Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Day 52: Comparison is the Thief of Joy

It's day 52 today and I woke up feeling so much better. Yay, no more pain. :)

I am going to take an easy exercise today of just stretching so I can be strong for my leg routine tomorrow.

We humans judge our selves unmercilessly. We take one yardstick measure, when there are MANY ways to measure and use only That ONE Stick as a measure of how well we are doing. Like height. Now, I'm petite at 5'2". By model's standards, I'm laughable, but I've had tall women tell me they wish they were shorter because they feel like they tower over everyone else and feel self-conscious. See? We're never happy and nobody wins...

When juice feasting, it's easy to start comparing ourselves if we are doing it with others to compare length of time we are going for or severity of detox we are experiencing or not experiencing  or weightloss we are having or not having...and we end up feeling discouraged that we "didn't do it long enough, lose as fast or enough weight, had worse/not as worse detox" etc, etc.

The main point is that you are DOING IT and you are reaping the benfits for YOU.

We are all uniquely different with our own story to tell and our own combination of gifts we bring to the world. Eating well, juice feasting, exercising, getting enough sleep, etc. are our gifts to ourselves to keep this body that contains our gifts in peak condition so that we can give these gifts of ours away for a lifetime.

Have you ever seen an ugly snowflake? Seriously, they are all drop-dead gorgeous. They are all each uniquely different, too. Sure, someone else may be able to run farther, may have a more dramatic story, etc, etc. But so what? Who's competing here? The point is that you are healthier TODAY than you were yesterday by doing your walk, by juicing your juice, by stretching, deep breathing, etc. no matter how far, how long or stenuous. You are doing more TODAY than you did yesterday and you should pat yourself on the back for making progress in the right direction, no matter how "small". Small things add up....

We have to pat ourselves on the back for how far we've come compared to what WE USED TO DO. I was watching a video yesterday of those who went on Rip Esselstyn's Engine 2 Diet and he gave away an award to someone who's cholesterol came down the most in 6 was like 150, that's HUGE, but does that mean that everyone else who "only" had their cholesterol come down 50 points didn't win, too?

Ridiculous, isn't it?

The point is, don't ever let your percieved lack of progress cause you to slow down, stop or not even start because you feel you don't compare favorably to someone else.

This is YOUR unique journey and you have your OWN reasons for doing this and guess what?


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