100 lb. Club - Am I the only one?




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CurvyNerd
06-20-2012, 09:20 AM
I do not post pictures of myself online. I wonder if I am the only one who is like this. I am not sure if it is that I do not like to have my picture taken or that I like the anonymity of it. Is there anyone else out there that doesn't post pictures?


bargoo
06-20-2012, 09:29 AM
I don't.

DrivenByAmbition
06-20-2012, 09:33 AM
I think it's really just a personal preference. I have pictures of me online, but like on here, my face is blocked out.


berryblondeboys
06-20-2012, 09:43 AM
ETA: Now I realize you weren't talking about photos of you, but posting online.... For me, I'm a pretty open person, so I do have them online. That and I've moved around a LOT and have friends all over the place - FB has allowed me to reconnect. Not showing photos would still 'hide' and I love seeing photos of other friends and their families.
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About photos in general: I didn't used to take photos. I am the missing person in family photos for years. When I lost 50 pounds about 12 years ago, I didn't have any before or during photos and it became an issue. I couldn't 'see' I was smaller. While yes, my clothes went from an 18 to a 14, I still looked the same to me in the mirror as I had all the same body imperfections, etc.

This time, I took measurements, I took photos and I compare. The photos especially make me see the progress even when I might not be 'feeling' I'm losing or toning up. It's amazing how I can't see it in the mirror, but I can see it in a photo.

But it's not for everyone. If you don't want photos and it makes you feel worse, then don't take them.

irishcanary
06-20-2012, 09:51 AM
I am in two minds about this, on one hand i really hate how i look. I may be 5ft 7 and 154lbs or so yet i really hate how i look. A lot of pictures of me where posted and i hate how chubby i look in them.

On the other hand i like people to see that i was at events, that i do things and that i have a very full life.

So i think do post pictures for people to see you are happy and dont worry, its better to be in pictures no matter what you look like than not in them at all.

Vex
06-20-2012, 10:04 AM
It doesn't matter to me if my picture is online. It's ok if you don't feel that way though, I know a lot of people who do. I did hear somewhere that people were stealing the pictures up in the goal section to try to sell stuff. I don't know if that's true. While that would flatter me if someone did it, you better believe I'd want the money and not them! :)

My facebook profile has a picture of my cat on it though instead of me. I should probably change that. I don't have a picture here because the pounds lost avatar is a motivation tool for me.

Desiderata
06-20-2012, 11:30 AM
A lot of people don't realize that putting a picture out there is putting it out there forever, in potentially a much more public way than they originally envision. Anytime a picture is posted, it's good to ask yourself if you're okay with your boss, your family, or your neighbor across the street seeing it. And think about whether the you-ten-years-in-the-future will also still be OK with that level of sharing.

Some people honestly don't care and are OK with it, which is great... because I love looking at success pictures! :) But I'm much too private.

I do wonder what will happen in 10-20 years when those of us that have grown up on Facebook start running for office. Seriously - once pictures go online, they're out there forever...

Tai
06-20-2012, 01:10 PM
I don't post pictures of myself either; I'm very private.

HealthyMeWannabe
06-20-2012, 02:30 PM
I have no problem with posting pictures of myself online. I am what I am, love it or leave it. I have a page on my blog dedicated to pics of my weight loss journey. I am looking forward to being able to put pictures side by side and seeing the changes! :) I know a lot of people are not comfortable with posting their pics online, and that's their preference. My mom's one of them. Just do what works for you. :)

Underwater
06-20-2012, 04:14 PM
I really like having my before pic as my avatar. I see it almost every day and it reminds me how far I've come. I'm not sure when I'll update it. I'm 2.2 lbs away from 50 lbs down today. I was thinking of updating it at 50 lbs
lost or 199 lbs. Hmm...

There are a lot of pictures of me online. My school was one of the first with Facebook so I joined in 2004. That's already 8 years of pictures. Before that, it was Livejournal. Before that, well... I joined LiveJournal in 2001 and digital cameras weren't big before that. I know I got my first digital camera in 2002.

Lupus
06-20-2012, 06:46 PM
I don't post pictures of me online either.

But that's mostly out of security and liking my privacy than anything.

