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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