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The Biggest Loser – At Home Competition

The Biggest Loser – At Home Competition

Okay, Mom, I made up my own word the other day.


Competitive Learning


Here’s how the concept of competitive learning came into existence:


So in reality, it’s not a made-up word or even a made-up concept but I’m using it in a new way or a way that I’d never heard of before.


I did some research and I discovered that it’s not a clear learning style but it might be a combination of styles.


Here’s what nabbed from the net:

The Seven Learning Styles

• Visual (spatial): You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
• Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music.
• Verbal (linguistic): You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
• Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands, and sense of touch.
• Logical (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning, and systems.
• Social (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
• Solitary (intrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study.


I found myself drawn to a few of these more strongly than others, though most of us probably have more than one of these as a preference. My stand out preferences were social, verbal, aural, and spatial.

My perfect learning experience looks something like this:


Sitting in a group and learning a new song aloud from a projected image of the lyrics.

(Explains my choir and band years doesn’t it, Mom?)

So what does all of this have to do with anything?


Remember all that trouble I’ve been having with exercising regularly and eating better?


I decided to put my preferences to work for me. I’m a competitive person but I never dreamed I’d be able to use it to my advantage and lose weight without being on reality TV.

The other day I told a couple of friends and said something like this:

“I’d do better at this whole weight loss thing if I was in some kind of competition.”

To which they stepped up and said.

“Okay, done.”


Right then and there we established an accountability group with the goal of running a 5k this summer and having a weigh-in at the end. The highest percentage of weight loss wins.


image of three female competitive runners


In my group of non-gamblers, we didn’t use the typical incentives which may or may not work for other people.


We decided that whoever wins get’s to pick out and purchase their own prize.


That might not be enough for everyone. But for us, having the accountability and the bragging rights was enough.


Why don’t we have more weight loss competitions for the average person?


Maybe because it implies that someone loses…hmm.
But don’t the winner and the loser both lose weight?
Yep, so being a loser isn’t so bad in this example.


I’ve already picked up the pace on my workouts as have my supportive friends.


This is going to be a very interesting competition. It’s like nothing I’ve ever done before. The real question is what kind of reward should I give myself?


Would you ever be interested in doing something like this? Please comment below with your thoughts.

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