Tipping the Scales
Routt County is the skinniest county in the skinniest state. Holmes County ranks among the most obese counties in Mississippi, the most obese state. The Pilot & Today takes a unique look at weight in America, from the skinniest corner to the heaviest.
Steamboat Springs Brady Worster didn’t decide to live in Routt County for the easy access to all the things that people love, from the trails to the skiing.
She was born in Routt County and only later in life came to realize the weight-fighting tools she had right at her feet.
“When I was obese, I was 220 pounds. I was a mom. I was lazy,” Worster said. “I had all the tools available to me, but I didn’t want to do it. I didn’t have the energy.”
Worster said her downfall weight-wise came largely via her pregnancy with daughter Mariam. She put on the weight expecting mothers put on, then kept putting it on. She ended up gaining about 70 pounds in the process, then, initially bewildered by the responsibilities of being a mother, didn’t work to take it off afterward, even when she worked the desk at a gym in order to get free membership.
“I went in with the best intentions, but it got to a point where I was bringing McDonald’s to the gym and watching people work out while I was eating,” Worster said. “I didn’t have the drive until I started seeing the people who were coming in and losing weight. I really wanted that for myself.”
So she went from wanting to cover up the mirrors in her house to changing her life.
“I got sick of this non-healthy lifestyle,” she said.
She has all the experiences of an obese person in Steamboat Springs. She said she never felt judged, that the area tends to embrace people no matter what.
“We don’t shun them. We embrace them,” she said. “But we don’t embrace them and guide them as much as we could. I do.”
As a personal trainer, she helps guide people to fit lifestyles at a local gym. There’s no eating fast food on the clock this time, though.
“There are so many excuses. ‘I’m big boned.’ Oh yeah? I used to be big boned, too. Now I’m big muscled,” she said. “I missed out on eight years of my daughter’s life, being active with her. It kills me what I missed. I was there, but I wasn’t physically there.”
Her best advice for those battling the bulge now involves diet, powering the body with healthy food and avoiding the junk.
“You have to eat to lose weight. You can’t starve yourself. Weight loss is 80 percent diet, what you put in your mouth, and 20 percent exercise,” she said. “Yes, you need to exercise, but you still have 23 hours a day where you need to be careful what you’re doing.”
To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com
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