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My Aha Moment

Sunday, January 29, 2012

My "AHA" moment came in May last year when I decided to go skydiving.

I had waited almost a year after purchasing my skydiving jump before I had a chance to use it. When I called to schedule my jump I was told the weight limit--10 pounds less than what I was told by the company who sold me the jump. My weight was right between those two numbers. I went on a crash diet that week and worked like crazy to lose those 5 pounds. When the skydiving day came I was barely under the limit (and yes, I jumped out of a perfectly good plane and it was amazing).

That was my wake up call, and after that I started losing weight. My sisters started encouraging me, I joined a group of facebook friends wanting to make healthy choices, and I found SparkPeople. It's been 8 months and 30 pounds. Slowly but surely I am losing the weight and regaining my health and energy.

So what made this time different? I've wanted to lose weight for as long as I can remember. I wouldn't describe myself as a yo-yo dieter, but there were a few times I made a genuine attempt to lose weight, got discouraged and ended up gaining back what I lost and more.

But this time my "AHA" moment was realizing for the first time how my weight interfered with my life. I know intellectually all the obesity-related health issues, but so far I don't have any so they weren't affecting my immediate life. Sure I didn't like having to wear bigger clothes, but every store I shop at has a plus section, so it wasn't interfering with life. In the end it came down to something I had wanted to do and planned to do for a long time--skydiving--and how I almost lost the opportunity because of my weight. And that's when I knew I had to do something.
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    Horseback riding has the same type of weight limits. The last time I went, I barely made the cut and ended up riding a mule because it was bigger. I really enjoyed the mule. Then, I actually put more weight on. I have hypothyroidism so it is difficult to lose weight but next time I get back into horse range weight, I'm gonna take a ride!
    2163 days ago
    You done good, DONE Girl! Make small changes everyday and they will add up to something really great.

    Great job!!!!
    2176 days ago
  • MEGS4148
    Great job on your weightloss! I can't imagine skydiving, but I'm glad it was a catalyst for you to lose weight. Keep up all the hard work!
    2177 days ago
    Great job!! :) the picture on your background is great - love it! Praying you have good success on your "journey"! :)
    2178 days ago
    I'm so happy you got to go! That had to be hard to think that there was a possibility you couldn't go.
    2178 days ago
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