Embarrasing Fat Moment

August 10, 2007 · 7 comments

While I am certainly fat (morbidly obese actually) I do get around pretty well.  I coached soccer, I went skiing in Colorado, etc.  But I can tell that the wear and tear on my knees, the lack of strength training for my muscles and the lack of cardio for my heart is a recipe for bad things.  So I need to work on all of that.

But the point is that I have rarely felt that my size has prevented me from doing something I wanted to do.  Of course it certainly effects doing things as well as I could, for example in Colorado I could not do a complete run down the mountain without stopping for a rest and the girls on my soccer team frequently had to ask why I was sweating so much!

A couple of years ago I was with my family at the Mall of America, enjoying the amusement park.  My son wanted to go on one of the roller coasters and he wanted me to go with him.  As we sat down in the car and I went to put the bar down across my lap I realized I could not get it down completely because of my stomach.  It was locked but apparently not in the position they require (and since my son is so skinny he probably did need it down another notch) so they told me I couldn't go on the ride.  I had to get out and take the "walk of shame" down to the end of the ride where my wife and daughter were waiting for us.

I don't know why that didn't cause me to make radical changes right then and there, but drudging up those memories again reminds me of why I am really doing this - to spend many years riding roller coasters with my kids and eventually my grand kids.

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sarah August 10, 2007 at 5:32 pm

I’ve been there. I had to get off the swings because I couldn’t fit. So one of the first things I did when I was thin (not now but in 2003) was go ride those swings and loved it. I felt like a big dork up there swinging and my husband was filming me. But I wanted to do it and it felt great. Make that a goal in your life. To go back to the MOA and ride that coaster. Or another coaster close by. It didn’t get me to lose weight either. I think it took a couple more years before I finally started losing weight. I’ve since gained back a lot but not all of it. That is another story.

George August 10, 2007 at 10:52 pm

Oh I know your pain! It happened to me in Branson. Although, they had a seat for fat people on the roller coaster in Silver Dollar City. So they had me move. Yeah, I had to get up and take the ‘walk of shame’ to another seat.

poundslayer August 11, 2007 at 12:30 am

I had a similar moment years ago at an amusement park. I don’t know why that didn’t shock me into action either. But at least we are taking action now!

john August 11, 2007 at 8:19 am

Glad to hear I am not the only one this has happened to! I actually came close to a similar incident in a hospital tour recently when the words “jump suit” were spoken along with “don’t worry, they are HUGE.” Needless to say, they we barely huge enough. I was able to get into it but just barely, and of course the zipper broke so it sort of looked like I didn’t fit even though I would have if the zipper had stayed connected. ARGH!

Sarah August 11, 2007 at 10:32 am

I had the same thing happen to me in my early 20′s at Six Flags. I was mortified but it wasn’t enough to push me in the lighter direction. In fact I think I ate more to soothe the hurt and embarrassment and shame I felt. It’s a terrible circle isn’t it?

Israel October 12, 2007 at 2:57 pm

been there, done that. i have made it a point to not ride the rides that require me to be secured in place. it saves me the embarrassment.

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