Body Image problems during Medifast?

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OK, I know I am doing well on this plan. I am 10 weeks in, and I have lost 35 pounds. I am really happy with my success and I have had some incredible moments in the dressing room while shopping. I am a snug size 16 now, but a 16 none the less. I haven't worn a size 16 since high school, many, many years ago..

The problem is, sometimes I catch my reflection is a store window, or even my bathroom mirror and I swear it looks like I haven't lost a single pound.

What is wrong with my mind? Does anyone else have this problem?..

Comments (15)

I totally understand!! In my case I didn't really look hard at myself at my highest weight and my visual image of myself was me at a lower weight. Basically, I was living in la-la land. So now when I look in the mirror I'm shocked sometimes at how much I *still* have left to lose. At least I'm dealing with it though!!..

Comment #1

You are not alone. Even though I have lost a lot of weight I still don't see it sometimes. When I look in the mirror I still see my problems first. I still have quite a way to go but I hope it starts to get better soon. I have read on here that sometimes it can take up to 2 years from your mind to catch up with your body...

Comment #2

Yep, all the time. I've lost about the same as you. Certain clothes do it more than others.

The fact is, at 219, I still AM obese, so I don't attribute it to "fat goggles," just reality...

Comment #3

I have the same issue.. and after going from size 28 to size 16 - I STILL don't see it. Probably because in my mind, I never thought I was 'THAT' heavy. One thing that has helped me though, is to see it in pictures. Funny how that works.. I see myself every day in the mirror, and barely notice any changes..

Hopefully you have some before pictures - that will help as well. Good Luck!!!..

Comment #4

I'm with you. I've lost 30 lbs, weigh 151lbs and am wearing a size 8 or 10 depending on the maker. I have no recollection of ever being at this weight and don't ever remember wearing these sizes but still feel big at times. I guess it just will take time!..

Comment #5

Thanks everyone, I guess I will just wait until my mind catches up... After I reach goal!..

Comment #6

It can take 1-2 years for your mind to catch up with your body, just be aware of that!.


^GREAT article on MSNBC about "phantom fat"..

Comment #7

I am so looking forward to putting those fat goggles away for good! Thanks Medifast!..

Comment #8

You really will get there...i still will be shopping at a thrift store and reach for stuff that is way too big, lol..

And now, I have the opposite problem. I will catch my reflection and not realize it's me. After over a year, I am now just starting to see skinny me.!..

Comment #9

I know what you mean! When I was 230 lbs 190 seemed like a dream. When I was finally 190 I felt just as gross as I did at 230. Now that I've broke into the 180's, 170 doesn't even sound successful. Bleh...

Comment #10

I guess we always will have a little fat person living inside us..

Comment #11

I feel the same way. I know the scale says I am down 35 lbs. and I know I am down three entire sizes, but I just do not see it. I still feel fat and disgusting, even in some of my clothes that are literally hanging off me. I am not sure what it is going to take, but it has to click eventually...

Comment #12

Yeah, well I feel the same way allof you do too! I know that I have lostover a 100 pounds..but I still cant register that into my head yet lol...although I have a ways to go...but I'm sure it will make me gaulk one day in the mirror of my new outer appearance LOL...but for now that FAT GIRL image still sticks.....

Comment #13

I couldnt agree more!! I have lost around the same amount and I am on my 10th week. I still have about 50lbs to go. So it is hard to see it sometimes. I recommend looking at old pictures it definately helps putting things into a better perspective. Also take your measurements. Even though you look in the mirror and feel like your still the same size some things like pictures and measurements can bring you to reality. You are doing awesome and keep up the great work!!..

Comment #14

I've been struggling with this. I still see the same ol' me. I'm wondering if I need to adjust my goal weight to less because I can't see me for what I look like now. I sure hope my mind starts to change before 2 years. It's nooo gooood. But I feel you all the same, so you aren't alone in this fat goggle issue!..

Comment #15

This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.


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