelings so much. My most special people have been camera phobic and it hurts when there aren't many pictures after they're gone. I'm trying to be brave and I smile for the camera, but even my birthday was stressful finding things to hide behind!
    We screamed "delete, delete" when a candid was taking from our sides when my sister and I were posing for a picture!
    A couple of weeks ago my kids were dancing and I jumped in. Little did I know one of them was recording it. I cried for an hour after I saw it.
    You're working hard here! That's the wonderful thing! We all know!!!!!!
    That's why we love this place! We're all purdy here!!!!!!!

    4189 days ago
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