Competition Can Be A Great Weight Loss Tool
A patient of mine had been active as a teenager but gained a large amount of weight after each of her pregnancies and found herself seriously obese in her early forties. As part of her weight loss program, I encouraged her to join our weekly walking group and eventually encouraged her to sign up for a 5K run/walk race. Now the word “race” causes many people to shy away from the event. After all, she had never “raced” before. Certainly, was not in good enough shape to win any races. On the other hand, I knew that once I got her hooked on the idea that she would begin to compete against herself and want to improve her time. In fact, she went on to complete a 10K race and is signed up for some future races. Each race is scheduled several months out in advance and it gives her a target for her “training”. Now, all of a sudden, instead of being a seriously overweight 40-something, she is an active person who is training for races. It changes the way she thinks. It changes what she talks about with her friends and colleagues. It has changed, in fact, who she is as a person. And, oh, by the way, she has lost 60 pounds.
Join us for this year’s Rock n River Race. We plan on having our biggest turnout. Come meet some new friends and give yourself a finish time to try to beat in future events. Check back here soon for information on how to participate with our group this year!