Go back to January 2010 when I began writing this blog. I was perusing around other weight loss blogs one night when I came across one that really stood out to me. The girl took pictures of herself, full length, in the mirror. Important to note: I had never seen anyone do that before. I thought it was awesome. Like, how handy is that? She doesn't even have to get someone to take her photos--she just uses a mirror! Genius!
That same night I wanted to do a post about working out and how horrible and fat I thought I looked in my workout gear. But I thought that just saying "Today I worked out and I looked so fat and horrible" would be really boring. I decided not to take myself so seriously and snap some full length shots of myself in workout gear, instead. Here they are:
By the way, I was trying to be goofy in these poses. I don't think most people got that. But anyways...
I knew that by continuing to post the photos, even though I wasn't too thrilled by how I looked in them, it would definitely keep me real. It started out as a very humbling practice but quickly became fun. As the weight was practically melting off of me (You can see the biggest difference on my sidebar from January to April) the pics were enabling me to see the transformation in a way that I had never been able to before. It was a huge motivator. And for the first time in my life I was excited to see a picture of myself.
I have continued to take these pics to mark different milestones and so that I can compare them to older ones. It reminds me how far I've come and that I never want to go back. So that pretty much sets the stage for what I'm about to show you...
Recently my hubby and some of his friends were sitting around talking and the topic of "those people" who take pictures of themselves in mirrors and post them on Facebook and stuff came up. A-hem. Yeah... They weren't saying it was cool either.
So, I was quietly sitting there listening and sinking lower and lower in my chair. I was thinking, #1 Surely J is not going to participate in this conversation, since he knows I do that...like...all the time and #2 Do any of these people know I do that...like...all the time? and #3 Oh my gosh, have the people who do know I do that...like..all the time been making fun of me...all this time!?
Long story short, a few days later one of them got brave and posted one of the iPhone self portraits to Facebook. And then the others followed. Including my husband.
Just easing into it
Really feeling his oats here
Self-portrait with Henrietta
I've really wanted to have my feelings hurt but I can't stop laughing long enough. People are seeking out these guys to 'friend' them on FB just to see their goofy photos! So crazy. Ironically, I think the guys are enjoying it just a little bit too much ;)
But back to me--I can't stop taking the pictures now, right? Even though apparently I'm super lame. It's kind of an integral part of the blog. But how uncool do YOU think it is? Not that being cool was ever really my intent--did you see the first pics I posted!? Lol.
Oh, mercy. Just a tad bit self-conscious now...