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By GARY ARRINGTON
Sports Writer

I am an athlete?

I am an athlete, I have always been an athlete and therefore, I always will be an athlete. As an athlete, I am always ready to play and therefore, I am always in shape. Right!

Not too long ago, I had to go to the medical center in Castle Dale for a small problem and what do they want to do, they want to weigh me. WHY? I am just here for a small problem that has nothing to do with weight. Why weigh me?

The nurse, I guess she was a nurse, she looked like a nurse should look, I guess, so therefore she was a nurse. The nurse, right after she took my blood pressure, which wasn't too high, but higher than I remember it to be, made me step on the scale and weigh myself.

I did not like the spot that we stopped on, I couldn't weigh this much, the scale must be wrong, she wrote that figure down as though it was correct. This is why I will not allow a scale in my bathroom, they are mean. They spit out figures that cannot possibly be right. They depress you.

After deciding that I was not overweight but that I was just too short, the nurse left me alone in a room to ponder my fate. I was overweight. I cannot be overweight since I am an athlete and can still do a reasonable job of playing, at least in my own mind.

And then the paper came, that one from Salt Lake, and there was an article on people like me. It was not a nice article, it did not say overweight, it said fat, it said obese, it said 40 percent of all of us are one or the other. According to the figures, I was not the first. Yuck!

I went to the bathroom and took a deep look into the mirror, that's the other item that bathrooms should not have, that big mirror that you cannot hide from. As I looked, I saw me and I needed help, I am slightly over the recommended government allowance and I needed to change.

And that brings us to here, as the summer is a little slower and there are less high school sports, I am now committed to losing weight since I do not think that I can get any taller.

And, I am going to share that experience with you. I am going to change my eating habits a little, I am going to exercise a little more and I am again going to look like that athlete that is in my imagination.

Each week, I will tell you what I did to change and if it was successful. If you want, you can join me in this endeavor. Since the article said 40 percent of us, maybe now is the right time for some of you to join in.

I will not tell you my weight, but I will tell you if I change and by how much. I am going to start with better diet and with walking, something all of us can do. Good luck, I may need it. I do not like that word, ob___.




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