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Friday, January 04, 2013

My body feels weird to me. My legs, chest, belly and arms feel strange when I pat them in bed or when I wash them in the shower. It's like parts of me are missing. I have been this thin before. I lost weight before during a period of stress, not unlike the one I experienced this fall. I shouldn't feel weird because I've been this weight many times before. However, I do feel weird. It like my legs don't look like my legs, etc. I don't know when this uncomfortable feeling will go away.

I look at a full length mirror at the gym or at home and I think I look much thinner than I feel. I feel my chest under my breasts and I feel my ribs. I can feel my hip bones poking out. I feel my stomach and it still have a bit of padding. The back and front of my thighs still look soft and jiggly when I wear shorts. In leggings and skinny jeans, my legs look much thinner. It's like it's an illusion. It's like depending on the way that I sit or stand if I'm thin or fat. It's like I look one way and I'm still fat and I look another and I'm too thin.
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    You're not alone in that. Angle and lighting can account for some of it, but sometimes even with the exact same environment we narrowly focus on one thing or another and decide we look fat or skinny. Mirrors might reflect back our image, but our minds do a lot of interpreting from that.

    For me, it's my shoulders rather than my hips that feel and sometimes look "too thin" or bony. I pull on a shirt and my hand will bang into the end of the collarbone out by the shoulder joint. My abdomen / torso is where I feel "fattest", like my waist is just failing to make a reappearance and my stronger abs just lift the gut higher and more visible.

    Our bodies also CAN have too much body fat in some spots, excess skin in others, and be bony thin in still others - especially if we've changed weights dramatically. Just keep focusing on healthy activity and eating and over time it will shift and adjust.
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