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Does this ever happen to you?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Theodore Roosevelt said, "Comparison is the thief of joy." Over the years, I have found this to be very true.

Today I'm home with a sick kid, and not feeling so hot myself. I decided to just stay in bed, rest, and use my "day off" to peruse the Internet. I looked at shoes, clothes, hairstyles, makeup tips, etc. I read articles about burning off fat and building lean muscles. I learned about how to change my diet even further, to get the results I want. I watched a few hair and makeup tutorials on YouTube. I want to be clear that I haven't consciously been comparing myself to any pictures or anything. I've just been looking and reading; just observing. Not one time have I said anything like "Oh yeah right; I don't look anything like that." or "I wish I had her ____." Even still... suddenly, I found myself feeling kind of... blah... kind of depressed. I guess I've spent so long looking at "what I want to look like" that I felt sort of shocked to look in the mirror and see the reminder of "what I currently look like." I've spent all day looking at healthy, put-together women in stylish clothes, beautifully applied makeup, and great hair. Then I saw myself in the mirror, and cringed at my sweatpants, tee shirt, un-fixed hair and bare face... not to mention the near 100 extra pounds I have on my body. {sigh} This is frustrating as hell...

and incredibly motivating.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KITT52 3/18/2014 6:14PM

    not sure what to say..good it was motivating...

hope you feel better tomorrow and your child as well

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ONTHEPATH2 3/18/2014 3:48PM

    It's not the comparisons that rob us of our joy - it's our reactions to them. Way to use them to motivate you! WooHoo!!! Now (when youa re feeling better) get busy!!!

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ALI_P7 3/18/2014 3:43PM

    All the time!!! It's very difficult to live in the age of "perfection manufactured". I have to constantly remind myself that most famous people have had plastic surgery, all models are photoshopped and both have hair & makeup teams!

You are a real person & also you're under the weather! Give yourself a break!

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KATHYJO56 3/18/2014 3:43PM

    We are here to help you find what you are looking for. emoticon

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