For months after my band surgery, every time I looked in the mirror, I saw the same old fat girl. I had to look at photographs, comparing current shots to before shots, in order to comprehend the change in my body.
Yet when I was obese, I didn't see a fat girl when I looked in the mirror (probably protecting myself from the awful reality). I would look at photographs of myself and think, "Surely I'm not as big as I look there!"
I found this today when looking for a photo of one of our dogs, and thought, "Oh yeah, I was big."
I took the photo into the bathroom and checked myself in the mirror. What a relief: that extra chin is gone!