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Friday, March 15, 2013

Fitness Comparison

Maybe you can relate.

I go to the gym.  I look around the room to see how I fit in with everyone else.
I register for a race.  I compare my time to the other people in my age bracket.
I lift weights.  I mentally compute how much less weight I can lift than other women my size.
I sift through Instagram.  I get envious of what other people eat despite their small waist.

I was watching the Biggest Loser the other night and its a catch 22 for me.  I LOVE this show.  (Go Danni!)  While watching, I get this great sense of motivation!  I want to go out and conquer my workout the next day.  But, then sometimes, I also get this sense of defeat.  I worry that one day I may need to have a "come to Jesus meeting" about my weight/health.  I worry that if I let myself go, I will end up in a similar situation.  Am I the only one with these worries?

I am constantly comparing myself to others.  Do you do it too?
I want to wear the clothes they wear.  I want to eat what they eat.  I want to beat their mile time.  I want to lift more weight, work out more days, commit to more races, excel.  I'm a natural competitor so, of course, I want to compete with others.  However, I'm no longer participating in team sports.  There is no competition that I'm up against.

I realize, I need to stop comparing myself to others.
Instead, I need to compare myself to my self!
I can do so many more push-ups today than I could last month.
I can run further than I could last year.
I can lift more weight than I could 2 weeks ago.
It's important to focus on what we can do, not what we can't.

Think about the things you can do today that you could not do in your past.  Make goals to be able to do more next month than you can today.  Don't worry about what everyone else is doing.  Focus on all the things you can do.  A healthy lifestyle is focused on bettering ourselves.

Linking up with Heart Shaped Sweat and The Pink Growl for #30in30 update:
Sunday: 5 mile run
Monday: 1 mile dog walk (I'm not including my walking in my 30in30 - just deliberate runs)
Tuesday: 1 mile run (tight calves), strength and core training
Wednesday: off
Thursday: 1 mile dog walk, 3 mile run (calves still tight)
Friday: 3 mile run, core training
Total Weekly miles: 11 for 16/#30in30

I've run more this week than last!  What have you done this week? Link up below...

Honor Courage Commitment


  1. comparison is the thief of joy! that's what they say and it's so true for the days you feel like you're not enough!! There are definitely times that comparison gets the best of me too...but if we turn it into something positive and make it a personal encouragement to be stronger, run longer, etc. treating it like envy instead of jealousy or self doubt then it's a good thing! I like how you said to be competitive with yourself not others. Maybe we can use what we like in others as only motivation and just compete with ourselves!

  2. Absolutely get this! I see so many wonderful RUNNERS in the blogosphere - of which I am not one no matter how much I would like to be. But, I love to walk with my kids and get out in the garden, which are workouts in and of themselves :-)

  3. oh man lins it's like you read my mind. i totally go through this struggle with myself all the time. i'm my own worst enemy when it comes to comparison! great post, girl!

  4. I'm totally with you (huge fan of BL by the way!) It's easy to compare yourself against others (especially if you are competitive like I am), but I am my own worst enemy. As long as I do better than the day before, it's a win for me! Keep up the great work!

  5. Honey, we ALL go through this. People always say that I have it easy, since I am "petite", but I work hard to stay where I'm at. My metabolism has DEFINITELY slowed down, so it's a lot harder than it used to be. I have only just started working out, and it is making me gain weight, which is not fun. I know that it's long term goals and health that I'm working towards, so I am trying to stay positive. Remember...You need to love yourself first, and then you won't be waging a war against yourself. You are doing great :)

  6. I'm so happy you posted this! I'm always comparing myself to others and it's the worst thing to do. I really should compare myself to myself!



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