Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Trouble with Competitions

As I type, I am walking on my treadmill, fretting about tomorrow's final weigh in for the Biggest Loser challenge at work. During this challenge I realized something about myself. That when I think of losing weight for the challenge, I can't. When I stop thinking about the challenge, I can. Weird. Glad it's almost over, I can get back to normal again.

I've always thought that challenging myself, and competing against others was the best way to get motivated in my journey. Turns out that was the exact opposite of what I should have been doing. I spend so much time worrying about it and thinking about it that I forget to do anything about it. All that stress just adds up to emotional eating, and everything backfires. There's also a little voice in my head that tells me how great it would be to see a certain other person win. That they want it more or need it more or deserve it more. And being the giving personality I am, I think I'm subconciously sabotaging myself to give them a better chance. I know, silly huh, but there you have it.

So, no more weight loss competitions for me. Just healthy choices and let the weight handle itself.

Healthy and Happy Living


Richard Kuhns said...

All competitions are not for you--especially this one if you look like the photo in your header. You wouldn't enter a hot dog eating contest, would you?
Better to support the person who needs to be the big loser.
But if you're interested in knowing more about emotional eating I invite you to read my blog at

a_healthier_me said...

I wish that was a picture of me, it came with the blog design. It's more of a goal to shoot for. One of these days I'll have a picture of me I like enough to feature at the top of my blog. :)