I ran across this saying recently and wow did it resonate with me. "Comparison is the Thief of Joy." I let it sink in a bit and realized that for years I let comparison steal my joy. I was so busy comparing myself to others that I didn't let the joy God had in store for me fully penetrate my life.
Even in this journey, I found myself comparing my weight loss, my motivation, and my exercise habits with others or with numbers. If I look back on some of my posts about slow weight loss, I can see the absence of joy. I see frustration and agitation that I wasn't losing quick enough. I would read "success stories" of someone who started out at my weight and how the pounds were just dropping off. But me? No! I had to be the one losing slowly! I realize that I was too busy letting comparison rob me of the joy of each moment; the fact that I was being transformed inside and out...emotionally and physically.
So I urge you to stomp that thief into the ground! Don't let comparison steal your joy!
"I praise you [God] because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." ~Psalm 139:14