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Mirror vs Photos

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Most days, I like the way I look in the mirror.

But that is not true when it comes to photos.

Either my mirror is too kind, or my own eyes and brain interpret the mirror image much too favorably.

The photos tell an entirely different story.

I just put together the annual book of photos of our family at the beach.
And everyone looks good -- except for me, that is.

These photos put me in a very negative place for a couple of days.

So, now what?

I realize that It is not enough to use the scale alone to measure progress.

I am considering taking a photo a month - in bra and panties - front and back.
And keeping a private photo journal of my weight.

That should keep it real.
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    Yes I can bear myself in the mirror but photos are a different reality
    428 days ago
    Me too! I like how I look in the mirror then see photos that show me a different story.
    However, I won't take a negative stance on how I look because those around me seem to love me for me!
    Those pounds I want to lose will make me feel better. I look beautiful on the inside.
    453 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    I am totally NOT photogenic. I always avoid the camera. All my family, and it seems all my friends photograph well except for me, no matter what their size, or age is. I just don't. Even with my wedding pictures, I don't really like them. I truly understand your feelings. Maybe someday when I'm 100 years old I might photograph well. emoticon
    455 days ago
    I like it - photos will show your progress!
    455 days ago
    Pictures always add 10 pounds, don't worry about them.

    I had a friend who used large chart paper and traced her body on the chart paper each month. Using the same sheet of chart paper, but a different colour of pencil, each month you could see her shrink gradually. It was really cool. She had it framed once she hit her goal. emoticon
    455 days ago
    Sounds like a great idea. Keep things honest and helps with motivation.
    455 days ago
    I don't take "good" photos but really loved the recent professional photos taken of me and DH for our anniversary so would it be useful to consider a session with a professional photographer? -- When I catch sight of myself in the mirror out in public, I'm frequently surprised that I look somehow "better" than I thought standing in front of the mirror checking out hair/outfit/makeup before leaving. Oh well oh well oh well: self-image distortion and a habit of excessive self-criticism I suppose.
    456 days ago
    The personal photo journal is a great idea, helps to see your progress objectively.
    Photos don't tell the full story.
    I hate most pictures taken of me, because I lack simply lack the skill of looking good on photos, regarding facial expression and posture.
    I do have some good photos, but for every one I have 15-20 discarded.
    456 days ago
    You have a good plan. It shows you what you're doing right and if you need to change things up again.

    456 days ago
    hate having my picture taken never have even when skinny . but i see the purpose. we are are own worse critics . when we smile our eyes light up and that is what others see,
    456 days ago
    I highly approve your plan. I had (correction still have) the opposite problem... I am very critical of what I see in the mirror, and am surprised by how thin I look in photos! But either way, having a photographic history helps highlight progress... I did it for two years, and I entered maintenance and gained fitness. It was very enlightening! Good luck!
    456 days ago
    I'm definitely the same... I've found photos very helpful (measurements, too).

    456 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    I think we are each our own worst critic. And, others in photo likely concentrating on their image. The important thing is did you enjoy the people and place.
    456 days ago
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