Don’t Let Comparison Steal Your Joy

By Laura Moncur @ 6:00 am — Filed under:

That ARThletic Girl posted a couple of images (one of which she drew herself) with the motto: Don’t let comparison steal your joy. This is what she said:

This has recently become my life motto. I find that comparing myself and my life to other people is dangerous for my self esteem. Sometimes it does me some good because it makes me appreciate what I am and what I have, but more often than not it leaves me feeling inadequate and a whole bunch of things I’m most probably not.

First, she posted this one, which is beautiful and simple.

Don't let comparison steal your joy from Starling Fitness

But this one really drives home the point.

Don't let comparison steal your joy from Starling Fitness

I have talked about this issue before on my personal blog:

Back then, I said:

Does it matter that I’m not the girl with the MOST cake? Nope. All that matters is that I bring it, every day. Time to put down the cake now.

That was back in 2006 and I really have STILL not recovered from that SXSW trip. I am STILL struggling with bingeing and I haven’t gotten back to the weight that I was on that trip. I am still trying to stuff my face with the most cake, when really what I want is…

What do I want?

Maybe that’s the problem…

For seven LONG years, I have been letting comparison steal my joy and stuffing cake down my gullet to compensate for it. I’m printing up that image and plastering it to EVERYTHING until I get over this.


PostSecret Fat Judge

By Laura Moncur @ 10:23 am — Filed under:

Last Sunday, this postcard from PostSecret was posted and I thought it was particularly insightful.

PostSecret Fat Judge from Starling Fitness

It reads:

Being FAT is like having your most humiliating “SECRET” visible for the world to SEE and JUDGE.

It’s true. For years, I’ve assumed that I can’t hide the fact that I’m fat, so I’m not going to try to mask it with black clothing or by limiting the styles of clothing I let myself wear. What is more humiliating? Being fat or being fat in a pair of comfortable shorts? They’re BOTH humiliating, so I decided LONG ago that I was still going to wear shorts and mini-skirts because I can’t HIDE it.

PostSecret‘s beneficiary is the National Hopeline Network. It is a 24-hour hotline (1 (800) SUICIDE) for anyone who is thinking about suicide or knows someone who is considering it.


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