It’s no surprise that many women have body issues. “I’m too fat, too thin, my eyes are too small, my hair is flat, my legs are chunky,” and the list goes on. It doesn’t matter if you are at a healthy weight or not. I’m sure this applies to men, too, it’s just we hear so much about it as it applies to women–in part, because of campaigns like Dove Real Beauty.
When you have a lot of weight to lose and have worked hard to lose 50+ lbs, it can be frustrating to look in the mirror and not see any changes. The first thing I would suggest is taking photos. If you can take them in similar clothing, lighting, and poses, it will really help to compare. I couldn’t see the difference until I compared photos side-by-side.
In addition, don’t focus on the parts you don’t like. I hate my stomach; it’s not at all in proportion to the rest of me. My tush looks lumpy and I lost a tooth a few years back. When I smile, you can notice it. But I still have a great smile; I just now turn so that my right side is more visible. I love my hair color. It doesn’t matter that purple isn’t my natural color. LOL!
And while I’m still large, I think I have awesome legs. Focus on the parts you do like. If you’re having trouble finding a part you like, ask others. If you aren’t comfortable asking family and friends, you can join a community like MyFitnessPal and join any of the threads that talk about “Name the best feature from the poster above.”
Yes, we might still need to lose weight or tone up our stomach, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t something beautiful about us.