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ARKRAUSE1
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9/20/12 1:24 P

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I weighed myself and am at the highest ever, also my sister is getting married in a few months and I realized I need to get into a nice dress in front of friends/family.



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9/20/12 1:09 P

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The thing that made me decide is the desire to have a pretty shiny bra to dance in..

The moment that made me decide was a spontanious weight fluxuation in the downward direction.. I reached a weight that I hadn't seen in a long time and it inspired me to start working again..

Edited by: KS_BELLYDANCER at: 9/20/2012 (13:11)
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It was a number of things for me.
1. I am home all day with my kids and my low energy levels were starting to really get me down, and affect the mood of my kids. They figured out Mom was more apt to yell, and threaten rather than get up to cross the room, kneel down and scold. I don't want to yell anymore!

2. I want to dress more feminine, wearing skirts and dresses (especially for church), but all I can afford is exercise or lounge pants (in lime green and blue for heavens sake). Less fabric=less price. Buying clothes for plus size women is difficult. I go on a once a year shopping spree and buy my clothes for a whole year, and then that's it. It takes up all of my budget for just 2 or 3 outfits.

3. I have chronic back and knee pain, and I get out of breath when I go up or down stairs! I'M ONLY 25!!!!!! I shouldn't be that way when I'm 25, 30, or even 40! I want to be healthy for heavens sake!!!!!!

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I'm physically uncomfortable with all this weight. This darn belly gets in the way! And my low energy level is stopping me from DOing what I want, when I want.

Jackie K.

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9/20/12 7:32 A

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My thing was getting a high blood sugar blood test. I did not want to get diabetes. Plus I was really miserable being overweight and hiding in clothes.



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when I found out my BMI was 28

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AZTECFENYX - Just had to answer your post. I think you are better off without that guy! Someone being in his view 'fat' is not a reason not to get to know someone. If he was serious he could have discussed his concerns with you and been a support to you. If he can't do that now he will certainly not be a support to you further on in a relationship when other issues arise as they inevitably will. Lose weight for yourself and your two girls and someone who deserves you will come along when you least expect it!

Margaret

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You only fail when you stop trying

There is nothing to hold you back except you.

You can press forward long after you canít. Itís a matter of wanting it bad enough.

The bad news is: we are our own worst enemies. The good news is: we are our own greatest champions.


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I have two little girls, less than three months ago I decided i wanted us to grow old together (like in Golden Girls) I also work in a hospital and see so many people in their forties and beyond taking excess medicine that could be so preventable. I decided i want to live healthy and avoid medication..Recently, last week in fact, a man I thought could be the ONE, decided he did not want to go out with me and one of the reasons was my weight. I don't see a fat me, but other people it seems, do.



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9/19/12 11:28 P

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3 weeks ago my doctor told me I have arthritis in both knees. I'm 28 years old and have a 2 year old son. The idea of not being able to play with him or any other children we might have sent me into depression. At 19 I was told I'd have both of my knees replaced, maybe as early as 30. That is becoming a very real possibility. It was definately a wake up call for me.



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9/19/12 9:26 P

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I felt tired and lethargic all the time and I was NOT going to go buy bigger clothes again. I just was not going to do it. I also felt like I was a spectator in my own life with no control over anything.

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Cardiologist's PA who was a jerk!



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9/19/12 3:18 P

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When i realized i had put on all of my weight i lost for my wedding six months ago and was searching for bigger pants for christmas dinner, I was ashamed of myself...

"Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?"


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Funny, I felt old and grumpy as well...which is far from my age! I didn't like the way that I looked, so I decided it was time to start eating healthier and excercising, rather than just thinking about it.



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Felt old and frumpy and wanted to feel more fit.

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9/19/12 1:05 P

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My moment was when I was diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes and I told my 12 year old daughter. The worry and sadness in her eyes made me realize that I need to take care of myself better because I want to see her grow up.

"You can do anything you think you can. Either you Vegetate and look out a window or activate and try to effect change." Christopher Reeve

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For a while now I've been unhappy with how I look. But now I'm finally getting out of an emotionally abusive marriage, and I'm unemployed, and I realized that I could sit around and watch bad television all day or else take this opportunity to really take care of myself in ways that I couldn't when I was spending all my energy and time dealing with my jerk of a husband.

I also see the toll that heart disease has taken on so much of my family, and it worries me. My blood pressure is starting to come down, so that's been a nice immediate sign of progress.



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My husband and I have been married almost 6 months, I have never been as thin as I would like to be but within 5 months of our wedding I had gained 20 lbs. We want to have children in the next couple of years and I know that it is SO much more beneficial for baby and pregnancy if mom is already healthy and at a normal weight. This is part for me so I can FINALLY reach that goal of being "normal" and also for the future health of my family. :]



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9/19/12 9:47 A

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1)Feeling more embarrassed to go out in public because of my size~ I wanted to have that confidence I once had and missed~

2)Not being able to keep up with my kids because I was always tired. I didn't want to miss the chance to play and run with them, just because of my poor choices and habits. None of it is their fault they shouldnt have to suffer.



