I have a big problem looking in the mirror when I'm at the gym. Heck, I don't really like to look in a full length mirror at any time, I don't like pictures to be taken of all of me, basically I like to hide. Sometimes, if I happen to catch a glimpse of my full on body, it can totally ruin my day (happened to me the other day while out shopping with friends.....I felt like I looked pretty good that day, but then I caught a glimpse of myself, and all I saw was my belly....it just made me sad...)
Anyway, I've shared this with my trainer, often when I'm working out my head is down, looking at the floor, and he's always telling me "head up"...so I'm forced to look in the mirror. He told me once, don't focus on "me" if that bothers me, focus on the body part that I'm working on. So that is what I have been trying to do. The other day, I was working on my calves, and I said to him "Damn, look at those calves....they look good!" I couldn't believe I found a body part that not only DIDN'T make me unhappy, but that I ADMIRED!!" It felt good. For a brief moment I had to think..."hey, whose calves are those in that mirror?" That is how completely disconnected I can be from my own body!
So the moral of the story is, if you are having trouble at the gym with all those mirrors surrounding you, try to focus on the muscle groups you are working, and you might just see them in a whole new light!