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YAYA179 Posts: 115
12/3/13 5:12 P

My ah-ha moment was on August 14, 2013. I finally understood that exercising and over eating did not go together. That day I joined SparkPeople. I now execise, eat sensibly, and have lost 27 pounds. What a joy!!!!!!

ASCHU2 Posts: 78
12/3/13 1:19 P

I had many "a-ha" moments, but two that clinched it was my third "high-for-me" blood pressure reading in succession and my best girlfriend asking me to be her maid of honor and only attendant. I looked and felt terrible as my sister's one and only attendant, and I can't look at those pictures without thinking about myself instead of thinking about her happiness. I had to do something, so I lost 50 lbs for my girlfriend's wedding by weighing food and counting calories. I've lost 75 lbs, and I'm the healthiest (and smallest) I've ever been in my life, including middle and high school! It's amazing how after all of the "kindling" builds, it only takes one match to light the whole thing. Thank you, Sparkpeople!!

12/3/13 11:34 A

My ahha moment was when I put on a pair of my sz18 jeans n was knowhere close to getting them snapped up even laying down. I refused to go to a bigger sz. That week aug 18th I joined Ww n haven't looked backvin 16 wks I've ki st 23.2#s n counting have 40#s to go. I'm so happy n motivated cuz I know I can dovit.

12/3/13 11:30 A

My ahha moment was when I put on a pair of my sz18 jeans n was knowhere close to getting them snapped up even laying down. I refused to go to a bigger sz. That week aug 18th I joined Ww n haven't looked backvin 16 wks I've ki st 23.2#s n counting have 40#s to go. I'm so happy n motivated cuz I know I can dovit.

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12/3/13 12:01 A

my ah ha moment was when I finally came to grips with the fact that after a doctor over dosed me, and I almost had a stroke, I constantly related to stress as losing control. My ha ha moment was when I realized I wasn't afraid of living, or death. It was losing control the abstract idea & the physical stress associated with each situation. Now I realize that I was dealing with my own fear, and it was always making me worse health wise. eva

SUNSET09 SparkPoints: (533,643)
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12/2/13 9:44 P

My Mom used to tell me she'd take me to the fat lady's store to shop although she never did! My Dad ended up having to limit his salt and sugar intake and we'd drink diet sodas and wheat bread. We ate fruit and veggies that were cut up and an easy snack. They did not have candies , cookies or chips around unless it was during the holiidays. Little did I know that was the beginning of me not wanting to be told what I could or could not eat. Because of him and I am truly grateful, I have good eating habits and didn't want to have those health problems, especially if it is something I can control. The other time is when I was at 171 lbs and literally, rolled myself out of bed! That was not fun for me! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

KMS41289 Posts: 239
12/2/13 8:44 P

I was 19 and in PT after a knee surgery. I was on level 1 on the stationary bike and winded. That was the beginning of the end :)

12/2/13 8:23 P

I feel my kids eyeing my body and my food habits and choices. I see myself in pictures and really look like that fat lady. My daughter's Bat Mitzvah is in April and I want to be healthy and happy and looking okay in the pictures. Plus, I need to be able to wear a dress and just don't want to have to go to the fat people store.
I am on day two and just praying that I can really do this - I have struggled my whole life.
I had thinner thirties and fat forties. I am the biggest I've ever been at 48 and would love to enter my 50's feeling good.

HHUGHES71 SparkPoints: (104,324)
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12/2/13 4:19 P

I knew after I got married and had several miscarriages that I had started putting on weight. We finally got pregnant w/ our first and I never thought about weight after that. Then we had our sons pretty much back to back. Last fall I started here on Spark People, but didn't stay long due to craziness at home and at work. Things w/ work were not going well and I was miserable and stressed and ate a lot of ice cream and chips plus several cokes a day. Over Labor Day weekend, I went on a girls' weekend w/ my mom and daughter and looking at a picture of the 3 of us at the aquarium really disturbed me. At that point, I stopped drinking cokes all together, but it would be middle of Oct before I really started to get serious about getting back into shape and getting healthy. This coming weekend, I will be returning to my college to be a part of an alumnae choir and knew that I did not want to go back and see old friends looking the way I did. It was to the point where I hated to have my picture taken and knew that as my kids got older that they would want to see mom in their pics and I didn't have the energy to keep up w/ them. As of yesterday morning, I have lost 22.6 lbs and have 14 more to go before I hit my goal weight.

