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Yikes!! Why do I still look fat?

How do you overcome the frustration when you feel like you've been donig pretty good (eating healthy foods/\portions and exercising) then you catch your reflection in a store window or something and see the same old you?

Sun. Jun 3, 12:07am

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I am the same way!!

I lost 30 pounds to reach my goal weight of 120, and I still feel like I am fat. My sister who is a social worker swears I have a mild case of body dysmorphic disorder. (see link below for a description of this). My sister is teasing when she says this but I can't help think there is something wrong with me.

To overcome this, I try to really focus on the number on the scale and the size of my clothes and ignore the reflection in the mirror. In fact, I try not to look in the mirror because it is depressing. I also try to remind myself that not everyone can look like a model or superstar, and it doesn't really matter how I look as long as I am trying to be a good person.

It is frustrating though, because I thought when I reached my goal weight I'd feel happy and my life would be 'perfect' and that didn't happen.


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Sunday, June 03, 2007, 6:54 AM

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yeah people who are working on their physique get mild cases of body dysmorphia for sure!

The thing is weight loss is so slow you look at the same old you in the mirror day after day with very minuscule un-noticeable change daily. Its hard to actually visualize that you're smaller! heck even people (who aren' t you) that see you on a daily basis sometimes don't notice. It's people who saw you when you were at your heaviest that realize how amazing your transformation is.

The other reason this problem comes about is that to stay motivated on a diet/fitness plan many people often tell themselves THIS WEIGHT/BODY ISN'T GOOD ENOUGH.... That way they keep striving toward the goal.

how else are you supposed to think to keep trying?

the side effect is that even if you've lost 20 lbs... you still know you're not good enough.

Sunday, June 03, 2007, 11:57 AM

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i meant to say "The people who realize how amazing your transformation really is are those who last time they saw you was when you were at your heaviest"

Sunday, June 03, 2007, 12:00 PM

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How do you fight the urge to give up because all your hard work in amouting to nothing! I know results aren't instantaneous but come-on mirror-mirror give me some reason to keep fighting this battle!

Monday, June 04, 2007, 12:14 AM

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I have the same problem as 12:14. I give up so easily after a few weeks and I've had this problem for more than a year now! I'm very impatient. How long did it take for you guys to see physical results and on the scale?

Monday, June 04, 2007, 12:23 AM

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oh and to add to my previous post (12:23), it took several months to see results when i started weight training, but i eventually did. so i should really stick to eating healthy and realize it'll take several months to see results. okay, i guess i answered my own question haha

Monday, June 04, 2007, 12:26 AM

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Be happy

I find it hard to read this stuff that people still think they are over weight even when they are not - it is societies crule image that we are all trying to live upto and not what is healthy that we are all obsessed with.
What is too fat? Be happy that you are healthy - you might not be a thin waffe of a figure that smokes, used drugs and abuses their body each day to look like that - so enjoy life in the skin your in, and stop looking at models and images alike.


Monday, June 04, 2007, 2:27 AM

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2:27, yeah I agree with you. My goal is to attain a healthy relationship with food after living most of my life of overeating (I'm only 20 too). I like to read about celeb's diet/fitness, but I prefer bodies like Jessica Biel...and pretty much everyone else in Hollywood are wayy too thin. I also admire female athletes. Basically women with muscle!

Monday, June 04, 2007, 2:42 AM

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I always say

Each day when I look at myself or feel that I have fallen behind, "Tomorrow is a new day""

I have been saying this for 20 years, 8 marathons, running 5 days aweek, constant nutritional and weight battle.

Anoth one is " Never Give Up". That is when we lose. You are not here to lose.

Monday, June 04, 2007, 8:51 AM

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It takes time...

You may to lose more, or you may just have to take time to adjust to the new you. It took a long time for me to see myself like I really was after I lost 70 pounds- I still saw the fat, but everyone else saw the skinny me. I can't explain why this happens sometimes.. but I know we're not alone.

Monday, June 04, 2007, 10:22 AM

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