Comparing yourself to others can sometimes be motivating by making you want to eat healthier and train harder to reach your goals. BUT what I’ve found is that it can actually be super discouraging, because it just causes you to focus on your flaws and imperfections.
One thing that helped me was when I stopped comparing myself to others, and started comparing myself to myself.
When I would start to get discouraged or down about they way I looked, what helped me was to look back at old photos to remind myself of how far I’ve come and how much progress I’ve made over the years.
Back in 2006, I was super skinny! And what’s funny is that I actually thought I had muscle. On the days when I still feel like this scrawny little girl, I just look back at this photo to remind myself of how far I’ve come!
It’s hard to see the changes in yourself sometimes because they happen so slowly and over a long period of time. That’s why progress photos are important. I didn’t notice the changes in my body composition until I looked back at photos and compared them to myself now.
It’s always an ongoing journey, of course, but I have a LOT more muscle than I did 6 years ago and am leaner and more defined than just 2 years ago. And it’s NOT all about looks-I’m also MUCH stronger than I was back then, and I eat much healthier.
It’s all about making improvements on yourself, not constantly comparing yourself to others! Focus on being a better version of yourself, not trying to look like someone else.