Have you ever participated in one, either with friends or co-workers? Some people at my company are starting one, and I have such mixed emotions about it, that I’m not going to participate.
However, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea! Some people thrive on the peer pressure, others like the ‘we’re in it together’ idea. There’s lots of support and tips-sharing.
So, why have I decided not to participate? Well, first of all, getting weighed by a colleague is just not going to happen. He may be an MD, but my exact weight is none of his business, or anyone else’s for that matter.
And how to decide who wins? If it’s in terms of absolute weight, someone who has a lot to lose can easily out-lose someone who has only a few pounds. Maybe the contest would be more equitable if the weight loss is measured in terms of the percentage of your personal goal that you attained. After all, someone who has only 10 pounds to lose can be at goal, whereas someone who has 100 pounds to lose and loses the same 10 is off to a good start!
But bottom line, right this second, my major goal is to NOT GAIN! Of course I’d like to lose a bit more, but if I can make it through these stressful times without a gain, that’ll mean more to me than losing another 50 pounds.
So, I guess what it comes down to is this: participating in these contests can be great, but give some careful thought to what your own immediate goals are, and decide if it’s in your best interests. I know, for myself, that if I joined this contest and did nothing but stay the same, it’d count as a major victory – but it’s doubtful than other people would agree.
What’s your vote? Would you be in or out?
PS – now, the walking group that they’re talking about – I’m DEFINITELY in!