I was a swimmer and played tennis in high school and college so I didn't get fat until my mid-30s.
Because I was so active, I never had a weight problem even though I was a relatively big eater. I gained very little weight with my first pregnancy and it didn't take anytime at all to shed the few extra pounds I gained.
But when I unexpectantly got pregnant at 35, it took its toll on me. I had no energy so I got no exercise but I continued eating as I always had... actually, I ate more, a lot more. I ballooned from 115 pounds to 190.
Of course I saw what was happening long before I hit 190 but I rationalized that I would not be pregnant forever and I would lose it after I had the baby. Wrong! I got lazy and continued eating and eating and eating. I was fat and happy. Life (and food) was too good to deprive myself, so I didn't.
I suppose if my husband had complained about my weight, I'd probably tried to do something about it but he never mentioned it (even though he's a runner, weight lifter, and all-around health nut) except when I brought it up. He would agree with me that I needed to lose weight but he was so nice about it that I assumed it wasn't a big deal to him and if it wasn't a big deal to him it wasn't a big deal to me. (I think it was a bigger deal to me than I would admit, but I supressed it.)
My epiphany was a dress, believe it or not. I saw a David Meister dress at Neiman Marcus that immediately made me long for my old body. It was MY dress. It was ME... 10 years ago. I was suddenly sick, I mean physically ill, that I am fat and couldn't wear that dress. I decided at that very minute I'm going to lose this weight.
Although I've set a goal to lose 100 pounds, my success will be measured in inches. I've got to lose 10 to 12 inches of my bust and waist, and 10 of my hips to wear that dress. My goal is to wear it to a New Year's Eve party next year.
To make it hard not to succeed, I've ordered the dress in a size 10. It's a pretty big financial investment, particularly since its five sizes too small, but I believe it will keep me commited when I get weak and want to cheat or don't want to exercise.
I needed something to open my eyes to what I have become and I just don't want to be like this anymore.