First, is there even such a thing as a "Fat Girl Code?" I'm not sure if it is a real thing or not, but tonight I found myself hoping that it existed!
Tonight I went out with my one sister and some people after work to a special event at the science center and sports works for this over 21 event. It was pretty interesting. They open up the science center so you can explore it without kids around and they serve alcohol. I did pass up on the drinks because you know I am watching my calories, but nonetheless it is cool to see it being sold there. Drunk people and robots. . . I can only imagine the possibilities.
The sports works has some really cool things too. You can do various activities and it will compare you to a pro-athlete or olympian, for example.
And I learned a very interesting fact:
Who knew? I guess if you are looking for a unique exercise activity you can go out and get yourself a unicycle! If you happen to actually do this, please send me a picture! I can only imagine how horribly embarrassing I'd be on a unicycle.
Ok, well back to the point - the "fat girl code" So at this event there was also a roller coaster simulator. It looked pretty cool and everybody was excited to give it a try. At first I explained that I hated the feeling of going upside down and of course everyone responded pressuring me about how fun it would be. I quietly told my sister the truth: I was concerned that if the simulator was anything like the real thing then maybe I wouldn't fit.
Has anyone else experienced a situation like this?
When I was interning for a non-profit in Russia, some of my other non-Russian friends and I decided we wanted to take some of the people we worked with out for a fun night. We thought it would be a cool idea to go go-kart racing at this small, local amusement park. So we go and we all pay and we are in line to ride the go-karts. Everyone is getting in and the poor Russian employee didn't know English. Some of the Russians we were with had broken English, at best, and my Russian was equally broken. All that could be translated was "car to small." Ouch. I was so embarrassed. I hadn't tried to get in or anything and I've been on a lot of go-karts here in the U.S. and I've never had a problem, but who is going to argue. I was mortified! Everyone acted cool about the whole thing and they nicely tried to pin it on the people running the go-karts and not me. But from that point on I've been very aware of situations like that and careful not to put myself in that emotional position again.
Tonight, I was nervous. I wasn't sure what excuse I should come up with. Then I noticed that the employee who was working the simulator was a little on the heavier side. I thought inside my head, "I really hope that this woman sees me and would say something if she thought I'd have a problem fitting." Like a "fat girl code" or something, right?
When it was our turn and as we were about to get in, the woman approached us and she didn't say anything. As I was sitting down she gave the instructions for how to do the harness and I quietly made a comment about being a little concerned and she was so nice! She told me that when she first was able to go for a ride as a test that she was concerned and that she had no problem. She looked at me and told me I had nothing to worry about and in the end I didn't. Honestly though, I was so glad that she was the person working. A potentially very emotionally upsetting and mortifying thing could have happened and when I made the comment to her she totally "got it."
It is difficult being an overweight girl. A lot of emotional struggles come with it and sometimes I think "am I crazy" for worrying about this or that, but then it is great when someone, like the woman tonight, validates that they had similar concerns. You aren't alone in this, people get it and will help you out if you need it. Being on a diet is hard, but so is staying fat. Here is to not ever having to have these worries again!
"Losing weight is hard. Maintaining weight is hard. Staying fat is hard. Choose your hard."
Pit and Peak- Week 2
The basic idea is to blog about the pit(s), or lowest part(s) of your week and the peak(s), or the best part(s) of your week. Link-up with both of us, and hop around and see the highs and lows of other bloggers' weeks.
Having several days of bad weather. I froze trying to go for walks during my lunch break. I want Spring!
(I guess I don't have much to complain about!)
I reached a total of 30lbs lost!
I've connected with many new followers!
I hosted my first giveaway! You can enter here :)
Hockey is back!
What were your Pit(s) and Peak(s) this week? Link up with Tales of a Twenty Something and Bold Butter Baby and share!