On (not) being in a weight loss competition with my sister..

Help! Panic stations! My sister is slimmer than me!

Pathetic isn’t it? But sometimes small things are important. Jane and I have been yo-yo dieting for years. One of us usually loses some weight, which when it becomes obvious sparks the other on to some sort of healthy eating regime. By the time that has worked and a few pounds have come off, the other one has put the weight back on again, and so on and so on, ad infinitum.

Now it must be said that both of us have inherited a family tendency to large rear ends, which we have found has put something of a dampener on our plans for careers as catwalk models. As we have got older, bits have got wobblier and harder to get rid of until recently we both decided that for the sake of our knees, and indeed our floorboards, we would make a joint effort to lose weight. We would not go to a slimming club as neither of us is very good at clapping and cheering when other people have done better than us. Neither can we, with enthusiasm, go ‘ooooh yum’ when we are shown how to make a fatless cheesecake, so we pledged to put £3 a week each aside to spend (probably on a slap up feed) when we had reached our targets.

Now this all seemed a very good idea, especially for the first couple of weeks when our respective losses were moderate and roughly similar. Then I started to slow down and Jane just kept going, and going and going, until today, when I am stuck for the third week at a total loss of 10 pounds, she has hit her quarter century – 25lbs and counting.

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t begrudge her the success. Her confidence levels are up, she feels good about herself and has once again started wearing lots of perfume and encouraging men to come close for a waft. But it’s not bloody fair! I have been really good, eaten loads of fruit and veg, had very little chocolate and only the occasional American Hard Gum. What more can I do? Admittedly, I had kids and my sister chose not to, and I am on two kinds of medication that can affect weight. I have also hurt my foot (and taken to blogging) so my pedometer rarely gets near 1000 steps, let alone 10,000 so perhaps I am being hard on myself. But frankly that doesn’t help one bit.

My first instinct is of course to buy a huge bar of chocolate and stuff it down in one sitting. After all my sister did that only last week and look what it did for her! I suspect though that this will not help so I am resolved not to give up just yet. But what can I do? To add to my frustration my husband again suggests swimming, which I hate. Our local pool is grim, having slimy showers and water about two feet down from the side making it impossible to get out with any dignity (he has gym membership and access to a lovely warm pool). With a daughter who trains hard as a competition high jumper and can eat two pizzas, cheesy chips and a tub of ice cream and still find room for more, I feel a stranger in my own home.

Perhaps I should cheat and lace my sister’s tea with that disgusting stuff that bodybuilders have in shakes, then the gap might narrow again. But that seems peevish and bound to backfire – she will probably end up with abs like a heptathlete. Maybe I should just bite the proverbial bullet and get the cossie on and go to Thursday morning aquarobics, dancing across the pool with the grannies. But I know they will do it so much better than me and I can’t grapevine across the shallow end going ‘Yee hah’ with any conviction.

So it looks as if I must put rivalry aside, change the habit of a lifetime and accept myself as I am. I must embrace the lifestyle changes necessary for healthy and lasting weight loss and I must clap my sister every time she stands on the scales and goes ‘Oh! and there was me thinking I had put on..’ 

Alternatively I will have a gin and tonic and get out the Dairy Milk. No competition.

Photo credit: malias  xelcise

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10 Responses to On (not) being in a weight loss competition with my sister..

  1. jamie says:

    Hit the Chocolate 😀 And hit it hard 😀 *grumbles* i get the same thing, i ride my bike (about 80miles a week or so) i occasionally do taekwondo lessons and cannot loose a pound. yet a certain (jimmy shaped) someone manages to eat whatever he fancies and barely get himself out of the underweight category… I suppose the pizza and pie dont help :S

    Weight loss is enjoyable to those who do well at it, thats not me though once again i will be on another “fitness” drive again soon no doubt…

    jamie + lion

  2. Jane Earthy says:

    sorry! But don’t fret, my neighbour has just given me the biggest possible box of ferrero rocher chocs for looking after her cats! I know me saying never mind etc doesnt help when I keep losing but you look much slimmer. And you’re so right about slimming clubs – I stopped going the minute we were shown a lemon mousse made with artificial sweetener and quark – whatever that is – and told it was orgasmic. What a dreadful sex life our consultant must have had!

  3. i’m sitting here eating biscuits and nodding my head. I so understand how you feel. But you’ve just got to not give up. so easy to say i know. you have lost 10lb, that is a whopping amount of weight, and if you continue you will lose more. Just at a different rate from your sis. in any case, weight lost more slowly is less likely to return.


    • keatsbabe says:

      Yes – and I feel much better and less sluggish. Ironically yahoo has been plastered with articles about weight loss mistakes today. Perhaps I am eating too little? Got any spare biscuits?!

  4. Lynne Earthy says:

    Admittedly Jane does look fab since her weight loss, but 10ib is still a great amount to lose! I too have lost weight (18lb) now but that is through health reasons (gall bladder) and am conscious that I dont put it back on, but it is so difficult especially when various medication doesnt help the weight gain, so I’m with you there Suzie!

    • keatsbabe says:

      Hi Lynne – yes the tablets make it tough don’t they? Jane said you had lost some weight too, so I am lagging well behind! On hols next week too so will have to keep off the ice cream as Jane is bound to lose more while I am away…

  5. MrsShilts says:

    This post reminds me of my sister and I. We spur each other on a great deal but we are terrible together when we are having an ‘off plan’ day! Great post 🙂

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