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When I tell people I’ve gone skydiving, bungee jumping, and power hang gliding, I notice the look of shock. I don’t seem like the type. It’s not just the glasses; it’s my size.
My weight has yo-yoed over the years and I have never been what is considered thin. So, when I was planning to go on a solo trip to Chiang Mai Thailand, ziplining was a must do according to many articles I read.
Before booking, I checked the weight requirements. I chose the combination of a Segway tour through town in the morning followed by ziplining in the afternoon.
On the day of my adventure, I was the first to arrive within my group. Three men were working in the office. I took a seat to wait for the others. The staff was whispering and snickering about something, and I soon realized they were trying to decide who was going to ask me how much I weighed.
I never thought I would find myself living as a professional vagabond.
I went to college and had a pretty specific career plan, but in 2012 when I graduated, I was left with a degree and no prospects. After a few years of serving lattes and bussing tables, I was invited to spend a summer working in Alaska. Me, who thought she would never leave the Midwest. Me, who only had a little bit of travel experience and who hated being anywhere out of her comfort zone.
For all my talk about body positivity, I’m going to admit something to you: I hate having my picture taken. I’m not talking about those selfies you’ve mastered where you know how to take advantage of your face’s good angles, turning just the right way to get the most flattering shot in the best lighting.
I’m talking about having other people take my picture.
When planning a trip to London for three people (my brother, my husband Ty, and me), it was important to find a budget-friendly accommodation with a great location. A family room that could accommodate three adults and a full English breakfast were also at the top of my must-have list. This meant scouring the internet for weeks researching budget B&Bs and comparing reviews to see which one would be the best value.
The first thing I discovered was that there are a lot of budget B&Bs near King's Cross Station, and although that seemed like a convenient location, it wasn’t convenient for hauling our luggage from Heathrow on the Tube, especially considering this was going to be our first experience on a metro system of any kind. Don’t get me wrong, the Tube is the cheapest way to travel, but if you haven’t traveled much and it’s your first time in London, a more direct connection to your hotel is in order.
[ This guest post was submitted by the lovely Selena Marinello, a talented photographer and world traveler who, like me, suffers from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. PCOS and its tendency to slash your self-esteem with symptoms like excessive weight gain and hirsutism can hold you back from experiencing life to its fullest. But cysters like Selena have found ways to manage these symptoms and insecurities, even while living a nomadic lifestyle. All images are hers. - Jen ]
So . . . What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)?
It’s like having a tiny poltergeist in your body that knows all of your fears and can ruin your day at the drop of a hat, just to make your life a little more challenging.
In basic terms, PCOS is a hormonal disease that has been nicknamed “the Silent Killer” because it increases a woman’s risk of type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, heart disease, obesity, and high blood pressure. Fun times!