Jun 14, 2011

How I Almost Died Getting In A Miata

About 5 yeas ago I worked at a car dealership. I was not at my peak fatness then but I was still not the svelte image of fitness I am striving for nowadays. No, I didn't wear the checkered golf pants and white shoes the stereotypical "Slick Willie" car salesman wears bit I did sell cars.When you are a portly man and you sell cars, you hope customers you get are interested in conversion vans, SUVs, full size cars and the like. Let me tell you the story of how I almost died getting into a car. Yea, getting into the car not getting into a car .... accident.

Let me start this story by informing the public that all cars are not one size fits all.
Case in point, the Mazda Miata. When I was at the dealership, this guy who only stood about 4"11 walks in the door and says he wants the cheapest midlife crisis car we have. We ended up looking at tiny 2 door coupes. Everything was going great until the test drive. I attempted to enter the car, which in reality, probably weighed less than me at the time. The left foot and leg entered and I get my left butt cheek on the seat. I proceed to duck my head, as I sunk in backwards into the car. With chin tucked between my moobs (man boobs), I leaned back to sit in the seat and abruptly stop with my head lodged between my moobs and the top of the door frame. It's interesting, the things that go through your mind when you begin suffocating while lodged in the door frame of a Miata because your too fat.
"I hope the guy doesn't notice I'm stuck" turns into "This is embarrassing" turns into "Um, I really can't breathe." turns into "Holy crap I'm gonna' die stuck in the door frame of a Miata." I started to have visions of the fire department using the jaws of life to extract my dead, fat body from the human sardine can.

While I still have a long way to go, I am glad to say I no longer fear the small car. Yesterday we got our new car, a Honda Fit. It's a great little car. It is actually quite big inside. I can even put on the seat belt. Now I can say I already got Fit. Why didn't I think of this sooner. Buying the car is much easier than actually getting fit.

We wanted a Honda Pilot but this is what we could afford. Think I need to get a license plate that says something like FAT2FIT or GETNFIT or even just GET FIT.


  1. Great car! That story made my heart hurt for you, but you have come such a long way and will NOT go back! Keep doing what you're doing! :)

    Sarah @ Thinfluenced

  2. Yea, I guess you learn to have a good sense of humor about stuff like that. I think after a few desperate flops forward I finally got out and made a joke about it. Honestly, I don't know if I will ever fit in a Miata even when I get to 250.

  3. Awe, I'm sorry that you had to go through that. I often feel bad for drivers in Europe, who do not have large SUVs as an option to drive. Hopefully this can be a "before" moment that you can use to drive & inspire you to reach your goals!

  4. Thanks for the laugh. I got some awesome visuals as I read the post. I'm glad you didn't die.

  5. Great car! I heard those Honda Fits are fun to drive. Glad you fit into the Fit! :)

  6. Totally awesome. I hope you know you are inspiring. I haven't had a Dr. Pepper in 6 days. That's a big deal for me. Thanks for the example.

  7. I'm not a small care driver, we drive suburbans but have ridden in those tiny things.
    I love the license plate, GetinFit.
    Keep up the grea twork Mike. Take care and God Bless!!

  8. Ok, funny and sad story all at the same time, but it's nice to know that you will NEVER be in that situation again!


  9. At just under 400 pounds, I remember renting a car (I think it was some kind of Subaru) in the snow. I tried getting in, and I just didn't fit so they placed me in a bigger car. They were SO accommodating, but I was SO embarrassed!

    Now, even though I'm not at my goal yet, I get a kick out renting compact cars because I feel so skinny driving them. =)

    It's incredible to me that some people never have to deal with that, but I like this side of it much more..

    Love the new car! I need one soon...like next month!

  10. Dude, you rock. I was 565 lbs at my highest weight and was 530 lbs when I had VSG. It saved my life. I couldn't afford the surgery. A lady at my church gave me the money and wanted nothing in return. now, i'm fighting to help others like us. starting a non-profit to get money for people who are in the situation I was. Here's my weight progress: http://www.fight4yourlifeonline.org/?page_id=144 You're like my brother from another mother! Love, love love this blog!!! I'll be sharing, for sure.