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.