The other day I had someone say to me:
I am so frustrated. I am banded too and I haven't lost like you have. My band just doesn't work like yours.
After I picked my jaw up off the floor the poor woman got an earful. Because why is she comparing her journey to mine? They are completely different.
This was my reply:
Why are you comparing yourself to me? You aren't me. Period. You have to quit comparing yourself with people. Who cares how much fill someone else has. Who cares how much others have lost compared to you. Focus on you. Then you will be successful.
And after a few minutes of contemplating what I said, I could still see the confusion on her face. I honestly do not think she got what I was saying.
Here it is spelled out for everyone:
No ones weight loss journeys are the same. They can't be. Because no one is identical. No ones fill levels will be the same either. 5 cc's to one person may be a lot and to another it may be too little. Forget about what others have. Worry only about how your band feels and use it as a tool to get you the results you desire. Forget about everyone else, just focus on yourself.
It is okay to use other people as inspiration to get you to your goal. What it is not okay to do is compare yourself and your journey to anyone else's. That will be the death of your weight loss journey because you will never measure up to what you feel is successful.
Forget about everything you have done in the past. The failures do not matter. What matters is the here and now.
Do not let comparisons even enter your thinking.
Do not let self doubt consume you.
You got this. You can do it. You will be successful. (Repeat at least 100 times a day).