Last night I found myself sharing the recliner with my daughter, Charlotte.
We BOTH fit in it side by side! But that was not always the case.
Lee bought this recliner for me when I weighed 417 pounds.
He had to call around to find it and it was the absolute biggest one we could find.
The day that we bought it I waited in the car while he scoped it out.
When he decided it was worth a try, he called to let me know that I should come in the store.
You see, at that point, I only walked when absolutely necessary because of the pain. I remember getting from the car to that recliner. Luckily it was a furniture store so I could stop and sit down on a couch every few feet on my way to the back where the recliner was located. It was a tough journey getting to it. And I remember being discouraged because I barely fit in it and yet we knew it was the biggest one we could find. This recliner was basically my bed and I lived my life from it.
Today I no longer live from the recliner. It is not my bed. It is not where I exist.
At one point, the recliner could barely fit me. Now my kids can pile in with me. And it’s roomy!!
As a mom, you want to be able to enjoy those moments. You want to snuggle with your kids but that was very hard to do at over 400 pounds. I felt so often that my weight was a barrier that kept me from being able to enjoy these things. I couldn’t carry them or pick them up. I couldn’t get a blanket and snuggle up in a recliner to watch a movie. We tried but it just wasn’t as easy. Now it feels effortless!
Twice in the past few weeks, I’ve been parked next to a car that was so close I had to squeeze out or back in.
In the past, that would have been impossible.
I would have had to ask a total stranger to please back my car out for me so I could get in
Or I would have had to wait for the owner of the car next to me to return
You don’t squeeze in and out of spaces at over 400 pounds
This contributes to your fear of going places because you have to be protective of yourself
Not getting yourself into unsafe situations where you may find yourself unable to fit
And then having to stand for a long time waiting which might result in falling if you don’t have the strength
Today I can come and go places without fear
I dont worry the entire time I am inside a store that I will return to my car only to find that someone has parked so close to me
That I cannot get back in
So my children continue to be fascinated when I can fit through these tight spaces. We all stop and stand around while the kids take pictures
People passing by continue to be confused as to what the big excitement is all about.
They may not understand but WE do! I’m sure many of you do as well!
The pure joy at being able to walk back to your car and get in without any hassle
Tight spaces are no longer feared
They are now an exciting challenge!