The continuing tales of one chunky Disney fan's personal quest to lose 80 pounds and visit Disneyland, in that order.
See my first 80 Pounds to Disneyland post for all the details.
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In general, I consider myself a relatively enlightened person. I try not to judge others, consider all sides of issues equally, and above all not hold prejudices. Thus, I find it horrifying that I have perpetuated a stereotype. I have compared my excessive poundage to that of an innocent victim that deserves no such shame. The truth of the matter is: I was wrong, manatees are not fat, even if I am.
Anyways, manatees' lack of body fat does prove negative in one way, but ironically also gives me a reason to get outside and exercise. During the slightly colder winter months, manatees cannot survive in the lower water temperatures of the ocean since they have no extra fat to hold in warmth. Whenever the temperature drops, they are forced to head inland to power plants and natural springs, where the water remains heated. These are the only places where you can reliably view manatees in the wild, something I've always wanted to do. Anything that inspires me to venture into the great outdoors is a big help with my weight loss goal.
Trying to compensate for a celebratory meal, I spent part of my recent birthday at Blue Springs State Park, possibly the greatest location in the world for manatee watching. The park is only a half hour north of Orlando, and its a great place to see the wild side of Florida and get some fresh air away from the theme parks and tourist attractions. During the summer it's also a wonderful swimming spot, but during the winter the water is manatees only, and it is quite a sight to see.
Maybe Blue Springs is a great place to not only get some fresh air, but also find inspiration to get healthy. I'm not saying look at the manatees, because they are already in the correct shape. I say look at the giant alligators, and realize that you better be able to outrun them if you're living in Florida.