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Author: pixiecakes Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 58668  
Subject: This came as a shock Date: 8/7/2003 10:43 AM
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It's kind of funny, because we were recently discussing body image here. The building I work in has all sorts of reflective surfaces and one of them is a smoked glass wall separating two identical corridors. I was walking down one corridor this morning and noticed a woman walking alongside me in the other corridor. I sort of checked her out (okay, I check out other bodies when I'm out walking, I'll admit it) and was thinking that she looked pretty good and that I hoped to get to that stage someday soon. Imagine my shock when I looked up at her head and realized that at some point they had put up some sort of film so that it was no longer a smoked window but was now a smoked mirror and that woman was me! (I'm wearing khakis and a dark t-shirt today, which is almost an unofficial uniform around here, otherwise I'd have gotten a clue it was me when I saw the same outfit.)

Now, all I can think is that when I've been looking in a mirror and I know I'm looking at myself, I have this internal bias where I'm overly critical, and that bias didn't have time to fall into place before I realized the reflection was myself. Additionally, today I am wearing a new t-shirt that has some spandex in it, so it's a little bit snugger than I normally wear my clothes. I'm still pretty much dressing the same way I did when I was heavier, just in smaller sizes--overblouses, loose knit tops, etc., so today I have a slimmer silhouette than normal. I think maybe it's time to reevaluate my wardrobe and move away from the baggy "fat" clothes I'm so used to. And maybe get rid of some other "baggage" as well.

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