From my journal, Feb 11, 2007:
I was looking at the pictures of senior year and I realized that not only have I changed in a mental and spiritual way, but I have physically changed so much that I barely recognize myself in pictures from high school. I remember going through school and what I wore and thought I looked is nowhere near what I actually looked like. What a strange feeling it is to look at a photo and not even recognize yourself.
Sometimes I still don’t recognize myself. Sometime I see a picture and don’t realize it is me, especially from high school when I was big and had no idea what I really looked like.
I’m on the right. High school graduation, May 2004. Weight: 255 (?)
Junior year of college in Salzburg, Austria, before folk dancing, April 2007. Weight: 200
Current: August 2009. Weight 235.
I think I have a pretty good grasp on what I look like and what size I am now. But sometimes I catch myself looking at old photos wondering is that me?
Does this ever happen to you? Is the image of you in your head the same as the one that you see in the mirror and in pictures? Or has weight gain or weight loss changed that image so it is hard to recognize?