Monitoring someone else’s weight loss won’t help yours.
You know that jealous feeling when you’re at the gym and you step off the treadmill after a three-mile run, only to see the guy on the machine next to you is on mile six? If you truly want to work on yourself and your health, you must let that feeling go.
“The energy of envy doesn’t get you anywhere because you’re comparing yourself,” says wellness chef Charles Chen. “Once you compare yourself, you take your power away.”
Chen is a chef, entrepreneur, and vivacious host of the online cooking show Kitchen Hustle, where “hustlers learn how to fuel their passions.” Throughout his childhood, Chen struggled with his health. As a teenager, he was prediabetic and a self-proclaimed couch potato who had no energy or motivation to make healthier choices. After hitting what he calls his “rock bottom moment,” he reclaimed his health, lost more than 100 pounds, and now helps others fuel their “bodies, mind, and spirit starting in the kitchen.”
Instead of comparing yourself to others and what size jeans they’re currently in, Chen suggests focusing purely on you, your goals, and your action steps for the day to reach those goals.
This is about your health and your body, and everyone will progress at different paces. Don’t expect your progress to be linear, either—there may be ups and downs. Each day, Chen recommends asking yourself, “What is it that you can do today to invest in you?”
Here’s a suggestion for dinner tonight: Try Chen’s low-carb cauliflower fried rice that tastes like the real thing.
Charles Chen is a chef, host, and wellness expert based in Los Angeles and New York City.
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My name is Charles Chen,
I am a wellness chef.
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I gained over 100 pounds,
I was pre-diabetic, I had heart problems.
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Food actually saved my life,
I transformed my life through food.
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Anytime I get too stressed
out about something.
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If something's not happening
at the right time.
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Or if a certain outcome is not happening
like, I'm not losing weight or
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fitting into my clothes.
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I just realize, okay,
I surrender, I give up.
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I'm not gonna stress out about it, I'm
not gonna compare myself to other people.
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Everyone's on their other paths.
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You always have that friend who's like,
my gosh, she lost X amount of weight and
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you envy them.
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That energy of envy doesn't get you
anywhere cuz you're comparing yourself.
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Once you compare yourself
you take your power away.
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So investing and
just focusing on what's ahead of you.
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What am I doing today to better my health?
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Am I drinking that smoothie,
am I drinking that juice?
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Am I going for that yoga class,
am I taking my kids out for a walk?
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What is it that you can do
today to invest in you?
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