JCW001 Posts: 89
12/2/13 3:36 P

Mine was cleaning closets and making donations for clothing I didn't wear anymore. As I pulled pair after pair of jeans, slacks and blouses out of the closet and saying to myself... I really like this. I looked at the size and realized that in a couple of years I had gained 3 sizes. I was disgusted. I'm doing something about it now. I'm moving at a very slow pace, but I feel myself becoming more energized.

12/2/13 3:05 P

I couldn't fit in the chair in the movie theater.

FURKIDS123 SparkPoints: (1,757)
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12/2/13 4:02 A

My whole family is overweight. My parents look like mr. and mrs. claus and they dont take offense to that. My brother for the longest time the kids called him uncle shrek. Out of our 13 kids between my brother and I, weight has been an issue.
I sat back and was listening to my mom on the phone telling me about all the things the doctor said about my dads last visit and the med changes... i got off the phone and was thinking... I dont wanna be them. My dad is type 2 diabetic and takes insulin. He has arthritis bad in his lower back and knees and has to walk with a cane.He walks looking like hes had a stroke with right side paralysis when he hadnt had one. not up until 4 months ago that is. Hes always in pain. My mom doesnt have any major issues except thyroid. My brother just found out this summer hes diabetic. He had back surgry and it messed him up alittle. They all take meds for pain or they are limited in physical ability. My brother is young yet. I dont want to be them. I love them they are my life. Maybe a part of my also hopes that if im healthy and show a healthy life style it will encourage them to too, or become more aware. It hasnt happened yet. My dad has lost 45 pounds since he started taking insulin though, i think he said hes at 230-240 now, im proud of him for that.

12/1/13 11:58 P

I have a a good friend who used to be over weight but lost it and looked fabulous then when it was her birthday (August 2012) and I put up a photo of her and my other friend whom I used to have a crush on back then asked who she was and said that she was absolutely gorgeous... That was my AH-HA moment.
If she could do it so can I. I've got what it takes and I am worth it;. That night I promised myself I was gonna change and I was gonna make it through this time; the next day I set an alarm for 5am and went out for exercise and ever since my life has changed 100% yes I've had my ups and downs but generally I am moving in the right direction. Not only are my achievements weight loss related, my body can do so much more and I've been way more confident and positive.
If I could I would thank him for that now but unfortunately I'd never want him knowing I ever had feelings for him especially that I don't anymore that would just be awkward!

Edited by: IMANALAULAQI at: 12/2/2013 (00:00)
NEC111 SparkPoints: (15,886)
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12/1/13 7:42 P

My ah-ah moment was when I thought...."I am embarrassed to be seen with me." Ok, I'm with "me" 24/7, so it is time to do something.

LISS741 SparkPoints: (27,095)
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12/1/13 2:18 P

This past February I was at a school event that was video taped. I looked at it afterwards and only felt sadness and completely ashamed of how I looked. It wasn't until March though when my grandmother passed away that I truly decided I needed to make a change. All she ever wanted for me to be was happy and healthy. I decided then and there that I was taking back control of my life. 45 pounds and more to go! But I can honestly say that I've never been happier :)

OOLALA53 Posts: 12,919
12/1/13 10:57 A

Almost four years ago, I realized that I had been fighting food and my weight for nearly 40 years and had gone from a high normal BMI to low obesity. I had already been on Spark for two years, but it wasn't until Dec. of 2009 that I really accepted that if I didn't change something, I would battle compulsive eating this for the rest of my life. I committed to the No S eating lifestyle program and am still using it.I don't use the tracking tools here at Spark (or anywhere), but sharing with the community has been essential for me.


I.M.MAGIC Posts: 13,161
11/30/13 7:44 P

Belly dancing is so much FUN! I want to be able to do that again...

CARILOUIE SparkPoints: (94,856)
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11/29/13 5:31 P

A few years ago I went on a road trip with my best friend. I saw the pictures and was so upset about how I looked. I joined a gym, started running, and never looked back!

EDELWEISS33 Posts: 2,019
11/29/13 5:26 P

mine was when I went for a walk at the track while my husband's coworkers were working out. One family of 10 kids came. The teens jogged past. The little ones chatted and the 4, 5 9 and 12 year olds were near me. I smiled. We chatted for a bit and then they drifted off leaving the 5 year old. Finally, she looked up and said, "can I go now?" and I said yes. She whirred away like a little motorboat. I was left in their dust and lapped many times. I said to myself, I can jog a little. so now it's been about a year. I did make it to jogging 3 miles tho before weather and job took over & I used the treadmill a couple of times since then. But I did read almost all the books on nutrition at the library & met my goal by eating healthy and belly dancing.