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9/19/12 9:43 A

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Too many of my family members and friends being diagnosed with diabetes and heart disease. Also one day my daughter took a picture of me from the back and I did not recognize myself. For the first time since I was pregnant 16 years ago I saw fat on my back and arms!!!!



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There were deaths in the family over the past year due to diseases and poor health maintenance.

My girls shared their concern about my health and want to make sure that I'll be around for a while.

The catalyst was walking a block or climbing a flight of stairs left me feeling winded and tired. Looking at pictures of myself from last year was proof I needed to get control and improve my health through better nutrition and living an active lifestyle.

Edited by: BUSTAGROOVE at: 9/19/2012 (09:14)

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9/19/12 7:42 A

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Discovering that I was over 400 pounds made me take the first step to lose weight

Watching American Ninja Warrior made me start exercising xD

If you're tired of starting over, stop giving up.


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9/18/12 10:10 P

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Reconnecting with my 1st love after 25 years. He has changed a lot, still skinny, but very aged. I don't ever want to look like that! I am still young enough to want to look good.

What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a friend to myself.

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One particular occasion that became a 'turning point' was our daughter's wedding ......... I was the heaviest ever and I actually saw people snickering and talking about me and DH ............. And I felt our daughter was anything but proud! ...... That and feeling terrible in general caused me and us to wake up and turn it around ............ 30 # less now ............ sizes smaller and totally energized! I won't ever go back!! .............

~Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." .... Mother Teresa

~ What I do today shapes my tomorrow. ~I will seize the day~

~To gain friends is to first become a friend~


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being diagnosed with leukemia 2 years ago, taking a daily chemo drug and 8 months ago, told by my PC doc that if I don't lose weight, I will have to up my BP meds. I don't need any additional challenges and drug interactions.



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9/18/12 11:16 A

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Got engaged in December and we have decided to get married on the beach. Ive been searching for wedding dresses lately. Ive found several that I LOVE and would be perfect for a beach wedding but in order to look the way I want to look in a dress I know I have to lose some weight. On my wedding day I want to know that I am not "puffing out" anywhere. Call it a wedding gift to myself.

My fiancee goes to the gym 5 days a week now and is really making progress. I figured that we gained weight together, we should take it off together, I just cant workout with him (his workouts are reminiscent of his days as a Marine!) Im not rushing to lose weight. I want to be smart about this. I dont want to put it back on. EVER.









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9/18/12 10:31 A

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I saw the photos of myself 2 years ago at Christmas, and compared them to last year. I just blew up! But my commitment wasn't there all the way until after my boyfriend was told to either lose weight or be ready to die slowly from a fatty liver. That's when I knew, I wasn't sick yet so I NEEDED to get myself under control and be who I have always wanted (but never had the drive) to be.



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for me it was a combination of things . . . .seeing photos of myself now and when I was in better shape, my current career path, wanting to start a family, general health and well-being . . .



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For me, it was a ton of things all put together. I want to be there for my kids' kids. I want to be able to ride the board at the beach again. I want to not have my middle child feel like she is the only one "on a diet" and for her to say "why can't I have seconds and thirds of pasta when everyone else is?" I want to be the person that I think my husband really is in to (granted, he still calls me "sexy" even when I'm 80 pounds overweight). I want to be able to wear the cute clothes without everyone staring at my back fat or my muffin top (ok, it's definately more than a "muffin"). I want to walk up a flight of stairs without having to get out my inhaler. I want to like the way I look in pictures, not try to hide behind everyone else. Granted, it is easier to hide behind everyone else when you're one of the tallest women in your group. The only thing I will not be able to change through dieting is this hernia, that will require surgery. Some days, it looks like a baby's head poking out through my abdominal wall. The surgeon (who I refuse to go back to) told me that I was too fat to operate because it will be a futile attempt. I looked straight at him and told him that if he operates, I will actually be able to do a sit-up again and lose weight. C'est la vie, I'm back to not being able to do too much exercise because if I overdo it, the hernia kills me!

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My husband and i have been struggling with weight loss our whole lives. We have both done the weight loss yo-yo and just end up gaining more then we had lost. Last october my husband was finally able to buy his dream car only to find out he could barely fit behind the steering wheel. I was not comfortable as a passenger either. That was our wake up call. Now we have lost 270 pounds between the 2 of us and we are still going. We have now become active outdoor people and it is wonderful.



