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Friday, October 22, 2010

Oregon Ducks Win!!!! (oh yeah and some band stuff too)

I went to my first ever University of Oregon football game last night.  One of my good friends invited me to go and we had a great time!  Although I love watching Ducks football on TV, I just don't have extra money for tickets.  Even when I was a student and could get free tickets, I never attended games because they're usually on Saturdays and I always worked Saturdays.  So it was super fun to have the opportunity!


I have to say that I am so much more comfortable doing things like this since losing the extra weight. At 280 lbs., I always felt uncomfortable in crowds and I always worried about seating issues.  I felt like people were judging me for my size.  I felt unattractive. 

But no more!  I now feel healthy and fit.  I am no bigger or smaller than the average person.  No one looks at me and thinks I'm enormous.  No one sees me sitting in the seat next to them and groans knowing that I'll be taking more than my share of space. 

I am also really pleased by how much more active I've become.  I've always exercised regularily, but now I am more active than I've ever been.  Yesterday, for example, I rode my bike to work.  I've been riding on Tuesdays and Thursdays for several months now.  Since I had game tickets, I rode my bike the three miles to my office in the UO campus area and then I walked through the park and over the footbridge crossing the Willamette River to Autzen Stadium.  It was probably a 15 minute walk and 25 minute bike ride.  It was great to avoid all the traffic hassles.  I have found that it is easy and rewarding to incorporate activity into my normal routine rather than trying to find the time and money to go to a gym.  Here's a picture I took as I came out of the park and approached the stadium:


Here's a pic of the field from our seats:




10 comments:

tessierose said...

Looks like fun! Boy they really kicked butt too! You look great Amanda!

MandaPanda said...

Sounds like you've really embraced a active lifestyle! That's exactly why I got the band...so I can do things like you just mentioned. Looked like fun!

Justawallflower said...

I love the sneakiness of adding exercise to your day under the guise of normal daily activity! This is awesome! I know I refrain from lots of things as well because of my weight, and look forward to that being a distant past memory!

Lap Band Gal said...

Go Ducks!! LOL I had never even heard of the Ducks until I moved up here to Oregon. :)

Read said...

I'm so glad you had such a great time! And it's fantastic how you've incorporated so much activity in your normal, everyday life.

Michelle said...

Glad to hear you had a great time! I'm so happy for you that your finally content with yourself. Thats great!

Kathy said...

How fun. We were up in Eugene yesterday and the traffic was crazy. Glad you got to see the game. Go Ducks!!

~Lisa~ (Mrs C) said...

Great seats!! As a Mom of a College football player, there is nothing better than a game on a Saturday afternoon!! Sounds like you had fun - and I am happy for you that you felt comfortable and energetic!!

Have a GREAT weekend!!

To Band or not To Band? said...

That is definitely on my to do list when I travel to the States, visit a fair dinkum "game".

Debbie said...

I wish I could ride my bike to work. 38 miles is a little far to ride though.. lol