JEWELS571 Posts: 2,885
11/29/13 11:48 A

So many inspiring stories here!! Happy holidays everyone!!

THE_RED_BIRD SparkPoints: (14,280)
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11/29/13 10:43 A

My ah-ha moment was when I went to the doctor because I thought I was sick and came away realizing that most of what was happening to me was because I weighed 240 pounds and was completely sedentary - and only I could fix it.

I.M.MAGIC Posts: 13,161
11/29/13 9:46 A

I was 98 pounds when I graduated from high school--I looked anorexic. I was actually HAPPY about my "college 15"--which for me was actually closer to 25. At 123 pounds, I was still very slender and could still see my ribs but I actually had SHAPE--and then I took the advice of a dance instructor and went on a diet--she thought I needed to lose weight. My bones are on the small side, but my ribcage is quite wide, and I was (and am) very well muscled, and I--well, being only 19 and not knowing any different--I... believed her.

I took her advice...

I lost the weight easily, but...I landed in the hospital with various muscle spasms, extreme fatigue, pain--the doctors told me my body couldn't handle the additional stress. I was given a very strict protocol to follow for awhile. I had to learn relaxation techniques. I was still too sick to attend classes-- so I lost my financial aid. So much for my first time in college!

And I gained weight. I got up to 130, then lost down to 123 again. I didn't feel great, any more, but I could do things again, and I worked several part-time jobs for a while to pay off my student loans...and eventually I went back to school.

And was in a car accident.

NINE months of physical therapy and a lawsuit while still attending classes (in tears a lot of the time from pain)... and I have a BA in Music and Media Production and Performance, with a minor in English Lit... and weigh a LOT more.

An "ah-ha" moment? Several months after the accident, I was reviewing some film I'd shot for one of my classes, and saw myself on tape. Yikes. I moved like an old woman, stiff and uncomfortable in my skin. To add to that, the camera makes you look 20 to 30 pounds heavier than you are... just think what 200 pounds looks like on a 5'3" frame... It didn't matter what my bone structure or musculature was at that point, it was a total SHOCK! I was watching my goals disappear right in front of me.

At this point, a lot of things were taken out of my hands. I actually went from 180 to 130 pretty easily... By this time, I had graduated and was working full time at Boeing, I'd enrolled in a Tai Chi class, and was eating healthier, so I attributed it to all that, BUT... turns out the weight loss was easy because I was an undiagnosed diabetic, and it didn't matter what I ate because my body couldn't use it. I was literally starving!

Medications to promote weight gain, anyone? LOL

Then there were all the other illnesses, with their subsequent weight gain from medications etc--up to and including cancer (I've been in remission now for 3 1/2 years... HURRAY! lol )-- I was up to 250 pounds. But I was--and AM--still ALIVE!... LOL

I'm grateful for SparkPeople, helping me regain some of my lost kidney function, helping me work my way through all the crap that's been thrown at me... I'm still here--and I'm losing the excess baggage, in more ways than one--another HURRAY! LOL

Life is GOOD!
Kathy emoticon

Edited by: I.M.MAGIC at: 11/29/2013 (09:50)
TIME-4-TINA Posts: 623
11/29/13 8:36 A

My ah-ha moment was two years ago when I was talking to my mom on the phone. It was Labor Day. She said, "oh, gosh, you know, it's been 25 yrs. today since your father had his massive heart attack." Then she said, "oh, and you know what's weird, your the same age he was, 46." I was like, "no way, he was only 46?" After that phone call, I started to think about my dad and what he looked like back then. He was a little heavy, maybe. Nothing like the way I look now. That phone call from my mom changed my life. The next day, I joined the gym and began to eat healthy. I've lost 50 lbs. since that phone call. And I continue to lose. (btw, my daddy is in his 70's now. At the gym every day, living a healthy lifestyle too)

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11/29/13 12:58 A


BROADBRUSH Posts: 1,806
11/28/13 4:15 P

i have had sooooo many ah ha moments -
1. getting yucky yeast overgrowths in places dark and dismal -
2. walking into a store looking up directly into a mirror and realizing 'OH MY GOD THAT BIG HIPPED FAT WOMAN IS ME
3. having a clerk in the store look at me with disdain and say 'oh we have nothing for you in here!
4. being singled out
5. not being able to have a blood pressure cuff take my b p because my arms are too fat.
6. my husband calling me a 'MACK TRUCK'
7. the feeling i did not get a job because i do not fit the mold - young thin and dumb - - but i am not dumb.
8. buying clothes too small because - all i have to do is lose 10 pounds.

i could go on and on - but my most recent is for the health of my children as well as myself.
even though i do not have support in my surroundings - i will do my very best to succeed. i have done it in the past - i want to do it again.

