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How to stop comparing yourself to another version of yourself?

Have you ever stopped to look at yourself in the mirror and think back to a time that you looked or felt different? Have you ever focused too much on the features you want to be different on your body because they weren’t always like that at a time? Have you stopped and thought about what you have or have not changed in your lifestyle that is not allowing you to feel the same way you once did or even progress in your goals? I know I have.

A lot of the time we tend to compare ourselves to others we see. Whether these people are at the gym, on social media, someone we do or do not know, we compare ourselves. But, there are also those odd times that we tend to compare ourselves to ourselves. A younger, more energized, thinner, fit, stronger, healthier version of ourselves.

The thing is, we are always changing. We are growing, getting busier, consuming more stress, gaining more responsibilities, and the list goes on. So, if you find yourself in this position of comparing yourself to you, keep on reading and find out what you can do to focus on who you are right now, and where you want to be in the future.

  1. We are always changing.

Like I mentioned above, our bodies and lives are constantly growing and changing. The even harder part is adapting to these changes. Whether it is age, stress, health, or many of the other stages of our lives we may be in, we change, and we need to learn how to positively accept it.

It is important to remember:

  • You may not always be in the same place you were a few months or years ago and,
  • You may not feel or look the same way you did few months or years ago…

BUT,

  • You may need to change what you are doing now from what you were doing a few months and years ago to start to feel good again now.

Just because you are not in the same place or feel or look the same way you did a few months or years ago, doesn’t mean you are not or cannot feel that way again. Certain ways you ate or worked out or dealt with stress may have worked for you then but, may not necessarily work for you now. Take your time to figure out what changes you need to make. Take your time to adjust your eating style, workouts, or stress releasing techniques to step by step get to feeling good.

2. Accept where you are now.

Self-acceptance is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. Having a positive attitude towards who you are can make the biggest difference in helping you set and reach goals for the future.

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection”
― Sharon Salzberg

3. Focus on where you are now.

Think about who or where you want to be and not where you were. You need your full attention on what you are trying to achieve right now. Time spent worrying about the past you, is time that you could spend focusing on who you are now and the efforts you can put in to help you work on who you want to be in the future.

4. Keep moving forward, your future is always continuing.

It is important to appreciate where and who you were back then, learn from mistakes you may have made, and use your knowledge to work towards your goals in the future. We can’t go back and stay that younger, more energized, thinner, fit, stronger, healthier version of ourselves. But, what we can do each and every day is take small actions that move us just that bit closer to being healthier, stronger, energized, and happy about our present selves.

Start focusing on who you are right now today.

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If you are looking for guidance on your health or nutrition contact me today at victoria@fullmetalcrossfit.com for a free initial consultation.

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