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January 8, 2013 8:29 AM
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I had the same problem until I saw a picture of myself taken with three other people and I looked like a meatball with legs.


LMAOOOO OMG i know exactly what you mean!! thanks for sharing!
January 8, 2013 8:29 AM
I have the opposite problem... I used to be a UK size 14-16 and now I am a size 8-10. However, I still feel and think that I am as big as I was before. When I look in the mirror all I see is flab and fat bits poking out, my huge tummy, thunder thighs, etc. I hide from mirrors, deliberately don't go near them because of this.

However, whenever I see a picture of myself or catch myself in a shop window I do a double-take. I look so much thinner in photos and in 'real life' than I see in the mirror. I got called a 'skinny wench' the other day, and someone else the day before mentioned how 'tiny' I was. I just don't see it!
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January 8, 2013 8:30 AM
This sounds like a very healthy way to view yourself. I like it.

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Me too! I always think I look okay. Watching Biggest loser last night, I kept thinking, "That chick weighs less than me, but I think I look waaaaaay better." Maybe I'm wrong, but I think that the confidence can go a long way. My photos aren't spectacular, and I don't think it's denial, but I think I'd rather be confident at each size as I lose weight than thinking I look awful all the time!!!
January 8, 2013 8:30 AM
I've done the same. I really think some mirrors are made to make you look thinner. I've looked in my wall mirror at my room, and at my bed, and it really does make the frame of my bed look more narrow than it actually does.

And I also agree that pictures depend on who all is in them. A full body picture by myself or with other larger friends, I still look really big, but not like, stop and stare in Walmart enormous. But then if I'm next to a thin person, especially a petite person, it's just baaaaad.
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January 8, 2013 8:30 AM
When I was overweight, I'd look in the mirror and think to myself, "Oh it's not THAT bad!" I was lying to myself for sure. Now that I'm actually in decent shape, it's the opposite. I look in the mirror and get pissed at myself and tell myself I need to work harder. We'll never be happy. Being human blows.
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January 8, 2013 8:30 AM
I all of a sudden stopped getting in photos (realized at 236 pounds) I always saw myself as ok in the mirror. When I look back and the very limited number of photos of me, I am shocked that I allowed myself to get so big. If I had not stopped getting in photos maybe I would have realized that my self image was way off. I always said I would not allow myself to get obese, yet there I was thinking I looked ok in the mirror while everyone else was thinking wow she has gained a lot of weight! Luckily I realized that this was happening and MFP and my friends and family are helping me get a better self image, I can't wait to actually look like I have always thought I looked!

Thank you for starting this thread, I really needed to know I wasn't the only one!
January 8, 2013 8:31 AM
I have the opposite problem. I see myself way bigger than I am. good luck to you
January 8, 2013 8:31 AM
This thread is interesting. I have a different issue - I forget how old or fat I am, until I look in the mirror! I have avoided pictures my whole life - it is amazing the events I have been at that there is no documentation because I managed to duck the picture taking portion! LOL But when I see one, I am never happy!!! I never had an issue with the mirror before I got obese - I could see past the fat to the beautiful girl I was. But, as I have embarked on this journey to a healthier lifestyle, I also realized that there is only one mirror in my home that is full length (bathroom), and I usually hang my robe above it so even then I can ignore the evidence. LOL My goal is get to a point where I can hang a few more in my house & not all at my 6"3 son's eye level!
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January 8, 2013 8:31 AM
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I'm the same way! I know I'm heavy, but I don't see it in the mirror. noway My knees are killing me and I can't really exercise, so I am trying to watch what I eat. It's hard...


Get a bike or a membership to a gym with pool!
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January 8, 2013 8:31 AM
I yo-yo between liking how I look and hating my body, the mirror doesn't lie but I think my mind does to keep me from being depressed about my weight and appearance.
January 8, 2013 8:31 AM
I think the camera captures some quality that we miss in the mirror. I do not know how this is, but I know that it is. I have been thinking that I should have regular photos taken so that I can see myself as I truly am rather than as I am in the mirror. Maybe it is all about the juxtapostioning in photos that is laking in the mirror: i.e., in the mirror we are alone, in the photos we are with others.

