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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Living in SchadenfreudeLand

I consider myself a good person, and honestly who doesn't?  But I'm feeling a bit devilish as...


Took this on our TV just a little while ago, can you see that score?????


Now seriously folks, this guy's puppy didn't just get eaten by accident, he didn't just realize that his baby really IS ugly, his kidneys didn't cease to function...  His freaking beloved TEXAS LONGHORNS were about to lose.  Which they ended up doing in GRAND fashion.


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
I am so sick of hearing how fantastic Texas is, how Mack Brown is the second coming, how they saved the Big 12, blah freaking blah blah blah.


No more title hopes for you, LONGHORNS!  Mwaaaaa Ha-Haaaaa.



Ok, I'm done being a competitive infant for now...

But this brings me to my REAL question...do weight loss bloggers revel in a little schadenfreude?  Sure some bloggers want you to believe that we are one big happy family working towards a common goal, which most of us probably are...

However, even in families there are those you don't necessarily care for or are competitive with...Right?  Admit it!
How do you think Nicky Hilton REALLY felt?



 And there are those that you relish in seeing fail...maybe because they are overpaid and underworked, or just idiotic collections of genes...



So sure we don't *like* to see people gain, and I am guessing NO ONE will admit to thinking "YESSSS!" when someone who has been cheating off plan non stop has a gain one week.  



BUT, when people gain or have bad weeks on the scale, does it in fact make us feel a bit better?  Like we are not being passed up-like we are still in the race?



Be honest-do other's bad scale days make us feel better about our own weight loss?  And if so, is this such a bad thing?  Does this revoke our 'good person' tag?




Or is this part of the support part of weight loss blogging-believing that the journey sucks for everyone and knowing everyone has bad days?  So maybe all the support isn't having well wishes given, but in knowing everyone is human and bound to fail sometime?




Or is this only hurting our own loss by focusing on other's success/failure?



Just curious...

8 comments:

Raych said...

I don't think seeing people fail makes me feel "good" per say. I think that seeing people gain, even after having a good week, is more of a relief that you're not the only one that has trouble. You want everyone to do well, but if you're not doing that great, it is nice to know that you aren't the only subhuman out there that can't lose a couple of pounds. At least that's the way I look at it. When we see celebrities lose 30 pounds after having kids in what seems like one month, it makes us think "Well, why can't we just do that?" The same goes for The Biggest Loser. That's why I think this whole blogging community is a comfort. It's just knowing that there's someone out there, just like you, that is struggling just a little bit.

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

I agree with Raych. I think that when I hear about others failures, I realize that I am not alone in all of my failures. I do feel genuinely bad for people who get on that downward spiral and just can't get off of it. I've been there and it's no fun. I also LOVE hearing about successes, I love when people do an internet happy dance when they are achieving their goals. I GET both. I've had success and failures so I GET it and I am moved by both. I LOVE the blogging community and they have helped me SO much!!! These are REAL people doing realt things. No personal trainers, no TV cameras in front of them. They help me A LOT.

Allan said...

You are too funny. And I get called a bully. If you find enough people that are happy with others failing I will post a story about cheating and having a bad week. Anything to get someone motivated is fine. Or I can kill a close friend, then resurrect them again, if that helps.. Whatever it takes

Christina said...

I don't get happy and someone failing it just makes me feel better that I'm not the only out there who has a hard time sometimes. It brings me back down to earth and out of my "I'm a failure" attitude and mindset.

Ginger aka Gidget said...

LOL! I'm still laughing about Texas but as a Gators fan, I know my time is coming. (Let's recall Alabama/Florida last year when my precious Tim Tebow cried...that was painful...)

I think reading about other people's failures yields two responses from me. If I like the person or feel a connection to them, then I have sympathy/empathy for them. If I don't really care for the person, I have that smug "karma did it's job" grin. It's bad of me. LOL!

Diane said...

I think it is not that you are happy they fail so much as it makes you feel just a little better about your own errors and you can confirm that you are not alone and no one is perfect.

Diane

Bethanny said...

Oooh you know I drink haterade on the daily!! However, when it comes to weight loss, I try not to hate on people. I get annoyed when people eat bull crap, or they do not work out and they complain about a bad weigh in. I also think that sometimes people fudge their work outs or what they ate and it shows up in the end.. on their hips mostly.

anne h said...

Wow!