My weight has been discussed here a good bit. I have never been the skinny girl - size 0, 2, 4. My curves came in as soon as Aunt Flow started visiting, which was about, oh, the 6th grade. My body is athletic, with "thunder" thighs that are my powerhouse. For a long time, I didn't realize I even had them, until someone pointed them out to me. In an instant, my perception of them changed.
Instead of viewing my legs as strong and athletic, my mind saw them as fat. ugly. thunder thighs. And at times, it still does. It's funny how the mind can alter so quickly and how it is easier to fall into negative thinking.
"You are not fat. You have fat. Fat does not define who you are."
The mind is a deceiving thing - it convinced me that my body was ugly, when in fact, it's beautiful. My so called "thunder" thighs push me through hard runs, lead me to my home and move steady throughout life. They're not as chiseled as they used to be, and at times, I don't see the results I want. But I'm changing my focus from seeing results to working on change.
"If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results."
In the end, it is mind over matter body, isn't it?
I did have to wear the large compression stockings after surgery and am working again on gaining muscle function back in those big quads of mine ;-)
What is something that has recently had a perception change for you?