Capitalize on competition
I’ve always been competitive. If I wasn’t the best at something, I’d half joke about hating the person who was. Back in high school, with sports, or college, with classes, or post college with….well, literally everything from jobs to the ability to fold fitted sheets. But I hadn’t been able to put competition together with weight loss until I tied it to concrete numbers.
Before my recent weight loss attempt, I’d tried back few years ago with a friend. We’d hold each other to a standard, go work out together, and eat three or four meals a week together. This can be very useful for the right type of people. Choose your partner well, and you can both lose weight and be much healthier.
If you’re like me, though, what happened was you began to cheat, because you knew your friend wouldn’t mind, know, or care. You stop having the ability to schedule three or four hours a week together, so your workouts don’t fall into the set routine, or you feel stressed and rushed. It can also put a damper on your party plans, if the two of you hang out for that. You’ll feel guilty while drinking that fourth beer, or eating another slice of pizza.
FitBit changed my life for this. I bought the Aria scale, but more importantly, I bought the Charge, their lowest model step tracker. This opened me up to a world of workweek hustle, weekend warrior, and goal day challenges. Suddenly I was able to compete with 40+ friends, regardless of timezone or schedule. I have a few friends who seemingly hike mountains on a daily basis, putting in 35,000 steps a day, minimum, or friends who put in closer to 6,000. A few of these workweek challenges have been going on for months now, and it’s always been a drive for me to get up off the couch and take those few extra steps to keep a lead, take one, or at least not be in last place.
This is another good way to add another step of reward for “leveling up.” Fitbit understands the idea behind losing weight via the video game method, and gives you badges, goals, accomplishments, etc. I can’t tell you how excited I am to get the next lifetime miles badge. Set an additional goal: every time you hit a new badge, give yourself a reward. And add me, I need more people to compete with.