My Trip to Dallas
I just want to give an overview of the trip before I get into the specifics. I loved my weekend away from Va. It was relaxing, amazing and I really can’t think of words to describe it.
Okay, so remember how I made a big deal about me fitting into the seats. Back Story: A couple years ago I was on a flight in which I couldn’t snap my seat buckle in. I hid the belt under my shirt to not make a scene. I was embarrassed and felt like dying. On the plus, travel motion makes me sleepy so I got to hide the reality away in my sleep.
Fast forward to today, and a 140ish pounds lost. The first sign that I knew I would be okay was the seat in the terminal. When I sat down I had room to my left and to my right. I was excited to finally sit in the real seats. When I boarded the plane and I sat down, the first thing I did was snap my seat belt.
With extra slack too. I had to tweet the photo immediately. If you are reading this and you saw a strange, yet happy, black man take a photo of his crotch before take-off, you now know why.
Can I be honest with you? Okay, so I fit in the seat- check. But the real test was to see how I would do when I am sitting next to someone. In all of my 4 flights, no one sat next to me. In 3 of my flights no one sat in my row. Where was this luck when I was fat? Really guys I finally prepare myself and I get rewarded with the gift of row privacy.
Anyways, I am extremely happy that I can fit width wise in the seat. Now for my legs, this is a different story. Dear Airlines, some people are over 6 feet tall. Some people need leg room. Thank you for your non-consideration. ~Love, LaRell.
I totally told my diet to See You next Tuesday, literally. I returned to Roanoke on Tuesday and that’s when my diet returns, supposedly. I told you guys about my friend, who is like a brother, Micah. Our friendship is basically surrounded by food. When I was a sophomore, us and two awesome chicks would sit in an all-you-can serve Caf.
This is my first time in Dallas and I wanted to get the full experience. This means I am going on the Texas Diet. This diet is full of Tex-Mex, BBQ and everything unhealthy. I ate out practically every meal. I had my first Whataburger sandwich that weekend. I basically didn’t care what entered my mouth because it was my break from my diet.
Now, I am paying for all of that. My metabolism is HIGH and it wants me to eat more and more food. But it’s not the good food that I crave; it is the greasy, buttery food. It also doesn’t help that the weekend I come back to Roanoke the Greek Festival is alive.
Okay readers, I am doing a new diet starting October 1st. I need help to find out which diet to do. This is where you guys come in. Tell me of a good colon cleansing diet and I will try it out and see if it works. The worst thing is that I have an oral food allergy so I can’t eat uncooked veggies + fruits.
Color Me Rad 5K Run
This is what you guys probably want to hear from me about. I trained for 2 months for this race. Let me tell you, that training was pointless. This race was not a race but a party. There were kids, kids in strollers, people walking and people lightly jogging. Since I run 3 miles every weekend on the Roanoke Greenway, I ran past these people like no one else’s business. The tempo of runners was so slow that I ran around people like a real life FROGGER. There were stations were people got blasted by colors and some stations I ran behind because there was a line, a hold-up of “runners.”
The best thing about the race was that I got to see my friend, Brittany. I wrote on my Facebook wall that I was going to Dallas this weekend. She encouraged me to run this race. I accepted but forgot to actually communicate back with her to see what time she was going to be there or when her heat began.
I was about 2/3rd done when a woman tackled my side, It’s Brittany! ((no b*tch) sorry I had to…) Anyways, I slowed down and chatted with her for a bit and she commented on my weight loss. She was another person who hasn’t seen me since the start of my transformation. It is weird seeing people of the past see me because I physically changed. I feel like a Pokemon metamorphosing to the next level.
I had fun at the 5K but I really want to run a serious 5K race now! They are fun, exhilarating and endorphin-releasing good times. I ran the 5K in 32 minutes which is a really good time for me. I am thankful for all the training because I know I can run if a zombie apocalypse ever happened.
The next day I was in my college town for a visit. I asked a friend to go running / jogging with me. You see it’s running to me but jogging to him because we ran at my pace. We ran 4 miles, the longest I ever ran. After our exercise session I was dying. I can’t believe how physical I have become in less than a year.
I started my diet October 14th 2011. I have one more month to make it a year. A former roommate (who was my BEST roommate ever) asked me if I really lost weight. He was extremely happy for me and asked me how I feel. I told him I am scared. I am scared for my future - if I can hold the weight off and I am scared on the change in my life. How will I readjust to something that has been a constant in my life? I always been the fat kid or the overweight guy. It is hard to comprehend my body now.
Yesterday, someone asked me what my body shape was. I had no idea how to respond to that. I texted my BFFs and one said ‘LOL idk any more’ and the other said ‘average’. I never been ‘average’ so in my head it’s not making sense. I am totally confused.
For now, goodbye. But seriously, If you know of a weight loss diet or colon cleansing diet send me the information to LReynolds@WDBJ7.com. Thank You so much :)
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