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PLANE changes and I want your opinion.

Monday, August 16, 2010

So. I flew to Utah. I dont like to fly, it scares me, but what the heck. It beat a 18 our drive!! In the past, I have sat down, tried to buckle the seat belt and have discreetly asked for the belt extender. On the plane ride there, I walked through the aisles with my hubby and found our seat, 14th row, middle seat, next to a lady at the window. I thought, oh god, she is probably thinking, "please dont sit next to me!" but when I met her eyes, she kinda just smiled and I sat down next to her. Not ON her, next to her. No part of my was overflowing. Then I put the seat belt on. It clicked and I had to pull the little end to make it tighter!! What the heck just happened????????

So I am pretty happy right now but just keeping it to myself like a little present. When Frank sat down, I nudged him and showed him the seat belt and he totally got what I was showing him. He smiled, told me good job and gave me a squeeze. GREAT FLIGHT!!

So flight home: We get on the plane and I see we are on a wayyyyyy smaller plane. 2 rows of 2 seats, instead of 2 rows of 3. I am having to walk sideways down the aisle so I dont rub on people sitting on the aisle. We are all the way to the back. You know those seats, least amount of room, no seat going back cause you are against the wall. Anxiety alert!!!

So I get in first up against the wall, sit down,and pull the seat belt out. I pulled it all the way out then clicked it into place. It did click but it was sooo much smaller. I said to Frank, "wow, good thing I recently lost 40 pounds of I wouldnt have fit!". The lady sitting in front of me turns around and asked me how I did it, so I told her about Sparkpeople. She was very intersted and wrote it down. So I got to spread the spark. It was not a comfortable flight but I had a good book so I just pretended I was not on a place.

Now, while we were waiting to board, I saw a very large lady wearing pink in a wheel chair, and they boarded her first. She met nobody's eye, weighed probably over 500 pounds and was obviously unable to walk and was alone. When we got on the plane, She was in the first row with a very uncomfortable woman sitting in the seat next to her, looking absolutely distressed. The Lady in Pink, was trying to sit as far to the other side as possible but there was nothing she could do. I could imagine how she felt. It made me so sad for her. On our way out, she was the last to leave the plane. As I passed I smiled at her and she just looked at me. She seemed to be unaccustomed to kindness and I sooo wanted to say something to her. I was forced to keep going and to tell myself that it is her journey to take and I sooo hope she finds Sparkpeople or someone to show her that she can do it, too. This does not have to be her life or her death sentence. She, too, could be writing this blog about the difference in that trip vs, the one where her seat belt buckled.

I am thinking about making some business cards with my spark name on it and the website for sparkpeople. I can just pass it on in those situations where it isnt really possible to have a conversation. I could put something on it like "I lost ___pounds with the support at www.sparkpeople.com" and then if they joined, they would automatically have a friend already. What do you think? Is it presumptuous? Helpful? What would you have thought if someone handed you a card like that?

I think if a "big girl" like me handed me a card like that, I would have checked it out at least.
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TEXWIFE 8/18/2010 10:49PM

    Jan you are so amazing. The things you think of, or the others you think about! That is why I wrote about you in our churhc newletter, you do show your love and support every day for others. I will take 20 cards to hand out with your name on it!!!!

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NEDERLUNG 8/18/2010 8:38AM

    I'm so proud of you! And your hubby is wonderful too, big hugs for both of you. I think your sparkcard idea is great (actually think I've read somewhere where they already have a sparkcard you can printout). Go for it!

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JACKKELL 8/17/2010 10:37PM

    Your first four paragraphs gave me a huge smile. emoticon emoticon Your next two made me think and I think the cards would be a great idea. You could put "I lost ___ pounds and still going!"
Congrats on your weight loss!

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TRACIEO3 8/17/2010 10:17PM

    Great way to spread the spark! I love it when somebody over hears my conversation about Spark or weight loss and then asks me the same, what a feeling!

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BECKYB73 8/17/2010 9:28PM

    What a wonderful NSV to have one of those seatbelts fit!!! When you go to the Invite Spark Friends, they already have business like cards made up for you to print out. I've given a few out to people I come in contact with and it always makes me feel good!

Going no extender is a HUGE VICTORY!

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ROBINSNEWNEST 8/16/2010 9:04PM

    You let your "spark" shine when you made eye contact and when you cared about her place in the world...

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Robin

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BIGMAMAT 8/16/2010 12:08PM

    I just want you to know I think your awesome! This blog was amazing and I Know the whole" wonder if my seat belt will fit" anxiety. I find myself just wanting to tell everyone I see about sparkpeople. I cried when you were talking about the pink lady... I know what its like being the biggest person in the room... feeling defeated and alone( even when surrounded by people... ) Hopefully she was going to visit family. People who love her unconditionally regardless of her size. I think the smile you gave her and the eyecontact probably was the best gift you could have given her!
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XME501 8/16/2010 11:33AM

    This sounds like a great idea!! What a good way to share with someone else - and you just do not know what you might inspire in that other person. Go for it !!
Barb

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