Being big sucks. I’m being too nice to myself, I’m not big – I’m fat! And being fat sucks! To illustrate this point, let me try to describe the daily hurdles of a 400 pound man…
Now, I really don’t want to talk about me, so let me describe a day in the life of a generic 400 pound, middle-aged, man named Larry. (wink wink)
Morning Challenges for a Large Person
Larry gets up and out of his bed to find his feet and knees still hurting the same way they did when he went to bed 7 hours ago. Forget that wonderful overnight healing that used to take place when Larry was a kid. Nope, now it’s just a continuous pain that never seems to heal.
Larry gets a shower and gets dressed into clothing that never seems to fit quite right. Yes, the clothing is either too tight, digs into areas it shouldn’t, or just leaves him feeling bound and overheated.
Changing clothing brands don’t help, either. There just aren’t many comfortable options for a 400 pound man. Buying clothing for big guys sucks. If only Larry could wear his favorite cut-off sweat pants and tee-shirt to work like he does at home, but he can’t. Dang it!
Then the stairs! The only good thing about going up and down the stairs is the nice melody of tunes that mysteriously starts playing as Larry goes up and down the steps. Sadly, the tunes are poor Larry’s knees clicking under the stress.
Larry gets to work where he’s presented with his first challenge – getting through a turnstile that’s built for a human about half his width. Larry stuffs his big butt in the turnstile and proceeds to take tiny little baby-steps in a circle until he reaches the other side. He swears if someone took a video of this process it’d immediately go viral!
He makes it to his desk that has his special big guy’s chair (heavy duty chair) and he settles in to work. All is good now, right? WRONG!
There’s the Meetings…
Meetings are always tricky. Larry has to get to the meeting oddly early or he risks walking into a room where the only open chair is located WAY in the back through an impossibly narrow path.
However, if Larry arrives to the meeting too early he may have to stand around on his aching feet and knees waiting for others to vacate the meeting room. And if he arrives too late, he may end up having to ask everyone to move out of the way. Yes, it’s tricky.
Don’t think the coast is clear for Larry if he gets to the meeting early and finds a nice and accessible comfy spot to sit in. That’s just wishful thinking. But go ahead, let’s put poor Larry in that scenario. (Sorry Larry!)
About mid-meeting Larry quickly realizes that he’s not sitting in his heavy-duty (fat-guys chair) as he finds himself slowly sinking toward the floor. Yep! He forgot the company “went the cheap route” when buying new office chairs, so the old 400-pound capacity is now 280-pounds. Of course, now his chair is so low to the floor that he feels like a kid at a table of adults.
Good freakin grief!
Cafeteria Challenges for a Big Guy
Now it’s lunch time! That’s gotta be fun, right? Hey, a fat guy, lunch, no brainer! WRONG!
Lunch actually provides Larry 3 ways to crash and burn –
- Sit in a booth. He’ll get in, but he won’t get out!
- Sit on the new adult 4-foot high-chairs. Why do they have these things? Larry knows getting on those things is risking life and limb to himself and the soul sitting behind him!
- Sit in the oh-so-incredibly flimsy pullout chairs. Larry knows he will break those chairs because he’s killed so many in the past. Risk it? lol, no.
Then there’s more meetings!
OK, the day is coming to a close. You have one more meeting with the manager. You’re pretty sure that will go smooth. WRONG!
The Manager sends you a text and wants to do a “walking meeting.” OK, no problem. WRONG again! The Manager is about 120 pounds and speed walks (which Larry calls sprinting) anywhere and everywhere he goes! UGH!
Honestly, that’s not a BAD day, it’s just a regular day. Larry could be required to fly somewhere (plane travel for a big person, no thanks) or travel to different locations where he didn’t know the lay of the land to plan ahead. Being big requires lots of planning, believe me!
However, Larry completely understands the troubles of living too far on one side of the physical-size bell curve. Products and services operate in a range where most people reside, which is about the 150 – 250 pound range. Beyond that range, on either side, problems arise.
Nevertheless, those are some of the daily hurdles of a 400-pound man, living large and not always in charge. 🙂
Don’t be like Larry, stop the weight gain before you get 400 pounds. But whatever weight you are, you can change. See how one 495 pound guy lost over 100 pounds.