As with most weight loss competitions the team started out positive, strong and motivated. I had the team check in each Monday with their current weight and the first 3 or 4 weeks were great. Then we hit a couple of snags. Team members suffered injuries and had to curtail some of their physical activities. Easter came and went. There was a reduction of staff at work. Mother's day was the weekend before the final weigh in. It all added up to our placing 12th in the competition.
I know we all have struggles and challenges we face every day, but I had hoped to keep my team motivated and on track., I obviously did a poor job. If each member of the team had simply stayed at their lowest reported weight, then we would have placed 4th overall. That didn't happen. Over the last 4 weeks, and particularly over the last week, several pounds, once lost, were gained back.
I lost the largest number of pounds on our team for the challenge at 23. I also had the largest percentage at 5.23%. The total weight lost by the other 4 team members combined was only 18 lbs. which gave us a 41 lb. total loss representing 3.29%. While I could try to blame my teammates, the failure is mine. I failed to keep them motivated and on track for the challenge. I need to look at what I did and when, and decide what I could do differently to help them achieve better results.
The fact that we had gained back weight points to a failure on my part. I was supposed to keep them motivated and on point for the challenge and my weekly emails obviously missed the mark. There has to be more that I could have done. Right now I'm not sure what that was, but I have reached out to my team mates and asked that very question - what more could I have done to help with the challenge. I hope to get some usable answers so that in the future I can be a better leader.
So, I am celebrating my 23 lb. loss, but the celebration is short lived as I need to keep myself motivated and moving forward towards a slimmer and healthier version of myself. I indulged a bit the last couple of days in the food department, but its time to get back to eating better and moving more.
Get on your bikes and ride!