The Best News I’ve Heard in a Decade

Yesterday I went to my gynecologist for my annual check-up. After she checked out all of my lady parts (things looked good, thankfully), we were chatting, as we always do – I’ve been going to her for 20 years and we’ve become friends.


“Can you do me a favor?” I asked. “Can you tell me what I weighed 10 years ago?”

After checking the number, she smiled at me and said “You weighed xxx in 2000.”

Please note I would never, ever, in a million years, write that number down. I’m in awe of bloggers who share their weight when the write about fitness and weight loss. I would die a thousand deaths before I’d make that public.

My doctor was fairly impressed. Most women, she said, gain a bit of weight between the ages of 40 and 50.

I weigh EXACTLY THE SAME THING I did in 2000.

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I thought about this monumental news for a minute, and then I said, “So, I guess you could say that, over the past decade, even as my weight has stayed exactly the same, technically I’ve lost 20 pounds.”

My doctor liked that.


13 Responses to The Best News I’ve Heard in a Decade
  1. Haralee
    December 18, 2012 | 8:22 am

    That is good news! Good for you! I totally agree you lost 20 pounds.
    For we short women, really good news is you haven’t shrunk. These days I care about that number more than the scale number. I can loose weight (not easily) but I can’t grow!
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  2. Corinne Rodrigues
    December 18, 2012 | 8:23 am

    Congratulations, Sharon! You should be very proud of yourself. Absolutely great news!
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    • Sharon Greenthal
      December 18, 2012 | 11:21 am

      Thanks! A little tongue-in-cheek, but good news nevertheless.

  3. mindy
    December 18, 2012 | 9:31 am

    Congratulations! My mom (who was obsessed with weight0 always said, “If you don’t gain a pound, it means you lost a pound.” So, you can say you lost 40 pounds! (According to my mom, the expert on weight loss.)

  4. Barbara
    December 18, 2012 | 10:19 am


    And I like your math, by the way.
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  5. Pam Johnson aka MzZoomer
    December 18, 2012 | 12:31 pm

    Darned good for you Sharon. Never easy losing 20 lbs :-)

  6. Carpool Goddess
    December 18, 2012 | 4:21 pm

    Awesome Sharon! What’s your secret? Mine has been going up steadily since my early 40s. Ack!

    • Sharon Greenthal
      December 18, 2012 | 5:42 pm

      I started out with a few extra pounds – maybe that was it!

  7. Linda Hoye
    December 18, 2012 | 5:55 pm

    Congratulations! I’m battling with those extra pounds and resolving that I will get back to that 2002 weight soon!
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  8. Grown and Flown
    December 18, 2012 | 6:35 pm

    SO nice to go to the doctor and get good news, but I pretty much think this means we can eat up a storm at BlogHer13!

  9. Judi
    January 2, 2013 | 6:12 pm

    I agree on counting the 20 pounds. I was always 5’3″ and after my doctor’s visit I’m officially 5’2″. Same weight but an inch shorter!

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