Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Treadmill, Twitter help Claire McCaskill lose 50 pounds

Posted By on Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 6:00 AM

Twitter can be used as a weight-loss accountability device.
  • Twitter can be used as a weight-loss accountability device.
When U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill made the decision to try to lose weight, she used Twitter in an attempt to hold herself accountable. "I'm tired of looking and feeling fat," she wrote in a message in May. "Maybe talking about it publicly will keep me on track as I try to be more disciplined. Off the gym."

On track she stayed. McCaskill, 58, announced on Saturday that she had lost an impressive amount of weight.

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In a subsequent Twitter message, McCaskill linked to the website of Charles D'Angelo, a St. Louis-based weight-loss coach whom she said helped her stay focused.

McCaskill's new shape was on display in Independence on Friday. The Mid-America Regional Council has photos of her appearance at the Truman Library with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders and others. The senator's Flickr account also has recent photos.

For more on using Twitter to lose weight, we recommend this piece that appeared in The New York Times and this piece that appeared at Deadspin. In the latter story, writer Drew Magary explains his decision to post his weight daily on Twitter:

Most Americans struggle with their weight, and most of them sympathize with someone else trying to get healthier. Support helps. Maybe some people will tease you, but that's its own incentive anyway. Part of losing weight is acknowledging the fact that you have issues with food. And holy shit, do I have issues with food.


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