One thing that's bothering me...
Monday, November 25, 2013
I am taking part of a Biggest Loser Challenge. And the BLC is a wonderful Sparkteam, where all the 600 members are divided into smaller teams that compete in both team weight loss and individual weight loss. I can’t say enough good things about this Spark team, it is usually very supportive, and it works. However, I came across an issue last week that I didn’t think was fair. When I expressed my opinion in my own personal blog, not on the team page, I was reprimanded by the admin of the BLC team. I am entitled to my own opinion, and I am entitled to express that opinion on my own blog. I didn’t name the individual’s name, and I didn’t go to her Sparkpage and attack her. I simply expressed how unhealthy I thought her methods of losing weight were. She is living on smoothies, and nothing else. And while it is giving her amazing results, such as her 40 lb weight loss in 8 weeks, I do not think it is healthy. Because eventually, she will start eating real food again, and all the weight will come back.
The purpose of all Sparkteams is to not only learn how to lose weight in a healthy way, but also how to maintain the weight loss. And I do not think the Admins should condone this weight loss method, or actively encourage it. I’m sorry if that makes me seem “bitter,” as the person accused me of being, but it’s the truth. I could stop eating and just drink protein shakes, and end up with big losses too. But for me, the only person I am truly competing with is myself. So using that method might help me win an online competition, but in the end when the weight returned, what satisfaction would I have? And yes, I am aware that the person in question has a lot of stress and problems in her life, but then so do I. Everyone has their own battles and struggles, no one has a perfect life. I don’t think that should be used as an excuse.
I am not perfect, I have lost weight and regained it due to emotional eating. That is where I struggle, and something I am trying to work through. But I am honest, I do not take shortcuts, and I put in the exercise time. I haven’t only lost 45 lbs, I have gained strength, muscle and endurance. I have dramatically lowered my blood pressure. I have dropped clothing sizes. This week I have increased my exercise time by almost 30%, and I am seeing results. So no matter how my weight loss compares to another’s weight loss, as far as I am concerned, I have already won. Does that make me bitter? I do not think so. And I do not think anyone has the right to come to my page and reprimand me for what is my opinion. I set my Sparkpage to private as a result of all of this, but I don't think I should have to.