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Pictures are sooo triggering - November 7th 2015, 09:03 PM

I'm far from thin, and I know that. I am working really hard to be healthier; I try to eat the right amount, without binging or restricting excessively, and I try to work out 3 or 4 times a week while walking on the other days. BUT whenever I see a picture of myself, it's just an awful reminder of how fat I am. I was in a wedding where I was the heaviest girl there and that's all I can see in those pictures.




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Re: Pictures are sooo triggering - November 8th 2015, 05:54 AM

I completely relate to this. In the past, I've gotten rid of scales AND full size mirrors because it's simply too triggering for me to deal with. Lately, I can barely be naked with myself without just breaking down in tears due to how fat I've gotten. So you're not alone, and if you're just looking for validation, this is definitely a common phenomenon.

I'm so glad to hear that you've made progress in behaviors, though. Are you seeing anybody professional to help?


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Re: Pictures are sooo triggering - November 8th 2015, 02:26 PM

I know it's really difficult, but I think it might be beneficial for you to try and challenge those thoughts. God knows they're loud and distressing. When you look at the wedding photos and feel yourself ruminating on your weight, think instead of the good parts of the day: did you enjoy it? Were you among family/friends? Was it a beautiful day? Things like that. It might seem pointless at first but the more you do it and the more you don't even entertain the negative thoughts, the easier they'll become to drown out.

Good on you for working to be healthier, but don't ignore the mental aspect of that either. Your mental health deserves attention too, and seeking therapy to help with those thoughts could even help you with both aspects!



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