Newsletters and New York

When I was in middle school, I took my first trip to New York City. It was a school trip, and I was so excited to go. NYC represented the land of grown-up, successful, fancy people living in a metropolis of awesome. In high school, our senior trip was to NYC and again I felt the wonder and awe of Broadway shows, public transportation, and shopping. I always wanted to get the hell out of Kentucky, and idealized NYC like a crazy person. When I ended up having to go to college in Kentucky, I was devastated. (Don’t hate me now Kentucky friends – I am so, so glad things worked out how they did!) My senior year of college, I went to an advertising conference in NYC and once again felt the lure of the high rise buildings and power suits. It was then, however, that I realized that I couldn’t fit in there, because I couldn’t really walk around. I even remember having major fear about fitting in a cab while wearing a too-tight suit with awful pantyhose. I saw this photo recently and I believe it is the only one I have of me from that trip. A friend grabbed my camera and took a photo:

in 2003

Later this week, I’ll be back in NYC for a conference and while I’m no longer dreaming of bright lights and late nights in the city, I am wondering if I’ll feel like as much as an outsider as I did last time I was there. Of course, I know people of all shapes and sizes live everywhere. When I was younger, I loved the thought of NYC because of cultural diversity, but now as a more cynical grown up, I worry about a jackass saying something about me in passing. My skin isn’t nearly as thick as I pretend it is.

Anyway, I’ll report back from my New York adventures next week.

Completely unrelated to New York:

I am starting up a twice monthly email newsletter and would love if you wanted to subscribe. No spam, no sharing your email addresses, etc. Sometimes, there are things I don’t know if I want to put up here on the blog since it’s so public, so these things will be covered in the newsletter. It will be unfiltered and unedited, and won’t always be about weight loss. Sometimes life just takes over :)

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  • Valerie

    I’ve been to NYC a few times, and while I didn’t have the same worries you did I definitely felt out of place.  Everyone seemed so fashionable, and I felt like such a tourist in my jeans and t-shirts.  After traveling up there 3-4 times I seemed to find a groove, but I realized very quickly that I could never live there…not because I didn’t fit NYC, but because NYC didn’t fit me!

    • Emily Sandford

      I love that shift in perspective – it didn’t fit you versus you didn’t fit it. I’ll try to remember that!

  • Tiffany Jorgensen

    I feel completely aw-inspired by NYC too, although I’ve never been there, but I have the same fears as you about visiting. I hope you have a wonderful time, and have nothing but awesomeness to report back! 

    • Emily Sandford

      thank you Tiffany! 

  • Margaret Franks

    I just started reading your blog and it’s so inspirational! I moved to NYC from Shawnee, Kansas three years ago and I’m going to be a senior at NYU in the fall. I weighed in at 160 when I arrived freshman year and I’m down to 128. The city definitely puts pressure on you to lose weight, but the upside is that there are so many gyms, free yoga, and healthy restaurants available. Not to mention the amount of walking. Because I’m a cheap college student I found myself walking nearly 5 miles a day to avoid spending money on transportation. If you’re in the village check out a great lunch spot called Chop’t. It’s a small chopped salad place that also does wraps. There are tons all over the city, but I got to the one on 17th street and union sq west. If you’re into Yoga check out Yoga to the People. It’s on St. Marks in between 2nd and 3rd ave. It’s donation based and quite challenging. Have fun in the city and walk down the street like you own it!

    • Emily Sandford

      Hi Margaret – thanks so much for reading, and for the pep talk! I’m actually going to take at least 1 yoga class while I’m in the city and hope to walk a good bit, however I’m still getting over an ankle injury that has slowed me down considerably. I’m getting excited, and it’s starting to override the fear. 

      Many congratulations on your weight loss!

  • Jonathon’s Fitness

    Not related to your newsletter, but thought I would comment and recommend you take a picture in NYC similar to the one above. Think about yourself in that picture (both mentally and physically) and where you are now. I’m fairly new to your blog, but you have inspired SO MANY people since 2003…myself included. You look great now and keep up the great work!

    • Emily Sandford

      Thank you Jonathon – that is really kind of you and it does help me put it in perspective. Why is it so hard to accept the positive changes we make? So quick to discount them!

      • Jonathon’s Fitness

        Sally Field said it best, “It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes.”