Anyway, regular photos would be that true reminder of size that is laking in the mirror (and even on the scale).
January 8, 2013 8:32 AM
My problem is when I'm NOT looking in the mirror I think I'm fit as hell!! lol Then I look in the mirror and Waa Wahh.....then I have the opposite problem as in yes, I'm fat, but I'm probably NOT the complete oompa loompa that stares back at me in the mirror. My body can't win with my mind basically.
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January 8, 2013 8:33 AM
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Maybe you wake up every day in a fun house. You may have bigger problems than dress size



This was not a necessary comment! Really why take the time to comment on something if you are going to be rude?!?!

I have the same issue. I never had a weight issue until after my children and in my mind I tend to see myself as I was before...that is until I look at a picture!!
January 8, 2013 8:33 AM
I agree! I feel like that especialy after I'be been working out hard. I feel so good in my head that I'm shocked to see it hasn't shown up on my body yet!
January 8, 2013 8:33 AM
I did the same thing, when I was bigger I knew I was overweight, but when I looked at myself I didn't think I looked as big as I actually was.
Now that I have lost a lot of weight and am a lot smaller I think I look bigger than I actually am. There is no winning!!!
Edited by NewMnky1 On January 8, 2013 8:34 AM
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January 8, 2013 8:34 AM
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i used to see myself like that. then i'd see pictures. i was in denial. i mean how else can you pack on 50-60lbs and think you're still healthy and don't need to change anything?


this is true!
January 8, 2013 8:34 AM
I have the same problem!
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January 8, 2013 8:34 AM
Yeah, I went through the same thing when I was bigger, early this year I was feeling pretty good about myself, had been on my new healthy journey for just over a month and went out with a group of friends, when I saw the pictures from our outing I was devastated...I was huge (the photos are now my before pics). Now that I'm smaller, I have a hard time seeing me as a thinner person. Recently I went shopping for new eyeglasses, the frames I picked, the associate helping me insisted they were too big, and recommended frames that I felt were way too small for my face. Finally we took photos of me wearing the various frames, and I could see that she was right and I got the smaller frames.
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January 8, 2013 8:34 AM
Ditto. I love that quote floating around FB and Pinterest that says something along the lines of: "I wish I was as thin as I was when I thought I was fat." laugh
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January 8, 2013 8:35 AM
Honestly, I've always thought myself "thinner" than pictures portray. Although pictures keep me humble...I have no problem with "thinking thin" and I actually think this has helped me lose weight over the past year. Now that people are starting to notice, I just use that as my motivation to keep going. Pictures really help you see how far you have come. So, even though I look MUCH better in pictures now than I did a year ago, I am still trying to get that "picture" image where I'm comfortable with it! Good luck!
January 8, 2013 8:35 AM
that's funny because I have the exact OPPOSITE problem...
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January 8, 2013 8:35 AM
I do it all the time...I always think I am still a small person until I see that photo then reality kicks in :(
January 8, 2013 8:35 AM
I hear you, I always look in the mirror and I look like a relatively buff guy with a couple extra pounds. Look at my photos and I have a swollen face and look chubby instead of buff -.-
January 8, 2013 8:35 AM
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I agree! I feel like that especialy after I'be been working out hard. I feel so good in my head that I'm shocked to see it hasn't shown up on my body yet!


same here, I feel embarrased to even say im working out-or eating better-bcus you sure wouldnt think it by seeing me LOL
January 8, 2013 8:35 AM
I think some people are photogenic and others aren't so I don't go by pictures. I go by my clothes and the scale. Hopefully, my husband would tell me if I was gaining a lot of weight.

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