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What made you decide to lose weight?


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You know, your wake-up call. The moment where you thought to yourself, "I have to change." Tell me about it! :)

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I'm not sure if there was moment for me.  It was more of a process.  Over a period of time, I realized how badly I looked and felt.  In December of last year, I decided to count my calories.  It's worked well.

Of course gaining weight doesn't happen overnight, but just like anyone else I kept gaining 5 pounds here, 5 pounds there and it started to add up.

 

When I used to be known as a twig (and believe me, I could outeat anyone), and then gained 40 pounds from there, it was a big difference. What really hit me hard was looking at pictures of me on facebook. The pictures were awful! Especially when I loved my body before, and really seeing it from a different view made me motivated to do it.

It sucked cause once I hit college it was like a light switch for my metabolism, it turned off on me.

But I WILL do it (I did it before and gained most of it back), and I WILL keep it off. I was happy with my body once before and I WILL be happy again!

I relised we only get one body, there are thousands of people who live life so much better who have disabilitys, harder lives.

Im a compeititve person, im overweight, your body cant talk however when your getting tired after walking to a local store, I think thats pritty much the same thing.

We owe it to our body, our friends and our familys to be as healthy as we can be, Im really feeling good about losing weight this time.

We can all do it

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I did not like the way I felt or looked and if I didn't who else would? I also realized that if I didn't change my weight, I was a statistic (obese, diabetes in the family) waiting to happen and if I didn't change for the "long haul" there would not be a long haul.

I have got a baby and was very busy in my life...so much rush.. i always wanted to loose weight, but never had a time!!! so TODAY is my day of changed and i hope it will work for me well!!!

I realized i needed to lose weight when for the first time ever I ripped my jeans and then had no other jeans to wear cause they were all too small on me and they were all size 9 US jeans. It made me so sad.

The first time I saw a very unflattering photo of myself and realised just how big I was getting... the second time it was because I was back to 250 and my back was giving me a lot of trouble (when it hasn't bothered me since I started losing weight the first time!) and my knee was aching. That may have been a coincidence but it seems that 250 pounds is the limit for normal function for my body.

I just got sick and tired of being sick and tired!!

 

 

My epiphany came when I was talked into joining the departments "Biggest Loser contest".  They thought that I would be just adding more money to the pot, "donating" my money.  When I weighed in, I was 327.  Im 29 years old, and I had the highest weigh in.  I work at a steel company, and everyone around me are in their 50's!  I knew that I am too young to have the highest weigh in.  I took the contest seriously and won 850 dollars in 3 months.

There were several things, one having such a hard time buying pants because they never fit me... it was so frustrating that I had resigned to the fact that I wasn't going to buy new pants I didn't even look at them in the stores. The other one was how incredibly uncomfortable I felt in my bathing suit around my friends... I should enjoy myself but I just felt so ugly. Then were the pictures were I just said... wow, I don't really look like that!

But what I really think pushed me over the edge was when I went to the doctor and did the body fat test and it turned out I had a 33% of body fat... that's when it really hit home and decided that I was 22 and my body wouldn't be 1/3 fat!

Original Post by lynnd92000:

I just got sick and tired of being sick and tired!! 

 ^ This

I was at a convention last year and listening to Adam Baldwin recount his experiences with Ride to Recovery (see his blog post here - http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/abaldwin/20 09/04/20/ride-2-recovery-an-amazing-journey-2 /). During during the story he talked of a time where he felt exhausted and wanted to give up. One of the vets (who, if I recall correctly, was a multiple amputee) dropped back from the pack to where Adam was huffing and puffing away, looked at him, and said "what are you, a ***** (think kitty cat)?". He talked about the inspiration of spending time with people who don't give up.

Shortly afterwards, my husband and I had out picture taken with Adam and I look hideous.

My embarassment over the picture and Adam's story inspired me to get off my duff and start learning to live a healthier lifestyle. And every time I even think about giving up or going back to my old ways, I hear Adam's voice in my head asking "what are you, a ****?". It's working for me so far. 42lbs lost since the beginning of the year and I'm finally no longer classified as obese. I still have a long way to go, but I'm getting there one small change at a time.

Someday I'm going to blog about how Adam Baldwin made me skinny ;)

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Nice post! Laughing I was always overweight in school. Consequently, I didn't have any boyfriends either! About a year after I finished high school, I decided to lose weight, and lost 20kgs! I felt and looked fantastic, and of course had a string of guys after me.

