It’s All in the Numbers, Baby!

Posted by Laura Baker | June 5, 2012  |  No Comment

As someone who is trying to lose weight, and lead a healthy lifestyle, I love reading weight loss success stories. In fact, I have been glued to watching previous seasons of the Biggest Loser on Netflix—in my very little spare time. I usually get one episode in from 11pm-midnight. I’m already tired by that point in the evening…but I don’t care. When I can follow someone’s weight loss journey, I can really relate to everything they go through….and it really motivates me. Jillian Michaels motivates me!!

This is the very reason that I agreed to let Jean Seegers, from The Herald, write a monthly column about my journey to getting healthy. I am hoping that in some way, my story will inspire others in the community to do what the Chamber is setting out to do—Get Rockton Healthy!

But I have to admit, I was a bit nervous at first. When I met with Jean, giving her the details of my health plan in response to her questions, I was afraid she would ask me that dreaded question….you know…the one where we guard the answer so much that we think that it’s going to hide the way we really look. Yah…that’s the one…..the number that appears on the scale. At first, I thought I was in the clear….and then an email came in a day or two later asking me that dreaded question. Gulp!

I pondered as I hovered over the keyboard….wondering… I dare allow that number to be seen by thousands? What will everyone think of me?

It’s really silly when you think about it. It’s just a number. It doesn’t change how I look. I don’t plan on ever being at that number again. Yet….it feels so revealing!

It was hard…but I decided that I have to be as honest as I can with myself. I couldn’t even fudge on this one… know…like people usually do on their driver’s licenses? (Yah…I think my driver’s license still says I weigh 128 lbs! I haven’t weighed that since January 2000 when I got pregnant with my youngest. Baaaah!)  But..…I slowly typed in the number….held my breath…and pressed…….send. Gulp again! Now it would be in print where everyone could see—except my husband! I’ve already warned him that there’s no way I’m letting him see Jean’s first article!  :-)

So there it is—you’ll really be able to watch my progress. But you’ll have to wait until the article comes out in the paper if you want to know what that number is. I just don’t have the guts to write it here…..yet.

Did I tell you……I’ve lost 3.4 lbs this past week, totaling 8.2 lbs in three weeks!! C’mon Rockton Community…..we’ve got a 5K run and bike tour to get ready for in August! Whose willing to join me?


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