Theme park ride inspires woman to from 250 to 160 pounds

Posted Monday, January 6, 2014 3:56 PM | Contributed by Jeff

An embarrassing incident on a theme park roller coaster inspired an 18st (252 lb.) woman to transform her life. It took three park staff to get Nicole Whitehead, who was then aged 20, to fit into the Alton Towers ride Air safely. She has now gone from a dress size 24 to a 10.

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Monday, January 6, 2014 4:22 PM

I love these success stories. I know we've said just about everything there is to say about them, but I always like reading them. Thank you for posting it!

And rides are MUCH more thrilling when you have more room in your restraint/car.

"Look at us spinning out in the madness of a roller coaster" - Dave Matthews Band

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 12:27 AM
Vater's avatar

Wow, another one. Wonder if we'll ever see a story like this in the U.S.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 2:45 AM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

No. You'll just see people complaining that the manufacturer's need to make bigger seats...and maybe some whining about fairness or health at every size or discrimination or something.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 1:55 PM

Overweight? Try the South Beach Diet, it works wonders!

PS. I made it into the "Two Percenter" Group. This is the group of people who actually LOSE weight during the period between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. I attended four Holiday Parties and Three Holiday Meals, yet I still managed to lose four pounds!

Answer my Prayers, Overbook my next Flight!
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 2:01 PM
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Anyone who burns more calories than they eat loses weight. That's the only diet anyone needs to understand.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014 2:42 PM

And lay off the Fats and Carbs! LOSE those "Luxury"Foods.

Answer my Prayers, Overbook my next Flight!
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 4:51 PM
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3600 calories equals (roughly) one pound. You may burn calories faster or slower, but Jeff's "formula" is right on target...

Last edited by rollergator, Tuesday, January 7, 2014 4:52 PM
Thursday, January 9, 2014 1:23 PM

I've lost 61 pounds since last April - some of those pounds more than once thanks to Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. ;)

I have gone down from a 44 waist to a 36 waist on my jeans and am still going. :) is the website I am using to track food intake and calorie goals - I love it!

--George H

Thursday, January 16, 2014 11:11 PM

She has more willpower than me to lose that much.

I've been overweight for as long as I can remember, but only in the past two years have I had problems doing things I used to do. Over the past two seasons I had to take the "walk of shame" from Kings Dominion's Volcano, and Hershey's Fahrenheit, Sidewinder and the front seat of Great Bear (big boy seat still worked for me). Aside from this, I can't walk the parks (or any length of walk) like I used to.

These are minor things, the worst is the health problems my weight is causing... high BP, diabetes, sleep apnea and high cholesterol, not to mention all the weight playing hell with my knees and lower back.

I wish I had the willpower of this woman in England... but tomorrow I make a change. 8:15am tomorrow I am having gastric by pass surgery. Been in classes for this for 6 months. Time to get my life back and this is my last resort.

Scared as hell about tomorrow as I sit here and write this, but looking forward to the benefits in the future, mainly in making me more healthy and getting rid of my medical problems or at least making them less severe. The rest, including being able to ride everything at parks again, is just a bonus.

My wife says that this year at Springtime in the Park we have a "date" on the front seat of the Great Bear for the first time in years.

"Yes... well... VICTORY IS MINE!"
Friday, January 17, 2014 1:34 AM
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You have my support. Let us how it goes.

Friday, January 17, 2014 9:24 AM
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Sadly, Gonchar is probably right. A few nights back I had dinner with a guy that I worked with at SFWoA, he was a rides manager, I was rides maintenance. He moved on for the opportunity to go to SFGAdv, and then New England. He said that in New England, it was not uncommon for a guest to cry discrimination because they couldn't fit on a ride. His solution -offer them vouchers for free ice cream, and they would stop complaining.

Friday, January 17, 2014 9:39 AM

Boy, Alanis Morrisette was off on her definitions of irony. She needs to see this^^^.

The amusement park rises bold and are huddled on the beach in a mist

Friday, January 17, 2014 11:15 AM
Vater's avatar

♪ It's like free ice cream...when you're already huge... ♫

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 12:45 PM

I just saw this, Hope all went well, SLFake!

--George H

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 6:16 PM

SLFAKE said:

Over the past two seasons I had to take the "walk of shame" from Kings Dominion's Volcano, and Hershey's Fahrenheit, Sidewinder and the front seat of Great Bear (big boy seat still worked for me).

I think sometime in the last couple of years Fahrenheit belts were shortened. I never had any problem buckling the belt on Fahrenheit in past trips (2008 to 2010) and from March of last year to October I had lost almost 30 pounds. When I went to ride Fahrenheit at the end of October, I was still able to buckle the belt myself without help but I noticed it took a little more effort to buckle the belt. Storm Runner seemed to have longer belts and Kingda Ka has longer belts than both those rides.

Last edited by YoshiFan, Tuesday, January 28, 2014 6:16 PM
Thursday, January 30, 2014 7:15 PM

A week and a half post surgery. All went well. Down 25lbs.

"Yes... well... VICTORY IS MINE!"
Friday, January 31, 2014 9:18 PM

Yoshi, I have noticed that Fahrenheit has smaller seats or some sort of configuration that makes the seats more difficult to fit into in general. At my heaviest, I felt like a canned ham in the Fahrenheit seats but had no issues on Storm Runner, and these were both rides I took on the same trip, one right after another.

SLFAKE, glad to hear you are doing well, and hope to see you posting lots of trip reports with new ride experiences! :)

"Look at us spinning out in the madness of a roller coaster" - Dave Matthews Band

Saturday, May 10, 2014 11:50 PM

Resurrecting an old thread.

Tomorrow is D-Day. First trip to a park since surgery. Hersheypark. First ride to get in line for... front seat of Great Bear. Up after that, Fahrenheit. Had to take the "walk of shame" from both of those last year. Down 80 lbs since then... I will get my revenge... I hope.

EDIT: Well, looks like it won't happen today. Last minute change of plans... No park time today. Oh well, it's only the start of the season... Maybe next week.

Last edited by SLFAKE, Sunday, May 11, 2014 8:13 AM
"Yes... well... VICTORY IS MINE!"
Monday, May 12, 2014 9:20 AM
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I am currently 70 lbs down since Dec 14, 2013 with another 35 to go before I think I will be ready to ride again. I gained a ton of weight after dealing with a medical condition, but going to Weight Watchers and changing my lifestyle and the way I eat (for life) is doing wonders in helping me melt off the fat. The medical condition I had was also preventing me from riding coasters, but luckily I have gone into remission, so it is now just my weight that is the issue. It has been a good four or five years since I have been on a roller coaster.

Certain victory.


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