NHBPM: Comparison Traps

Today’s National Health Blog Post Month prompt is: Find a quote and use it as inspiration (alternate: write about the weirdest thing about your health).

If you’re anything like me, you tend to roll your eyes when the same inspirational quote images are posted over and over. I’m not coldhearted (well…) nor do I think I’m above all that stuff, I just have the same reaction whenever I see anything for the 8,467th time. Unless it’s this. That gets a different type of reaction.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about finding inspiration and motivation in whatever form, but rarely do I see one and think, “yeah, I can totally relate to that.” Except when I saw this one. Someone had posted it on Facebook, and I said to myself, “yeah, I can totally relate to that.” However, I’ve realized that lately I have ended up on the other side of that coin for some people. People that I’ve traveled on this path hand in hand with. People I’ve known forever. People that I love dearly.

This blog, and sharing my whole experience, was meant to be, and always will be, a real account from a real person with the ugliest of struggles along with the most glorious of triumphs. Yes, I will brag when I have a great weigh in. But I also fess up when I gain. Yes, I post a lot of pictures when I’m feeling particularly cute. But did you know that there are usually ten times as many not-so-flattering pictures taken in an attempt to get that one photo suitable for public consumption?  And yes, I may have Instagrammed that super healthy, veggie-loaded lunch I had, but I more than likely didn’t say a peep about the bag of potato chips I devoured later that day.

I’m not perfect and I’m no saint. I’m not a hero nor am I a role model. I’m just a pudgy short girl who wants to make you laugh or smile. Or try a new workout or recipe. Or show you that my pilgrimage to a healthy weight and body fat percentage started with that first pound, too.

3 thoughts on “NHBPM: Comparison Traps

  1. Laura
    November 2, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Love this quote. I find myself doing the exact same. And thanks for that delicious eye candy 😉

  2. November 2, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    I almost used that same quote! LOL I found it a while back on Pinterest and immediately repinned it because I’m so guilty of comparing myself to everyone else rather than just focusing on being the best me I can be.

  3. November 3, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    You should’ve put that link to Joe until the end of the post because that’s where I stopped reading & sat there staring at my screen for a couple of seconds. WHo am i kidding it was more like minutes.

    it’s very hard to not compare ourselves to others. But I think we must remember that we are also someone else’s highlight reel. Does that make sense? We should be proud of our accomplishments and focus on moving forwards.