Oct 8, 2015 9:48am
All of you out there who actually enjoy taking shirtless selfies this is not geared toward you.
I have always hated pictures of myself, and the more weight I've gained the less I want to look in the mirror. Some days it can be bad enough that I actually don't look in the mirror at all and purposefully avert my gaze whenever I run across a mirror (this makes getting ready in the morning very tricky). On these days, even catching a glimpse of myself in a reflective window walking around town can be enough to start the self-hate track in my head.
Instead of finding refuge in denial, though, I am challenging myself to face the mirror, accept who I am and what I look like, and give myself the same loving kindness that I try to extend to others every day.
My plan is to take a set of four (front, sides, and back) pics every week. No shirt, no sucking in, no finding the best angle, and no tolerance for negative self talk. I'll post these pics along with the date, time, current weight, a self image rating, and some kind words directed to myself.
My hope is to find that place where self acceptance and self improvement meet.
I invite others who would like to do the same to follow and post along with me. Please if you have anything other than kind words to say don't waste your time, I promise I have all of the negative comments already covered in my head.