Booth or table?

It was a question that made me cringe every time I heard it. Sometimes I just hoped that it was not asked, but assumed.

Although I ate a lot and worked in a restaurant, I did not like going out to eat. At 400 pounds, I could not fit in a booth. Trust me; I tried to fit in one many times. When I was at work, I would size one up and go for it…..only to be denied.

My old boss also knew I could not fit in a booth. He was not the nicest guy, so he would purposely give me reviews and evaluations in a booth. I would have to pull up a chair and sit next to him. It was humiliating.

My wife loves sitting in booths. In fact, who does not like sitting in a booth. They have a ton of cushion and they are roomy. Yet, no matter how far we pushed the table, no matter how big the booth seemed to be, I could not squeeze into one. I was destined for the table.

I used to get insulted by hostesses at restaurants for asking me the question, but it was not their fault. It was my fault. I was the one that could not get in that booth. I could not fit into a booth because of selfish eating. I could not fit into a booth because of inactivity. They did not know. Maybe they thought I could fit into a booth. Maybe they did not realize that I was 420 pounds and the only cushioned seat I would eat out of was in my car….after stopping at numerous drive thru’s.

This was my life three years ago. This was a small dilemma that I dealt with everyday. This was until I realized that I could not be selfish with my food choices anymore. I could not keep on making excuses for being inactive. I could not live like this.

After losing a good amount of weight, my wife and I went out to eat. Before the hostess could ask the questions I said “Booth please.” My wife looked at me funny, but at the time I lost 140 pounds. I was 280 and I squeezed into a booth for the first time in years. Maybe it looked funny to others, but it was a huge moment for me.

Now I have lost over 200 pounds. There is not a booth that can not handle me.

There are millions of reasons to lose weight and get active at Anytime Fitness. For me, sitting in a booth was a big reason.

Tony Posnanski is a renowned blogger, a chef, and an Anytime Fitness member. He writes about weight loss, fitness, motivation and more on his blog The Anti Jared. And don’t forget to follow him on Twitter.

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Tony Posnanski is a renowned blogger, chef, and Anytime Fitness member. Tony was once 400 pounds but has lost 200 pounds. He writes about weight loss, fitness, motivation and more on his blog The Anti Jared.