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Broken scale brings resolution
Posted March 14, 2008

Francine Gobert
News Editor

I have never been the type of person to make new year’s resolutions, I have always gone into a new year with the mindset that whatever needs to be changed will be fixed along the way.

I have never made definite promises to myself, because if I didn’t keep up with my resolution I would feel a sense of failure, which, in turn, would stress me out. But I have had to rethink this philosophy this past week.

Monday I decided to step on the scale in my mother’s bathroom, and found that I had mysteriously gained seven pounds. Seeing this made me reflect on my eating habits in the past three months.

As a full-time college student, full-time mother, and part-time retail associate, I often find it hard in my busy schedule to eat right.

On top of all of this, it is my senior year, which has incurred a whole lot of stress.

I often drive to the nearest fast food restaurant to fulfill my hunger at least twice a week.

In addition to this I have an unhealthy addiction to candy, which has given me three cavities in the last year.

Hearing this news made me want to stop eating completely and find the fastest diet that would help me get back to my previous weight.

But then I came back to reality and decided to discuss this matter with my mother.

I began explaining that this recent weight gain had to be due to my addiction to sweets, fast food fixes and late night munchies.

She then proceeded to ask me exactly where did I weigh myself.

I let her know that I had weighed myself in her bathroom on the digital scale we had trusted for so many months. She laughed and said,

“Francine, that scale has been broken for months; it adds at least 10 pounds to your weight.”

With a sigh of relief, I still felt compelled to change my eating habits. This had just served as a wake up call to start paying attention to the way I treat my body.

Since this accidental weight gain happened, I have thought a lot about how I eat not only for myself but also for my daughter.

She will turn 1 year old this weekend, and I can’t help but think back to when I was younger. Growing up, I was never allowed to eat as much junk food as I do today.

I remember having home cooked meals every night and Friday’s that were designated for fast-food.

When thinking about my daughter I realized that every time I reach for that chocolate bar or French fry, she sees that and wants everything I consume.

As she is getting older, the habits I have developed will in turn become her own eating habits. Eating fast food, candy, sweets and eating late at night is no way to teach a growing child healthy eating habits.

My situation may not be representative of all college students, who do not have children, as well as the fact that eating healthy can get kind of expensive when your not living at home.

But I am a role model, who has access to healthy food and knows that fast food is not the best alternative.

With that I would like to make a resolution to myself for the first time, to eat healthy and set a good example for my daughter.

Francine Gobert, a senior communications major, is news editor of the Campus Times. She can be reached by e-mail at fgobert@ulv.edu.