Do you weigh what it says on your driver’s license?
I don’t. But almost.
When I got the renewal notice in the mail some weeks back my immediate thought was “I have to put this off as long as I can because I’m almost at my goal weight.” Really. Then I looked at my old license and saw that the number on there was actually lower than my current goal weight and probably a number that I will never maintain again. (Okay, some of you are thinking I won’t maintain ANY number… but I’m going to prove you wrong.)
I remember twice before actually ‘fessing up at renewal time and telling the clerk that my weight was inaccurately reflected. Both times it was not a significant difference and they didn’t make the change, I assume because it required more work on their part or because they didn’t care. Okay with me, I guess. But somewhere along the line someone clearly did make an adjustment because I distinctly remember how much I weighed when I got my new license to reflect my new married name almost 24 years ago. Now that was a low number I will NEVER see again!
Why do we care what it says on that laminated little piece of wallet filler? It’s not like anyone ever looks. Although I do remember one time sitting around a table with some girlfriends and passing our licenses around to compare the unflattering photos and my thought, of course, was “I wonder how much it says I weigh on there and if I should be embarrassed.” I’m years passed being carded. The last time I had to show my license was to buy some controlled cold medicine at the store; the clerk gave it a cursory glance, at most. Truth be told, I’m more concerned about that picture. Why does it have to look so much like a mug shot?!
So, I couldn’t put it off any longer. Had to go face the long wait in line leading up to the moment of potential embarrassment when I was asked if any of my personal information had changed.
So, you may be wondering, did I lie? Yes, I did. Shh, don’t tell anyone!
Ironically, when the woman processing my renewal read off my old height and weight and asked if they were still the same, it actually surprised me. I had forgotten all about it! I was much more concerned about almost failing the eye exam! (Fortunately when I missed a number she told me which one to go back to and let me try again. Yikes.) So, truth now for you, my dear readers. The number on my new (and old) license is just three pounds below my goal weight and that magical number is less than two pounds below what I saw on the scale when I had my ritual morning weigh in on License Renewal Day. So when I was asked, I did tell a little lie: I told her my goal weight, because I fully intend to be there and stick there any time now. And her response to it being a bit higher than what she had in the system? “Pshaw.” And no, she didn’t change it.
Your turn. Do you weigh what it says on your license? Feel free to lie:)