I feel as if I’ve overcome an issue I’ve had with looking at myself. Earlier in the year I wasn’t liking what I saw in the mirror. Some thought this was strange because I had already taken off a lot of weight more than 130 pounds and I had kept it off for 12 years. But I yearned for that girl in the mirror I saw at my lowest weight after weight loss surgery.
My surgeon always told me I would gain a bit of weight after I stopped lossing. I always appreciated his candor. And yes in fact I did gain about 12 pounds before I settled in at a maintenance weight.
Then I got pregnant. I gained about 20 pounds during pregnancy. The average woman wanted to hurt me when I talked about my pregnancy weight gain. But having been a weight loss surgery patient I didn’t want to gain weight.
That twenty pound never came off after I had my son and today my son is 8 years old. Only now am I back on track and taking this weight off.
Looking at myself in the mirror this year and taking pictures of myself has greatly helped me be honest and candid with myself.
This is a picture of me before weight loss surgery.
This is a picture of me at my lowest weight
This is a picture of me today
12 years later, rocking my tiny tank. I’m working to take the 20 pounds off. I won’t lie, it is tough. But I am changing some of the bad habits I picked up over 12 years and I am making sure exercise is a daily part of my life.
But I think I am happiest today because after a year of challenging myself to look at myself in the mirror, I am now liking what I see.
Look at yourself!
Take pictures of yourself.
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