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  1. PatRin

    PatRin Earning My Ears

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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!!!!:rotfl2:
     
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  3. janetkay272

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  4. PatRin

    PatRin Earning My Ears

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    That is amazing to know! Thank you so much - you just made my day!!!! :goodvibes
     
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  6. MIChessGuy

    MIChessGuy Proud, But Not a Redhead

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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. ;)
     
  7. rKrispyt

    rKrispyt Earning My Ears

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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! :cool1:
     
  8. bubba's mom

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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.

    good luck! :thumbsup2
     
  9. damo

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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!
     
  10. ncmurray

    ncmurray Earning My Ears

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    Hi,

    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!
     
  11. Praise2Him

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    I'm 5'4" and 230 and I fit with no problem so you'll be fine!
     
  12. sbgclori

    sbgclori Earning My Ears

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    Good Luck everyone... the one thing I can say is really try the seats outside before you even get in line) to get an idea.... basically the guy outside was really nice.... they have two seats you can test. So I did not get the green light but he pushed it down as far as he could then he held the other seat down to where mine was and then kept pushing till the light came on so he could see how much further the seat needed to go for the green light... it was less than and inch so he said go for it. I got past the seats inside and got on the ride. I really think the seats on the real ride are bigger so if at all possible just bypass the testers inside and just try to get on. GOOD LUCK!
     
  13. disneyannie

    disneyannie Earning My Ears

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    Thanks for this comment, i really want to ride, but appreciate i may not fit. so now i know its discrete i'm happy to go for it and what will be will be xxxx:cool1::cool1:
     
  14. buttongirl

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    I waited in line for 90 min with my two children and was not pulled out of line. When we reached the ride I buckeled my two children in safely and then sat down myself. I did not fit. Not even close. The ride attendant was irrated and asked me to leave the ride but would not let me retrieve my seven year old daughter who was crying because she was scared to ride without me.

    I am 5'7'' and weight 220lbs. I wear a size 18 or 20. I carry my weight in my thighs and chest. I have never had a problem fitting on a ride before. I just wanted to warn anyone who is traveling alone with children to prepare them that they may have to ride by themsleves. I wish I had seen this thread before my trip!
     
  15. MIChessGuy

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    I was in this situation last Friday, except that I "volunteered" myself to the inside seat tester. The outside tester had already failed me and told me to report to the inside test seat. When I failed a second time, they kicked me out. It was just me and my 8-year-old niece, whom I did not want to ride without me, assuming they would have allowed it. I'll try sneaking by the inside seats alone next time, and they can throw me out from the loading area instead...heh.
     
  16. MaleficentandGoons

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    SO WEIRD! I'm 5'6 but weigh about the same and I fit. The first time I had the girls in a push up bra and the second just a bra shelf cami. It's the thighs that KILL though. I'm sorry that you were not able to ride:hug::hug: How was your daughter after?
     
  17. buttongirl

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    After reading this thread I am pretty sure that it was my thighs and chest that were my issue. The gentleman who lead me around to the unloading area to retrieve my children told me that it was actually very difficult for them to predict who would and would not fit the harness.

    Unfortunately my daughter was crying and very upset at the end of the ride. She would not go on another dark ride for the rest of the trip. She did have a blast on the roller coasters though!
     
  18. MaleficentandGoons

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    Well if it makes you feel better my 53 yo mom said she had nightmares from the Dementors part. She only watched the 1st movies and never read the books so she wasn't prepared. She did like the Mummy!
     
  19. keishashadow

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    Q for those who were sweating it out & had success...

    wondering if any of you had tried the test seat for Epcot's Sum of All Thrills Coaster & fit?popcorn::

    I tried it & fit easily, was hoping to save myself embarrassment @ HP in Oct.

    Had no issue with the girls (DDs) when lowering the epcot restraint. it was an odd feeling to feel my ample backside slide down into the seat that looks similar to the pic posted here, except the Epcot one has much deeper sides due to section attached to back part weird feeling to slide down into it:confused3oddly enough, easier to get out than in for some reason lol

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  20. OrlandoUnited

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    They're not the same. I fit on Sum of All Thrills just fine. Harry Potter, not at all.
     
  21. Magpie

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    Frankly, I'm horrified by this story - I can't imagine not being allowed to retrieve my child!

    I don't care if they have to shut down the whole ride, if my child is scared to go through alone, then she shouldn't have to go through alone. My husband would have been ripping heads off right and left.

    Since you didn't try the seats out front, they should have pulled you aside for the test seats inside. But they didn't, which means they dropped the ball by not grabbing you out of line. Forcibly separating parents and children is inexcusable. I think this one's worthy of writing a letter of complaint, so that in future they're more proactive about pulling people out of line when there's any doubt.
     

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