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Monday, October 26, 2015

My dearest fellow Sparkers!

I have just come off a weekend "bender" of the likes I've never encountered! They say in all self help situations that the first step is to admit that you have a problem so here goes:

I AM A COMPETITIVE PERSON! Yes, I've said it and I will OWN it after this last weekend.

I have always been a person that has had a healthy sense of self and where I stood within a competitive arena. Growing up I used to be very athletic naturally and tended to be chosen team captain of everything. This is where I learned many things about others and myself at a very early age.

I learned that:

• All people do not have the same mental or physical abilities and yet that only made them more interesting to me.

• The kid/person who was always picked last should always be picked first as they would play the hardest and enjoy it most.

• The time we took to help each other (and we all needed help in some way) was well worth the time "lost" as it not only helped the one but the many.

And finally, and most importantly,

• It doesn't really matter it you win (so much) as long as you had a good time and put your best effort forward while doing it.
So now we get back to my confession. I have a Fitbit Activity Tracker where other wearers can "challenge" you to different goals against yourself and them. These can be for a day, a weekend or even a whole week!

This past weekend I was involved with 6 challenges:

3 WEEKEND WARRIORS – Midnight Friday through Sunday 11:30 pm. In this challenge you compete against yourself at your current level of steps. However you also compete against the other people in your group to see if you can be the top person (or not).

2 GOAL DAYS – Midnight from the night before to 11:30 pm the next day. In this challenge you are definitely competing against yourself while having fun with your friends at the same time.

1 DAILY SHOWDOWN – This is just a competitive face off between people for a day to see who can get the most steps and win the day! Watch out!

I found that my usual level-headed self was quickly thrown aside once I was neck-to-neck with a certain quick stepping New Yorker that had been taunting me and the game was on! I became a competitive BEAST that would not let it go. If he walked 10,000 steps I was already at 10,500 and so on. It was a thrilling game of cat and mouse for two days and I was exhausted all the way to the end. I caught myself nervously waiting for him to sync in his final footfall to see who was going to be the final victor. Previous to this challenge he had "sandbagged" me twice at the very end and sailed away with the virtual trophy.

Now that it was all over and I had time to reflect on my whirlwind of physical activity I began to realize that not only was I a competitive person with others, I WAS FAR MORE COMPETITIVE WITH MYSELF! Now if I could just get a handle on it and tame the beast to keep my workouts on an even keel everything would be great.


Of course this was a wonderful feeling, but it was fleeting. I realized that my personal feeling of accomplishment and self-worth felt ever so much better and lasts a lifetime.


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    I was really competitive a year ago, one day I beat my all time high, walked from morning to night and walked 15-20 miles that day. Then snapped something in my heal. For the last year, I have had to go easy with a mile or two a day. I found out, 3 - 5 miles is my limit no matter how caught up I am in challenging myself. I always did learn the hard way. Happy you can have fun while getting healthy, best way to travel on a spark journey. emoticon
    2022 days ago
    Congratulations! You are amazing. emoticon emoticon
    2082 days ago
    Way to go! I was one of those she beat!
    2097 days ago
    2100 days ago
    Oh my, Cathe, WTG !!! You beat me all the time and that does not make me want to go farther. LOL !! Totally not as competitive. I do like a challenge but usually do not push hard so kudos to you being able to push like you did. Thank you for sharing your blog. well said and nice to "know" you a bit better. emoticon
    2102 days ago
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    Congratulations! I guess I don't have to worry about you giving up too easily. You are doing amazingly well. Did you know that there is a Fitbit Users Unite! ream here on Spark People? You might like that team, too.


    2103 days ago
    As long as you're competitive, you'll never find a buddy. I wouldn't mind finding a
    buddy but I don't walk fast & I don't walk for more than 30 minutes at a time. Most
    people walk at least 60 minutes. So I'll probably never get a buddy. I hope you have a Terrific & Blessed Tuesday LYL!
    2103 days ago
    To answer your question SALLYART of :

    "How many miles did you walk total?"

    Approximately 23.4 miles within the two day challenge. 2,000 steps are roughly a mile and I walked 46,889 steps. I didn't even realize it was that far until you asked me to look it up. So these challenges do take your mind off the numbers and allow you to walk freely!

    And I agree with you about having a Buddy...I've been searching, but can't find anyone local to me. Thanks for reading my blog and have a great day!

    WONDER--WOMAN Cathe'
    2103 days ago
    Your screen name fits your personality emoticon
    2103 days ago
    how many miles did you walk total? I too am competitive, love keeping track of my steps, but I don't LIKE being competitive, would rather be a buddy, encouraging each other.
    2103 days ago
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