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josey
07-27-2011, 11:27 AM
I just looked at the picture somebody took of me on Christmas and remembered how it got me where I am now. I was shocked when I saw the picture! I was huge! I remember being quite depressed about it and had to come up with a plan. So after the holidays I started changing my life. So far, so good :-)

What was your trigger?


tiffanylee
07-27-2011, 12:21 PM
thats pretty much exactly what i did!

Purrfect
07-27-2011, 12:28 PM
I had to start buying clothes in "big girl" stores; was looking at Hawaiian Moo Moo's for real life wearing...my top weight had been up to 196. I think it was just finally being READY, tired enough of feeling like I didn't want to do things in life because I felt yucky.

It is sooooooo much better already...


christine123
07-27-2011, 12:39 PM
The photos did it for me first. Then when I tried to tell myself the camera adds weight, I found a photo of when I was a 3/4 and looked great. I definitely didn't look heavy there. That was followed by returning to double digit clothing sizes, and lastly the mirror. Again, I told myself some mirrors were "fat" mirrors but when I looked at myself in my usual "thin mirror" I was mortified. That was in December 2010. I started 12/27 and lost some weight (about 12-15lbs), then lost my job and derailed, regained about 8lbs, then re-started 5/27. I've lost those 8lbs and then some.

Esofia
07-27-2011, 03:34 PM
Being put on meds which reduced my appetite. I'd always been starving hungry before, probably due to erratic eating patterns. Dieting suddenly felt like it was actually possible, I promptly started doing it, found to my delight that it worked, and haven't looked back since then. I wasn't on the meds for long, but my appetite never did surge up to what it was before, thankfully.

lin43
07-27-2011, 03:58 PM
I was really into fitness 5 years ago. I had lost about 45 lbs. and kept it off for two years. Then, a series of significant life stresses derailed me, and I regained all that weight and more. For the past 5 years, I was so discouraged that I could not bring myself to start yet another diet. I could not bring myself to exercise again. However, I saw the committment of one of my sisters who was bigger than I was and has been exercising hard core for almost three years. Even during the first two years, it didn't seem as if all that exercise was changing her appearance all that much, but she never gave up. This year, she started seeing a nutritionist, and everything started falling into place for her. She started losing weight and now looks FABULOUS. She was my inspiration to start caring again. I figured that if she could persevere for all those years then I could do SOMETHING.

amandabanana
07-27-2011, 11:33 PM
I just got to the point where it was hard for me to walk long distances and walk up stairs, because I got so out of breath. I felt bad for letting myself get that way, so I decided I was going to change it. At first I was really nervous and scared because I had struggled with anorexia and bulimia as a teenager so when I started counting calories, it became a huge trigger for me and I worried about losing control. But I stuck with it for a while, and got off track a few times, but I'm still going. It's taken me about 2 years to lose over 60 pounds but I feel confident that I will continue losing and will keep it off because I've been doing it gradually.

wagfam
07-27-2011, 11:39 PM
I wasn't able to play with my kids the way I wanted to. I found myself getting irritated at bed time because I had to keep getting up and down because one of them always needed just one more drink of water or going potty. I also found that I was having a hard time enjoying being intimate with my husband because I was self conscious of my jiggly belly and such (of course he says I am beautiful no matter what my size). I decided that I just wasn't happy with me anymore. So here I am 3 weeks in and down 10 pounds and feeling great!! and my pudge is smaller too!!

xxkaleidoscopic
07-28-2011, 12:07 AM
I had been feeling miserable for awhile, but I justified it as being 'part of the injury'. I was missing out on life enough as it was, so why deprive myself?

But then when I started getting better, I noticed that I was wearing leggings, skirts, and dresses, but never pants. I couldn't fit into them anymore! I had one pair that had been falling off of me before, and now they were snug. My breasts had grown to be enormous, and they were a huge strain on my back.

After trying and trying, I kept giving up. Finally, one day, it just clicked. My friend and I started dieting together after both of us being sick of not living up to our potential, even though we're both so young. The difference this time is that I haven't given up, like I often want to.

Wannabehealthy
07-28-2011, 07:15 AM
I just looked at the picture somebody took of me on Christmas and remembered how it got me where I am now. I was shocked when I saw the picture! I was huge! I remember being quite depressed about it and had to come up with a plan. So after the holidays I started changing my life. So far, so good :-)

What was your trigger?

I developed some serious medical problems. I used to be thin and healthy. It would have been so much better if I had worked at staying that way, but then, you never think it's going to happen to you.

Carol

Unthinkables
08-05-2011, 05:09 PM
My friends and I got an awesome opportunity through school to do a semester at sea. From there, we've had the experience of traveling to the Caribbean, Greece, Italy, and California.


Here I was, with a once in a lifetime memory to made, and I couldn't gain te full experience. My self-consciousness combatted with my out of shape body, created for disaster. I realized when I came home, things needed to change.

I want to be fully present for all that life hands to me.


I want to feel great about who I am without having feeling like I have to overcompensate for this to be true.

I want to wear shorts on a date!

I want to feel like I am putting in the effort.

I want to go shopping and leave with my only headache being the bill.


When I realized I was the only one standing in my way, I knew I needed to find the resources. So, here I am. Day 1

fitmom
08-05-2011, 05:51 PM
My mom dying of lung cancer four years ago. I didn't want to be dead at 65 like her. Yep, that was my lightbulb moment.

intellectlove
08-05-2011, 05:55 PM
My husband said something about my weight. Not in the nice way either.

nikkinouille
08-05-2011, 05:58 PM
I looked at older pictures of me & realized how much I missed my old body. Figured there is no better time than "now". :)

julie99s
08-05-2011, 06:11 PM
Working out at the gym for a year straight, bouncing between the same darn 5 lbs. My eating was atrocious, and I finally got fed up! Cleaned it up, and I've lost 20 lbs in 2 months. This is the most committed I've been to weight loss. So I'm very optimistic.

sammiles12
08-05-2011, 06:12 PM
I tried playing a ball game, only to realize I can't move around like I used to be able to... Those moments I miss...

Ryler832
08-05-2011, 11:12 PM
Simply looking at pictures and being tired of sucking my belly in did it for me.

summerlove
08-05-2011, 11:36 PM
Photos have always always always been a huge jumpstart for me to lose weight if I've stalled. Clothing getting too tight and uncomfortable as well.

The biggest trigger was about 4 years ago when I tipped the scales at over 200 pounds. My mother had me get on a medical scale at her workplace when I was 16 and lets just say that wasn't what a teenager wanted to realize...

NotJustALittleFat
08-06-2011, 03:16 AM
For me my slow change of habits started when i hit the 200s after these past holidays. I SLOWLY lost that 10 lbs. Then my husband and I had a long conversation, when he as lovingly as possible told me that he really wished I would lose the weight. That he found me attractive, but did not like the fat. I made my usual defensive excuse of "I'm sorry i can't just flip a switch and make the weight fall off!" He responded with "no, but you can flip the switch and change your behavior that will eventually result in you being a healthy size." boy, did that shut me up! My weight was the one thing he wanted me to change that I wasn't, his not going to church with me was the one thing he wasn't changing that I wanted. So I made a deal with him that if I workout 4 times a week, he will go to church with me. That proved to be a big motivator for me!

lin43
08-06-2011, 10:16 AM
For me my slow change of habits started when i hit the 200s after these past holidays. I SLOWLY lost that 10 lbs. Then my husband and I had a long conversation, when he as lovingly as possible told me that he really wished I would lose the weight. That he found me attractive, but did not like the fat. I made my usual defensive excuse of "I'm sorry i can't just flip a switch and make the weight fall off!" He responded with "no, but you can flip the switch and change your behavior that will eventually result in you being a healthy size." boy, did that shut me up! My weight was the one thing he wanted me to change that I wasn't, his not going to church with me was the one thing he wasn't changing that I wanted. So I made a deal with him that if I workout 4 times a week, he will go to church with me. That proved to be a big motivator for me!

Wow! That's really great that he's going. Congratulations for making the most out of the situation. :bravo:

5boyz4me
08-06-2011, 10:25 AM
I broke my foot in Nov. and have gained 30 lbs since- got into a bad habit of laziness and overeating. I can't fit into my clothes and cant afford to buy more, so i guess money is my immediate motivator I've lost 16, and only have 14 to go, but figure, I really NEED to be thinner. I'm going to be a first time grandma in December and really want to be able to run around with my grandbabies like I did with my babies and at this weight- ahem NO WAY!

Wannabehealthy
08-11-2011, 10:24 AM
One thing that really helps me is going shopping for clothes. I see so many pretty things but when I try them on and see how they look on me, I don't ever want to eat again!

Carol

jnhu72
08-13-2011, 04:38 AM
I went to get a physical for a job and they told me I weighed 310 lbs. and had a blood pressure of 168/106 and I was 20! If that wasn't bad enough I had to complete a second part of the physical requiring me to demonstrate certain tasks for the job (it was a nursing assistant job) and they had to take my b/p first and I almost wasn't able to do it because my b/p was to high. It took multiple readings to barely get it in the safe range. During the whole time I was out of breath as if I had just ran a mile, but instead I just walked across the room.

darway
08-14-2011, 09:45 PM
Was stirred into action partly because one parent developed diabetes. A grandparent on that same side also had it earlier. I acknowledged that I really could be at risk, and wanted to head this off.

Plus catching glances of myself in storefront windows - and noticing my gut was spreading around my sides and "filling out" my shirts, just looked gross.

Some little things too. My belts didn't fit anymore. I could sense it took more effort to stand up, than it used to. I'd get winded quickly making short sprints to catch a bus.

And lastly... getting on a scale to confirm my suspicions, to discover I'd reached 251 pounds. A new psychological barrier had been breached! :(

mommytosonja
08-15-2011, 03:31 PM
I hit 200 and did not like it one bit! And my 6 year old asked my why daddy was telling the family that I had gained lots of weight!
Lacey

Thighs Be Gone
08-15-2011, 08:19 PM
Simply looking at pictures and being tired of sucking my belly in did it for me.

Cypress! Wow! So many friEnds there!

0059500
08-15-2011, 11:49 PM
Having never had any weight issues, I owned many pairs of expensive jeans and after a 27 lb weight gain in the time span of a year.. NONE of my jeans fit me anymore. I was wearing sweats and leggings and it really affected my self esteem. I'm in college, and on one of our anonymous gossip sites someone posted about me saying "that girl got FAT". I realized my BMI was now in the overweight range so I needed to change not only for my own health but because it's alot cheaper to hit the gym a few times a week than repurchase all those jeans in bigger sizes!

Rachel1888
08-16-2011, 06:42 AM
My health went SOUTH....i had PCOS, high blood pressure, and my asthma got worse....the doctor...a very sweet lady nicely suggested I "may want to lose....a little bit...of weight" heh ;)

pilgrim
08-16-2011, 08:16 AM
My IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and hypoglycaemia got worse, so I had to change my diet to include more wholegrains, more protein and less sugar and cut out alcohol. The weight loss has been a side effect, though I have been enjoying it, but I want to focus more on general health. I really should find a better tracker for expressing that somehow - I don't want to obsess about what the scale says.

GirlyGirl
08-16-2011, 10:45 AM
I was a chubby kid, but went on a diet at 14 after a moment of inspiration, and lost all the baby fat. I became a popular girl in school, a cheerleader, and had loads of confidence. This carried through until my early twenties, and I started piling on the weight. I went from 125 pounds to where I am today: 230 pounds. How I gained over 100 pounds in 8 years is mind boggling to me. I don't know how I got to this point. I've tried countless times to stick to a plan and drop the weight, but I always gained it back.

Bottom line is, I want my "happy" back. I've lost myself in all of this excess baggage. I want to fit into the clothes I have saved all of these years to get back into. I want to look forward to getting dressed in the morning, and not just throw anything on to look semi-presentable. I want to enjoy living again! I want to be a fit and healty mom to my baby boy. I don't want him to be ashamed of me when he gets older.

Wannabehealthy
08-17-2011, 10:11 AM
I was a chubby kid, but went on a diet at 14 after a moment of inspiration, and lost all the baby fat. I became a popular girl in school, a cheerleader, and had loads of confidence. This carried through until my early twenties, and I started piling on the weight. I went from 125 pounds to where I am today: 230 pounds. How I gained over 100 pounds in 8 years is mind boggling to me. I don't know how I got to this point. I've tried countless times to stick to a plan and drop the weight, but I always gained it back.

Bottom line is, I want my "happy" back. I've lost myself in all of this excess baggage. I want to fit into the clothes I have saved all of these years to get back into. I want to look forward to getting dressed in the morning, and not just throw anything on to look semi-presentable. I want to enjoy living again! I want to be a fit and healty mom to my baby boy. I don't want him to be ashamed of me when he gets older.

I don't think Dylan (adorable!) will ever be ashamed of his mommy, but I do understand how you feel. Just take one day at a time. Stay on program for 1 day. Aim for a loss of 1 lb. Then when you do that, go for 1 more day/one more pound. Don't think of your long term goal, which can seem so unatainable that you get depressed and give up. Take a picture every 10 lbs or so and post it on your fridge, so you can actually see your progress. Good luck to you.

