Inside The Story: Obese Woman Gets the Rift on Roller Coaster Ride
(KUTV) At 5'4"and 350 pounds Melinda Oldroyd was determined to ride a roller coaster on a Disney vacation, but when she couldn’t fit in the seat her life was changed forever.
Oldroyd said, "We got on the roller coaster and everyone was getting in their seats and I couldn't get the harness to snap shut, to lock, because my fat was blocking it. The guys who run the ride came over and were pushing on the harness to get it to snap, but it wouldn’t budge."
Melinda then tried the special seating for big people, but couldn’t fit there either. After this experience she was humiliated and her confidence was shattered. For her, it was the breaking point. She decided she needed to make changes in her life. The Utah County woman began a quest to get fit.
Now Melinda Oldroyd, 36, is all about fitness. She works out six days a week, one to two hours a day. Oldroyd is training for the ultimate triathlon later this summer, a full Ironman. That's a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run. This will be the second full Ironman she has participated in. Since that day on the roller coaster Oldroyd has run dozens of races and no longer resembles the Melinda from before.
She completely over hauled her eating and got on a serious work out plan. All that moving helped her shed 170 pounds. She said, "It's absolutely changed my life, it's changed everything about it. Life is so much lighter in every sense of the word."
She says it's not about doing a triathlon or being super athletic, she says it's just about taking charge of your life.
Her next race is the St. George half Ironman on May 3rd and then the full Ironman in Coeur d'Alene Idaho on June 29th.
By: Dan Rascon
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