Tuesday, November 20, 2012

WLJ: The mirror vs. pictures

Recently, someone came to my house and was looking at photos on the fridge.  They were taken during fun times with friends over the past several years, so I'm depicted in all kinds of settings and all different weights.  My guest commented, "Wow, you've lost a lot of weight." Sometimes it's really easy to forget how far I've come.

When I look in the mirror, I still sometimes see the girl I was before I started on my weight-loss journey. My friend, Jen (who has lost more than 90 pounds, by the way) wrote about this a few weeks ago, and she captured it perfectly. As she said, "I still have some sensitive problem area," and sometimes it's hard not to focus on those instead of seeing the bigger picture.

When I go shopping, I automatically go to my old size instead of my new one. Part of this, of course, is the way sizes work.  They aren't universal across brands, so it's really hard to know what size you are sometimes.  Plus, it's just habit to go to that other size.  When I look at clothes in my current size, I have a hard time believing I'll fit into them.

Honestly, I often forget how much I've changed during this journey.  All it takes is a side-by-side photo of then and now.

That's when I see it.  That's when I see the girl I've become.

Maybe I'll eventually see it in the mirror too.

Weight-loss goal: 40 lbs.
This week's progress: -0.8 lbs.
Progress to date: -35.6 lbs.
Non-scale victory: I had a really good week of writing. As I've mentioned, I'm participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).  I got off to a really slow start, writing less than 1K words the first week and only about 7K the next week.  Last week, I wrote 14K.  I'm hoping I can find that kind of streak again this week.  I'll need it to finish on time.


  1. I think you look FANTASTIC!!! :)

  2. Girl you look AMAZING!!!! You should be so proud!

  3. You look great! I think we all get stuck on how we used to be, if its size, personality etc. Sometimes it takes someone who doesn't see you everyday to point out all the change and progress.

  4. I'm so proud of you my friend!! You look great!!


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