When I look in the mirror, I don’t like what I see.
Not liking what I see in the mirror is motivating me to do something about it, hence these Fitness Friday posts. Of course, I have to remind myself of three things.
- When I look in the mirror, I won’t see results immediately.
- When I look in the mirror, there may be parts of my body that I still won’t like no matter how much weight I lose.
- When I look in the mirror, it can never reflect all of me.
When I look in the mirror, I only see what I look like, not who I am. Those silvery stretch marks? I had those long before I got pregnant. They don’t tell you I’m a mother. Those bags under my eyes? You might guess I’m either dehydrated or lacking sleep or both. Those bags don’t tell you what keeps me up at night. My long straight hair with split ends? You can see it, but do you know why I let it grow? No, the mirror can’t tell you.
When I look in the mirror, I don’t like what I see. I see that my body has gotten bigger. I see my arms jiggling. I could keep listing all of my flaws, but I am not the sum of my physical parts.
This journey to a healthier me is more mental than physical. I don’t have time to dwell on whether my butt looks big. My energy needs to be focused on taking care of myself through nutritious foods and staying active. I need all of my brain power concentrated on making better choices and building healthy habits. And I’ll never see that when I look in the mirror.
Let’s not forget day 12 of NaHaiWriMo. Today’s haiku is about, what else, looking in the mirror.
mirror only reflects
body’s outside not inside –
strengths, will are hidden.