My first trip since weight loss began

by Robyn Wright on May 1, 2013

in Weight Loss

If you have been a reader for a while you know I love to travel and I often go to conferences as well as on blogger summit from various brands. I think BlogHer in August of 2012 was when I stopped. It was self-imposed because my weight had become a big issue and made it so hard for me to travel. I did not want to go on another trip where I could not enjoy myself.

Robyn Wright at BlogHer '12On trips last year I remember that I always looked like I had grapefruits stuck on my ankles they were swollen so much. I could not get through the long airports by myself at all and had to use assistance. When at events and everyone was ready to go to dinner or some event near the hotel I dreaded it – I always asked “how far is it” and would inevitably get the answer of “oh just a couple of blocks”. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to do that much even and I would either take a cab or just not go at all with the group. Not going was horrible for me – if you have met me you know that I want to be with the group having fun! Walking around the expo hall at BlogHer was hard for me – I found a place to sit and rest whenever I could. My health, because of my weight, was really taking all of the fun out of these business trips for me. The photo to the right is me at BlogHer ‘12 last year.

In January my journey began and I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy and began changing my eating habits – smaller portions, better choices – and exercising. The 70+ pounds I have lost have made such a huge difference for me, even though I still have lots more to lose. The difference was very evident last week when I took my first business trip again. The picture below is me now – again a ways to go, but there is a difference in how I look, but especially how I feel!

Robyn Wright at Microsoft CampusThis trip was a Microsoft event and I had been talking to Kristina at Microsoft for a couple of years about doing a blogger trip. When it came to fruition there was no way I was going to miss it! Turns out this was just the perfect trip for me to go on as I ventured back into traveling. First the team did a fabulous job on the agenda for the trip and taking care of all of us – amazing! But, not only was the content of the trip great but I was surrounded by people I already knew – both brand and PR and bloggers – and their support of my weight loss was incredible. Many knew of my surgery already, many have been following my story here on my blog, twitter, and Facebook. But even those that did not were cheering me on, asking questions, and being very positive. It really was an amazing feeling to have all that support for me during those 4 days. I would share, out loud, many of the little victories I’m about to tell you and they would high five me, say way to go, and cheer sometimes even.

I bought Evian instead of Coke at the airportI was nervous before the trip. Hubby knew this and was very supportive. He dropped me off at Lambert Airport and I walked to security, waited in line, then walked to my gate! I was not out of breath, my legs did not hurt. Whew! One hurdle down. On the way I stopped to get something to drink too – not a Coke like I used to always get, but an Evian water instead! Now onto the plane – flight number one and no seat belt extender required! I did not feel squished in my seat either – yes I’m still fat – but I didn’t feel like I had to constantly worry I was invading the space of those next to me. I also did not get that “geez I have to sit next to the fat lady” look from passengers next to me – yes, obese people see those looks that others give. Then I tried it and I could put the tray table down all the way! Woohoo! I haven’t been able to do that in a while, it hit my stomach. I got out my Surface tablet and used it on the tray – happy dance! I had a connection in Chicago and walked from one gate to the next again without problems. Now a small downer, on this flight I had to ask for a seat belt extender. The flight attendant was so sweet though, I told her I was disappointed because I didn’t need it on the last flight and she said seat belts are different sizes and they cut off pieces to fix them often. I shared a bit about my weight loss and she cheered me on too! So extender on and by the way, if you are overweight please don’t hesitate to ask the attendants for a seat belt extender, they are very nice about it and it is better to be safe instead of tucking an unlatched seatbelt under your belly and pretending it is latched.

Upon arrival in Seattle I walked down to baggage and was met by a wrangler and taken to the group of other bloggers who had already arrived. When it was time to go I walked with everyone to the exit, up a floor, then down a floor, across the road, and into the parking garage – no problems! Even in the car I was not exhausted at all. We headed to the Hotel 1000 (which is fabulous – see my video tour of room at end of this post). Here is where I got nervous again a bit. Several of them were going to go up in the Space Needle and to the new Ferris Wheel and I wanted to go but I was afraid. Afraid that I would wear myself out after just getting there. Instead I stayed at the hotel with a few others and chatted and then when my room was ready went and freshened up before dinner. Oh and I forgot to mention I was sharing with everyone that I was wearing real jeans for this first time in years – you know with a zipper, button, front & back pockets – not the stretchy pull-on elastic waist “jeans” and they all cheered for me! Also, my friend Cecily saw me and said “you look so skinny” – now I am not anywhere close to skinny, but I knew what she meant – she meant she could tell I had lost weight and was cheering me on – it felt great!

