At the beginning of the month, me and my husband decided to get back on track with our health. We recommitted to clean eating and exercising in hopes of making noticeable progress by the start of college football season.
Week one came and went and both of us had followed through with the game plan with no slip ups. That Sunday when we stepped on the scale, he was down ten pounds while I was down three.
I played the situation cool, but I was salty that he’d made so much more progress than me in the same amount of time. I quickly ran to my fitness Facebook group looking for someone to help me understand what I was doing wrong. Why had we done the same work and got such different results?
“If you trust and stay true to the process, you’ll lose weight, but it will be at your own body’s pace,” a member of the group replied. I knew she was absolutely right.
In all actuality, losing three pounds was notable. I was disciplined enough to do the work and it paid off. It just didn’t pay off in the same way that it did for my husband – and that’s okay. Our daily activities and overall lifestyle are completely different. His pace is not my pace.
My jealousy of my husband’s progress had led me to totally disregard my own progress. I was so busy wanting his results that I forgot to be thankful for mine. For a quick second, I’d even considered quitting because staying the course no longer felt worth it.
Instead of quitting, I decided to trust the process, and my body rewarded me by shedding an additional two pounds in the next week. It was two pounds I would’ve never lost had I let my focus on my husband’s journey stall my own.
Run Your Own Race
Regardless of how far we come in life, there is always someone else who seems to be doing better. How we process the difference between their progress and our own can make or break the success we manifest in the future.
As we go through life, it’s important to run our individual race rather than standing on the sidelines staring at the next person’s.
Don’t allow another person’s blessing to make you question your own path. With the right level of grit and persistence your track will pay off exactly the way it is meant to pay off.
Focus on you. Don’t stunt your own development being jealous of someone else’s. You don’t know the full back story of their blessing.