Time Flies and So Did I

I can’t believe it’s been nearly two months since I wrote. What’s even crazier is that there have been so many things to share! Time has certainly been flying this spring and that’s exactly what I want to share with you before I continue on with the many events that have occurred so far.

One of the women from work was talking about this amazing class she took: Flying Trapeze! I was instantly interested. I listened to her share her experience with Fearless Flyers Academy in Mystic, CT, and I was so ready! 

When I committed to RNY Gastric Bypass Surgery I set weight loss goals for myself. Things I would be able to do that I couldn’t do before. I used to always reward myself with food so now I reward myself with adventure and this was right up my alley. Meeting the weight requirement made me jump with joy and I booked a class and my friend Caryn was going to join me. 

We show up at Fearless Flyers Academy and we get the warmest greeting from the receptionist. I told her about my weight loss and how I’m so excited to do this. She asked of she could hug me. She knows how hard it is to lose weight and she wanted to let me know she was proud of me and she was as excited for me to be there as I was! What a great way to begin. 

The studio is a large warehouse where they have flying trapeze, static trapeze, trampoline, and aerial silks. The flying trapeze area has a large safety net spanning the room and a long ladder leading to the platform. The students range from the very young like 10 years old to some older than my 43 years with varying levels of experience. The class is capped at 10 people so each person has several attempts to learn and fly. There are three instructors as well. 

The newbies go to a section and go over the basics, safety, and techniques while the experienced flyers get right to it. In no time I was buckled into my safety harness and before I knew it I was climbing the ladder to the platform. 

Trust. It can be a complicated thing especially if you don’t give it easily. When you’re on a small platform HIGH in the air and there’s someone who is holding on to you there’s an element of trust at play. As a very heavy person before I don’t trust anyone can hold me. I had to trust that this man has me. He was confident and I wasn’t. I had to let it go. I had to settle into his expertise and allow myself to believe that I’m not over 400 lbs, that I’m able to trust his abilities to do this work. 

I didn’t know if I could support myself or if I’d jump and just drop to the netting. I didn’t know if I could gracefully swing or even listen to the instruction. 

After all those moments of hesitation I took the leap and extraordinary things happened! I could swing and support myself. I could hear the instruction and I felt so free and alive. I was able to go several times and it just got better and better. 

There’s a sign on the wall that reads: “On the other side of fear lies freedom!”

That, my friends, is so true! If you’re ever in Mystic and want to experience that freedom I highly recommend Fearless Flyers Academy! 

Author: Regina Bartlett

Regina Bartlett is a blogger and speaker from the gorgeous Rhode Island coastline where she spends her days with her amazing husband Jeff and their combined family of six adult children and two very tiny adorable chihuahuas. She’s active in her church, sings on the praise team, and is amazed every single day at how God has totally changed her life. Formerly 425 lbs she’s battled her weight for 30 years until RNY Gastric Bypass surgery in December 2014 where she lost 250 lbs and gained a new lease on life. She wants to share with anyone who thinks that they MIGHT be interested in surgery and knowing the real truth behind the surgery since there are a lot of misconceptions and fears. Deciding that she needed a challenge to continue with her weight maintenance she decided to embark on running the NYC Marathon in 2016 on Fred’s Team for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Like so many people, her life has been touched by people affected by cancer. Discovering that her friend of over 25 years was diagnosed with breast cancer she had even more inspiration to run. On November 6, 2016, she completed the grueling 26.2 miles through all five boroughs of New York City and realized her 20 year dream of completing the largest marathon in the world. This blog will travel with Regina as she laces up her shoes and continues to challenge herself while sharing stories of her life and the people who have been an influence on her over the years. You’ll find stories, recipes, crafts, photographs of the wonder that is Little Rhody and countless photos of her tiny pups Sid Vicious and Taxi Fitzgerald. TL;DR: Wife, mother, writer, avid crafter, lover of Jesus and tiny dogs everywhere with a story to tell. FOR BOOKING INFORMATION please use the contact form below or email navigatingweightloss@gmail.com. Thank you!

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