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Old 03-02-2007, 02:18 PM   #1
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Oh man. I just had a friend take my photo. Front, side and back. Who the heck IS the person in those pics??? I'm talking serious FAT chick.

Do any of you think of yourself as your skinny self, or your previous self? I think of myself as BK (before kids). I was thin...I was cute !! I was PRETTY! And now I see this picture and it totally makes me want to barf.

Talk about a housewife from ****. I look so frumpy it is sad. I look HUGE HUGE HUGE. I called a local hair salon and have an appt scheduled for tomorrow. It won't fix my problem, but least I can do is have good hair, right? We moved to a new state back in September and I have not had anything done to my hair since before that.

Man, I look so gross....I just had to post. Maybe I'm writing more to myself , but knew the friends here would let me.

On another note I have joined a local BIGGEST LOSER challenge at our YMCA, it started 2 weeks ago and ends on May 25th. Main reason for the new photo. However since all the weight came on I never allow my photo to be taken, that is why this is such a shocker. The number on the scale is bad enough, but seriously a photo IS worth a THOUSAND words, isn't it?!?!?!?!?!
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Old 03-02-2007, 02:23 PM   #2
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I'm so glad we have a place to blurt like that. It does feel better to get it out in type ... don't you think?

I agree with everything you said, photos are often the kick in the butt that we need to get started, but ... I can't agree on one thing ... you probably are cute and pretty still. Those good things don't change they just become ... overshadowed. have fun at the salon.
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Old 03-02-2007, 02:51 PM   #3
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I can understand your shock at seeing that your internal picture of yourself is jarringly different than the photo you saw, but to provide another perspective: I have been morbidly obese since early childhood (underweight until about age 4, and obese by 5 or 6). I look back at photos of myself in highschool, during the year or two that I had dieted down (with diet pills) to just a little overweight and even any photo of me under 225 lbs, and say "wow I was HOT," even being a "fat chick."

Some people get motivation from disgust at themselves, and I'm certainly not going to judge, but I'm slowly learning that the opposite is true for me. Weight loss doesn't give me confidence - Confidence allows me to lose weight.
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Old 03-02-2007, 02:55 PM   #4
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2bthinagain -- I agree -- it's like looking at someone else -- so I think we are more objective when we see a picture than even when we look in the mirror. I unfortunately had not only let myself gain 100 lbs, but had completely given up on my appearance as well - wearing men's t-shirts that were way too big, nasty looking sweats or jeans, etc. So, now that I'm working on it, I'm doing the same -- making sure my hair is nice and done, a little make up and clothes that fit. I have to be overweight at this point, but I don't have to look like I don't care about myself. Besides, those pictures will help you put it all in perspective when you get to take your next set!!!
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Old 03-02-2007, 03:36 PM   #5
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a few years ago i mad a concious effort to loose some weight. i lost about 30 pounds. in retrospect i don't think that i ever looked better in my life ( except mabey when i was in hs) IN RETROSPECT. at the time...it was never good enough, i still thought i was fat. i still felt embarrased and inadiquit. i slowly sunk into a depressinon and put the weight back on over time. i'm the heaviest now that i have ever been in my life. about a year ago i started seeing a therapist and realized that i had alot of self esteem problems that i didn't realize i had. i realized that i was a defeatist, that i sabatoge myself. alot of things ...but the key is that i realize. am i upset with myself for letting this get this bad. yes. but the brightside to this is that this time i have what it takes to embrace myself. this time i not only know that i deserve to suceed but ui demand that sucess. tomorrow is going to happen.....tomorrow being the sum of all my small day to day sucesses that will add up to me being at goal weight. it's just over the horizin for me, and it is for you too. mabey this is your "this time". don't down yourself. now you have what it takes to not let this happen again. keep going you will get there, you will transform right before your own eyes and it will be the most amazing thing ever. you have that to look forward to.
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btw...."Weight loss doesn't give me confidence - Confidence allows me to lose weight.
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absolutely brilliant. that's worth taping to my mirror.
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Old 03-02-2007, 04:01 PM   #7
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Ah yes, I did that myself when I started my WW last week and I was appalled!!!! I couldn't believe how I look. It's like when I looked in the mirror I really didnt see myself. It wasn't pretty, but I'm glad I did it now.
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Old 03-02-2007, 04:06 PM   #8
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2bthinagain: Let me first say that I feel your pain and I understand EXACTLY how you feel. How can we have this picture in our mind of what we think we look like (like before kids) and the reality be so radically different? Denial, I guess. Glad we have a place like this to vent.
HOWEVER, I also have to say I had to laugh a little bit at how you wrote your post. Your outrage is very clear and you certainly left no question as to how you really feel. Thanks for the chuckle!
But, hang in there! You can do it and make the after picture just that much better!!!
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i refuse to post pics of myself for that reason...i look horrid in pictures...if my fiance had seen a picture of me before he saw me in person, he would have never given me a second look...even though it is not about outward looks...but i am much better looking in person, and we are our own worst critics on top of that...i have to turn my head to the left and slightly lift my chin to look halfway presentable in pics...find your good side!!!
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I know what you mean. The picture is partially what caused me to get serious in the first place. I've known for a while that my daughter isn't too proud about the way I look. Especially lately. She was pretty young when I was at my goal weight. And in the past maybe year I've put on another 10 or 20 pounds. So she snapped a picture of me without me knowing it and she 'saved' in on the digital camera. I couldn't believe it. I looked like this horrible looking frumpie lady and I didn't have my contacts on so I was wearing these disgusting readers and my hair was pulled back and I had on this big ol' sweatshirt. Since starting this a week ago. I've been wearing makeup and doing my hair (more often) and trying to make an effort. It' really feels good doing these things. Well, keep those before pictures because I can't wait to see them after you get to your goal!!!! I'll save mine as well. But no way will I show them off yet! hahaha

