Don’t worry, it’ll fit,’ the ride operator smiled, as he tried clicking the harness over my big belly.
On the flying cars at the local show, I desperately tried to suck in my stomach.
At 142 kilos though, it was no use.
‘I’m sorry, darl’ – you’ll have to hop off,’ he said.
Face flaring bright red, I wanted the ground to swallow me up.
A stay-at-home mum, my weight had yo-yoed ever since puberty. After having kids, it’d ballooned. And I’d got bigger with each bub.
While I cooked my little ones healthy meat and veg, I’d gorge on greasy takeaways, chips and cakes.
At the Macca’s drive through, I’d order a large double quarter pounder meal, with an extra burger thrown in for good measure.
Then, I’d knock off a chocolate sundae for dessert.
My portions could easily feed a family of three!
Avoiding the scales, sometimes I forgot how big I was. Then, catching my reflection in the mirror, or spotting myself in a photo, I’d be horrified.
A size-26, finding clothes was a nightmare.
The bigger the better, I’d think, choosing whatever frumpy outfit fit.
One day, I found I could no longer squeeze into Kmart’s plus-sized options.
Oh my God! They’re literally running out of clothes in my size! I fretted.
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