Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Doing things I couldn't do before

This comes up a lot on the Weight Loss Surgery boards. What can you do now that you couldn't do before? As someone who didn't get to be Super Morbidly Obese pre-op and who always tried to not let my weight get in the way, I often can't think of anything.

I was able to ride rollercoasters and didn't need a seat-belt extension on airplanes. I went horseback riding (though not very often and I worried beforehand that they'd turn me away). I rode my bike. I even wore a two-piece bathing suit to the pool!

It's not that my weight didn't impact me. I've written quite a bit in my blog about the ways it did. I was having trouble bending down to tie my shoes and I couldn't buy clothes in "regular" stores.

But I feel those restrictions are rather lame compared to other people's answers. Plus, my insistence for so many years that my weight wasn't impacting my life very much has given me a bit of amnesia about this sort of thing.

But when we were in Tahoe on vacation I did this:

It's not that I wouldn't have done it pre-op. It's that they wouldn't have let me:

Note the weight restriction. I would have been totally crushed to have gone up to do this and found out that I wasn't allowed. So the fact that I could do it has me a bit stoked.
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