p.s. we'll have to go have one of those professional sexy pictures taken when this is all done with....well...anything will look sexy compared to the way I looked in that first picture...hahaha
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Old 03-02-2007, 05:14 PM   #11
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Thanks everyone. I'm still in shock. I mean, I knew I was fat....but I just had no clue what the people around me actually were seeing. It's humilating.
Love the idea of a professional sexy pic being taken when it's all done. But I cant' imagine that day ever getting here.
The one bonus, I've lost my appetite for sure. I will try to work on confidence, but currently I have nothing to be confident about, other then I'm confident Im the biggest mom in town. Oh and luckily I have my personality to fall back on.
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Use those pics to motivate you!! I know that I like to "talk" to myself as I'm working out "I'm NEVER going to be fat again!" , rinse, repeat

And I do think we are harder on ourselves than anyone is... my DF thinks I'm the hottest chick in the world (and he met me when I was at a "normal" weight). He gets really upset when I berate myself and say I'm fat, he just doesn't see me that way.

Hold your head HIGH! Fake it till you make it! Focus on those pics and do everything you can to NEVER be that way again!!

You can do it!!
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Of course you have things to be confident about, your weight, even if you hate what it is right now, does not define you. Your weight is only one small part of who you are. Fat is JUST fat. Don't dismiss yourself and your accomplishments so easily. It tears me up to see women tear down their whole self-worth based on weight gain. Have you really accomplished so little in your life, that gaining weight negates it all! Come on you're a mom, you know better than that!

Remorse and guilt may provide you some motivation, but looking at weight loss and your health as something you are doing to pamper your wonderful self (as apposed to dieting in order to punish your sorry, worthless butt) will make the process a lot less painful.

Get that sexy photo now.
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The glamour photo sounds like a great idea...but i fear that even that will come out horrible too...if the photographer took 50 pics...maybe 2 of them would be good... may our pics get well soon
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I agree with Colleen -- at what point did we become a sum of our weight? It should dictate how our life goes as much as our shoe size does! It is just a superficial fact of life -- we are all mothers, sisters, daughters, friends, etc. not "233 pounds" -- do you put that on your resume or do you put your finer qualities? I am upset that my picture is so horrible, but those around me that really matter don't look at me and go "" every time they see me, why should I? We need to get past the superficial and start working on who we want to be -- inside and out.
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