It is that time of the year. We all ate A LOT during the holiday season. Admit it! You did. Didn't you? Well now is the time of year to fix that. Oh and maybe win some money.

A lot of offices take part in a Weight Loss Challenge. I love this time of year because yes, I did eat whatever I wanted this holiday season. Oh and I am highly competitive. A bit too much at times. Yes. I like a little competition among friends and co-workers.

I'm OK with taking their money too....I mean if I end up winning....that is!  I think I take it to the extreme.

The first year I started at Happy State Bank and I found out about our 'friendly" competition I ended up finishing 2nd. My boss was the one who ended up beating me. It was close. Way close. We had to take the scale into the bathroom and weigh in without our clothes. That is how close it was.

She beat me. By just ounces....not even a half of pound. I still feel she beat me because she was smart! Her initial weigh in on day one she did AFTER lunch. I weighed in first thing in the morning. I will not make that rookie mistake again.

The past 2 years I won the competition.

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

I invested in a Fitbit so I could make sure every day to get AT LEAST 10,000 steps in. I increased my water intake. I cut out bread, junk food and the ever loving wine. it was tough but I always said I was monetarily motivated!

We will start this years Weight Loss Challenge on Monday. I will eat my "FINAL" unhealthy meal right before I weigh in. Usually I celebrate the beginning and end of the challenge with a chicken fried steak or pizza.I have this down to a science. I don't think I will be AS competitive this year.

I work all the time and don't know that I will have the same time to leave my desk and MOVE around as I did last year. I am motivated to lose the weight this year...more than I am motivated to win the money.

We will see how this works this year. I need to get healthy and I will! I may not win the contest but I will win the battle of the bulge.

This is a long process.The competition ends at the end of April! Keep it tuned here and I will keep you updated on my progress!

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