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    Fun House Mirror - or just not used to the change

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    Does anyone else see their reflection in a store window or walking into work, and think wow that window must be distorted because 'that person' looks a lot thinner than me?

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    I do! We have these metallic/reflective elevator doors at work, and while I'm waiting for the next one to arrive I end up thinking, "Huh, I have a shape now!" It's kind of cool. But it also wigs me out a little, because -- I'm by no means SMALL yet, but I'm a lot smallER than I was, and there's a weird sense of vulnerability that comes with it for me. Like, by the time I'm my goal weight, I'm scared I'll feel downright fragile.

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    I had an experience from the opposite side of the same coin. A few weeks back, I was going through some shots my aunt took of family a couple of Fourths of July ago. I saw one, and wondered, who's the fat guy in the stupid hat? Wait - holy crap, that's ME!

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    I've had both!

    My mother is really fat. So a few years back I am cleaning the bathroom, focused on my work, and suddenly I startle thinking that I saw my mother... but it was only my reflection in the mirror that I caught in my peripheral vision.

    These days, yes, I catch my reflection in a store window and think "holy crap, that's me!" It's good and bad. Good because I am healthier, and bad because ... well, I personally don't like being stared at by men, and it's happening more frequently again, even though I am over 50.
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    I caught a headless photo of myself and wondered who the hot chick was before it clicked that it was me. I've had a few body image issues since my early 20s, so this was a good thing and did wonders for that.
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    Yes, it's always a surprise riding my bike past a shiny window. I can see muscles, good posture, and no jiggling fat, and abs sometimes. I am still getting used to it. Used to thinking of myself as chubby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Colloid View Post
    Does anyone else see their reflection in a store window or walking into work, and think wow that window must be distorted because 'that person' looks a lot thinner than me?
    I am so glad you asked, Colloid. Yep, I get that funhouse mirror effect far too often.

    It's a relief to hear that I am not alone in havign some trouble adapting to it emotionally.

    I love how I feel, so I wouldn't go back, and I am by no means thin, but I am so much thinner than I was just a few years ago, and it's happened so fast that I have trouble keeping up some days. It's not an entirely positive thing for me, and I am embarrssed and annoyed when people comment on my changing figure. Even more so when they assume that I had "sugical assistance".

    But I figure the weight loss will stop eventually, so I ignore it as much as possible and pay attention to how strong I am feeling and relish the fact that I am up to walking 8.2 miles per week and 10 is beginning to look feasible! Not bad for a fat little old lady!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Misti View Post
    I am so glad you asked, Colloid. Yep, I get that funhouse mirror effect far too often.

    It's a relief to hear that I am not alone in havign some trouble adapting to it emotionally.

    I love how I feel, so I wouldn't go back, and I am by no means thin, but I am so much thinner than I was just a few years ago, and it's happened so fast that I have trouble keeping up some days. It's not an entirely positive thing for me, and I am embarrssed and annoyed when people comment on my changing figure. Even more so when they assume that I had "sugical assistance".

    But I figure the weight loss will stop eventually, so I ignore it as much as possible and pay attention to how strong I am feeling and relish the fact that I am up to walking 8.2 miles per week and 10 is beginning to look feasible! Not bad for a fat little old lady!

    Misti,

    Keep focusing on how you are feeling. People don't really know what to say, and generally say the wrong thing. I am so happy that my joint pain is finally gone, and I can go for a walk without it hurting for the next several hours. Keep on walking, your goal sounds fabulous!
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