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8/9/12 1:47 A

diabetes scares me and the fact that my father died from complications of it.

Nothing changes until you make a decision.
NEED2MOVE2 Posts: 1,222
8/8/12 11:40 A

My wake up moment is when I looked thru my photo album and I was almost totally absent. When I feel bigger and bad about ME I do not let people take my picture.
Here is to me being in pictures emoticon

JAMINURSE Posts: 3,165
8/4/12 1:44 P

Seeing myself in pictures. That was something I just could not bear! You can do it!

The only thing that stands between a person and what they want in life is the will to try it and the faith to believe it is possible.
-Rich DeVos
JMOFFITT88 Posts: 60
8/4/12 12:58 P

My wake up call was when I calculated my BMI and it said I was OBESE stage 2...ahhh. I started eating better and running in the morning the next morning! emoticon

CSROBERTSON621 SparkPoints: (118,371)
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7/30/12 11:52 P

All a matter of perspective, I guess -- I was actually excited when I hit size 16, because there are a lot more clothing options (and even more if you can get below that). It's a lot better for plus size today (thanks to the internet) than it was back in the dark ages -- but having to buy a "special size" is never fun.

My real "wake up" moment had more to do with my lack of physical fitness (had to make an excuse to go to the drug store accross the street after a fire drill because I coudn't climb the stairs to the 4th floor). But even after I started trying to lose weight (and had lost about 5 pounds already, I had the discouraging discovery that my size 20W suit (which if you've been plus-size, you know is larger than 20 misses) was WAY too tight, and that I was back to my "highest ever" size again -- 22W. (Amazing how you can fool yourself with stretchy clothes - one of my maintenance "tricks" is to wear or at least try on a fitted, non-stretchy item at least once a week. If it feels tight, it's time to get back on track!)

Almost discouraging enough to make me give up -- but I realized that if I gave up, there was a good chance that the numbers would just keep getting bigger. You've caught yourself a little sooner than I managed to -- good for you for recognizing it and taking charge of your health.

Good luck!!

Starting Weight: 268 lbs. (November 2010)
Quasi-Maintenance: 165 lbs. (June 2011)
Goal Weight: 150 lbs. (reached December 8, 2011)

Size 22W to Size 4

Currently maintaining within 5 lbs. (+ or -) of goal. I weigh daily, but also use a tape measure and the fit of my clothes to guage how well I'm doing.
WDWCHICK Posts: 767
7/30/12 10:23 P

We definitely all do have our moment.

Good luck!

LIBRAWN24 Posts: 908
7/30/12 6:53 P

For me it was a picture of "OMG is that really me" moment

7/27/12 2:59 P

We do all have that moment. Mine was gaining more and more weight and when i got to 216 I couldnt believe and knew i had to change things!!! That is the first step!!

MI-ELLKAYBEE SparkPoints: (210,741)
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4/14/12 9:44 P

"wear body shapers which I thought were reserved for old people" No, actually a lot of twenty-somethings who are still battling baby weight wear body shapers. Teen girls in tight, fitted dresses wear body shapers. They are not age-specific - they are for anyone who wants the really smooth look in their clothes. My goal was to get rid of them - and with exercise, eating right, and SparkPeople - I don't need them anymore. I LOVE stretchy leggings, though.

May God bless your success on this jorney we all share!

�Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you�
(Matthew 7:7, NLT)
OZARKMARY Posts: 7,385
4/14/12 12:41 P

Best of luck to you!! We ALL have our "wake up call". WE/ emoticon

Mary, So Central MO Ozarks
MIAMI_LILLY SparkPoints: (133,778)
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4/13/12 1:23 P

You're on the right track. Just being here is a huge step in he right direction. Good luck!

LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 17,609
4/12/12 2:51 P

"wear body shapers which I thought were reserved for old people"

I think more middle aged people wear body shapers than old people....

�We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.�
~ Randy Pausch

"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results."
~ Art Turock

"We have a saying in Tibet: If a problem can be solved, there is no use worrying about it. If it can't be solved, worrying will do no good."
~ 7 Years in T
TCRADY11 Posts: 223
3/27/12 9:07 P

Like she said, it is all downhill from here! We can do it! And SP will definitely help :)

Good Luck! emoticon

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (58,536)
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3/26/12 9:42 P

We all have our moment; mine was stepping on the scale and hitting 211.

Congrats on finding your moment. It's all downhill from here!

Writer, mother, wife, and breadwinner. I love to run, but running doesn't love me, so I'm switching to my low-impact bike.

I'm not pregnant, just fat: My blog.
NANCYJV130 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/26/12 3:48 P

My wake up call to lose the weight was when I hit a size 16 and literally do not recognize me any more. I have aches and pains, can't move like I used to, wear body shapers which I thought were reserved for old people. It's not good. This is for real. Must change.

People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success. - Norman Vincent Peale
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