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Old 08-08-2010, 11:20 PM   #136
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Originally Posted by Asm View Post
I hate to admit this 'cause 25 yrs ago I was a knockout but....

I'm about 5'6"and 245, usually wear a 22 dress, a 22/24 or 2x/3x top, and 20/22 bottoms. I'm a 42G on top and basically proportional. I've developed more of a tummy in the last year (& gained weight due to an injury).

What are the odds on my fitting? They can squish as hard as they want!
Give it whirl ( haha Olivander quote) I personally think it's more about the thighs than anything else. The harness sits on the thighs. I was able to fit with one push from a slim young male. PM if you want my measurements to compare.
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Old 08-08-2010, 11:29 PM   #137
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Having reviewed this entire thread, I have a couple of questions that I don't believe have been touched on directly:

(1) Has anyone made it to the actual ride seat and only at *that* point been told they could not ride? I understand some "borderline"-looking riders have made it past the testers who were supposed to pull them aside to the test seats.

(2) In the case of riders staring at all but certain rejection, is it actually best to target the single-rider queue at the busiest time of the day? It appears that the seat testers do not keep as sharp an eye trained on the single-rider queue as they do on the regular queue.

I'm still feeling a bit foolish about volunteering myself to the inside seat tester. The outside tester asked me to do this, but now I wonder whether they would have flagged me anyway had I tried to coast by. It just didn't occur to me at the time that there really was no possible upside to being tested again.
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Old 08-09-2010, 02:15 AM   #138
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Hi, I rode Fj twice today and have been following this forum before my trip worrying I wouldn't fit. I am a UK 20/22,(US 18) weigh 243 pounds and my measurements are bust 46/47, waist approx 42/44 and hips 50. I am 5'4
Thanks for posting, i'm a similar size and go next week, so i have some hope.

Just dread that walk of shame if i don't fit!!!

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Old 08-09-2010, 09:46 AM   #139
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I think disneyannie and I are the same person! I am going next week too and potterfan and I are of similar stature. Thanks everybody for posting in this thread - I've read every single post and I have a lot of hope that I'll be able to get on!
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Old 08-09-2010, 05:19 PM   #140
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Honestly, do not worry!

I worried myself a bit but honestly don't! Unless you are much bigger than me you will definitely fit on as it really wasn't an issue at all. There were lots of plus size figures in the queue and I didn't see anyone not fit. The TMs were there to help and give a push if needed...enjoy looking forward to the ride, it's fun!!!
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:17 PM   #141
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I wear a size 22...really hoping I fit as we leave in about a month. Ive been walking and working out and Im in the inbetween 22 and 20 stage right now. I know Im going to love it even if I dont fit, but this is like the ultimate ride and I would be extremely sad. They can sit on the harness if thats what it takes!!!!
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Old 08-10-2010, 09:28 AM   #143
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Originally Posted by janetkay272 View Post
my mom is a 22-24w and she fit easily the 3 clicks on fj. they didnt pull us out of line to test us on the seats and she pulled the bar down on herself with no problem.
That is amazing to know! Thank you so much - you just made my day!!!!
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Old 08-10-2010, 01:12 PM   #145
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Ah, that's a good plan: unfolded map in one hand, snapping away with the camera in the other hand. I'll be way too busy to be hauled over to a test seat! Nice.
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Old 08-10-2010, 02:36 PM   #146
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Just found this today - heard about this issue in early July and have been working on losing weight. Problem is that I didn't buy a scale until 2 days ago, at which point I discovered that I am 25 pounds heavier than I've been thinking all this time. I really haven't been as strict with all of this as I should have been. Now, with 65 days until we leave (we leave Cleveland October 15 for Orlando), I'm kicking it up.

Personally, seeing that I weigh 250 pounds (I think it might actually be 255, I have a hard time reading the scale) left me in tears all day yesterday - even at my desk at work. I'm very determined to do this, and it didn't leave me hopeless, I just felt defeated and it was my day of 'this is where I'm at because of the life I've lived up to this point' and having to take that in was overwhelming and just very hard. I'm very ashamed of myself.

I am 31 years old, 5'4", wear a 42DD, and wear 18/20 clothes, although I really probably shouldn't be still wearing that size. Just one of those cases of being too poor to buy a new wardrobe so I'm still squeezing into what I always have. I really do kind of carry my weight everywhere - have always had a larger butt ever since I was younger, same started about my senior year in high school in my chest, but my belly, thighs, arms, and neck aren't exactly small either.

I'm still trying to get togehter with a friend of mine who works at Weight Watchers, but for at least a month now I've been counting my calories and walking to and from work each day (about 4-5 miles a day). Like I said, I've dropped the ball and driven some days cause I overslept etc. and more days than not, I go over on my calories cause I don't know how much something I'm eating is. Last night was the first day that I made sure I knew eveyrthing I put in my body and stayed under my calories (which I'm sure was in line with me realizing how much I currently weigh).

