Woman sheds half of her weight after being denied ride on roller coaster

Posted Thursday, September 19, 2013 9:00 AM | Contributed by Jason Hammond

A 300-pound woman shed half her body weight after being told she was too fat to ride Colossus at Thorpe Park. Admin assistant Kirsty Mewett immediately pledged to slim down and eventually lost half of the weight by ditching takeaways and hitting the gym.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013 10:31 AM

Figures this was a UK story. Had this happened here, the "sheds half of her weight" part of the headline would have been replaced with "sues".

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Thursday, September 19, 2013 11:46 AM

There are no coasters at Thorpe worth that amount of effort (visited prior to the Wingrider). Blackpool and Alton, yes. Thorpe was badly over-crowded, and didn't really have a "vibe" that made it anything special. The flats were better than the coasters...

But heck, if it gave her the incentive, all the better!

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Thursday, September 19, 2013 1:13 PM

In all honesty, there are plenty of better reasons to lose 150 pounds than to fit into a coaster seat.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013 1:15 PM

Yeah, I don't think the particular coaster would have anything to do with it, but rather the rejection itself, which I've found is one of the best forms of incentive or motivation to better oneself.

I was kicked out of a band back in high school because I had issues keeping solid tempo. No one in the band informed me of this until the day they kicked me out, and I took it hard. I now play drums like a metronome, and I give credit to that experience alone.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013 1:22 PM

I didn't know metronomes could play the drums. :-)

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Thursday, September 19, 2013 1:22 PM

Vater said:

Figures this was a UK story. Had this happened here, the "sheds half of her weight" part of the headline would have been replaced with "sues".

More like she would have gained 150lbs more! lmao

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Thursday, September 19, 2013 1:46 PM

gamerguy said:

More like she would have gained 150lbs more! lmao

... and THEN sued!

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Thursday, September 19, 2013 3:08 PM

"I don't hate you because you're fat, you're fat because I hate you."

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Thursday, September 19, 2013 3:29 PM

She probably paid for Fast Loss so her weight would be less.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013 3:37 PM

When I read the headline I thought, "Did they make her put the weight she shed in a locker?"

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Thursday, September 19, 2013 3:52 PM

I wonder how she could resist eating all of that popcorn she kept smelling everywhere.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013 4:24 PM

....then she bought a FastPass and shed half her wait.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013 4:33 PM

Boo. Hiss.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013 4:43 PM

bjames said:
In all honesty, there are plenty of better reasons to lose 150 pounds than to fit into a coaster seat.

Well, yes, but sometimes all those reasons mean nothing to a person. When I was heavier, I knew I'd feel better, look better, have fewer health issues, and have more stamina and less joint pain. However, nothing motivated me to lose weight until I nearly didn't fit into a few rides. My love for coasters and parks got me going when none of the other reasons would. Well, that and I'm a fashion freak and couldn't wear any of the cute shoes or clothes that were coming out...*laugh*

Now I DO feel better and more attractive and more energetic, but sometimes the things you really enjoy are the things that motivate you to do better for yourself.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013 4:53 PM

I lost about 150 lbs once.

Of course, I also lost (more than) half my stuff along with her, but that's neither here nor there.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013 6:04 PM

Hahahahaaaaaaa,!!!

Got to love how they put, "woman too FAT" in capital letters in there. I'm not even sure I believe the ride op would say, "sorry maam your too FAT for this ride". Its usually, "sorry maam if we cant close the restraint we cant allow you to ride", or "sorry maam if you cant fit in the seats we can't allow you to ride". I don't even know that many people with the balls to call somebody fat right to his/her face.

Please!!! I could be wrong put the scale is heavily tilted.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013 8:08 PM

I love it when Brits use 'stone' to give a person's weight. It sounds like they're describing livestock.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013 8:45 PM

^Well they can't use pounds for obvious reasons.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013 9:03 PM

I here there are things called "kilograms," and they're part of the "metric system."

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