I stepped on the scale and it read 190 lbs exactly. I thought "Oh HECK no!" There was no way I was letting that creep up any closer to 200!!! Yikes! I had a slow start, but slow and steady wins the race & I'm come a long way since that day.
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4,772 4/21/12 12:48 A
I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes.
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2,488 4/20/12 11:06 P
My husband had a BAD doctor's checkup and I realized that I needed to get healthy also. That was over 2 years ago and 90 # heavier. I did really good until about 6 months ago then I just yo-yo up and down with the same 5 #. I would like to lose 50 more #'s. I have lost 50# in the last 6 months, it is just the same 5 #'s....LOL
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5,855 4/16/12 4:39 P
Lke KLIPHDAWG, I was over 300 lb, was dx'd with CHF and looked and felt terrible. then came the first of two bypass procedures. Stupid is as stupid does.
Although I already knew I was in the obese category, it took 11 days in the hospital with Congestive Heart Failure, A-fib and now preparing to have a pacemaker installed in my chest, to put me on the road to better health. Initially, it was the hospital food (which I grew to like) and the water pills (which kept me up and down out of bed) that caused my first 20 lbs to disappear. Learning to cook and eat healthy without all the salt has helped even more! Now I'm just waiting to be healthy enough to get back to work and exercise more!
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425 4/15/12 9:32 A
I have high blood pressure and I found out in September I am pre-diabetic. My doctor said that by losing weight and getting regular exercise I could lower my blood pressure and possibly avoid full blown diabetes. I started a low carb diet and go to the gym several times a week and I'm happy to say my blood glucose is staying in the normal range! I have lost and kept off about 38 pounds so far!
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65 4/13/12 9:55 A
At my doctors appointment January 17th 2012 I weighed in at my heaviest ever 270!!!! I have lost 32 pounds since then. I feel so much better!
Two things. #1 My sweetheart had to have back surgery because of his 50 lbs. over weight, he had lost 75 #'s before this. We thought he was doing great! But that 50#'s still needed to go. He has been healing from this surgery for months! Barely able to walk, etc. He is getting SO much better, now though, thank God! A program called "Move" through the VA, suggested he join their group. I went with him for the first meeting & learned about SparkPeople. I've been a member ever since!
#2 I am a performer. I had several photos taken while I was performing for a very important client. She looked great & happy @ 87 yrs.Old. I on the other hand did not recognize myself! I looked older than her! I'm almost 30 years younger! In fact those photos made me realize I needed to get it together, once again! I am a role model for children AND seniors. I also know how to camouflage myself for performances. NOT in these photos! In fact the main photo I am using as my profile photo,for Spark People I am 40lbs. over weight. BUT I know it is there & that is the most important thing!
SparkPeople is such a blessing in mt life! YOu have given me my life back before I got any aliments! Thank You!!!!!
Have a Sparkling Day! *~LIGHT
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62 4/12/12 9:10 A
I found out that my blood pressure was going higher and higher. It scared me. Amongst the other things like GERD, Sore Joints, Lack of Energy, and generally looking like a big fat woman at 275 pounds I just said, "Enough!".
But my blood pressure is what really scared me. That is something that I can't hide from and it scares me. That and the fear of getting diabetes.
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201 4/12/12 8:28 A
Dec. blood work showed cholesterol had skyrocketed into a dangerous zone. Doctor gave me until the end of June to show I can lower it through diet/exercise in order to avoid taking medication.
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19,221 4/12/12 7:17 A
feeling tired and sluggish all the time. Plus found out I had type 2 diabetes. I knew it was time to lose it.
Seeing a picture of me and not recognizing that it was me (as a much larger person than I remembered). Buying a size 18 pair of jeans because the others no longer fit. Buying larger t-shirts to cover my stomach. The combination of things just told me that it was definitely time to do something about it.
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458 4/10/12 3:33 P
Well, my wake up call was when I seen my stomach was spreading and the fact that I have been saying that I want to lose weight.. My weight is starting to effect my walking as the legs start to hurt.. I just want to loss at least 50lbs for now.. not trying to become skinny just fit and healthy.. and learn to cut out some of my sweets... and figure out how to cook for with less sodium and add them to the SP menu so that I can use them over and over again.. The thing is that i have not given up and i told myself that I have 2 years or less to lose the weight.. That's right I will be turning the big 50 soon.. I have never had a problem with how big I was.. Since the fact I don't have any grand kids its time for me to do me and make lifestyle changes for me. Son in college and living his life.. I my continue on my own journey to a new me..
As, for myself I have faith that I can do this if I only take short steps to succeed in my journey of becoming fit and healthy
I faith that other will succeed in making their journey...
When my vacation clothes began to get tight...yuk!!!
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240 4/7/12 6:56 A
When the doctor weigh me and I was 294 pounds and I had an attack around the heart and the doctor thinks I got an angica heart, send me for an ECG and got me book for blood work even if the tests come back all good Im going to look after myself so I don't get a scare like that again or hope I don't! Even if I do get a scare like that again then at least I hope I don't be this big. The lose fat I got. The less fat that is around my heart so!