I also bought 2 dvds in addition to some a friend lent me that I've been oing here and there - I got Jillian Michaels 30 day shred, and Bob Harper's strengh work out. Did both of those last night (Jillian's is seriously hard core, omg - I spent a good half an hour after doing them thinking I was going ot puke at any moment) and after reading all of these posts, as well as the other thread that got closed in June that I just found on my lunch ehre at work, I am more determined than ever.

I'm terrified that I'm going ot end up doing all of this for nothing though to be honest - that the weight won't come off. I've FELT overweight all my life. Looking back, I never really was until college, but enough people, for one reason or another, call you fat and you start ot believe it. I look at those pictures now and I look so normal - sure, I wasn't a stick, but I don't look fat at all. Crazy how that happens.

Anyways, for the first time in my life, at 31 years old, I'm trying to lose weight. And I'm so terrified it won't work. CAues there's no guarantee, right? I mean, do I really have the power to change something that has been haunting me for so long? Honestly though, sad as it is, it's all because I'm going to Orlando for the first time in over 20 years to go to the HP park (and Disney while we're there) and I want to fit on this ride. I've always wanted to lost weight - between romantically wanting to look better, between working in theatre and roles I want needing to look different for, and mostly just for wanting to feel better about myself - but this crazy ride is what is actually gotten me to do something about it for the first time. It's crazy to me. But Harry Potter has always been about this great joy for me in so many ways - I don't want to tarnish any part of it by associating it with being too fat to ride something at the park, y'know? I don't want to go to Orlando worrying about fitting on rides throughout Universal or at Disney.

Like I said, still terrified that it won't happen - not sure if proportionally I'll fit even if I can get down to 230 in the next 65 days. I'm a big girl. It's so sad to say that, I've never really said it out loud or thought it, but truly I am. We'll see though.

I just wanted to share my (sob - sorry!) story with you all and to thank those of you who have been sharing your stories of if you made it on or not and how your own weight loss is going. It means so much to me and is bringing me such inspiration and comfort today.

Hopefully I can get down to at least 230 and we'll see how it goes...anyone who's on this journey that has any advice (or recipes - dinner is the hardest right now!) please feel free to PM me - it would mean so much.

Congrats to those that got on - hopefully I'll be joining your ranks in the next few months!
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Old 08-10-2010, 03:02 PM   #147
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^ first...stop thinking negatively...you ARE doing something, so you WILL lose the weight.

In Jillian's book, she quite frankly says (and idk if this will help you lose or not):
If it didn't have a mother, or come from the ground, you shouldn't be eating it.

That statement alone will make you think about EVERYTHING you put into your mouth (believe me...I was thinking it while eating my birthday ice-cream cake yesterday).

However, a simple thing like that and no white in your diet, MOVING, getting your heart rate up and out of your comfort zone...for even 30 min a day WILL get the weight off and you will see a result. Eventually the stronger your heart/cardio, the more muscle you will be able to build and the muscle will work in your favor and help you burn calories more easily.

I think a lot of peeps get discouraged because they bust their you know what exercising and want to see an immediate result...and immediate just doesn't happen.

Be patient and stick to the plan...it WILL happen.

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Old 08-10-2010, 03:19 PM   #148
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In addition to what Bubba's mom said, the best way to lose the weight is gradually, by changing your whole lifestyle. It needs to be something that you will continue for the rest of your life. Glad to hear that you have taken steps in the right direction. Congratulations!

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Old 08-10-2010, 04:46 PM   #149
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As has already been said, you ARE doing something and this will result in a loss of weight. It can be shocking to look at yourself sometimes and see how you really are, but it can also be a positive thing too. Stick to your plan, and you could lose a significant amount of weight in 65 days!

For everyone here, I went to IoA yesterday, and rode on FJ! I have been so worried about this for the last couple of months, as I was sure that I wouldn't fit, but I did without any problems. 5'4", 220 lbs, and pear shaped, and I only needed a slight push on the bar in order to get the green light. In actual fact, I had plenty of room!

For those that are worried, I will try to describe how it works. You walk through the line until you pass the Sorting Hat. You then turn left and the walkway is parallel and visible to the loading station for about 20 feet. At the end of 20 feet you make a U-turn onto the loading station (which is a moving pathway, and the bench of four seats faces this moving pathway). Four people sit in each bench, and the walkway and benches are passing in front of the 20ft line at this stage. The benches and walkway then pass the people in the line and into a "blank" area where you have not yet entered the ride and you are not completely visible to the waiting line either (I really hope this makes sense!). There are Cast Members here helping guests to push down on the bar if they need help. I saw one CM pushing really hard on one seat in order to help, but they then passed beyond where I could see them, so I don't know if they managed to do it, or if the guest was asked to leave. So, if you are with me so far, you will see that it is quite discrete, and not visible to everybody if you are asked to leave the ride. I know that this will be of no comfort to anyone that really wants to do the ride, but at least it is as discrete as possible.

By the way, the ride was absolutely fabulous!
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Old 08-10-2010, 05:26 PM   #150
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Like I said, still terrified that it won't happen - not sure if proportionally I'll fit even if I can get down to 230 in the next 65 days.
I'm 5'4" and 230 and I fit with no problem so you'll be fine!

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