Almost everyone who has ever been overweight has more than likely experienced first-hand the dreaded “walk of shame” experience on some sort of amusement park ride. The “walk of shame” is basically being forced off of a ride, plane, bus, or etc. because of your weight while everyone stops to stare at you. For me one instance really sticks out in my mind. I was 16 years old and on a road trip with my family going through Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana. Whilst in Lafayette, there was a local county fair. The friends who were travelling with me were as excited as I was. We all got in line for a ride where you stand and are spun around very quickly. My friends buckled in and waited. First of all, I was short and had to have help stepping up into the compartment for the ride. Next, I had to have help buckling it. He kept slamming it down as hard as he could, but to no avail. The man was very nice about it, but told me I would just have to get off of the ride because the harness would not close. I was so embarrassed and had to walk away while everyone was standing and staring at me.
Justin had a similar experience when he was 14 years old. He was vacationing with his family in Florida, and his parents let he and his sister choose which amusement park in Orlando they would like to visit. They picked Universal Studios. He was so excited about The Hulk roller coaster ride and talked about it days before hand and whilst riding in the car for several hours on the way to the park. As soon as they arrived, Justin wanted to ride The Hulk first before he did anything else. He waited in line for what seemed like an eternity and finally was able to sit down in the seats. He had to have someone come over and pull the harness down over his chest because he could not get it to snap into place. After a couple of minutes and maneuvering, the worker told Justin that he would have to get off of the ride. Devastated and embarrassed he did “the walk of shame.” The rest of the trip just didn’t seem the same after that.
After all of the weight loss, Justin and I decided to venture back to Orlando Florida back in September with his parents. First of all, neither of us had even been on an airplane since losing so much weight, so that was exciting enough! Secondly, he and I could not to go on all of the thrill rides. Once arriving at Universal Studios’ Island of Adventures theme park, he and I briskly walked straight to The Hulk and waited to ride in the very front. There was only a short wait, and then we were able to sit down in the seats. Justin’s harness came down with no trouble and snapped into place with plenty of room to spare. In fact, he was able to snap it down to the very last notch. The ride took off quite slow, and then suddenly we were bolted into the air at what felt like warp speed. The ear-to-ear grin on his face was priceless. As we swooshed upward and downward for a couple of minutes, that smile never left his face. Tears almost strolled down my face. To me that was one of the best parts of our many adventures while in Florida because he was able to finally overcome something that had been so hard on him years before. Days like that is the main reason that losing all of that weight feels so satisfying, and we will never allow ourselves to experience the “walk of shame” again!
After that we went on every single ride in both amusement parks that were fore adults and thoroughly enjoyed each one! We have also visited Dollywood, a local amusement park, and rode each roller coaster 3 times each! This December, we plan on buying season passes so that we can go several times throughout the year. Losing this weight has allowed us to do so many things that we were unable to for so many years. In addition to that, our sense of thrill seeking and adventure has also pushed us to try new and different things as well that we were always too scared to try when overweight. Stay tuned soon for a blog about our New York experience! I apologize for the delay in posts, but we have been very busy.
Here is a link to our interview with the New York Minute Magazine: http://newyorkminutemag.com/weight-loss-story/
If you missed our XM Radio Interview on The Doctor Radio (Channel 81) this morning from 8 AM to 8:30 AM, it will rebroadcast tonight at 8 PM EST and again at 2 AM tomorrow morning!
Here is our interview with another blog. Dr. Siota Belle’s article about us: http://
Mike Campbell is a 57 year old man who lost 150 pounds in 363 days and has kept it off for years. We have connected some over the past few months and were finally able to set up a video chat and speak for a while. What he has done is astonishing, and he is an amazing person. Feel free to check out his website: http://fatguydiary.com/
Here is a link to our interview with WATE (taped at our house last night!). http://www.wate.com/story/23701189/jefferson-city-couple-shares-weight-loss-story It was such an amazing experience. Mona, the reporter, could not have been nicer. Some people can be quite condescending especially when discussing our old weights. However, she was not. She treated us like any other normal human being and was an absolute delight. A big thank you to everyone at WATE who we worked with. Justin and I both really appreciate this amazing opportunity that has been given to us. We hope to share our story with the world in order to help those that are in the situation we used to know oh so well. It all happened so fast! We were contacted via email, Facebook, and Twitter by WATE and asked to do an interview that day. They came over at 7:30 PM last night and recorded the interview then aired it at 11PM, 4:30 AM, and 5 AM. Again, thank you for such an opportunity.
Here is our interview with CNN:
We (especially me) are always trying to come up with new and healthy dessert recipes that can be part of our diet. Justin and I came up with this delicious dessert today, and it is only roughly 210 calories, 9g fat, 1mg sodium, 25 carbs, 20g sugar, and 4g protein! The recipe makes 4 crostatas!
HEALTHY APPLE & ALMOND CROSTATA
- 1 medium apple
- 8 Tbs. almond paste
- 1 container Dannon Light & Fit Greek yogurt, vanilla (or any non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt)
- 1 Tbs. egg whites
- juice of 1 lemon
- zest of 1 lemon
- sliced or chopped almonds, for garnish
- Thinly slice and core the apple. Place the slices into a bowl. Sprinkle the lemon juice over the apple and mix well. Set aside
- Take one container of vanilla Dannon Light & Fit Greek yogurt (or any non-fat vanilla Greek yogurt) and it into a small bowl. Fold in the lemon zest and 1/2 Tbs. egg whites.
- Cut the almond paste into 5 different pieces. Discard or freeze 1 piece for another time. Take the small pieces of almond paste and, using a rolling pin, roll them out until almost flat. Make sure you can still not see through them, and there are no holes or tears.
- Place 2 Tbs. of yogurt mixture on top of each rolled out dough (there should be 4).
- Separate apples into fourths. Place apples on top of the yogurt mixture.
- Carefully fold the edges of the “crust” around the edges of the filling and put onto a non-stick lined baking sheet. Remember, it does not have to be perfect! Mix 1/2 Tbs. of egg white and a splash or 2 of water together. Brush over the crostatas. Bake in the oven for roughly 20 minutes or until golden brown on top.
- Garnish with chopped almonds and allow to cool. It’s ready to eat!
Serving Size and Nutritional Information: Serving size is 1 crostata (serves 4) and is 210 calories, 9g fat, 1mg sodium, 25 carbs, 20g sugar, and 4g protein!