Justwant2Bhealthy
06-20-2012, 08:34 PM
This is the only place I have any pictures of myself online. For a long time, I didn't have one becuz I was a bit shy; then I finally put a picture of my face in my profile. I think it's nice for people to be able to see who they are talking to; I know I like to see them too.

Recently, I put some comparison photos in a thread to encourage others, becuz they also encouraged me a lot. I was a bit hesitant at first becuz I am a fairly private person, but they are not as revealing as some I have seen on here (in their skivvies).

To me, it is rather pathetic and very dishonest that someone would steal someone else's goal pictures from this site to use them for profit without getting their permission and pay them their due royalties.

My pics are mostly shoulder/head shots and are not anything that I would be ashamed of now or in the future. I am not planning on becoming the Prime Minister of Canada any time soon, but they wouldn't affect that even if I did. ;)

It's really a matter of personal choice -- some people post pictures of themselves, and some don't. :D

Thedollylala
06-20-2012, 08:51 PM
I really like having my before pic as my avatar. I see it almost every day and it reminds me how far I've come. I'm not sure when I'll update it. I'm 2.2 lbs away from 50 lbs down today. I was thinking of updating it at 50 lbs
lost or 199 lbs. Hmm...

There are a lot of pictures of me online. My school was one of the first with Facebook so I joined in 2004. That's already 8 years of pictures. Before that, it was Livejournal. Before that, well... I joined LiveJournal in 2001 and digital cameras weren't big before that. I know I got my first digital camera in 2002.



Ah the days of live journal and face jury, and hot or not...

linJber
06-20-2012, 09:52 PM
I post photos on Face Book. Not on here. i like the anonymity here. I want the friends on FB to see the photos I post. That's one of the reasons i joined.

Lin

PixelatedTimeMachine
06-20-2012, 09:58 PM
I post pictures of myself online in more "private" spaces (Facebook user since 2005), but as I've gotten older I've craved a lot more privacy and become more aware of the negative side effects that can come about from posting public pictures on forums, so I'm a lot more reluctant to do so now.

CurvyNerd
06-20-2012, 10:04 PM
I think that it is the anonymity that I prefer on a site like this. I do have before shots to look at and compare as I go along. One of my biggest regrets is that I didn't take pictures when I lost 80 pounds 5 or 6 years ago. There is not a single picture of that journey. I have a few head-shots from when I was gaining the weight back but that's it.

I do have a Facebook but I rarely even log in.

LuvMyMr
07-21-2012, 06:41 PM
I never took pictures of myself. I shunned those cameras and hated them because I was ashamed and embarrassed of my appearance so no I don't post pictures online because I have none!

KittyKatFan
07-21-2012, 07:26 PM
I have never posted my picture online, mainly because I'm a private person but also because for so long I have thought of myself as hideous looking. And I also worry people who I know might see it and read some very private comments.

My big fear is going to come up soon and that's online dating. I'm not ready to do it yet, but I worry a lot that people I know will see it, or that I'm so ugly that there will be nothing but rejection :(

toastedsmoke
07-21-2012, 08:44 PM
I never used to post pictures of myself online. Mostly because so few existed. I used to be camera shy because I always thought I looked huge in pictures (because I was obviously a tiny little 275-lb fairy, the camera was lying- ;) ). Anyway, I did EVERYTHING I could not to appear in pictures so that I not only didn't post pictures online, but friends and family could also not inadvertently post me online either. I met a few really cool guys online through football (soccer) forums or an africa interest forum but things always petered out because I was never willing to send pictures or even let them no what I look like for fear of judgement. I hate saying this, but it's the truth.

With weight loss, I feel a lot more confident. I'm more likely to put up pics and post myself online. Because I'm generally a private person and also have a fear of being judged AND/OR having my pics used for some nefarious purposes (like what, I'm not quite sure), I try to be really careful of what I post. I try to keep my face out of it, for example. If I'm posting progress pics on an open site like this, then I tend to just do body shots or have my face obscured in some way.

KittyKatFan: I totally identify with your post. Those are my biggest fears about online dating too. I think I need a thicker skin but right now I'm really frightened of rejection... mostly because I've never really been rejected... mostly because I've never ever ever put myself out there for rejection. #sigh