Saturday, August 18, 2007


As you may have noticed, there have been less Weight Watchers posts this month. I have missed some meetings this month and am not tracking as much as I should. Since August is such a busy month, I plan to work on some better habits in September. I did at least step on the scale today to check my weight. I wanted to know how I was doing. It turns out that I am doing OK.

Numbers are indicators of so many aspects in our lives. They are just indicators though, not the only measure of who we truly are. It is hard not to focus on the numbers in life. High school students want to go to a public university in Texas are faced with many tests. First there is the SAT and/or ACT, and then there may be a test required for the Texas Success Initiative. At orientation, many students also need placement tests, especially in math. Students often find that their math placement scores do not allow them to take the level of math that they want to take. It is common for a student to take Pre-Calculus as a senior and then place into Developmental Math as a college freshman because they forgot the algebra that was covered on the placement test. This leads to a focus on the numbers. Students constantly ask "What score did I need." The focus is more on the score than the content of the test.

Our society will continue to focus on the numbers, but these are just indicators. Our weight, score on a test, or balance in a savings account, etc. tell us how we are doing in an area of our lives, but numbers should not dictate our lives.

Have a great weekend!

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