Friendly competition is great. It is a great way to motivate you. I think I may have a bit of a problem. I am highly competitive.

Case in point. Last week I got challenged for two different Fitbit Challenges. One during the workweek. Another one during the weekend. Both of the challenges were from two different challengers with two different groups of competitors.

I always go into these thinking it is great to challenge me to move a bit more. I never go in with the goal of winning. I just never want to finish last. Then the first day and I see where we are.

Then for some reason my competitive mode seems to kick in. I sometimes find myself just walking around my house. Making circle eights around my kitchen table into my living room around my ottoman. In my head I am counting. Trying to get at least 250 steps, then I think lets try for 500. Heck I get there and go for 1,000.

It goes from there. If I wait until the top of the hour and get my 250 steps that Fitbit finds the need to tell me I need for an hour....I know then that I will not get a notification until about :50 after the next hour. I can then sit down and watch Netflix until then.

I just never do that. I then just sit back and tell myself with each and every sync that maybe I am encouraging everyone in the competition to move more. Maybe I am their motivation.

Here is my outcome for the two challenges I ended up being a part of.

credit: Melissa Bartlett, TSM
credit: Melissa Bartlett, TSM

So I know I need to just take it easy and not take these so seriously. Then I think maybe these challenges do what is intended. You know it challenges me to actually compete and get moving.