It’s a beautiful day, I’m out for a walk through a commercial area of downtown. I pass by a window and notice the reflection looking back at me…and for just a moment, I don’t recognize that woman. She’s too thin – I know that couldn’t be ME!
How many times have you looked into the mirror and truly SEEN the person looking back at you? Really, truly SEEN her? For me, it’s a daily process – when I look in the mirror as I’m getting ready for the day, all I can see sometimes is how far I still have to GO – not how far I’ve COME.
Changing the way you see yourself is one of the most important changes you’ll make in your journey toward loving your reflection – until and unless you can change who and what you see in the mirror each day, you’ll have challenges with your progress, your self-esteem, and with loving who you are. I know – I’m there with you! I am still sometimes surprised by the woman I see looking back at me – she is “normal sized” – whatever THAT means. Having spent most of my teenage years overweight, having struggled with my weight and my physical image for most of my adult life, and suffering the negative side effects of the criticism I leveled at myself, I can completely understand why I may not see myself realistically…and I know it needs to change.