Trek Women
November 19, 2007

The ups and downs...

Rollercoaster_seated_3 Five years ago, the company that I was working for held its annual summer employee outing at a local theme park. I was pretty plus-sized, almost at my heaviest, though I didn’t feel that way inside and I didn’t think I looked that way either. At the park, I met up with several of my co-workers and their significant others. We got in line for our first rollercoaster of the day, an old-fashioned wooden one. I stepped in to the car and sat down. I kind of squeezed in there. We went to the next one and I wedged in. Ride after ride, I managed to fit in until we got through a 90-minute wait to experience the park’s newest amusement – a loopy, in the dark, swervy coaster.

I stepped in to the car, sat down and couldn’t get the safety bar to lock. A couple of the ride operators came over and tried to push it down. It didn’t matter, I was too big. In front of all those strangers and my co-workers, I had to walk away from the ride. I have never felt so embarrassed in my entire life. Somehow, I was able to hold it together while I waited for the others at the exit. I wish I could say that was THE moment that set me on the path to improving my health; but, it would take another three years before I finally did it.

Losing weight is a lot like a rollercoaster ride. At turns, it’s scary and exhilarating. Sometimes my weight is down; sometimes it’s up then down again. Sometimes my focus is on track and other times it feels like I’m going around the bend. It’s all part of this thrill ride and the only thing I can do is throw my hands in the air, scream at the top of my lungs and enjoy it.

P.S. After I lost weight, I went back to that theme park and rode that rollercoaster. I fit.

Comments

That was awesome and inspirational.

Posted by: Andrew Scherf | Nov 20, 2007 11:04:57 AM

Good post Laura, All of life is like a roller coaster. We need to be working it all the time and the good thing in that is knowing we need to do the work.

Posted by: Trek Sister Marie | Nov 20, 2007 11:50:04 AM

Laura! I love reading your blog! Congratulations on still identifying the maintenance of weight loss! Never give up on the great feeling you've EARNED! I do have a question for you RE: your experience with traveling overseas. I am heading to Roma, Italia in a few weeks spending just a few nights in Roma before heading up to Firenze (Florence). My question for you is have you been there? (to the two cities) I am visiting a young employee of mine that is a student in the Study Abroad program at the American University of Rome and isn't very familiar with any lodging in those areas. I am hoping to get information from you, someone who has experienced it first hand and can suggest a place that would be LOVELY to stay for 2 american ladies. Anything you can offer would be GREAT!
Thank you!

Posted by: Cricket | Nov 22, 2007 10:40:22 PM

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