As a Type A personality, my biggest competition is often myself. Anything can turn into my own personal competition against myself to motivate and push myself to succeed. When cooking dinner I compare past iterations against the dish being prepared trying to gauge where I had the biggest success or failure and trying to duplicate (and even outdo) myself. This friendly competition with myself isn’t just limited to cooking though, it can be about most anything.
It should be no surprise that being pregnant, I’m competing against myself once again. You might be asking yourself how that’s even possible but let me tell you, it’s possible. Any time past 30 weeks 6 days is winning in my book but ideally I’m hoping to make it into the full term, 37 week + range. Since I had a premature delivery at 31 weeks (technically 30 weeks 6 days) with Cakes, my number one pregnancy competition goal was to make it past that part. I’m now over a week past where I was when I had Cakes, now 32 weeks pregnant, with no indications of preterm labor. One point goes to me.
Since that was my main goal and focus for this pregnancy, any other mini successes have just been icing on the cake. I was a little concerned when I didn’t pass my 1 hour glucose test but was relieved to find out I passed the 3 hour. And thus far, my weight gain has been staying pretty steady. After losing my appetite for a couple of weeks and dropping a few pounds, my weight has rebounded and I’m back up to 23 pounds gained at 32 weeks. I certainly haven’t been watching my weight and should be forcing myself to eat more healthily but this baby is just very particular about what she wants (her latest love is Thin Mint ice cream). Right now I’m happily obliging since in just two months time I’m sure my newest competition with myself will be dropping the baby weight. It took the stress of a 40 day NICU stay and constant pumping but I was at my pre-pregnancy weight at my 6 week postpartum checkup, what are the odds that I can match or beat that?!
Tell me I’m not the only one that does this. Do you compete against yourself? If so, what about?