If you read my blog then you know I felt some anxiety as I prepared to head to the airport yesterday. My friend, Britt, and I booked this flight on Southwest Airlines from Baltimore long before the news covered my story. And when the reality set in that my incredible weekend would soon come to an end, I felt sick to my stomach.
I wondered if people at the airport would recognize me as they did on the streets of NYC and if they’d be friendly or mean…I wondered if I’d face angry flight attendants or fellow passengers. And I wondered if I would be singled out by gate attendants. I shared these concerns on my blog and with friends at Fitbloggin’ and decided that I would walk into the airport just as I have on many other flights – without the fear of being singled out. Perhaps I’ll share my thoughts on how the airline industry could alleviate that fear for all passengers later, but for now I’m pleased to say that everything went smoothly.
My flight on Southwest Airlines yesterday was fantastic from start to finish. From the courtesy I received at check-in, to the gate attendant who promptly and effectively answered my questions, everyone was well-mannered and friendly. I was not asked to purchase an additional ticket nor was I singled out in any other way. It was clear, after checking in and walking to my gate, that I would have a good flight, and I did.
I’m not sure when or how often I’ll travel with Southwest in the future, but I can confidently say – based on yesterday’s experience – that I would fly with them again. For now, I will continue to seek consistency from the airline industry as a whole, but I will also put my top priority back on the forefront of my blog and life – to continue living a healthy life while working toward my personal health and weight-loss goals.
In the last few weeks, I’ve realized that I have reason to feel confident and strong, but I’ve also been reminded that I have a long road ahead. I’m ready to use the strength and determination that I had in losing the first 127 pounds to lose the last 130 pounds. So if you’re new to my blog, welcome. If you can be courteous and respectful, please feel free to stick around and watch me change my life. And if you’ve been here all along then give yourself a big hug for me 😉 because I’m utterly thankful for your unwavering support, and I’m looking forward to more of it as I continue on my quest to go all the weigh…