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270 4/6/12 11:20 P
I saw picture that a friend took of me at the beach. Ugggghhhh!
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141 4/6/12 9:52 A
Having a stroke at age 29 and almost having a second one 6 months later. My stroke wasn't caused by my health rather a birth defect, but it was still a wake up call. I'm still here and I need to make the most of my health so I can be around for my kids and husband!
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65 3/26/12 10:45 A
My wake up call was when I went to the doctor for my thyroid and I scaled in at 270. I felt so awful and gross. That day I got referred to the bariatric center and vowed to make changes right then and there. I have been doing that ever since and I have lost 26 pounds since January 17th 2012.
For me its turning 30 and realizing I have been trying to do this for 10 years! I got off my butt a few months ago and havent looked back. Even as I write this my legs are so sore from walking,biking and jogging this week. But I REFUSE TO GIVE UP!
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265 3/23/12 4:45 P
I got tired of being tired all the time!
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193 3/23/12 4:10 P
I have struggled with my weight since I was a little boy. I was always the fattest person in the class/neighbourhood/dorm, etc. growing up.
I have tried many diet plans, etc, and of course none of them worked because none of them got me to look at the inside issues that had to be solved - Confidence in my own worthiness as a person regardless of how I looked on the outside.
I had been weaning myself off of alcohol and sweets for a while - hoping that would be enough for me to lose the weight, even if it was slowly happening. I was losing 1 pound or 0.5 pound, but then I would gain a little too.
Finally, last Monday I weighed myself and I had gained 7 pounds in a week! I was up to almost 315, and something just snapped in me. I realized that I had been fooling myself if I thought that I could have a little booze or sweets.
So I finally gave up all my mental resistance to losing weight - all of the excuses about why I wasn't doing it. Since then, I have tracked my food every day, and my activity, and I have not had any difficulty sticking to it. Now, to be fair, it's only been 12 days but somehow, I just know this time is different.
This time, I am 100% sure that I have turned into a healthy person. I am totally sure that I am worth it, because getting healthy is my gift to me. And that is a wonderful thing.
Good luck to everyone, be kind to yourself, but don't be indulgent!
Edited by: EXERTIONKING at: 3/23/2012 (16:12)
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835 3/23/12 12:07 P
a combination of many things. I was over being the biggest girl in my circle of friends. I'm over looking at wonderful clothes that cannot fit me. and most of all a boy broke my heart. so instead of becoming an emotional eater i decided to shift the focus more on me and what I hope do accomplish later this year
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18 3/22/12 7:27 P
Many things really. I got tired of having to buy bigger clothes. I am tired of being asked if I am pregnant. Hate that I can't keep up with my 4 year old son. THey asked me to coach his FIRST soccer team ever. And I had to decline. I just realized my son needs me more than I need to be a lazy gluttonous pig.
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737 3/20/12 3:05 P
Pictures - eventually you just can't deny it any longer.
Also my clothes were getting tight and I just did not want to buy a bigger size.
We're heading into summer now so it will not work to hide in bulky sweaters.
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152 3/19/12 9:48 P
I'm turning 50 next year and I keep picturing myself at my birthday dinner feeling and looking fabulous after losing all my weight. When I start to lose motivation, I picture myself at my birthday dinner realizing I'm still overweight and how sad I will be. Keeps me moving forward.
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553 3/19/12 4:21 P
There are so many things. I just finally said enough. My clothes were getting tight - again - and I can't afford more new ones. My health is starting to suffer. Pictures were painful to see. Maybe the one thing that is pushing me is the look of disappointment on hubby's face even though he is not very supportive of my efforts.
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2,041 3/17/12 12:37 P
An awful picture of me!
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27 3/13/12 7:37 P
Cub Scout Camp. I need to keep up with the boys!
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88,052 3/13/12 7:23 P
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5 2/14/12 1:13 A
Waking up and running out of energy trying to chase a 16 month 4 and 5 year old. not to mention i smoke and as i lose weight and change my life i hope to quite that to and be able to have fun with them and OUT RUN THEM!
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42 2/13/12 4:03 P
I'm getting married in June and that was a big motivator, but actually looking at a recent picture of myself. I couldn't believe how much I had let myself go. THAT was the biggest motivator!!!
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205 2/5/12 10:45 A
blood work that showed high cholesterol and borderline diabetes
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20 2/3/12 8:09 P
Many things actually.... Picture with my girls and a friends wedding, walking up stairs and getting winded, feeling like a slug when I get home and do nothing but sit on the couch and vegitate because I don't have the energy to do anything else and so on.... I was always afraid to quit smoking because of gaining weight but needed to do it sooooooo November 1st i quit smoking and Dec 1st I stumbled on the spark website and 2 months later am down 17 lbs and still not smoking!!! Love this site it has changed my life!!!
My wakeup call to lose weight was pictures of myself . I also found myself with Asthma and being that I have fibromyalgia and arthriis found that losing the weight would help. Getting winded when walking up the stairs pushed me to do something about my weight now.
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