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Things that make you say WOO HOO!!!

Friday, June 24, 2011

I had an "a ha" moment last weekend, followed by a big, fat woo hoo! Let me start from the beginning. I went to Coney Island (for my first time ever) on Saturday for the mermaid parade. It was my friend's birthday and that's what she desperately wanted to do. So we braved the crowds (many of them in ridiculous costumes, including my friend) and watched the parade. It got boring after a bit so we decided to go on some rides. We saw this amazing looking rollercoaster that was called the Soarin' Eagle. It looks like you're actually flying (see picture on the link below).
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Anyway, three of my friends wanted to go on it and I desperately did too. I've always loved rollercoasters and was fortunate to be able to start riding them at an early age because I was over 5 feet tall by the time I was 10.

The last time I tried to ride one (a couple of years ago) however I got relegated to the "fat seat" and couldn't be next to my friend. It was embarrassing and just a huge blow to my self-esteem. I knew I was big but I never knew I was too big for "regular stuff." I haven't attempted to ride anything since then.

So, back to the present day, I'm in line with my friends and I'm freaking out. What if I was still too big? What if they told me I couldn't ride this awesome-looking ride? My anxiety level was rising. I was scanning the people ahead of me in line and trying to see if anyone was bigger than me or maybe close to the same size. Then I actually saw a girl who couldn't ride the Soaring Eagle because she was too big. My anxiety level started rising even higher. We were up next.

I walked over to this contraption and got in. I fit. I mean, I wasn't even uncomfortable. I fit the way I was supposed to. I know I've only lost about 20 pounds (I shouldn't say *only*) and I have a ways to go to get to my goal but I was able to check one thing off my list of things I'm "done" with. I can ride rollercoasters again. Woo hoo!!!!
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  • CAROLYN_ROSE
    I totally know how you feel. I did the same thing about getting on rides!! I now know I no longer have to worry about fitting. I can just enjoy myself. And now you know that too!!! CONGRATS!
    2703 days ago
  • PUNKIN175
    That is freakin' awesome!!!!! Its kinda funny... I have no desire to do roller coasters becaue I am always afraid the inertia from my excessive weight will lead the contraption off track and kill everyone on it... But I also have a huge fear of things like that in general so I am just being silly.

    I really want to ride them. they seem like a lot of fun, but I think I'm stickin to the wave pool for now. : ) (at least for another 50-100 lbs!)
    2706 days ago
  • THELILEA
    What an amazing feeling!! This is the sort of story that reminds us what this whole shebang is REALLY all about: Living life, to the FULLEST!
    Congratulations on your accomplishments! emoticon
    2706 days ago
  • JENERIN01
    Oh I hear ya, I went on a roller coaster that looked very similar to that and I remembered thinking my thighs *barely* fit.

    Currently we have a Christmas trip to Hawaii scheduled and I soooo don't want to be uncomfortable for 8 hours. I *fit* in the seats with no extenders or anything, but it's still pretty uncomfortable. I am hoping I provide myself with some extra room come December.

    Keep up the good work!!
    2706 days ago
  • FREECANDY
    Awesome! I totally do the same thing - scanning the people in line in front of me for people who are bigger so I know I'll fit properly. I can't wait to not feel the need to do that anymore!

    How was the coaster? Worth it?
    2706 days ago
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