(Pro)Portion Distortion

Monday, April 18, 2011

As crazy as it sounds, despite the fact that I've lost a good 30lbs within the last 2 years, I still see myself as obese. I perceive my body just the same the thinner I get. I still feel like I'm much closer to that 192 of Sophomore year than the 164.2 of today. I bring this up because this isn't just an issue that is pertinent to individuals losing weight. For many people, the way we see and perceive our bodies is not necessarily in line with reality. This can be from the really thin individual (girl or guy because men also fall victim to such problems) who thinks she or he is still fat, or the much larger woman/man who doesn't believe they are at risk of any health issues. None of it is very healthy in terms of an individual's mental state. It can be life-consuming when you're consistently trying to change your body but not seeing in the mirror the types of results you're expecting, even when change is occurring.

I have read enough articles and have been told by enough people that measuring oneself is far more effective than the numbers on the scale. Understandable, but sometimes I find myself unsure as to if I'm even doing an accurate job of measuring myself. Especially when it comes to body fat. You know those plastic calipers? Dread!

Even then, when you do see you're losing inches and body fat and weight, etc. etc. you can be discouraged by the way your clothing are fitting or the lack of compliments you get from people.

With all this in mind, I'm wondering how all of you keep yourselves in check/mentally sane. In the past I've resorted to overcardio-ing (scheduling in 90 minutes of cardio) or really cutting back on calories (down to 1,200). These days, I try going over my accomplishments, my goals, and my sources of motivation. I try to see what it is that may be holding me back from getting the results I want (if I'm not getting them) or if I am getting results, I remind myself it all takes time.

But what do you find helps?
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  • JANINE243
    My level of endurance really helps to keep me in check... with each quarter mile i add on to my distance i'm reminded that i'm headed in the right direction. It also really helps me to have goal pants... that are too small but fitting into them is a realistic goal... i'm on my third pair of goal pants now and i can't believe how big the pairs i used to wear when i started are now! Lastly, I love to cook and developing new healthy recipes that are delicious for my entire family is a great way to stay on top of my nutritional plan!

    i've lost the same amount of weight as you. i started at 191 and am at 164 now and have definitely had crazy times where i obsess about my calories and my cardio. usually, i try to refocus on what really motivates me. that is, getting healthier and having a stronger body, more energy, and a greater sense of confidence.

    hang in!!! you got this!!!
    2926 days ago
  • NINNY165
    Hang in there!!!! You are doing great!!!!
    2926 days ago
    I look at the clothes that fit.
    I have clothes in different sizes as I got fatter and fatter, and, although I haven't lost much weight yet, I look forward to working my way back down in sizes until I reach my goal.

    Losing 30 ponds, though, is something that in all of the diets that I have ever tried, I've never been able to achieve.
    Don't think about the loss from week to week, but about how far you have come.
    Kudos to you in being 30 pounds lighter than when you started (And don't forget all the health benefits from exercising and eating healthy) emoticon
    2926 days ago
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