I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed and saw a link from the HuffPo to this article:
When I clicked on it, before I read anything, I looked at the pictures. When I saw the one on the bottom of the page, I thought to myself, “She must have a long way to go to be the world’s biggest woman, because she is only about the size I was when I started this diet.”
And then I read the article and discovered that she is 728 lbs.!
Boy, was that a wake up call. The fact that I thought a woman who was 728 lbs. looked like I did when I was less than half that weight was really eye opening. It was a concrete example of just how exaggerated my self perception is.
The good news is that I’m actually feeling much better about myself these days (losing 50 lbs. will do that), and I don’t despair every time I look in the mirror. I suspect my image of myself is still bigger than it really is, but it also feels like my self image is losing weight faster than my body, so to speak. 😉 I think I’m getting closer to a realistic perception, and that’s a victory in itself.