I've written on this blog and spoken publicly about the issues surrounding knitters and body image many times. Over the past few years I've experienced more than my usual share of these issues. Due to health reasons, I upped my exercise and improved my diet with the result that I took off enough extra pounds that my blood work went back to the healthy number ranges.
The first thing I noticed was that I had a period of forgetting that I now looked different. I was surprised when I looked in the mirror and became very aware that the image of myself in my mind did not match up with the reality. I had to actively look at myself everyday for months before my self image started to readjust. It took about six months before I started feeling that I was being consistently realistic.