Pow! Statement 2 – Comparison

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT – Hello everyone, welcome back to Navigating Weight Loss my name is Regina. Today we’re going to do our second Pow! Statement. Pow stands for Pearl of Wisdom these tiny statements that seem very simple but end up having an big emotional punch. Now, I had heard this Pow! Statement a couple of years ago but it was freshly reintroduced to me just a couple of days ago when my friend Kat who runs the Fit, Fabulous, and Fierce Group on Facebook, she has a ton of tips and information. She’s embarked on an incredible weight loss journey over the past couple of years and has blogged it all and it has been a source of unbelievable inspiration. And she’s got quite a supportive and loving group of people over there so I frequently check out her work.She posted this the other day and it just took my breath away all over again.

Comparison is the thief of joy.

Hmm… yes, it is. And I started thinking of how many times especially in my weight loss was I comparing my weight to somebody else’s. Or comparing what could happen to what actually happened. One of the things that I’ve talked about before is how I had done this medically managed weight loss program before I had gastric bypass surgery and it said you could lose up to 100lbs in 6 months. And at the end of 6 months I lost 75lbs and I walked away from that program feeling like a failure and I ended up gaining all the weight back and I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t see the 75lbs that I lost. I was too busy concentrating on the fact that I didn’t reach the you could. And because I didn’t all was for naught and I just stepped away, old behaviors came right back in and there I was. Unbelievable.

But it’s not only in that way that we compare ourselves to other people. I still go to support group meetings for gastric bypass and I’ll probably go for the rest of my life. I find them to be very helpful and I really love that the medical center where I had my surgery has a phenomenal aftercare program and if you’re looking into surgery we’re going to talk about the importance of aftercare in another video. So, I couldn’t wait to go my first post op only group. I was really excited about it actually. And I go in and I just dropped my first 100lbs I was 4 months out and I was ready and raring to go. So I sit down and we go around the table and we say our name, the type of procedure we had and how we’re doing. It’s just an introduction. And so I said my name, where I was from, what procedure I had and how much weight I lost. And the woman next to me her face fell. She had surgery 2 months prior to mine but she had only lost 40lbs it kind of killed her vibe. My 100lbs killed her vibe.

Everybody’s weight is different, everybody’s weight loss is different. Everybody’s procedure is going to be unique to them. Even if everybody in a room had gastric bypass surgery we’re not going to get the same result. We have to learn how to celebrate our own results and not wonder or worry about what is happening across the street. And not compare what we’re doing on a success or failure mark with other people. Comparison is the thief of joy. I choose to stay joyful and I’m not going to judge how I’m doing to anyone else. This is what I’m doing and it obviously works for me. Thank you so much. There’s more to come. Bye bye!

Author: Regina Bartlett

Regina Bartlett is a blogger and speaker from the gorgeous Rhode Island coastline where she spends her days with her amazing husband Jeff and their combined family of six adult children and two very tiny adorable chihuahuas. She’s active in her church, sings on the praise team, and is amazed every single day at how God has totally changed her life. Formerly 425 lbs she’s battled her weight for 30 years until RNY Gastric Bypass surgery in December 2014 where she lost 250 lbs and gained a new lease on life. She wants to share with anyone who thinks that they MIGHT be interested in surgery and knowing the real truth behind the surgery since there are a lot of misconceptions and fears. Deciding that she needed a challenge to continue with her weight maintenance she decided to embark on running the NYC Marathon in 2016 on Fred’s Team for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Like so many people, her life has been touched by people affected by cancer. Discovering that her friend of over 25 years was diagnosed with breast cancer she had even more inspiration to run. On November 6, 2016, she completed the grueling 26.2 miles through all five boroughs of New York City and realized her 20 year dream of completing the largest marathon in the world. This blog will travel with Regina as she laces up her shoes and continues to challenge herself while sharing stories of her life and the people who have been an influence on her over the years. You’ll find stories, recipes, crafts, photographs of the wonder that is Little Rhody and countless photos of her tiny pups Sid Vicious and Taxi Fitzgerald. TL;DR: Wife, mother, writer, avid crafter, lover of Jesus and tiny dogs everywhere with a story to tell. FOR BOOKING INFORMATION please use the contact form below or email navigatingweightloss@gmail.com. Thank you!

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