Heres another sketchbook page I did recently. This page is about body image and how I see myself. A couple of years ago I made a lot of life changes due to health reasons because I was morbidly obese and was constantly getting chest pains. I decided that I had to do something about it and started a healthy eating plan and went on a diet.
As a result I lost half my body weight and these days I feel fitter than I have done in years, but it does have a slight drawback; in my mind Im still that fat person I always was!
I had previously spent most of my life overweight and never knew what it was like to feel ‘normal’ sized and because of this I sometimes have a hard time mentally adjusting.
Especially in situations where there is a small space to fit through when Im out walking – Im convinced I wont fit through that gap! Or there isnt enough room for my fat ass on the bus seat! Or I wont be able to jump over a stream or brook because I’ll topple with all my excess weight and fall in!
Sometimes I catch my reflection in the mirror when Im out and I do a double take as it catches me unawares and I just dont recognise myself for a moment. Its almost as if theres a stranger in the mirror looking back at me.
This sketchbook page is dedicated to these body issues which I have: