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Watercolor
06-16-2009, 01:57 PM
What was your AHA moment? You know,
your slap upside the head
accept the Lord
realization
crossroad
moment.

How did things change from before that moment to now?


Fat Pants
06-16-2009, 02:05 PM
I couldn't avoid photos of myself... and that made me sad to see what I truly looked like outside of my skewed view in the mirror. I never thought I looked THAT bad... but pictures don't lie.

I was getting too tight for size 16s.

I couldn't walk up the stairs in our new house without getting out of breath.

But most of all... I wasn't living life. I was hiding from exciting experiences, meeting new people, traveling, confidence at work. So that's when I decided to start running.

mandalinn82
06-16-2009, 02:07 PM
The first time I put on a wedding dress, at a size 24. I knew it wasn't how I wanted those photos to look for the rest of my life.


Devsmama
06-16-2009, 02:17 PM
I was lying in bed having heart palpitations..that did it for me.

Tracy
06-16-2009, 02:18 PM
I was 335 at my highest. In my head I saw it going up to 400 & then what?
Plus I didn't fit in movie theater seats,booths,and other places. {Still don't}.
I was always the biggest person where ever I went. I could not sleep,and had terrible backaches. I guess it was a few AHA moments!

Heather
06-16-2009, 02:44 PM
I fell down the stairs, carrying our puppy. He was fine, but I really really bruised my coccyx. I have never felt such pain. At the time, I didn't blame my weight for the fall, but now I think I have much better balance and core strength and think I wouldn't have fallen like that.

For the next week or so I lay on my tummy in pain. Every position was painful, but that one less so. I felt immobile. I was scared that this was my future.

Even all that wasn't enough in and of itself to be a "click" moment. Over the next 10 days or so, other things (like not being able to fit in size 28 pants I'd ordered online) helped push me to the point of committing to the changes I needed to make.

TamiL
06-16-2009, 02:46 PM
Sitting at a table with co workers who were all discussing having lap band surgery one day. One of the ladies looked at me and said that although I may not be to this point yet, in a year or so of driving a school bus, I will be. I decided then and there that no way would I let myself get to that point. Now I don't have anything bad to say about people who really need surgery to lose weight, its just not where I want myself to be.

Wannabeskinny
06-16-2009, 02:54 PM
If I waited around for an AHA moment I'd be waiting forever for something that is already there. Not fitting into my clothes, hating myself in pictures, counting my chins, and tugging my shirt out of my belly folds was a constant presence in my life for years.

It wasn't until I realized that I was making the choice to be fat that I started doing something about it. And that if I make more good choices than bad choices during the day that the cummulative effect will be success. I'm not relying on aha moments... I have good days and I have bad days and that's the way it will always be.

Fat Pants
06-16-2009, 03:01 PM
If I waited around for an AHA moment I'd be waiting forever for something that is already there. Not fitting into my clothes, hating myself in pictures, counting my chins, and tugging my shirt out of my belly folds was a constant presence in my life for years.

It wasn't until I realized that I was making the choice to be fat that I started doing something about it. And that if I make more good choices than bad choices during the day that the cummulative effect will be success. I'm not relying on aha moments... I have good days and I have bad days and that's the way it will always be.

That is a pretty good point. I topped 200 lbs back at the end of 2006 - right after my wedding (and sad to say, mandalinn, I DO have those photos with me for the rest of my life :( )... but it still took me another 2 years and 13 more lbs to get serious. I wanted to lose weight, I just wouldn't commit to it.

Nada
06-16-2009, 03:20 PM
Halfway up a hill in Lisbon with my daughters scared I was having a heart attack because I had to keep stopping to catch my breath.

CLCSC145
06-16-2009, 03:33 PM
Oh dear, I've had more aha moments than I can count. Having literally no clothes in my closet that fit, catching horrific glimpses of myself in mirrors, feeling more out of shape than I ever thought possible, cruel comments from family members, and on and on.

I've just gotten to the point where I want things in my life that are incongruous with the fat and they are more important to me than the binge eating right now. I'm 37 and I just don't want to waste any more precious time fretting over my body.

x0me880x
06-16-2009, 04:22 PM
I in all honesty don't even know. I always knew I couldnt accept my life like this, I was fat and it was disgusting. I was unhealthy and looked sick, but there was nothing that really made me step aside and really care. I had tried and failed in the past to lose weight.

One day something just clicked, I had all the motivation in the world, and started my journey, never looking back.

I wish I had a "aha" moment, but I guess I just dont. :)

MileHighMama
06-16-2009, 04:34 PM
My weight had crept up to 190 and my clothes were getting tight and I didn't want to go up to the next size. Plus, I had just seen a friend who lost weight and she looked great. Also, my sister-in-law had just been told by her doctor that she was prediabetic and she was trying to lose weight and succeeding really well. I was absolutely disgusted with myself and knew I had to change. I couldn't stand going to nice places because it meant I wouldn't be able to wear sweatpants and would have to put on tight clothes. I can still remember shopping for clothes and hating everything I tried on, especially a pair of khaki slacks. They fit but I still couldn't wear them because the light color showed my bulging lower abdomen. I was so unhappy! Those first few days of my new eating plan (counting calories, eating high protein and lots of veggies, fruits and whoel grains) were so hard because I felt so bad and wanted to eat but I knew I had to stick with it or I would continue being miserable. That was February 2006. By December 2006/January 2007 I was down to 140 and have been there (give or take a few pounds) ever since. Maintaining is a struggle but I am never going back because the image of how horrible I felt remains in my mind.

