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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.
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  • KITT52
    not sure what to say..good it was motivating...

    hope you feel better tomorrow and your child as well
    1434 days ago
    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!!!
    1434 days ago
  • ALI_P7
    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!
    1434 days ago
    We are here to help you find what you are looking for. emoticon
    1434 days ago
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