I managed to keep the bulk of the weight off, but I put on about 5kgs over 4-5 years. But, I still looked good and my ex boyfriend still kept hounding me. Then I spent a year in China and gained 15kgs!! Putting all the weight back on was totally soul destroying. When I came back from China, my friends and everyone else I knew kept giving me looks (that made me feel so bad). some even commented on my weight gain. My ex boyfriend was begging to see me again (after not seeing me for a year). I thought maybe we'd get back together again...so I feeling good. I felt self conscious (NONE of my clothes fit me anymore). But my ex had never mentioned weight or anything like that in the past, so I felt a bit better.  I bought some new clothes for our 'date' (nothing fit me anymore, remember?), spent AGES doing my hair and make-up. I felt a lot better, and I'd lost about 3kgs since coming back from China, so my confidence was beginning to soar again.

Well, I got into the car, and the first thing he says to me (before even hello!) was "Wow, you've got fat hey?" Ouch. I felt like I'd been slapped. I should've just got out the car right then and there, but like a fool I stayed. At the restaurant, he kept flirting with the waitresses, IN FRONT OF ME, then turning to look at my expression. I'll never forget the look of complete disgust and repulsion on his face when i got into the car. I went home that night in tears, crying and screaming and hating myself so much. But you know what? It's made me even more determined to lose all that weight again, and MORE so that I'll be looking smoking hot, then I'm gonna get my revenge. I'll visit his restaurant, looking drop dead gorgeous, with another guy, of course, and i won't even give me the time of day.

ok, feeling much better now! thanks for an awesome post and for letting me rant!! Laughing

I went on a trip to Israel at around 240 lbs (I'm 5'0" tall).  It was with a group of 40 strangers, and although I went with 1 close friend, I was out of my comfort zone!

I was held back physically on the trip.  I had a lot of trouble climbing Massada and my group was gathered at the top for at least 30 minutes before I made it up.  I was the only girl who had to ride a camel by myself instead of in a pair because they felt it was enough weight for the camel with just me.

But there were also some physically demanding activities where I pushed myself and surprised myself how much I could do.  Let's face it, at 5'0" and 240 lbs, just walking around all day is a challenge, let alone some of the hikes and climbs we did.  I also pushed myself socially to spend time with the group when we had free time and make friends and I found that it worked!  I guess you could say that until then, I had a chip on my shoulder that people would write me off because of the weight and the chip started to soften a little on the trip, which was an important step for me to be mentally ready to lose the weight.

So overall, I think that trip was my turning point.  It helped me to recognize my value as a person and what I had to offer, and how I could push myself, and it also made me so sick of being physically uncomfortable and limited in my big body, that I was finally ready to do the work to lose weight.

i've struggled with my weight for years.. i was always the heavier friend in the bunch and i was sick of always feeling self conscious when i should be having fun! i was invited to a wedding in september which made me want to lose weight, but honestly, i'd just like my clothes to fit better. also, i want to be able to wear the cute flouncy dresses that are so popular recently. i can, but i have to wear leggings (as my legs are awfully the heaviest part of my body).

i am a smoker as well, which doesn't help the fact that i wheeze and cough whenever i have to walk an extensive amount. i figure that i'll take babysteps, and as long as i keep losing weight, i'll worry about the smoking once i've hit my target. i have a feeling if i quit smoking now, all hell will break loose and the munching and grubbing will come back to haunt me and my current lost weight.

good luck to everyone!!!

I realized it was time right after I quit smoking. After going through that I knew that I could make weight loss happen. I never used to be heavy and was active in alot of outdoor activities. As a smoker it was a given that backpacking and rock climbing weren't as likely for me, but after quitting there was only one thing standing in my way - my weight. I started with about 30 lbs to lose and I have 10 more to go. It's been a slow journey but it's slowly coming off. I have my first backpacking trip scheduled for my 5th anniversary in June with my husband.

My other epiphany was looking in the mirror and I noticed I had back fat. Never in my life did I ever have back fat and for some reason it horrified me. I had gained most my weight in my butt and gutt, which has been growing for years, but the back? Freaked me out.

Finally, I've watched my Mom struggle with her weight for years and I keep thinking it's much easier to take care of this now and never let it happen again!

devonmurt, good luck with the weight loss and quitting smoking. I know what's its like to have that on top of a weight issue! You can do it! It's so much easier to quit than you think!

