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What if I don't fit?

Monday, September 16, 2013

Saturday night I promised my kids I would take them to the county fair for the last night. I ate before I went (homemade chili, YUM!) so I wouldn’t be tempted to get fair food. Although I do love the sights, smells and tastes of the once a year goodies, I did an amazing job at refraining this year and actually lost 4 lbs. while the fair was in town! A HUGE success in my book! I also joined a “challenge” at work to run or walk 100 miles in ten weeks. This began last Monday, and since I have been kind of slacking on my workouts since my surgery, I decided this was a great motivator to get back on it. For my first week, I logged 9.5 miles! This is just shy of the 10 mile/week average I need to keep, but I think it’s a great start.

Anyway, back to the fair. Once we got there, my daughters begged me to get a bracelet with them. This allows you to ride all the rides you want for one price. Since the lines were non-existent, I knew this meant hours of riding rides over and over again. I was very hesitant. What if I don’t fit?! This has happened to me before. My husband and I went to Cedar Point, the BEST amusement park in the world (it is even voted as the best), about 12 years ago, and I didn’t fit in to one of the rides. I was mortified. This played in my head as I contemplated getting the bracelet. I weighed 285 lbs. at the time and I haven’t rode a ride since. I was starting to scope out the rides to see if there were heavier people riding and how they were fitting in the seats, and then I scolded myself. Then I really thought about it. This is something my daughters really wanted me to do. I have already missed so much of their lives and these moments don’t come all of the time, so I did it! And I rode every single ride they wanted to ride over and over again, and I fit comfortably in every one!

I felt so accomplished doing this. That is until the chili started rumbling in my tummy after going in circles for hours. I knew my limit and kept letting the kids go on the rides. I sat on the sidelines not because of my weight, but because I finally realized I’m 30 years old and maybe not cut out to ride these rides that go in a circle over and over again for hours on end. It was a great feeling to get over the fear of not fitting in the seats, and I can’t wait to tackle that fear when we go back to Cedar Point next spring! My husband and kids have went, as it is relatively close to where we live, and I can’t wait to finally join them and go on the ride that embarrassed me beyond belief all of those years ago. I will just remember not to eat chili before I go. :)
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    Smiling so big right now! I know how happy that day must have been for you! Congratulations!
    2758 days ago
    Ahhh! What a great feeling and accomplishment...minus queasy tummy. :) I am sure that was a great reminder of how/why you will never gain that weight back. Go girl!
    2766 days ago
    So good! I can't ride most of those rides, I get too motion sick, but I can certainly sympathize with the whole not fitting into seats issue. Did you hear about the woman that fell off the Texas Giant roller coaster at Six Flags Texas a couple of months ago and died? She was too big for the seat and the safety bar didn't click down, so it opened while she was on it and she was killed. So awful for her family who watched it happen, but also, what an embarrassing way to die!
    2767 days ago
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