11.12.2007

Update: #85 - Traveling

I'm here, I'm here, I swear I'm here! I know it has been AGES since I posted! I'm still away in Greece on my long awaited vacation. I'm having the time of my life!!! Unfortunately, I have very limited internet access, hence my long absence.

I wanted to post a little bit about my trip and an update of reason #85 why I hate being fat. A few posts ago I wrote about the pains of traveling while being fat. Like traveling isn't bad enough, add a few pounds and traveling can be a nightmare! So before I left for this trip I was down 65 pounds from my all time high weight. Traveling at 315 was terrible! I couldn't fit well in airplane seats, the seat belts didn't fit. I felt cramped and uncomfortable and down right embarrassed. So I sucked up my pride and boarded the first plane I had flown in the past three years, and damn, I was surprised. To my utter amazement I fit comfortably in the airplane seat. Hum... a fluke? Did I happen to get the biggest seat on the plane that was roomier than the others? Probably not. I grabbed the seat belt and sucked my gut in. Again to my surprise the seat belt fit... not only fit, it was loose and needed tightening. Are you kidding me? Wow. Later in the flight the drinks and dinner came. Oh great I thought, now I have to deal with a tray table that doesn't open all the way cause my fat gut and thighs get in the way. I lowered the tray table and gasped a bit. It opened all the way with room to spare. Really? Wow again. I comfortably ate my sucky airplane food, beaming with amazement. I even managed to keep any food from falling onto my chest (a past hazard of having big big boobs). This is just a sample of my experiences on this trip. So far I have yet to find an instance where traveling was any harder for me than the average sized Joe. Don't get me wrong - I'm still fat at 250 - but it's just not as bad as it has been. This trip is really making me realize how far I've come and how you can feel truly better even shedding a few pounds.

There was also some discussion in previous posts about how accepting the Greeks are of fat people. I was a bit apprehensive. Well let me tell you... the Greeks are fat too. I walk around and see plenty of people that look just like me. I really don't feel out of place at all here. I am treated NO different here than I am in the states. Sure I get an occasional look that I'm sure is fat related, but I got those at home too, so no surprise. If anything I'm finding the Greek people much more friendly and warm than people at home, but maybe that's because I live on the East Coast where people are notorious for being a bit crabby and cool. I'm really loving the Greek way of life. I could learn a thing or two from the Greeks. Everyone walks a lot and eats pretty healthy, favoring fresh foods over anything processed. It's really making me rethink my cooking style and food choices. Honestly I could easily see myself living here in Greece quite happily. I love it. I love it so much, I actually extended my trip. I just can't leave Greece! Well not yet at least. Unfortunately real life calls and I need to get back to work. :(

But anyway, soon enough I'll be home and resume my regular posting. No worries, karaokekitty still has a lot to say about being fat!

19 comments:

Kawaii said...

Hiya, I'm really glad I found your blog as I am also on a weight loss journey. Hope you don't mind if I stop by every now and again. Feel free to check out my blog too.
Good luck on the weight loss.

Toni said...

Oh how fun, I wish I was there. Eat lots of greek salads with tomatoes, cucumber and feta and try to stay away from the bread. Soak in the sunshine and enjoy, girl.

Weigh to go..lets see said...

I read your past post and enjoyed them very much, wow you have alot of great insite...Hope you have a great Trip

Andrea said...

he he- I love your remarks about airplane seats. It's funny how something like that makes such a big difference. For me, it was not having to turn sideways to get through the turnstiles going into the subway.

Anonymous said...

I am delighted to hear you are having such a great time in Greece (although it is not exactly beach time there right now:). Coming from that part of the world, I feel a bit nostalgic.
I have been religiously reading your blogs and, having been on the same weight loss-weight gain boat ride ever since high school, I can relate to everything you say. You are a great inspiration, and thank you so much!!
God bless:)

Susan said...

Wow! Sounds like you are having a wonderful time. Sigh...

Brenda said...

Why did you skip #86?
Brenda

Marshmallow said...

zomg, Greece! My favourite style of cuisine and one of my OMG I WANNA GOOOOOOOOOOO places! Have a great time (although... that statement might be... redundant...)

iCANdothis said...

im so glad you put this post up. sigh. i decided to drive up to where i'm going for thanksgiving (a good 8+hour, 500+mile trip) because i was nervous about fitting in the airplane seat etc and it being mortifying. but im planning a trip next september overseas and hopefully by then it will be a worry long gone! have fun on your trip!!

Weight One Big Phat Minute! said...

I love your blog! I just started blogging about my big booty, and I hope it keeps me motivated to lose some weight. Thanks for the great site!

Hanlie said...

Oh lucky, lucky you! I love the Meditarranean countries' lifestyles and diets! I could totally live there... Enjoy every minute!

And yay for you for being able to lower your tray fully on the plane. I can't yet...

Nykky said...

Its sounds like your having a really good time. I'm so happy that your flight went so easily! I think I would silently shed a happy tear if I was able to buckle my seatbelt on the plane with room to spare! Thats awesome! It makes you really able to see a difference in what you have done so far

Saffa Chick said...

You sound so happy! I'm chuffed for you.

You know, every time I fly these days - and I fly quite often - I think of your original travelling post. I do up the seat belt and think about the folk who can't do that. The ones who "hide" the belt under their tummy.

You are an inspiration. Go girl!

Anonymous said...

Glad that you are having a fun in Greece. Also, you are so smart to lose weight naturally instead of with stomach staple surgery. There is no way your skin could keep up with that kind of rapid weight loss. You will be thanking yourself years from now because your skin will still be healthy. All-in-all, you are an inspiration.

alexis said...

sounds like a great time! i luv ur blog

Lyn said...

We miss you, but I am so glad you are noticing the difference as you travel. Have fun!

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J Carlos said...

This post really struck close to home for me.

Back when I was in the 440s, I hated traveling myself. Flying sucked. Fitting into the seats. Seeing the disappointed looks on peoples faces when they realized they were assigned to sit next to me.