This is a just little friendly reminder - mainly for myself - do not compare yourself to others.
In any situation.
During this weight loss journey I've very publicly embarked on, I have to admit that at times I have fallen into the diabolical comparison trap.....
As I wallow around the 10kg loss mark I know others who have, over the same time period, lost around 30kg. Or I compare my up and down mindset to those who are consistently focussed and seem to be in control. Or I look at the people in the gym and despair of ever being as fit, strong and able to wear nice gym gear as them.....
And how do I feel when I conduct these comparisons? Is it an edifying experience for me?
No. I just wind up feeling inadequate, demoralised and diminished. It makes me feel like I haven't done enough, been good enough or persisted enough.
It makes me feel like I am a bit of a failure. It makes me think maybe losing weight just isn't for me, that maybe I'm just someone who can't do this.
In the Bible in Galatians (just googled it ) it says that we shouldn't compare ourselves to others because we'll either be:
a. pretty pleased with ourselves and possibly become completely up ourselves; or
b. dismayed and disgruntled with our lot and our life.
Instead, we should just do the best we can in our own unique circumstances. Instead of comparing our achievements to others' - we should look at what is possible in our own life and our own journey, work hard and then enjoy our own achievements and victories.
Well, I'm really trying to take that no comparison mantra on board. It's really liberating because it frees me from some of my own unealistic expectations, and allows me to celebrate my own little wins....
I hope you're keeping the thief of joy at bay, too - but in your own individual way ;)