Benefit #3,593 of Losing Weight: Being Able to Fit Inside of a Restaurant Booth
I went to a local Mexican restaurant yesterday for lunch and sat in a booth.
Man, how times have changed.
For several years of my life, between the years of 2003-2009, I wasn’t able to sit in your typical restaurant booth. Booths were simply not wide enough for my stomach (see what it looked like). It wasn’t a huge issue going to Chili’s, Applebee’s, Outback, etc, with my wife, as she knew to always ask the host/hostess for a table.
It was awkward though when I was with friends and family.
Most people, including my friends and family, seemed/seem to prefer booths over tables. Nobody ever wanted to sit in a table, always a booth, and I was much too afraid to speak up. Sure, it wouldn’t have been a big deal if I said “Look guys, we need to sit in a table because I can’t fit in a booth,” but if you’re ever been overweight, you know the cardinal rule of being overweight is to never, ever draw attention to your weight.
I lived my life trying not to break that rule.
Sometimes I failed, like those times when I would be forced to squeeze into a restaurant booth. I could feel the stares and pity of my friends and family as they patiently waited as I squeezed inside the booth. It was shameful.
It’s amazing how the simple act of going to a restaurant can improve when you’re not morbidly obese. I’m trying my best to remember not to take anything for granted.