Pam

glitterducky
06-16-2009, 04:38 PM
A couple of things...

Simple walking was making my ankles burn like crazy and tighten up.
-One flight of stairs made me miserable
- I knew I was over 300 lbs, but didn't know just how much
-My size 24, maybe 26 clothes were getting a little snug. Nothing fit and I didn'th ave the courage to buy bigger clothes.
-The realization that I have never been thin in my life and that I felt like I had failed my self. Over eating is easy. I wanted to challenge myself.
-At the start of this I was 341 lbs, probably more because I didn't weigh myself for the first month.

glitterducky
06-16-2009, 04:40 PM
Oh dear, I've had more aha moments than I can count. Having literally no clothes in my closet that fit, catching horrific glimpses of myself in mirrors, feeling more out of shape than I ever thought possible, cruel comments from family members, and on and on.

I've just gotten to the point where I want things in my life that are incongruous with the fat and they are more important to me than the binge eating right now. I'm 37 and I just don't want to waste any more precious time fretting over my body.

...I know this one. Having NOTHING to wear or only having two things that fit so you rotate them and over wear them. ...My size 24, maybe 26 pants were getting too tight. I say maybe 26 because I wear Lane Bryant Pants...their sizing system is kind and gently...blue circle 6. That was my size.

glitterducky
06-16-2009, 04:47 PM
I had another one that came to me just now. I'm a college student we have a lot of thsoe chair-desk combinations where the desk is attached to the chair. (does that make sense?) I found that I could only fit in one style of those chairs, and those chairs were only found sometimes. It was embarrassing to try to squeeze into those desks. I hoped every day that I could fit comfortably in the chair, for the hour and half, that I could get out, that I could take notes comfortably...

And then I felt ashamed of myself for having such thoughts and this being the truth.

mescelestus
06-16-2009, 05:19 PM
It was just over a year ago, I was only 19, and I couldn't keep up with a 45 year old man during an up-hill hike. I was breathing so heavy I thought I might faint! That and a very close cousin of mine was going for a gastric bypass, and I didn't want to let het get skinny without me!

rosekeet
06-16-2009, 05:45 PM
I lost over 20 lbs in high school and kept it off for several years. I gained the freshman 15 and have been trying to lose it for the past 3 years. I knew my clothes were getting too tight, but I just kept ignoring it, telling myself they "shrunk in the drier." One day I was getting dressed and my underwear was too tight and that's when it hit--I needed to drop some weight. If my clothing made out of super stretchy material couldn't fit, what would? And the idea of having to buy new underwear because I got too big for what I had was just humiliating...

GlamourGirl827
06-16-2009, 05:49 PM
I had another one that came to me just now. I'm a college student we have a lot of thsoe chair-desk combinations where the desk is attached to the chair. (does that make sense?) I found that I could only fit in one style of those chairs, and those chairs were only found sometimes. It was embarrassing to try to squeeze into those desks. I hoped every day that I could fit comfortably in the chair, for the hour and half, that I could get out, that I could take notes comfortably...

And then I felt ashamed of myself for having such thoughts and this being the truth.

Glitterducky, I remember those desks. Some of our high school classes had them too. I've always been a pear and times when my weight was up, I dreaded those desks. Even when I would be ok, I would wonder how many other students were watching me thinking the same thing. Ugh.:(

My DH is in his last year of a masters program and he is very embarrassed by those desks. He has put on nearly 100lbs over the past few years.

Congrats on deciding to take hold of your weight and not let it control your day or where you sit! :carrot::carrot:

Watercolor
06-16-2009, 05:54 PM
I had a number of opportunities to have an AHA moment, like...
when I reached over 200
when I developed diabetes
when I developed fibromyalgia
when my knees hurt
etc.

But one day recently, my blood sugar was over 300 (very high).
I said to myself, you've passed up so many AHA moments to change.
Are you gonna pass this one up too?
What about waiting until the first heart attack or stroke?
What about waiting until they amputate the first toe?
Or maybe until you have "a little" kidney failure?

ENOUGH!! I said. THIS is my turning point.

AHA !!!

glitterducky
06-16-2009, 06:45 PM
Glitterducky, I remember those desks. Some of our high school classes had them too. I've always been a pear and times when my weight was up, I dreaded those desks. Even when I would be ok, I would wonder how many other students were watching me thinking the same thing. Ugh.:(

My DH is in his last year of a masters program and he is very embarrassed by those desks. He has put on nearly 100lbs over the past few years.

