I just flew back home from visiting my sister in Seoul, South Korea for a week. And I had an AMAZING time! Anyone who knows me knows I love to travel and explore, and there’s so many activities I’ve always wanted to do, but I was limited by my weight. Now that I’m 97 lbs down, I decided to grab the bull by the horns and go to the other side of the world.
Top, left to right: Me and little sis in Cheonggye Plaza; Me standing in front of Gyeongbokgung Palace
Bottom, left to right: Me at the COEX Aquarium; Me posing with person in cat costume in the Namdaemun Market; Me at the top of the Namsan Seoul Tower with a panoramic view of Seoul; Me and sis at the Namsangol Hanok Village
First, let’s talk about the plane ride – a looooong 14 hour flight to Incheon International Airport. This is the first time I’ve flown since having bariatric surgery last year, and the difference since the last time I flew was amazing. I fit comfortably in my seat, with extra room to spare on the seat belt. It was just a year ago that I was having to use a seat belt extender! And just for kicks, I took a picture in the airplane bathroom because I noticed how much more space I had in there. I can recall one flight where I had a hard time even squeezing inside the bathroom and getting the door to close all the way because of my size. Now, I had enough room to move around in that tiny closet of a bathroom.
During this trip, I did so many things I have always wanted to try. For example, I’ve never gone ice skating…in fact, it’s been at least 20 years since I’ve gone roller skating. As you can see, I needed a little bit of help at first, but after a while you start to get the hang of it. I surprised myself and didn’t fall.
Ice skating at the Lotte World theme park
I also tried my hand at rock climbing! I almost made it to the top but I was so exhausted I didn’t quite make it. It really is a fun activity I can’t wait to try again and make it to the top next time.
Rock climbing at the Lotte World theme park
On the left, my sister and I are on a roller coaster – something I have not done since I was a kid. The safety bar fit comfortably on my hips and I got to focus on the fun instead of worrying about being embarrassed in front of a crowd because of weight/size restrictions to get on the ride. And on the right, my sister went to a theater to see a show, and again, comfort was not an issue, as I was able to fit well in my seat and enjoy the performance. That’s such a difference from concert venues I’ve been to before where the sides of the seat were digging into my hips because I just didn’t fit. I love the theater and the arts, and have reflected before about struggles I’ve had with fitting in at concert venues. It’s a really good feeling to fit in and I really enjoyed the performance.
Left to right: Me and sis on a roller coaster at Lotte World theme park; Me and sis at the theater to see NANTA
For me, this is what this surgery is all about. Looking better is great, but feeling better and being healthier is even more amazing. My weight loss has slowed down, as I am approaching one full year post-op, but this trip has given me an extra boost to keep moving. To be able to do things I previously could not do gives me so much pride, especially as it pertains to being able to go out and explore new places since that is a passion of mine. Think about all of the cool things I would have missed out on if I was still at my old weight.
There’s so much more I dream about doing:
- Backpacking across Europe
- Climbing Machu Picchu
- Zip lining in Costa Rica
- Going back to Paris to see The Louvre
- Visiting the Taj Mahal
- Seeing the pyramids in Egypt
- Riding a camel in Dubai
- Walking topless on the beach in Santorini
- Touching the Great Wall of China
- Hiking to see Victoria Falls
- Seeing the Colosseum in Rome
- Practicing yoga in Bali
I hope this has inspired anyone who may feel discouraged. No, I have not met my weight goals as of yet, and in some respects you could say that I’m behind schedule…but that’s ok, because I feel fantastic! So keep moving! Keep working! It will all be worth it, I promise!
Do you have any NSVs (non-scale victories) to share? I’d love to hear from you!