My workplace has started a "Biggest Loser Challenge" - anyone who joins in pays $5, and the person who loses the biggest percentage of body weight at the end of 9 weeks gets the pot.
I've joined as an extra incentive to keep on track, but I don't expect to win (nor do I particularly care - sure, $$ is always a good thing, but I rarely win contests so I've learned not to make a big deal of such things*shrug*).
That said, I can't help but roll my eyes at some of my "competition." Particularly one young LPN (she's a month younger than my younger son, and trust me...he's FAR more of a responsible adult). I told her about Sparkpeople at the beginning of the year when she started making sounds about needing to lose weight (yeah, there are extra pounds there, but honestly it just makes her cuter - and in her demographic it's all about the booty anyway). Gave her the website, told her to friend me...never heard if she did or not. Then, when they announced the contest she was ALL excited about signing up. This past week (sign ups ended on the 31st, we had our first weigh in yesterday) she's been ordering out every day, talking about how she'll have to "cut the crap" once the contest starts, but if she eats everything she wants NOW she'll have a huge drop the first week, which will make her more likely to win. *headdesk* And last night (having weighed in, so it's "game on") she was asking another LPN questions like "How should I work out so I just lose fat and don't gain muscle, because muscle weighs more and I need to lose WEIGHT?"
What did I WANT to tell her?
You're an LPN, do your research - building muscle ultimately increases your metabolism so you'll lose more weight
Unless you are intentionally body building, "building muscle" is not synonymous with looking "muscle bound" - it just means you're getting stronger
The benefits of strength training and weight-bearing exercise FAR outweigh the fact that "muscle weighs more than fat" line of thinking (another "your a nurse, do your research" moment).
And the LOUDEST comment in my head? If you are thinking this is just a temporary thing - a diet for a contest - you will ultimately gain everything you lose right back (and likely more). And you'll do more damage to your body by yo-yo dieting (making temporary changes to lose weight, gain it all back, lather, rinse, repeat) than any temporary weight loss is worth.
What did I actually say?
"You know that website I told you about a while ago? You'll find all KINDS of articles about weight loss, and working out - everything you could ever want. Every question you've just asked - it's all right there. Go look at it."
Meanwhile, I'll just continue making better choices and lose my weight slowly and consistently, and we'll just see who is healthier a year from now.
I have a feeling it'll be no contest.
Update added 4/8/15
Holy crap, I WON!!!!!
Beth from HR handed me an envelope full of cash yesterday at work - $120!!!
Guess who is being REALLY good, and not gloating around a certain LPN. Even though she REALLY wants to.