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In the orbit of thin

Saturday, April 25, 2015

We drove six hours yesterday and made a few pit stops. One place had a full-length restroom mirror so I steeled myself to look in it as I waited for the kid. I've only started looking into mirrors the last few months, and had spent many years before that avoiding them like the plague.

So I noticed that my legs look almost thin. I was wearing newish jeans with a bit of lycra for stretch, which were advertised as "straight leg". Six months ago, "straight leg" jeans two sizes larger were stretched to the max on me - the seams bulged the length of my leg and I had very generous muffin tops threatening to pop the button at the waist. And my legs would rub together, and sitting down and trying to cross my legs was hazardous.

Anyway, I noticed that in my new jeans, my legs weren't bulging anywhere. Nothing rubbed - my legs didn't make any contact with each other. I guess this is how legs are "normally" supposed to function, but I had gotten used to my thighs wearing out the inside seams of my pants. I am ashamed to say, I left that restroom a little obsessed about my legs. And while standing on the spectator side of the soccer field yesterday, and remembering the image of my legs, I felt somehow taller. I'm not sure what the psychology of that is, because it makes no sense whatsoever.
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    It makes sense!! Thinner people look taller! The eye is drawn to the vertical, not the horizontal. My daughter has a friend who I had always thought of as of normal height, but when I saw her recently standing next to my daughter, I realized that this friend is actually short. Her slender silhouette had made me think she was taller than she really is. And when I see my college photos, my legs don't look short, as I was of normal weight in those days, whereas now if I can't avoid seeing my reflection (in glass doors I'm approaching, for example), I must admit that my legs look shorter because of the weight gain.

    So I am sure you not only feel but LOOK taller now, too, Bemused. Enjoy the view from up there and be proud of your lovely new shape!
    2186 days ago
    Nothing to be ashamed of, I would not consider that obsessed. You are noticing and discovering something new about yourself that you like, that you have accomplished. Be proud! ---Pam
    2186 days ago
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