Today was the first official weigh-in of my office Weight Loss Challenge.
I am hosting this challenge, not participating, which is an exciting turn of events for me.
There are currently 28 employees participating (out of an office of just 45), so I’ve created three different competitions to keep it fresh:
- An Individual Competition: based on percentage of weight lost over 13 weeks.
- A Team Competition: based on percentage of weight loss over 13 weeks for teams of three.
- A Non-Weight Fitness Competition: based on number of push-ups, length of plank, and length of wall squat endurance.
I must say, having people weigh in (and take measurements – my personal gift to everyone who wanted it) was such an incredibly motivating experience!
Seeing people happy at their first positive successes or, in some cases, helping them understand that the scale staying still does not reflect the nutrition and wellness changes they’re making – which will have profound impact on their health long-term – has helped me put my own struggles in perspective.
My goal is a healthy, long life. Binging and purging won’t get me there.
As my beautiful sister-in-law reminded me last night, I have two gorgeous nieces who love me and I want to be a positive role-model to them in every way. I want them to understand that the number on a scale does NOT define self-worth, and that a truly beautiful soul goes much deeper than a smaller jeans-size. As a woman, I am greater than the sum (or the look) of my parts.
With that being said, I’m leaving work with the plan of enjoying an evening watching Netflix with my husband and enjoying a pint of Halo Top Mint Chip ice cream: don’t worry, I budgeted for it in my eating today:
Bon appetit, my friends!