I touched on this in a recent Instagram post, but I feel so strongly about it I wanted to blog about it as well. There are so many quotes out there that provide caution as to why we shouldn't compare ourselves with ours. Just to name a few we have all (probably) heard...
"Comparison is the thief of joy"
"Don't compare your beginning to someone else's middle"
"Don't compare your weaknesses to someone else's strengths"
"A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it; it just blooms"
"The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else's highlight reel"
Even the bible says in Galatians 6:4 - "Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else."
In the days of social media, this concept applies ten-fold. It's so easy to log on Instagram and see posts from a hundred fitness models in and instantly feel inadequate. Sometimes our brain doesn't stop to think "she's been doing this for 4 years longer than me".. instead, we think "I'm putting in all this hard work and I still don't look like that".
Yesterday I had to take a long hard look at my progress and how far I've come. I'm not a fitness model on instagram; I don't own my own gym; I'm not backed by supplement companies..and that's okay! Maybe someday, when I've put in endless hours and years of training and have established myself as a personal trainer like those ladies, I may be there. Until then, I'm proud of the progress I've made so far. From someone who has struggled with weight and staying consistent with exercise their whole life, I have come a long way. At the end of the day, I have better health and I'm taking care of my body, and that's what's truly important. Any aesthetic progress along the way is just extra.