Jumat, 05 Februari 2016

This time last year, I was nearly 300 pounds. I was incredibly insecure about my body, and as much as I would have denied it at the time, that insecurity was spilling over into every aspect of my life.

I didnt want to go out and do things with friends because I was worried how I would look doing it or how others would think of me. I was so concerned about this that I went about 5 years without going to my favorite Utah amusement park. I was worried that I wouldnt fit in the seats and they wouldnt be able to secure the restraints. I was worried that I would break a ride or be made fun of.

So while all my friends were out enjoying Lagoon, I stayed home. Most of the time I would tell myself I didnt mind staying home. "Im saving money. I dont want to get sunburned. Its too hot to walk around." But inside I was hurting and embarrassed that I was missing out on the thrill of some of my favorite roller coasters.

Fast forward one year, and Im a lot slimmer (by about 100 pounds). When the opportunity presented itself to go to Lagoon with my brother a couple weeks ago, I was so ready to feel as much coaster induced adrenaline as possible.

We rode rides, walked around, and played games. I felt so much better walking around not worrying about what people were thinking about me. And it may sound bad, but it felt nice not being the biggest person boarding a ride. I fit in all the seats, the restraints all closed, and I didnt break any rides. :)

Life after losing weight can be tough sometimes. Its hard not falling back into the habits that led me down the road of morbid obesity, but I have never for once second regretted my decision to lose weight. I have had so many experiences that have reminded me how much fuller my life is now that Im healthier. Going to an amusement park for the first time in 5 years was definitely one of those experiences.

There is a certain exhilaration that comes with riding a roller coaster, and believe it or not it is very similar to the feelings Ive experienced during my weight loss journey. When a roller coaster slowly ticks up a steep track, you are nervous and anxious, waiting for the drop. Thats what the weight loss process felt like. A slow and steady build up to the main thrill: reaching my goal weight.

As the roller coaster reaches the top of the steep track, you know that things are about to get wild and crazy, and even a bit out of control. Thats exactly how maintenance has been. There are times when I feel like situations are out of my control and maintaining seems to be impossible. Its a crazy ride, and its a bit scary. But the overall thrill of maintaining this new body and experiencing all these new things is the best part of the whole process.

Heres to maintaining my weight loss, and to many more summers at Lagoon!

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