I did a great job during the trip with food and eating just a little. I hate wasting food, but when you are not fixing your own plate it happens. The only thing was that meals were spaced out which is not the best way for me to eat, but I dealt with it. I even had tiny bites of dessert. They fed us well on this trip but not once did I eat to much! We did not have a ton of walking around Microsoft when we were there, but regardless I could do it all. The second night we were at one event and then they said we are walking to dinner. Gulp. I had that tiny bit of anxiety but I went along. It was not a long walk, “just a few blocks”, but one I would not have been able to do last year. I even talked while I walked! It was an amazing feeling! The next day we walked from our hotel to Pike Place – up a slight hill by the way – and walked around for an hour or so. I did not look for a place to sit or rest during this – I just walked around with everyone! Wonderful! We walked back to the hotel for a bit and then walked back up the hill to our lunch spot. During lunch the room we were in had table set in big “U” around the room and I loved that I was able to scoot in to the table enough where I didn’t feel like I was blocking others from going behind me like I would have last year.

The whole trip was like this and I was just so happy to feel so much better on this trip than I had been on my trips last year. And that support from everyone else was totally priceless for me. My ankles did swell a little, but nothing extreme at all. When I finally got back to St. Louis I did call it an early night and slept in a bit the next day – but I was not totally exhausted for a couple of days like I would have been before.

So now I am back to traveling again – next week I will be in Orlando, in May I will be in Los Angeles, in September it is Atlanta, and I am open to accepting trips from brands if they invite me again now (I hope they didn’t rule me out entirely).

As always, I am sharing my journey, good and bad, for everyone. Those that have a lot of weight to lose need to know they are not alone and they can do it. Those that have friends and family who are overweight can get some insight into the process too.

If you have a question, ask away, I will do my best to answer!

© 2013, Robyn Wright. All rights reserved.

  • Robyn Wright

    Thank you Jessica!!!! Hubby says I’m much easier to hug these days too :-)

  • Anne-Marie Nichols

    Robin you did great during the trip. There were so many temptations, from a yummy breakfast buffet to several wonderful dinners. And you hung in there with a positive attitude and no “poor me’s” at all. You go girl!!

    • Robyn Wright

      Thanks Anne-Marie – I’m not a “poor me” type of gal at all, never have been. I want to always try to look at the positive side of things! I was thrilled to have eggs at breakfast and not just pastry like we get on some of these trips. John said he knew the importance of protein at breakfast – love him!

  • Jacqueline Cromwell

    I am so proud of you and happy for you!!! You look great and you sound like you feel even better;). Now you have inspired me to go exercise for a few minutes;).

    • Robyn Wright

      Thanks Jackie! See, I will be able to walk around with you on our next trip! Did you see the hotel site? Right on the beach, would love to take a walk on the beach for sure!

  • Denise Bertacchi

    Congrats!! I’m glad you took the leap and are already feeling the benefits. Do you mind a question? If the surgery took a chunk of your stomach, does that mean you have to eat more frequently to keep your energy levels up? And how long do they think it will take you to reach your goal weight?

    Glad you’re back on the road–I’ll be following your posts!

    • Robyn Wright

      Thanks Denise. No, I do not eat more frequently. Really I should stick with 3 meals a day and a snack. I have to focus on getting lots of protein in during those meals also. Grazing is not good for me. I have a gazillion times more energy now than before the surgery already. We do not have a set goal weight or time period – everyone is different. It took me a long time to get fat, it will take me some time to get rid of it too. My biggest goal is to be healthy!

  • Robin

    You are very brave! I’m glad that you felt better and were able to walk a lot on this trip.
    Lots of people are cheering you on–keep up the good work!

    • Robyn Wright

      Not sure about brave, but thank you!

  • terry petero

    Your doing great keep up the good work.

    • Robyn Wright

      Thanks Terry!

  • Alice Shaffer

    how awesome! Congrats on all the successes you encountered on this trip!

    • Robyn Wright

      Thanks Alice!

  • Robyn Wright

    Thanks Andrea!

