Lost close to 200 pounds and I'm still leery whenever sitting in patio furniture or school desks or buckling airplane seatbelts or amusement park rides.
I'm experiencing the effect (basing our body judgement on our past body size) in the opposite direction. I'm down about 110 pounds so far, but I often see old fat me in the mirror, in my head, when assessing what I can do - just the other night I was at a club and wanted to dance, but waited because "an obsese person on the floor dancing alone would be embarrassing" and had a mental image of myself at my old weight.
Thank god, because I’m so much fatter than I look.
This goes both ways. I'm at the gym a lot. I'm a lot more muscular than the average guy. I constantly look at my arms and thinking that they're small and that I need to work them more. It's only when I'm around people that don't work out and compare my arms to theirs that the feeling goes away.
This explains why Im the only one who finds me attractive.
Anecdotally speaking, this is true. I can look in a mirror and see that I'm fat. Yet, if someone takes a picture of me, I look...OMG LIKE A BEACHED WHALE. This really isn't an exaggeration, when they say "the camera adds 10 pounds", they forget to mention "except for djak, where it adds 100 pounds".
It's kind of comforting to know that it isn't just me, and that this kind of thing happens to plenty of people.