Ever stood in line to be weighed and looked at someone in the queue and thought 'what on EARTH is she doing here?!?!' 'there's not a pick on her...' 'Is she having a laugh?! Surely they don't allow people that skinny to join?!?!!'
Guilty as charged! When I first started my journey, I was super morbidly obese... not a label I'm proud of but I was in serious trouble, one foot was in an early grave... and even when I joined Weight Watchers THIS time (there have been MANY times!) I often wondered why some people were even there... My problem was obvious, it was there for all the world to see... my slow walk, my red face, the breathlessness... the constant apology for being on the planet and wasting everyones time... and honestly, I used to get frustrated when I saw people with only, ONLY, a stone to lose...
But everyone is on a different journey... yes, we're all on the 'healthy eating, eat less, move more, be the best version of yourself' journey but we're all at different spots... Today, someone will be at the start line, doubting themselves, thinking they can't do it, dying inside that they have to share THAT number with another person but also hopeful that this will be the time it clicks for them, they'll surround themselves with positive vibes, they'll read the books full of motivation and feel like this is it... Someone else is half way there, fed up counting calories, points, syns, yums, macros, carbs... and are wondering if they'll ever see the goal posts... feeling like today, it's just too hard... and others are have the finish line in sight... the hardest bit, still plugging away feeling better about themselves, feeling happier about their bodies, catching themselves in the mirror and smiling instead of dodging every camera or person from high school in case they see how badly they 'let themselves go..'
Everyone is somewhere on the path... but it's not a competition, you are where you are... and you might think that you are ahead of someone... or that you are behind others... but you're on your own path, and where other people are really isn't important to your journey... To someone starting you're an inspiration... to someone close to goal, they know exactly how you feel being half way there and how hard you've worked... and whether it's 10lbs or 10 stone it means just as much and is hard earned!
What's important is the people on the journey are there to support you and cheer you on when the wind is blown from your sails and that you can do the same for them... don't compare yourself to anyone else... you are you... wonderful, perfect, beautiful you and your journey is yours xxx