Height: 5 feet 9 inches
Weight: 182 pounds
Yep, that's me today. Ten years and thirty pounds ago a male coworker told me, "You are not petite." I have also been called athletic, big-boned and sturdy. All true.
Which brings me to a conversation that came up yesterday at Boot Camp. You see, I am not thin but I am strong. I have been doing a rigorous fitness boot camp 3 days a week for over a year. The women in my 6am class come in all shapes and sizes. Some come in full hair and make up and others, like me, roll out of bed and show up. You would think I would be mistaken for Cindy Crawford by now, but I am living proof that weight loss is more diet than exercise.
Anyway, I had finished my push-ups, planks, stair runs, squats and sit-ups. We were doing our final stretches when the new girl started talking. She is beautiful and young with a great body. Sometimes we get those girls who just want to "firm up" for a swimsuit shoot and they are gone after a month. Whatever.
Turns out she just had a baby 4 months ago. No way! I was rocking a size 22 from Lane Bryant when my baby was 4 months old! I am a lifetime member of Weight Watchers who hasn't seen my goal weight for 10 years! I have been going to Boot Camp for a year and have gained weight!
The moral of this story is: Who cares? With age comes wisdom and with weight gain comes filled-in wrinkles and bigger boobs. That being said, I couldn't resist announcing to the new girl, "I just had a baby, too."
. . . "Twelve years ago."