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I realized it was time right after I quit smoking. After going through that I knew that I could make weight loss happen. I never used to be heavy and was active in alot of outdoor activities. As a smoker it was a given that backpacking and rock climbing weren't as likely for me, but after quitting there was only one thing standing in my way - my weight. I started with about 30 lbs to lose and I have 10 more to go. It's been a slow journey but it's slowly coming off. I have my first backpacking trip scheduled for my 5th anniversary in June with my husband.

My other epiphany was looking in the mirror and I noticed I had back fat. Never in my life did I ever have back fat and for some reason it horrified me. I had gained most my weight in my butt and gutt, which has been growing for years, but the back? Freaked me out.

Finally, I've watched my Mom struggle with her weight for years and I keep thinking it's much easier to take care of this now and never let it happen again!

devonmurt, good luck with the weight loss and quitting smoking. I know what's its like to have that on top of a weight issue! You can do it! It's so much easier to quit than you think!

 imp150,

thanks so much for the motivation and inspiration! i think its fantastic that you were able to accomplish both feats!!! backpacking sounds like a great reward for hard work and an anniversary! congrats =)

i've been a smoker from age 12 (i'm aged 19 now) and have been a heavy smoker since about 16. my longest stint of quitting was thanksgiving of '08, and lasted up until about february of '09, but subsequently gained about 35-40 pounds. i lost most of the weight on the atkins diet, but have since gained back up until recently. i think i'll take one battle at a time, and since i've been struggling forever with my weight, i'd rather get that off my back (literally- i too have a bit of back fat and it is frightening) first. once i accomplish that goal i know quitting smoking will be a little easier (mentally and hopefully physically).

good luck to you!!!

Original Post by lmp150:

I realized it was time right after I quit smoking. After going through that I knew that I could make weight loss happen. I never used to be heavy and was active in alot of outdoor activities. As a smoker it was a given that backpacking and rock climbing weren't as likely for me, but after quitting there was only one thing standing in my way - my weight. I started with about 30 lbs to lose and I have 10 more to go. It's been a slow journey but it's slowly coming off. I have my first backpacking trip scheduled for my 5th anniversary in June with my husband.

My other epiphany was looking in the mirror and I noticed I had back fat. Never in my life did I ever have back fat and for some reason it horrified me. I had gained most my weight in my butt and gutt, which has been growing for years, but the back? Freaked me out.

Finally, I've watched my Mom struggle with her weight for years and I keep thinking it's much easier to take care of this now and never let it happen again!

devonmurt, good luck with the weight loss and quitting smoking. I know what's its like to have that on top of a weight issue! You can do it! It's so much easier to quit than you think!

 

Thanks devonmurt! Im so excited for backpacking!

You know what's right for you and don't let anyone talk you into doing it differently. Quitting smoking is one of those things like weight loss that you have to do for yourself and no one else. And doing one thing at a time isn't bad. You don't want to get overwhelmed! I did it one thing at a time too, just the other way around. Listen to your gut and you'll accomplish all of it. Good luck!

When I went shopping and realize that I had to buy plus size jeans for the first time and XL shirts ... when I used to be a size 9 jeans and M-L shirt..  that was the moment I said "HECK NO!"... I was also in a recent breakup and I was very depressed all the time that I skipped meals and I wasn't doing any exercise or any outdoor activity.

For me, it was at the end of last year. I was 5'6.75 (basically 5'7), 145 lbs, and 16. (I'm 17 now) I know, I know, I wasn't overweight or obese, but still, I HATED my weight. I remember one night, just being disgusted with me body. Of all the fat hanging everywhere. Everywhere I pinched, there was like this glob of fat. And I remember that night, while in bed, crying over how fat and unhappy I was about my body. I've tried dieting before. All throughout my life, I have tried dieting. I think the first time I tried was when I was like 10! And usually no longer than 3 weeks. Anyways, this time, I just KNEW it was going to be different. I couldn't live with my body anymore and knew I was going to do it. Now, I'm 5'7 (basically) and 123-124 lbs with a goal weight of 117 lbs. I'm almost there, and it feels great to know that a stuck with my diet this time. 

The difference was that this time, when I would mess up, I would just continue my diet. All the other times, after I would cheat, I would just be like, "I messed up. I give up." Now, it's like, "I messed up. Well, tomorrow's another day." My mindset is completely different now.  (:

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