If this was facebook, I would put a double big gigantic LIKE next to Glory's post. Her experience was/is the same as mine.
I guess my jumpstart was the realization that I didn't have to be fat if I didn't want to be. That I really and truly DID have control over the situation. That it was my choice to get super morbidly obese and it would therefore have to be my choice to dig myself out.
And here is something I posted earlier this morning. (Yes, I'm headed out the door and am taking the easy way out
Know that you DO have the ability to lose the weight. We all do. It's not some hare brained, crazy, out of this world scheme. We all are capable of it. Yourself included.
Eating well, adhering to a healthy life style is nothing to fear, nothing to loathe. Remaining obese IS. So, you need to fear and loathe it (remaining obese).
At some point, you will have to come to the conclusion that all that *food* comes at too high of a price. That the consequences are just too high.
At some point your desire to be thin, healthy, fit and active will have to outweigh, overtake and overpower the desire for all that food.
At some point you will have to come to terms that you just can't have it both ways - the high calorie, high quantity food and be the optimal you.
At some point you will have to recognize that you DO have the power over this. That it IS within your control. That being overweight is a choice. That getting slim is a choice. And you are the one that gets to choose.
At some point you will have to realize that it's okay to tell yourself no. That you don't have to give into a craving or a desire or a want. You will have to stop worrying about your immediate gratification and look to your long term satisfaction.
At some point, you'll have to change what you want. The foods that you're eating, the way that you're living.
At some point you will have to change your relationship with food. You can't use it for times of anger, loneliness, boredom, stress, happiness, joy.
At some point you will have to stop focusing on what you are giving up and focus on what you are GAINING.
At some point you will just have to do the mature, responsible, adult thing and make mature, responsible decisions.
At some point you will have to realize that all work, effort, time, devotion, persistence and dedication that this requires is incredibly worth it and to not do it would be ludicrous.
At some point you will just have to suck it up and get past the uncomfortable moments of changing your bad habits and incorporating the new ones in. There WILL be uncomfortable moments - initially, temporarily.
At some point you will have to raise your standards and require more from yourself. And stop settling for foods that just taste good. You'll need them to taste good and BE good for you; long after your done chewing.
At some point you will have to challenge yourself and really, really push yourself. You'll have to give it 150 percent. You'll have to push and push. Reaching, stretching, striving, growing, prospering.
At some point you'll have to realize that eating well, adhering to a healthy lifestyle is no prison sentence. But a ticket to freedom. That will open up more doors to you than you can possibly imagine. Ones you didn't even realize were closed.
At some point you will have to say, enough is enough. I'm not going to take this another minute. I'm done being fat. That it can't possibly be as hard to lose the weight as it is to remain morbidly obese. Choosing your hard.
At some point you will have to decide to do this, once and for all, permanently and NO MATTER WHAT. No matter what.
At some point you'll have to set yourself up for success. Get rid of the junk. Make a plan, make a plan, make a plan. Plan, plan and than plan some more. Plan out your food schedule in advance, knowing where each and every bite is coming from AHEAD OF TIME. Much easier to stick to a plan when you've got one. Write down each and every morsel that goes into your mouth before it goes in that said mouth. No matter what. It doesn't go into your mouth before you write it down. Be firm. Make some boundaries, make some rules. Set some limits. And stick to them. No matter what. Stop giving yourself permission to veer off. Enough is enough. Time to do the mature, responsible thing, even if you don't want to. Eventually, you'll want to.