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Losing weight, not perspective, in the Pierce County Matchup
by Brett Murphy
Yes, time for another blog from the “Workout Queen.” I’m not feeling the workout part as much as I did when I started the MatchUp challenge. I’m not sure why and started looking back. I’m not as involved in some of the free exercise classes as I was. I dropped Zumba because I couldn’t get into it and now I’m just concentrating on the Couch to 5K and working up to at least running part of the Sound to Narrows.
Some of the challenges I’m running into is staying motivated and not letting things get too out of control. The past few weeks it’s been difficult to stay focused. Between work and daily life issues I tend to withdraw and become a hermit. I’ve found myself not communicating with my teammates and our sister team, Waist Management #2, about the challenges we’re given to complete on MatchUp. I feel I haven’t been supportive to them in this aspect. Granted I see most of them from both teams daily, but it’s still the fact that I feel I have let some of them down and myself. In a strange way I know I haven’t but it feels that way.
One thing that I have discussed with a couple teammates about the challenges presented in this MatchUp is the fact it’s not all on one website. We have people who do not want to be on or have a Facebook page. I think if everything was on the HealthyWage page it would be easier to follow the challenges and participate.
Now that I am writing this all out it’s making me more aware of what I have to do and what I need to do for me. I need to not dwell on my poor food choices or the times when I miss an exercise class. I just need to step it up remember why I am doing this and why I feel that my teams need this just as much as I do.
As for my teams’ weight loss progress I think we are doing as expected. We’re about 50 pounds lighter than we started. Which I know isn’t as much as some teams, but I didn’t start the challenge to lose fast. I started to keep me motivated to be active and to change my lifestyle. I know my teams feel same and we encourage that in each other.
All I can say is that I am writing this on my 41st birthday, which is a good day to look to the future and remember the things that are important. Family, friends and health!
Brett Murphy, Purchasing Agent, MultiCare Materials Management, is the team leader for Waist Management #1, one of the five-person teams participating in the Pierce County Match Up weight-loss contest. Brett’s team goal is to lose 80 to 100 pounds as a group. This is her second blog entry about her experiences with the contest, which culminates at the Sound to Narrows on June 9, 2012.
Posted on May 18, 2012 in Women's Health