IRVING666 SparkPoints: (14,194)
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11/28/13 2:46 P

My latest a ha moment was when I really realized how little things add up. Just 350 extra calories a week can gain you 0.1 pound. Now you may say, 'whoop de doo' but do you know how much that is over the years? It's about 5.2 pounds each year. Still no huge deal, but times 20 or 30 years, it's 100 or more pounds! Add to that a couch potato life style and you have a recipe for serious trouble.

Since learning to pay attention to detail, I've lost 27 pounds in three months. Those little things mean a lot.

Edited by: IRVING666 at: 11/28/2013 (14:48)
JAYDEE1211 SparkPoints: (30,040)
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11/28/13 1:47 P

My aha moment was during last Christmas and New Year. I ate sooooooo much that I didn't think I would live through the night. This happened a couple of times over the holiday period. I realised that I needed to build my life rather than waiting to die.

Edited by: JAYDEE1211 at: 11/28/2013 (13:47)
SUBMOM2 SparkPoints: (46,301)
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11/28/13 12:08 A

My ah-ha moment was when I woke up one morning feeling more tired than ever, and when I weighed myself, I was at a higher weight than I had ever been at, even with four pregnancies! Something finally clicked, after years of denial and excuses and watching my weight creep up and up.

KOYONNE SparkPoints: (10,000)
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11/27/13 6:16 P

My bad Ah-ha was when I stepped on the scale and hit 190lbs at 5'6" and I had to stop pretending that I just had extra muscle.
My latest good Ah-ha is two parts. A few weeks ago I deadlifted 180lbs- my bodyweight. Last week I squatted 175 lbs- same as my latest weigh-in

LVHOPEJOY SparkPoints: (35,194)
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11/27/13 8:26 A

I had two ah-ah moments this month. 1st-I had to renew my DL and when I looked at my new picture and compared to my old one, the difference of 30+ lbs was an ah-ha moment.

When I went to my doctors appointment, the one before was in March, the nurse didn't notice my weight loss, even though I was wearing a size 14 jeans. When she weighed me, I got on the scale and she looked at my chart and said "last time you weighed 191 lbs. So she set the scale on 190(s) and dragged the lever down and then kept going down, down, to 160 lbs. As she was dragging it down she said, "What have you been doing? I didn't say anything, just smiled. That was another ah-ha moment. I gave her the Doctor's letter from SparkPeople's Coaches I had printed out. She was impressed. Now I hope to have more ah-ha moments tomorrow after I finish the day with healthy eating.
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Edited by: LVHOPEJOY at: 11/27/2013 (08:28)
CARISSA81 Posts: 1,456
11/26/13 7:21 P

I can't remember when I first realized I was overweight, it snuck up on me. But I remember when I realized I HAD to exercise. I was playing with my baby nephew and could barely lift him. He was a big boy for a baby, but I realized it was pretty terrible that a young healthy woman in her twenties couldn't even lift a baby without a struggle. I've been exercising ever since!

MAWMAW101 SparkPoints: (232,753)
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11/26/13 6:48 P

My ah-ha moment was seeing a family picture last Christmas. I really didn't feel I looked that bad.
I am looking forward to the family pictures this year!

PINKDUCK22 SparkPoints: (1,111)
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11/26/13 4:30 P

my AH-HA moment was when my mother in-law gave me some clothes and they fit me. Most would say so what. But for me it is the fact that she is the size i was over 7 years ago. and i thought i would never get that big again. But hear i am again.

KIMBERLY4181 SparkPoints: (9,672)
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11/26/13 4:09 P

My ah-ha moment was when I finally sat down and realized that I eat when I am bored, tired, excited, depressed, or stressed. Everything BUT hungry. I have not started to work towards eating not only because I am hungry but because I need fuel. I am working really hard at making healthier choices and asking myself
1.) Am I hungry?
2.) Do I need fuel?
3.) Why am I eating?
43)What am I eating?
So far this week I am staying on track and have been able to resist temptations. I think that it is important however to reward yourself occassionally. For me this is going to be something very small only on Sundays.

