From Fat to Finish Line member, Lorrie Hellcat Bamford, has graciously provided this non-scale victory story she posted on Facebook on June 27, 2016.
Yesterday, I spent 7 hours at a local amusement park here in Oklahoma City called Frontier City. It’s like a scaled back version of Six Flags.
I have lived in Oklahoma for 24 years and I had never been. This was my maiden voyage.
I HAVE been to the Oklahoma State Fair a few times, and one time in particular stands out to me.
I believe it was 2001. I was at the State Fair with a girlfriend of mine. I was easily hovering over 300lbs and had just finished smoking a cigarette, which was likely preceded by eating a corndog and funnel cake.
The Oklahoma State Fair has this ride called The Top Spin – and I wanted to go on it! Please note the single file row of seats one must walk along to get into your seat. That will be important later.
I walked to my seat – of course, the FURTHEST SEAT at the very end of the very long line of seats. That, too, will be important in a minute.
I sat down. They tried to close the overhead shoulder restraint. It needed to latch in front of me.
Carnie #2 came over to assist Carnie #1 in trying to close my restraint. I now have two Carnies trying to lock me into this seat.
Carnie #1: “I don’t think I can close it.”
Carnie #2 (to me): “Here, slide your butt down a little to where your belly is underneath this bar.”
Me: *MORTIFIED and trying to slide down* as the Carnies crammed down on the bar.
Carnie #1 and Carnie #2: *standing there, staring at me, as if trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube or other engineering feat*
Me (awkwardly hoisting myself out of the seat): “Yeah. This isn’t going to work, but thank you for your efforts.”
I get up and take the LONGEST WALK EVER past all the other people who are locked into their seat. This was my Walk of Shame – without the stride of pride, let me tell ya.
It would take several years to let that moment motivate me to do better and be better, but motivate me, it did. I never wanted to be humiliated like that ever again.
Many years later, I began a Wish List – a list of all the things I would do with a healthy body. That list has changed over the years, but has typically included the following:
1. Shop for regular sized clothes
2. No more airplane lap belt extenders
3. Ride all the rides and rollercoasters
4. Ride a Mechanical Bull
5. Run a Full Marathon
6. Jump out of an airplane. With a parachute.
7. Dance lessons
8. Ice Skating, Roller Skating – Roller Derby?
10. Belly Dancing
11. Boudoir Picture Session for the Husband
12. Horseback Riding
So, at roughly 130 pounds later and smoke free since October 9, 2011, I’ve checked some of these items off my list and can’t wait to check off the rest.
Yesterday was about checking off #3. And we were off!
When we arrived at the amusement park, I was STILL worrying about fitting into all the seats and rides. When we approached the first real “scary” ride, I still didn’t believe I would fit. I looked and studied that seat so closely and every other person getting on that ride – trying to see if I was bigger or smaller than they were. It’s amazing how long it takes the mind to catch up with the body.
I fit just fine, and then some. It was ON!
I went with another mom from our neighborhood and she said she had more fun watching me than anything else. My kids said they could spot me on the rides because of (1) my hair; and (2) my screams and laugh.
I rode every single ride.
I got to ride next to my daughter. I got to encourage her to work up the courage to ride the Silver Bullet, which I rode 6 times. I helped her friends work up the courage for their rides.
I lost an earring. And I lost my voice from screaming and laughing all day. The only reason we left was because of the thunderstorm. I cannot wait to go back.
So, let’s meet up this summer, people. I plan on getting the Season Pass. Just look for the platinum blonde 46 year-old woman screaming and laughing.
And mark your calendars: September 15-25, 2016: The Oklahoma State Fair. Let’s meet there for some fun – you’ll find me at the Top Spin.