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Due to my position as a Subway Fit Buddy for Sangaree Intermediate School this year, I was invited to visit one of the schools where Jared would be coming to in the greater Charleston area. I chose Alston Middle School in Summerville.
I went as a fan. I am not the Fit Buddy for Alston Middle School, that distinction belongs to local radio personality Jessica Chandler. This was Jessica's school and the kids were there to see Jessica and Jared. So I sat in the bleachers like everybody else, on purpose.
But back to Jared for a minute. I have followed Jared's story since he became famous in the 90's as "The Subway Guy." I have been fascinated with the fact that he has kept the weight off for 15 years now.
I will say it over and over until I am blue in the face: anyone can lose weight. Weight loss is a science. But keeping the weight off...therein lies the real challenge. Weight maintenance is an art. You have to constantly manage the disappointment and the expectations. You have to deal with constant weight paranoia...(is this shirt getting tighter? Am I getting fatter?) It never ends.
I got to spend some time with Jared and talk about our shared struggles. He was very gracious and was impressed by my story and my journey. It was a thrill to be able to present him with a copy of my book. And then, of course, we had to compare pants! Mine are bigger, but of course he wins because he's kept the weight off for 15 years.
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All in all, I had a great time. Jared talked to the kids and then we talked some more about our struggles. He told me if he lived in Charleston, he would not be able to keep the weight off, because of all the great restaurants we have.
It was a great lesson in the fact that celebrities are people. No matter who you are, if you've lost a l ot of weight, you still have to work hard every day to keep the weight off.