ROBBIEY SparkPoints: (404,164)
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11/26/13 3:46 P

My ah-ha moment was a health scare. I needed to take charge of my health and my life and have been going strong every since.

TLB1630 SparkPoints: (44,671)
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11/26/13 3:31 P

That the feast of Thanksgiving Day dinner is.... emoticon just a normal dinner! So there's no giving right to stuff my face this meal than there is any other meal - right??

Happy emoticon Day - anyway emoticon

FARAH2619 Posts: 39
11/26/13 2:26 P

My "ah-ha" moment was remembering just last year I was about 125 pounds and never wanted to get over 130 but here I was at 150 and realized I can't keep making excuses I need to take action now.

WEBBB02 Posts: 16
11/26/13 2:26 P

When I renewed my drivers license and had to write down my weight and I realized that I was 45 pounds heavier than I was 4 years ago. This weight gain has to stop!

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TOBY7823 Posts: 56
11/26/13 10:39 A

My "ah-ha moment" was finally seeing my weight when I went to my doctor. emoticon

MARIFIREDUP SparkPoints: (19,588)
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11/24/13 3:40 A

My ah-ha moment was sitting down and realizing that I really was not happy with myself. No matter how beautiful anyone told me I was I just could not bring myself to believe it and be happy. Beauty is not a size to me or a look it is how I feel about myself. Since starting to exercise I have so much confidence even though I have only lost 10 lbs. Just being active helped me see the beauty and inner strength I have and really truly for the first time in my life I believe in myself.

JEWELS571 Posts: 2,885
11/23/13 10:20 P

Thanks you two!!! Very awesome and inspiring!!

CAPTATHLETICA SparkPoints: (3,771)
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11/23/13 8:07 P

I had 2... My first was because I could not even squat down without being very out of breath...just walking would make me breathe heavy. It was so embarrassing and I would be so upset about it but on my birthday said " I just turned 24, I am not going to live the next 60 years of my life like this" And I never looked back.

A week or 2 after I started I ended up in the hospital. I wad diagnosed with graves disease, but in all the tests they did on me they were able to see that my body was basically in the process of eliminating fat, gaining muscle, and becoming healthy. It made me tear up, I had no idea that tests could see this. It gave me even more motivation to become healthier beyond belief.

CARRIENIGN SparkPoints: (99,672)
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11/21/13 9:44 P

I had been a little overweight my whole life. The day I stepped on the scale and saw a number I had never seen before was the driving factor for me. That's the moment something clicked in my brain and I thought enough is enough and was mentally prepared to do something about it.

JEWELS571 Posts: 2,885
11/21/13 4:41 P

Thanks for sharing the info, I think there are so many people that don't know how to treat food as what it is, a way to fuel our bodies. Our emotions are better fed with activities and exercise which helps to create a vent for our stresses and worries. Running does this for me, all my worries are driven into the ground beneath me, it may not be permanent, but at least for then and a few hours after my stress levels drop. Thanks again!!

ANGELAJAY976 SparkPoints: (4,240)
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11/21/13 4:37 P

I was walking with my family and I fell after my foot went in a crack, my daughter who is 6 started to cry, I was able to get up but the look on her face was like reliving the day my mom fell and could not get up when I was about 5 and people just kept walking past her back then few people were heavy. So it made me think if I don't want this to happen to her in front of her child I need to change things.

JEWELS571 Posts: 2,885
11/21/13 4:12 P

Very cool! You are doing awesome too, great job on your success thus far! Never give up!

BELLYDOG Posts: 2,452
11/21/13 3:43 P

I joined after I walked 4 miles one December day. My ankles and knees were so sore the next day, I could barely walk. I was in a world of hurt before the walk was finished and knew it would be much worse in the hours and days to come. I was so disgusted with myself, I knew I had to do something or I would be developing diabetes and other health issues that my parents have/had. Found ad in a magazine. Decided to checkout the free site, just so I could find out what the catch was. "If its too good to be true, it probably is." but I couldn't find a catch, so I joined.

JEWELS571 Posts: 2,885
11/21/13 12:35 P

I recently posted a blog about this because I had submitted my story to a local paper and they published it! I cried reading it even though I have read it so many times in the days after writing it. My ah-ha moment was in 2008 when my 6 year old son said he wanted to be fat like me. Please feel free to read my story, maybe it can serve as some inspiration to someone.

So I am curious, what was the moment that sent you on your journey?

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