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I'm getting through the member pics ( still on posts from 2014) and having had body issues in my younger days (I always thought myself as fat, I'm happier now but the issues never really leave). Just wondering how you see yourself when looking/ posing in the mirror?

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I was literally (and that means literally, not figuratively) just skin and bones when I began to work out, because of an illness. Now I am average. I'm not sure if I have any body issues, though some over-sensitive persons would probably call my membership here a body issue. It would be fun to become big, but I am grateful for my present state.

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I have always considered myself to be overweight and overly fat, so it came as rather a surprise when I bought a new set of scales which stated I had a BMI of 27.5 (halfway between healthy and obese) and a body fat rating of around 14% (also listed as healthy) which came as a genuine surprise to me

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Not vain, DaveMuscle, more like hot as hell....

 Posing in a mirror makes me uncomfortable...I don't see much muscle and I think I look very out of shape.  A selfie or timer pic is better, and some I think look OK.   A picture that I have cropped so my face is not in it can look good, especially if it is just a tight cropped pic of one body part, or a pic taken by someone else where a face is not visible.  I've had pics taken by other guys that I  wouldn't recognize as me if the background wasn't so familiar.  

No, it doesn't make sense to me either.  One thought is a lot of that self image might be formed early in life...I was really out of shape, self conscious, poor at sports, and kidded when younger, and didn't start lifting until I was in my late 40's.   Go figure...

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1 hour ago, tomofutah said:

Not vain, DaveMuscle, more like hot as hell....

 Posing in a mirror makes me uncomfortable...I don't see much muscle and I think I look very out of shape.  A selfie or timer pic is better, and some I think look OK.   A picture that I have cropped so my face is not in it can look good, especially if it is just a tight cropped pic of one body part, or a pic taken by someone else where a face is not visible.  I've had pics taken by other guys that I  wouldn't recognize as me if the background wasn't so familiar.  

No, it doesn't make sense to me either.  One thought is a lot of that self image might be formed early in life...I was really out of shape, self conscious, poor at sports, and kidded when younger, and didn't start lifting until I was in my late 40's.   Go figure...

That is very interesting indeed I must say, it's like me (but in reverse). I thought that I was terribly overweight and fat (but I am not) and you think that you're not in shape (when I am sure that most people who say the opposite), could it be therefore that all of these people who state that male models being used to demonstrate normal people has had an impact on what people define as normal?

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On 04/09/2017 at 7:40 PM, DaveMuscle said:

I see myself as not the biggest, but still impressively fit and strong for my age. Sorry if that comes across as vain!

Not vain at all. I admire your confidence. 

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