Carol

caramelkitty
08-17-2011, 10:31 AM
I always had a distorted image of myself, when I was slim, I thought I was fat, when I was fat, I thought I was slim.

I saw pictures, and was like 'pfff...thats not me..'
and then I walked by a mirror and did a double take only to realize that fat girl in the mirror was indeed myself.

And then I ...stepped on that scale...
Only to have everything confirmed to me.

I couldnt wake up in the mornings without pains in my ankles and feet.
I couldnt wear high heels because it was just too painful.
I couldnt do anything really.

Shmoops
08-17-2011, 04:55 PM
I was at work one day and another employee ran into my hip... said that it didn't hurt bc of all the cushion I had. She also said that since I have three kids, the days of being thin are over,,, just a fact of life. Well, I'm here to prove her wrong. I loved reading this thread!! By the way, shopping, pics and clothing were also a huge inspiration for me.

Wannabehealthy
08-18-2011, 10:50 AM
I always had a distorted image of myself, when I was slim, I thought I was fat, when I was fat, I thought I was slim.

I saw pictures, and was like 'pfff...thats not me..'
and then I walked by a mirror and did a double take only to realize that fat girl in the mirror was indeed myself.



I have that same distorted image. While I was gaining, if I saw pictures of myself my thinking was "The camera always adds weight", but if I look back at my thin pictures, I looked thin. So the camera didn't add weight then. I still don't think of myself as fat, until I try on clothes, or pass by a mirror in the mall.

Carol

Wannabehealthy
08-18-2011, 10:53 AM
I was at work one day and another employee ran into my hip... said that it didn't hurt bc of all the cushion I had. She also said that since I have three kids, the days of being thin are over,,, just a fact of life. Well, I'm here to prove her wrong. I loved reading this thread!! By the way, shopping, pics and clothing were also a huge inspiration for me.

Oh, that's all it takes.....one such comment. After losing 80 lbs, my sister-in-law got a job in a bakery. It got back to her that another family member made the comment "I can see what she'll look like after awhile on this job!" She made up her mind and lost another 20 lbs after hearing that, while working at the bakery!

Carol

josey
08-18-2011, 12:50 PM
Great replies guys! I enjoy reading your posts.

Sparkly Blonde
08-18-2011, 01:04 PM
Not being able to find clothes. There are so many stores with normal sizes but only two that carry nice plus sizes. I want to be able to find my size ANYWHERE!

BlissBunny
10-05-2011, 03:08 AM
I just need to try to not be like this anymore. I hate getting my picture taken. I cannot buy pants, I'm so thick waisted. I finally broke through my denial and the lies I told myself. I now exercise 3-4x weekly, and am cutting carbs and refined sugars. I'm sticking with it, and seeing how far I go. I have a salad with no dressing for breakfast and a vegan soup for lunch. WHole grain and veggies for dinner. It's happening.

Wannabehealthy
10-06-2011, 12:33 PM
I just need to try to not be like this anymore. I hate getting my picture taken. I cannot buy pants, I'm so thick waisted. I finally broke through my denial and the lies I told myself. I now exercise 3-4x weekly, and am cutting carbs and refined sugars. I'm sticking with it, and seeing how far I go. I have a salad with no dressing for breakfast and a vegan soup for lunch. WHole grain and veggies for dinner. It's happening.

That's how it is Bunny....one day something clicks and you do it! Good for you. Keep up the good work!

mellyme123
01-28-2012, 01:14 PM
Not being able to find clothes. There are so many stores with normal sizes but only two that carry nice plus sizes. I want to be able to find my size ANYWHERE!

Yes!

For weeks, people kept telling me how great my older sister was looking... I dismissed it. Figured it was just the hair and make-up she was taking the time to work on.

Then we go thrift store shopping and she finds CARTS full of stuff to choose from.. me, nothing. :(

The last straw was when she brought me SIX HUGE BAGS of clothes she no longer fit in (including stuff we got that day at the thrift store). The sad part, even some of her "fat" clothes didn't fit me because they were too small.:mad: ...SIGH... I did not want to be the "fat" sister.

So I decided enough was enough and have dropped 10lbs in 4 weeks.:carrot: I am starting ESE and have completed my 1st week (2 fasts). I have a long way to go, but I am sick of not having choices in clothes, sick of dreading the fitting room and ready to start getting those "you look great!" comments too!