Yesterday, apparently Mika Brzezinski from MSNBC’s Morning Joe tweeted her weight and this made news. Not only did she tweet her weight, she took a picture of the scale while she was standing on it and tweeted that picture. I’ve never done that, but you know what…I will do it some time this weekend! Furthermore, I promise to always take a picture of what the scale says when I post my weight on my blog.
As someone who put her weight on her blog from day one, I have to say, Bravo Mika!
Conversely, this was discussed on theToday Show, and the female host there would not reveal her weight. At first I was like, “Oh come on, it’s no big deal!” But you know what? That’s her choice. And she made some great points about what the focus on the scale says to young girls. I applaud her decision as well.
This is not an easy decision. Once I decided to blog about my weight loss journey and my gastric by-pass surgery, I decided that the best and most honest way to do that was to openly tell people my weight. I had never done that before. Weight and emotions are so tightly wound together, it can be a real struggle to openly discuss. It was very difficult for me to put my weight up on the internet for the whole world to see when I weighed close to 300 pounds. It was embarrassing. It was also really admitting to the world and myself that yes, I am fat…really, really fat. Even though I knew I was that I was fat, as long as I did not reveal my weight openly, I could continue to pretend it was not the problem that it was.
Let’s face it. When you weigh close to 300 pounds, there is no way to really hide it, even from yourself. So for me, to put it out there and to be really, truly honest about how much I weighed, was liberating. I was finally able to take steps to fix the problem, even if that step was extreme.
Today, I have no problem telling people how much I weigh. It’s still on my blog. I weighed myself this am, in fact. I tell people all of the time. I weigh 176 pounds. I am proud of that. I’m delighted to tell people that. I tell perfect strangers. Openly. Willingly. “Hi! Guess what? I weigh 176 pounds!”
You know what else I tell people? I used to weigh 298 pounds! I have lost 122 *&$##ing pounds! I so totally rock!
(I love to see the look on their faces when I tell them that!)
Yeah, I’d like to lose another 51 pounds. My goal is 125. I would love to get there. But you know what? If I don’t I’m OK with that. What I’m not OK with now is pretending any longer.
So, thank you Mika for keeping it real and being truly open about what you have been through and where you are now. I hope to always be as candid as you!