Lately, I have been spending a lot of time surfing blogs about body image. Some of my favorite sites feature bloggers who are either on a “mirror fast” or have been on one in the recent past. Mirror fasting is abstaining from looking at your reflection in a mirror for a specified amount of time – a day, a month, a year or even longer in some cases. By this definition, I have been on a mirror fast for almost 10 years now.
For many, the purpose of mirror fasting seems to be to take a person’s focus or energy off of how they look to help them refocus their attention on other important things in their life – goals, passions, friends, family, hobbies, feelings, living.
In my case – having already been on a mirror fast for so many years – I began to think that perhaps a “mirror binge” might be beneficial. (Don’t bother Googling it, I just made up the term.) I challenged myself to make a point of looking at my reflection – really looking at myself – every day for one week. Each day, I tried to find one thing that I liked about the way I looked. No “buts” were allowed. For example, I didn’t let myself write things like, “I love my wavy hair but I wish it was thicker.” I had to find things I truly liked about myself – period.
Here is what I came up with:
- I like my eyes. They are a unique color combination of dark green and hazel. When I look deep into my eyes, I see a reflection of my father and grandmother who had eyes of the same color. These eyes hold a lifetime of good memories.
- I like my nose. It’s short, slightly turned up and smooth. It does a great job of holding up an awesome pair of sunglasses.
- I like my smile. It’s infectious and lights up my face when I am happy.
- I like my ears. They are flat against my head and feature small lobes that look great in dangly retro earrings and sparkly emerald studs.
- I like my chest. My breasts are not too big and not too small – just right for me. I like the way I look in my sweaters and knit tops.
- I like my bellybutton. I love that it’s an innie. The tiny little scar that stretches from side to side makes it uniquely mine.
- I like my toes. I love that they are very short and small because it takes little time to paint them and even less time to decorate them with toe rings and decals.