Too fat for the Pirate Ship
I've been questioning my place in the wellness field a lot as I start planting the seeds for Wonder Woman Method and luckily something inside always brings my focus back to why I want to do this.
I recently asked an amazing group of women what the worst part about being overweight was. What was it or is it they really just couldn't stand any longer. Interestingly I could relate to all of their responses, nodding my head thinking Yep, I remember that.
One lady said not fitting into plane seats had to be the worst thing for her which triggered a memory that I had not thought about for a very long time.
I was at Australia's Wonderland, in what must have been late primary school, so I guess I was about 11 years old. I was there with a big group of friends so I'm sure it was someones birthday party. We all giggled our way onto the Pirate Ship ride, you know the ones that swing end to end and you feel like your flying and falling all at the same time. We sat down, making sure everyone was next to their best friend and awaited the drop down bar to come down and lock into place. I was so round that I stopped the bar from clicking into where it needed to be. The attendant told me I needed to get off because he couldn't secure everyone else into the ride. I died a little bit inside. I got off and hurried down to the responsible adults reporting I wasn't feeling very well, a story I kept up with for the rest of the day, just in case it happened again on another ride.
I had forgotten the pit in my stomach feeling of that day. As I write this I can feel it again. The embarrassment, the despair, the anger. I decided that day my weight defined what I could and couldn't do and that remained with me until quite recently.
I don't want people to be held back because of their weight. I don't want my kids or your kids or any kids to be sent off a ride for being too round. I think about what an awful waste of time hating my body was and really hope I can ease that pain for my clients.
And that my friends is just one of the many reasons I need to do Wonder Woman Method.