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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  • by Karla Location: GJ on Nov 24, 2009 at 09:56 AM
    Tiny weight gain or not...You are still so beautiful! I miss seeing your smiling face EVERY day at the desk :) Keep up the hard work, we are all right there with you!
  • by Cammie on Oct 6, 2009 at 07:26 AM
    How is the KKCO Biggest Loser going?
  • by J.D. Location: GJ on Oct 2, 2009 at 01:54 PM
    Ha ha. Are you serious?! Anyone who thinks you are unatractive needs their eyes checked :) You are HOTT!! Smokin hott!
  • by Corrine Location: GJ on Sep 4, 2009 at 09:46 PM
    Chocolate is the key to weight loss. Oh wait, that's how I gained the weight. I always get them mixed up.
  • by Troia on Aug 30, 2009 at 10:25 AM
    Good luck! You look great just how you are.
  • by chris Location: grand junction on Aug 29, 2009 at 04:36 PM
    I went from 290 to 250 in 6 weeks doing P90X !!I am halfway through the program and believe me it works !!!!The program comes with a nutrition guide all you do is Bring It!!! If you want to see my transformation my youtube page is CYCOCHRIS55
  • by chris Location: grand junction on Aug 29, 2009 at 04:23 PM
    I am doing P90X and I have lost 40lbs in 6 weeks !!!!!!
  • by Louise K. Location: Junction on Aug 28, 2009 at 10:22 AM
    It's simple, but it's true: Eat less, exercise more.
  • by Helen Location: GJ,CO on Aug 27, 2009 at 10:10 AM
    Oddly enough what worked for me was a 9 month stint in Greece...away from my usual "guilty pleasures" and possibly that bout of food poisoning...re-trained my brain. Go Figure! You GO GIRL!
  • by Cammie Location: Grand Junction on Aug 27, 2009 at 06:24 AM
    I think my jeans shrunk too.
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