May 9

Weight Loss Contest: The home stretch

At the weigh-in on Tuesday, the scale said that I lost 13 pounds. Which, after 7 weeks, averages to about less than two pounds lost per week. Since my contest is 8 weeks, that means that I have one week to go before this contest is over. I am winning at 9.1% of weight lost vs the other guy at 7.8%. I am a bit concerned about winning the contest that I conceived and ran, but not too much.

While I still have 8 pounds to go before I hit all my goals, I am ready for this to be over. It definitely had its highs and lows. First, I didn’t anticipate how much more competitive it would be than other times I’ve done it. I liked the trash-talking, which was motivating. The outright cheating and policing people, as well as herding my (delightful) coworkers was not. I just want to work a little bit without the extracurriculars for now, and can’t wait to get back to that.

But lately, I have been getting some awesome feedback. People have regularly been coming up to me and either saying that they want to be added to the list the next time we do this. People not in my office are starting their own contests, both within the company and without. And I think it’s a credit to what I like to think is my (relatively) smooth handling of it. Could I have done some things better? A million times yes! Overall though, I am now on the side that maybe this was successful rather than the abject failure I was worried about two weeks ago.

I’m proud of my coworkers and this has really cemented how much I really like them. Added bonus: I now fit into all my suits!

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