As if being overweight isn’t already a bruise to your ego, I have had the privilege of experiencing some interesting challenges over the years. While I have gained weight and lost weight many times over, it has become even more clear that life changes when you’re overweight. No, I’m not talking about the size of your jeans or your relationship status. I’m talking about the every day common things that a lot of people take for granted.
Over the past few months I have made a note of the things that have bruised my ego (and my thighs) and left me wondering if other people are experiencing these moments as well?
- The seats at a baseball stadium are not made for the overly round. You would be smart to leave your catchers mitt at home and bring along a can of PAM. Sitting in a row that is filled to capacity can make it hard for the kid next to you to eat a weenier. I had no idea that I would have to become a contortionist just to watch a game between the Mariner’s and Red Sox. I can’t wait to go back and sit comfortably without bruises on my thighs from the seats.
- It never would have crossed my mind that I would be too large to test drive a car. But I have now checked that off the ol’ “Lard List.” My boyfriend decided to test drive a replica of a 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster. When we stepped into the garage I knew I was in trouble when the passenger seat was smaller than my cankles. If that wasn’t enough topping on the proverbial cake, I was met with the task of hooking the seat belt around my thighs.
- As previously discussed in my post “Shopping For Life Vests Is A Fat Persons Nightmare”, a life vest can and will humiliate you. The pressure of squeezing my volume into a float-able corset was not my idea of a good time. I’ve learned a lot about motors and getting a boat “on plane”.
- Go Kart racing is something I visited, briefly! However, there was a weight restriction and the fact that if I were to get in a go kart, sparks would shoot out the side and my butt would have road rash from dragging behind the kart.
- When I got my scooter I was told that someone who is overweight could potentially bend the metal frame of the scooter. So once you have found the jacket in your size, a helmet that fits appropriately, and receive your license, you may end up as a metal pretzel before you even leave your driveway.