Losing weight is not a piece of cake.

By: Lauren Whitney
By: Lauren Whitney

Though summer is still in full swing, the start of a school year marks the beginning of a new season and is a symbolic end to the carefree days of sunshine. With fall right around the corner, we’ll soon be putting away tank tops and shorts and digging out jeans and sweaters. Don’t even think about parkas.

Last weekend, knowing the evenings would be cool, I decided to wear a pair of jeans to meet friends at a local restaurant. I hadn't worn these jeans - or any, for that matter - in months because of warm weather and the availability of cute summer dresses. Much to my horror, they didn’t fit. Not just "a-bit-too-tight-around-the-waist” not fit, but I could barely pull them up. And by barely, I mean I couldn't. Surely, I thought, this must be some sort of denim defect revealed during their last washing, or my jeans had been swapped with someone else’s and it was all just a horrible, horrible mix up. Neither of these scenarios was true. After trying on three more pairs of jeans, I had to face facts: I’ve gained weight. Ugh.

As I set down my empty ice cream bowl, I pondered how the weight crept up on me. I decided enough was enough! I was going to change my eating habits and hit the gym to lose the pesky pounds. Turns out I wasn't the only person at KKCO who wanted to drop a few sizes. Here at 11 News we've started a "Biggest Loser" challenge to see who can lose the most weight in 13 weeks. Every Friday we face the dreaded scale to weigh in and track our progress. After seeing my initial weight, my jaw dropped. It must be a defective scale! I tried again - same number.  Seeing my true weight was a blow to the heart, but it was just the motivation I needed.

To stay inspired, I'm hitting the town running to find out what kinds of fitness and nutrition options Grand Junction has to offer. Tune in every Thursday morning (and every morning!) to find out what I discover to get on a healthy track and stay there.

And I'll keep you posted on the weight loss. Tips?

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