Guess what guys.
I wanted to post this photo yesterday because I felt strong and confident and unbelievably happy with the progress I'd achieved and the hard work I'd put in to get here.
Then I started browsing on Instagram.
Suddenly, I was utterly drained of my excitement. I began thinking that my body wasn't good enough, I wasn't lean enough, muscular enough, I wasn't pretty enough.
Then I thought about what that means. It means that I still struggle with my self image, I still have issues with certain parts of my body, I still suffer from low self esteem, I still fear that I'm not good enough. Comparison truly is the thief of joy.
Then I remembered.
I remembered how far I had come. I remembered how far I have yet to go. And that I am happy. I live a good life; I have beautiful friends, an incredible family, and the most wonderful partner, that all support and love me, even on the days I'm not so lovable. I am, mentally, the strongest that I have ever been. I have fought through the darkest places, and won.
Sure I'm not as conditioned as other people, but I remember that they've been doing it a lot longer (or that they're using peds 🙄). I remember that, in the long term, I've really only just started and this isn't some 2 week online diet and exercise fad, this is my lifestyle. This is my life. And I've got many more years of killing it yet to come 💪
Don't let someone else's perfect snapshot ruin the peace you've built within you. You can only truly compare yourself with the person you were yesterday. And if you like the difference, keep going. If you don't, change it up. The beauty of this life is we that are able to make those decisions, we are able to change the course of our path, even from one day to the next.
So if you don't like where you are then look where you want to be, and work your ass off to get there. One day you'll look back and wonder why you waited so long to make that decision in the first place.