Congrats on deciding to take hold of your weight and not let it control your day or where you sit! :carrot::carrot:


Thanks!!! I remember one horrifying incident, I was late for class and decided to sit anywhere, well I choseo ne of the smaller desks and I could barely fit in it. :o I was hanging off the edge because I could suck it in enough to get into the desk. The worst part, two guys were sitting behind me making jokes the whole time. I didn't know which was worse, not being able to fit or having to get up in the middle class to find a new place to sit. I chose to crouch on the edge of the seat. But on the bright side, those desks ARE tiny...even the thinner students filled up all the given space.

Heather
06-16-2009, 07:19 PM
I had another one that came to me just now. I'm a college student we have a lot of thsoe chair-desk combinations where the desk is attached to the chair. (does that make sense?) I found that I could only fit in one style of those chairs, and those chairs were only found sometimes. It was embarrassing to try to squeeze into those desks. I hoped every day that I could fit comfortably in the chair, for the hour and half, that I could get out, that I could take notes comfortably...

And then I felt ashamed of myself for having such thoughts and this being the truth.

I am a college professor and I had to sit in those chairs sometimes. Talk about torture!!! So much better these days!

TMG2008
06-16-2009, 07:22 PM
Three years ago exactly, the middle of June 2006, I had regained 50 pounds over the previous four years (went from 170 to 220) and was within ten pounds of my highest weight (230). Then three things happened that made me realize I had to make a PERMANENT change:

1. I started having chest pains, almost to the point that I was worried I was having a heart attack.

2. My rear end almost didn't fit in the seat of an older roller coaster at a local amusement park.

3. I realized how horrible it must be for my daughter (7 at the time) to have a mom who was so fat.

I committed to a life change and decided the best way to accomplish it was to make small changes that I knew I could live with permanently. I've since lost 54 pounds over the last three years, nearly 30 of which I've lost so far this year. I am now at the lowest weight I have been in my adult life. My goal is not only to reach a healthy weight but more importanly to maintain the weight I have lost permanently.

amynbebes
06-16-2009, 07:25 PM
When my size 16 pants started getting tight. Ugh.

divinechaos
06-16-2009, 07:30 PM
There's a few AHA moments for me:
1. I have pre-diabetes at 19; no, it does not run in my family.
2. I tried on a brides maid dress and had to wear a size 24. I thought I was a size 20. Apparently not x_x
3. I can barely fit into jeans sold in the normal sections anymore. I have to go to the section for large women.
4. I had my brother take pictures of me in a bathing suit for "before" pictures. That was a HUGE eye-opener.

kk140
06-16-2009, 09:23 PM
I was getting too tight in my size 16 jeans
All my clothes felt tight
I felt more than one chin
No matter what angle I looked at myself in the mirror, I looked fat
I was breathing heavily and felt like I was in slow motion

Civakas
06-16-2009, 11:32 PM
A few things happened in a matter of weeks that made losing weight make sense:
- My size 14 pants were too big, so I went to the Gap and bought my first (and only) pair of size 16 pants.
- I went to the movie theater in my new size 16 pants and as I sat down my thighs grazed the arm rests
- I weighed myself at the gym, saw 192, and made a mental note that I was just 8 pounds away from 200
- My boyfriend bought me an ipod touch for my birthday and while browsing the itunes store I came across the Lose It! calorie-counter app
- I heard on the radio that a study found that no matter what diet is being followed, what ultimately matters is how many calories are taken in.

That last item was truly my Aha! moment. I remember driving in my car and thinking "I can totally do that, it's just numbers." I went home, downloaded Lose It, and everything else just fell into place.

p7eggyc
06-16-2009, 11:44 PM
My 'aha' moment in 2004 wasn't all that dramatic. I had sort of been trying to get walking going, I was working with a pretty health minded group and I had been trying to figure out what to do. I wasn't all that miserable really (had sort of decided I was 'supposed' to be heavy or couldn't fix it and had long since stopped worrying about it) but I did realize the health issues were going to start catching up with me. I read something about the huge improvements that could be gained by losing just 10% of my weight and that seemed doable. I then STUMBLED into a tv show that suggested the 5 point plan that I started with and I felt like "I can do that" and so it began. That started the flow and I wound up going well past that 10% mark and at my lowest weight a year ago was firmly in the healthy BMI range.

The winters are always hard for me and this one knocked me off track in the biggest ways yet. I moved last spring and have lost my walking buddy and have struggled so much to get exercise done this last winter. I also always, always struggle with eating out and socializing around food and both things got completely out of control this winter. I had gained weight the last 2 winters too but had had major personal stuff going on both springs that forced weight loss. Fortunately, that didn't happen this year but I found my 'medium' jeans (of the skinny, medium, fat spectrum ;)) not fitting anymore and that was my aha this year. This is my fifth week back on track and it's finally starting to feel more like my old groove. I haven't actually weighed myself yet (for fear of really discouraging myself) but I would guess I'm in the lower end of overweight BMI so I want to knock myself back below that line but mostly I just want my lifestyle to be healthy and if I weigh this weight, so be it. I doubt it though.

Peg