You have probably all heard the expression, Comparison is the thief of joy. And most of the time, I would agree with you. Except when it comes to a weight loss journey. Comparisons are sometimes the things that keep you going. Sometimes they show you how far you have come. Sometimes they are that little bit of extra motivation you need to complete a goal.
I think comparisons of others can be harmful and hurtful to yourself. Just don’t do it.
Comparisons of yourself when you are on a weight loss journey can be really inspiring.
The other day I got home from work and I wanted to take a picture of myself – actually Jeremy took it, but it still applies. I was feeling good, and I wanted to see what others saw when they looked at me. I had no idea that I would be looking at the person on the other side of the lens. I loved the way I looked. I felt beautiful and powerful. I felt strong and confident. These are things I haven’t felt in a long, long time.
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Then, I wanted to see a side-by-side comparison of myself from before Weight Watchers to that new picture. And holy crap. I am in shock that this girl is the same person.
The picture on the right was taken in February 2016. I felt pretty in my LuluRoe dress…but wow. I have lost a little over 20lbs since I joined Weight Watchers May 31, 2016. I can finally tell a difference in how I used to look. My face is where I can see the biggest difference. It used to be so puffy…not any more.
Side note: The dress I am wearing in my recent picture (it’s from Anthropologie and I bought it over a year ago) is actually a little bit big on me. I couldn’t believe it when I noticed that. I was in the bathroom at work, and you can see my bra if I lift my arms. I’ve never had that problem before. Victory!
As good as I feel right now, I still have 10-15lbs to go before I hit my goal. I have a soft goal in mind, but I haven’t really decided what my goal will be yet.
- Starting Weight on May 31, 2016 – 191 lbs
- Current Weight on August 5, 2016 – 168 lbs
- Total Weight Loss: 24 lbs