Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Competitive Advantage

We’re starting a diet contest at work on Monday. We do this once or twice a year, and it’s always based on percentage of weight loss. I’m the queen of percentage weight loss and then weight gain. Each year I lose the weight and win the contest, and each year I gain the weight back. Since we haven’t had a contest yet this year, I have definitely gained the weight back plus some.
This year’s contest rules are different, so I’m not sure I’m ready. The winner for the first four weeks will be based on total pounds lost, not percentage, and the winner for the second four weeks will once again be based on percentage. I have a reputation to uphold, but pounds versus percentage is not in my comfort zone.
The competitive advantage now comes into play. What is that? During our company diet contests, “competitive” is more than just my nickname. I want to win, so I don’t cheat on my diet – at all. My secret to winning in the past has been to just stay focused on the end result and not cheat. It reminds me of the tortoise and the hare. I plod along slowly and steadily each week not worrying if someone has a large loss one week. I stay focused and let others do the cheating. So, in a way, they are the ones helping me win. I probably shouldn’t be releasing my secrets, but what do I have to lose -- other than pounds.
Stay tuned for the results as this tortoise starts figuring out how to get a few more miles out of her first four-week tank of gas.