Some times I think the reason I don't exercise more is that I get sick of hearing about all of these fad diets or workout plans. This friend of mine has been going into overdrive lately with working out, and it's always some plan he's talking about. P90x, crossfit, he wants to try the neanderthal diet (what I call it...). I think I get turned off because of how "into it" some people are. A lot of this just seems way over the top, way past just trying to lose weight or be healthier in general. I swear that comparing miles ran is like the new penis measuring contest.
I hear ya.
I think it's important to focus on comparing yourself to yourself, not others.
There's plenty of people who can lift more, run longer, run faster, etc.
Likewise, there are plenty who can't lift what you can as much as you can, who can't put the effort in to train.
Big deal. I'm always thinking about whether or not I can improve on what I've done in the past week - or, if I know I've overdone it (e.g., my legs are a bit jacked up this week), can I simply put some effort in that meets some basic "can I keep going?" metric.
So I compare myself to myself, not others. That motivates the motherfuck out of me.