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Stirring the competitive spirit

What started as a joke quickly turned into a competition.

Some people in my group don’t like to set a mini target. I’m not sure why. Maybe they feel they are setting themselves up for a fall. I’m sure everyone has their own reasons. However it means that my consultant is sometimes a little hesitant to ask.

Last week, however, this conversation started in group that quickly escalated. And before I knew it, there seemed to be loads of people setting mini targets to lose 4 pounds by the next week. I think most people were in a bit of a post-Easter slump, and feeling a bit rotten off the back of eating their own body weight in chocolate, and needed some kind of boost.

With so many people aiming to go for the 4 pounds, it seemed to escalate into a mini competition between people in the class. Some were aiming for their next award, and others just wanted to shift some of the gains over the last couple of weeks.

I wasn’t one of the people with a 4 pound mini target, but I seem to have got swept up in the big-loss fever and ended up losing 6 pounds, with which I was delighted. It also boosted a whole load of other people, and we seemed to have big losses right across the group. Some lost 3 pounds, two people lost 4½ pounds, and one member even lost 8 pounds in a single week!

It’s amazing what a bit of competition can do!

Fat man with straining shirt

Should I throw away my fat clothes?

They keep saying in class that a 10 pound weight loss for women equates to a drop in one dress size. I’m not quite sure how that equates to men’s clothing, but in recent months I have dropped a jeans size!

Before I joined Slimming World I was positively bursting out of my clothes! All my trousers felt tight, and the shirt buttons over my belly were under severe strain. On some occasions, I’m surprised they didn’t ping off across the room and take someone’s eye out!

I was fooling myself that I still took the same size of clothes that I used to, but every day the number of items in my wardrobe that actually went around me were dwindling.

Thankfully, since losing a bit of weight, I’ve managed to bring a whole load of shirts and trousers back into regular use that were previously too small for me. I’m now wearing all those clothes – well some of them anyway – that I had kept hold of “just in case” I ever lost weight. And I’m also facing the prospect of having to buy some new smaller clothes in the near future!

But this is the thing… We all keep hold of smaller clothes, waiting for the day when we might – just might – fit into them again. But when losing weight, and inevitably some items become too big for us, should we keep them too?

I guess what I’m saying is, should I keep my fat clothes, in case I get fat again?

I don’t want to think that I’m going to fail with my weight loss and put it all back on again, but then again history has proven that I have done exactly that time and time again. I’ve lost weight on several occasions over the last 10 years, and have always regained the weight. So who is to say this time will be any different?

Sure, I feel positive and determined now, but who is to say what might happen in six months or a year’s time? And if I do throw away my fat clothes now, will I live to regret it if I end up putting on weight in the future? Should I keep my bigger clothes, just like I did with my smaller clothes, “just in case” I might need them again?

I really don’t know. I’m torn – a bit like the seat of some of my trousers!