Weighing in with the truth
Carlos Solis' driver's license shows his reported weight, more than 60lbs less than what he actually weighed at the time.
July 5th, 2012
08:00 AM ET

Weighing in with the truth

Last week, I took our daughter to the DMV so she could take her driving test. While waiting in one of their monotonous lines, I took out my driver’s license to show her. I told her I shaved the beard and mustache because I looked too much like my Uncle Willie. As we were laughing at my picture, I reminisced about when I went in to renew my license in 2008.

I remembered telling the clerk my height, eye color, etc. When it was time for me to disclose my weight, a very personal bit of information, I wasn't ready. I didn't even think that question would come up. Even though it came up the last time I did this, I guess I forgot!

I froze for a few seconds, contemplating what I believe a lot of us do when we’re at that place in line.

I thought, “Should I tell her the truth?” Exposing to the world that I had let my body go, ending up being pre-diabetic then developing type 2 diabetes?

I started rationalizing, telling myself, “Hey, this person doesn’t even know me, what would she care?” Why should I admit to my faults to a complete stranger, just make something up and hope she doesn’t question it. So, that’s exactly what I did.

As you can see, my weight was listed as 220 lbs, when really I believe it was a whopping 285 lbs at the time! The incredible thing is, the clerk didn’t bat an eye or question the validity of my response. I was so relieved, she just typed it in, but inside I felt sick. Can anyone else out there relate?

Then I smiled for the camera. It’s like my picture is saying, “Yeah, I did it and got away with it, and so can you!”

Wow, I am so glad I don’t have to go through that again! Next time I go in, I’ll be able to proudly divulge my true weight. All it took was a reality check from a few key people in my life to get things turned around.

In less than 80 days, as I approach the finish line at the Nautica Malibu Triathlon, I’ll be leaving behind a lot of baggage. Mostly issues I have overcome leading up to this great race and then re-packing with the strength, courage and determination I forgot I had.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Todd

    It is a license... You have it for a few years. For states that ask for weight, they don't need actual number, but as a general description on how you look like. Normally if you say you are male who is 5'6" under 100 lbs you would be very skinny person. 100 – 150 lbs a skinny person. 150-200 lbs an average size build, 200-300 heavier build, 300+ large build.

    July 5, 2012 at 11:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • trihardcarlos

      Hi Todd,
      Thanks for the info! I'm looking forward to telling the DMV clerk next year I'm 190lbs!!

      July 6, 2012 at 11:35 | Report abuse |
  2. Axes

    I'm stunned. Can't wait for the book to come out.

    July 5, 2012 at 17:59 | Report abuse | Reply
    • trihardcarlos

      Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog, I have some ideas for a book.

      July 6, 2012 at 11:36 | Report abuse |
  3. Rick

    Great story, Carlos! Can't wait to cross the finish line with you and our team mates!

    July 6, 2012 at 10:37 | Report abuse | Reply
    • trihardcarlos

      Hey Hey Rick!!
      Gracias for the kind words buddy! 71 days, 13 hours, 17 minutes and 10, 9, 8....seconds!!

      July 6, 2012 at 11:38 | Report abuse |
  4. Branden

    HAHA Carlos Solis like in Desperate Housewives

    July 18, 2012 at 15:55 | Report abuse | Reply
    • trihardcarlos

      Right? I've given my autograph a few times!!

      July 18, 2012 at 17:45 | Report abuse |
  5. Bonita Shieh

    Desperate Housewives the storyline covers thirteen years of the women's lives over eight seasons, set between the years 2004–2008, and later 2013–2017 (the story arc included a 5 year passage of time). They worked through domestic struggles and family life, while facing the secrets, crimes and mysteries hidden behind the doors of their — at the surface — beautiful and seemingly perfect suburban neighborhood..'

    Look over our own internet page as well

    May 1, 2013 at 21:59 | Report abuse | Reply

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