  • Rust

    What a phenomenal accomplishment! I’ve followed along and I want to tell you that you are such a huge inspiration, most surely to so many of the quiet ones like me. Hugs ….and huge congratulations to you!

    • Robyn Wright

      Thank you – I know I have a lot of quiet readers who are not big on commenting and I’m fine with that always – if I can help even 1 person I think it is fabulous!

  • Alanna Kellogg

    What an inspirational story … the major improvement in your life, your health, your career. Congratulations!

    • Robyn Wright

      Thanks Alanna – and hopefully it is just going to keep getting better!

  • Eryn

    I did recognize those times. In the future, if we’re together & you feel like you need to stay in, we will order yummy food (cities have the BEST take-out!) to our rooms & watch crappy TV TOGETHER. But that won’t even be an issue. We’ll be painting the town red. :)

    • Robyn Wright

      {{{HUGS}}} You are so sweet. I would never ask anyone to stay back on account of me though – you know I want folks to go out and LIVE, ENJOY, EXPLORE! But, I do love some crappy TV :-)

      • Eryn

        Don’t be silly! My family regularly has an “order in” day on trips. I know it’s weird, but when we go on vacation, we MOVE all day in order to see as much as we can & on a longer trip, we need some zone out time! I can find the best delivery places. ;) We’ll order in, eat in our PJs, watch TV & get a full night’s rest.

        Then it’s back to the RUSH that going on vacation with ME is! lol They’re good little troopers.

  • tannawings

    You look great, but more importantly you feel better. It’s amazing how much more you can do! Keep it up I know it isnt always easy but every step is a step in the right direction!

    • Robyn Wright

      Thank you friend :-)

  • Karen Goodman

    So proud of the journey you are on…and your willingness to share it all. Can’t wait to get together again. This time we should meet and go for a walk at a park instead of lunch. I have a bad habit of making everything social be centered around eating out, and that isn’t good for me either.

    • Robyn Wright

      I think we all do that. Yes, we will have to meet for a walk in the park for sure!! I can meet your dog then too!

  • Ravzie

    I am so proud of you!!!

    • Robyn Wright

      Thank you!

  • Valerie Gray

    You’re doing great! Can’t wait to watch you bloom!

    • Robyn Wright

      Thanks Val!!!

  • Jenn

    You look fantastic! I think it’s wonderful that you’re doing so well after surgery, and already noticing results. Just wait until how much better than now you’ll feel as the weight continues to come off! I’m three and a half years out from my surgery (regular gastric bypass), and sometimes I still can’t believe not only how much different I look, but how much better I feel.

  • Kathy

    congratulations! Great time for you~ and what a boost to al of us reading who are on our weight loss journey

    • Robyn Wright

      I hope so, that is why I am sharing! My friends sharing inspired me and now I want to do the same for others

  • GlArthy

    Chin up – you look wonderful and that colour suits you too!! Very nice post on your journey both ways.

    • GlArthy

      Robin, how is your weight loss programme these days, going well, seeing even more of a difference? How are you feeling overall?
      I know, too many questions – can’t help ;)

      • Robyn Wright

        I will have an update posted on the 10th, which will be my 5 month anniversary. I’m doing good though and still losing and feeling better! It is not too many questions at all!

  • Tonya Prater

    Congratulations, Robin! As someone who has and continues to struggle with their weight, I can totally relate to those victories that you’ve referred to in your post. Rooting you on to continued success…and travels. :)

    • Robyn Wright

      Thanks Tonya! I leave again for another trip tomorrow. This time to southern California and I’m looking forward to taking a walk on the beach!

  • Daria

    You rock. That is all. :)

    • Robyn Wright


  • Gabriele Wøød

    awesome :)

  • Camilla

    I got teary! I have previously lost 70 lbs myself and can totally relate, the feeling of success when the work pays off is unmatched!

    • Robyn Wright

      Thanks Camilla and congratulations on your weight loss! It is definitely a good feeling!

  • Rich Becker

    An excellent and inspiring story Robyn. Keep it up! You deserve the best.

    • Robyn Wright

      Thanks Rich! Ill have another update on the 10th of June which will be my 5 month anniversary

  • joyceharrell

    I have just started reading your journey and am very inspired. Keep up the great work and I am hoping to start a smaller journey, but it will be big for me.

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