Many of us have a knack of comparing ourselves to others, especially in the fitness world.
“I want her abs.”
“She is so much stronger than me.”
“She can eat whatever she wants and not gain any weight, meanwhile I smell chocolate and gain 3 pounds. It’s not fair.”
This is something I have learned living in a world where comparing ourselves to other people is socially accepted: comparing yourself to someone else does absolutely nothing for you.
It won’t make you feel better, it won’t help you to reach your goals, it won’t do anything but disappoint you because you are never going to be someone else- you are you.
Maybe you joined a gym with your friend and they have seen much more progress while being at the gym for the same amount of time as you have while doing the same workouts as you and you’re frustrated. Unfortunately some people see progress quicker than others, that’s just how it is. Some people have to work harder to lose weight than others. Some people gain muscle quicker than others. These are things that none of us have control over, so why stress about them or feel sorry for ourselves?
Sitting around feeling sorry for myself that I can’t eat whatever I want without gaining weight like some of my friends can has never made me lose a single pound. Being jealous of girls at the gym who have amazing abs has never made me suddenly have a six pack. Feeling sorry for myself for having to workout everyday while some people sit on their butts and are still skinnier than me has never done anything for me.
Comparing yourself to someone else will get you absolutely nowhere in the gym or in life. Instead of wasting time feeling sorry for yourself, use it as motivation to work harder towards your own personal goals. There is nothing wrong with admiring other people and aspiring to have their work ethic and motivation, but never put yourself down because you don’t look like someone else.
You are uniquely you. There is literally no one else on the face of this planet that is the same as you. No one else looks like you, acts like you, talks like you, isn’t that so awesome?! You are one of a kind and completely unique… OWN IT.
And while you are wishing that you were more like someone else there are probably other people out there wishing they were more like you. Maybe the girl across the gym whose six pack has you green with envy is over there wishing her butt was as nice as yours. Be satisfied with yourself and your progress and don’t compare yourself to anyone else.
We are all different and beautiful in our own ways and the sooner we accept that the quicker we will all start to love our bodies and love ourselves.
Don’t compare the way you look or who you are to anyone else. Ever. BE YO DAMN SELF BECAUSE YOU ARE AWESOME AND YOU SHOULD BE PROUD OF YOU.