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For years, I've only been 5 pounds over my ideal weight, so my motivation has been lukewarm at best. Then, a man I was dating emailed 2 photos he'd taken of me on his new camera. He entitled it "a beautiful woman," and I was so touched and impressed with his artistry and the emotions he captured. However, my initial impression was jarring: I saw a woman suddenly in her late 30's (how did that happen?), relatively trim but puffy with dull skin and a soft jaw.

This was a turning moment, because I realized I'd been going about weight management the wrong way. I'd been focusing on a number on a scale, and in the process, I'd abandoned exercise and nutrition. Sure, I was only 5 pounds over my target weight, but over the years I'd lost firmness, contour, and vibrancy.

From that moment on, I eliminated the words "weight loss" from my vocabulary. I now think in terms of fat loss, toning, sleekness, fluid balance, and blood sugar regulation. Instead of figuring out how to under eat, I ask myself, "At this moment, what food is best for my cells and body composition?" I no longer skip meals or go on occasional mini-binges of sugar and starch.

It was a powerful lesson on the dangers of getting too focused on the scale and losing "sight" (so to speak) of the bigger picture.

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just feeling miserable and not feeling happy

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For me there were many things combined, kind of all at the same time. Pictures I hated, clothes I loved and couldn't even dare to look for my size, the fact that whatever issues i have at the moment is because of being made fun of at school etc.

However, the strongest incentive for me was the moment i realised that being fat was taking me back in life and wouldn't let me be the person i wanted to be. For instance, I've never had a relationship, never had a boyfriend, I'm reserved with people because I'm scared of being hurt or made fun of, actually I believe people wouldn't want to be near someone like me and that's why I have just a couple of close friends.

Additionally, all my life i've wanted to be an artist. I want to dance! I want to act! I want to sing (oh, well being thin won't make my voice better but can and will improve my self-esteem)! And for all these things i want to do, i have never spoken to anybody, no one knows i'm an artist at heart just because their first reaction would be to laugh.

After realising all the above, plus the fact that in seven months i'm turning 20 and i don't want to spent the rest of my life, especially my twenties, being someone i don't wanna be, well, that was pretty much it for me!

(Oh and the ridiculous fact that the man i'm into currently is in a relationship with a hot actress my height only 30kg lighter than me, but who knows if they will still be together in a few time, seven months let's say emoticon , they already broke up once in the spring....Oh, well, that's just silly. It's a motivation...)

GOD THAT WAS LONG!



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When I couldn't play with my kids any more because I was too overweight



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I decide every morning when I wake up what kind of a day I am going to have spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, nutritionally............I pray, meditate, and get myself ready to take on the day, whatever it may bring. As my health and fitness improve, I'm better able to handle anything that comes my way.


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@LOLATURTLE-What you said here hit me like a ton of bricks! I am the same way. I've had so many moments that should have made me just get down to it. I realized the other day that I have spent the majority of my 20's hating what I look like, when most women in their 20's are the exact opposite! I don't want me to hold ME back anymore! You have totally inspired me to try to run a 5k! Thank you for posting that! ;-)

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I love your quote.



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I joined Spark Labor day weekend figuring I needed to lost some weight and just feeling all around chubby, I felt like I was improving and doing pretty well. I think it finally hit me today when I went in for a check up an I found out i've gained about 20lbs in the past year...It was such a reality check, but I came home with a much stronger feeling and more motivation to do this than I have in ages!



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Like other people on here it was a lot of little things; clothes not fitting well, pictures you want to bury somewhere so no one will ever find them, not having any energy, and also being depressed. The real kicker that got me into gear though is having a new niece that I get to be a part of her life. I want to be able to be there for her and take her places without having to worry about anything health wise on my end. I decided that enough is enough! Instead of just mindlessly eating whatever I can find, now I take control by being more mindful of what I put into my body. I make plans and keep track of what I eat now. I started here one week ago today and already I can FEEL a difference in my life.



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my husband telling me to either quit bitching about being fat or get my hand out of the bag of doritos that i wasn't sharing. he said i couldn't have it both ways. and it finally clicked in my head.
now i'm happier just be healthier and practice more mindful habits.

"I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see. "- John Burroughs, essayist and naturalist

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a photograph

The way to a happy life is believing that anything is possible.

The secret to being beautiful is thinking beautiful.

Key to a great life: Everything in moderation.

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My clothes were starting to fit so tight I needed to buy a bigger size. This discussed me, not to mention I am a single mother of 2 teens and can not afford a new wardrobe. My niece posted a picture of me on FB and when I seen my self I knew I had to do it. These 2 things are what pushed me to do it. Wanting to share a wardrobe with my daughter is keeping me motivated!

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I too don't like being called the fat Mom whenever I go to my childrens school . I am trying to make baby steps to come to grips with my overeating. I am just going to TAKE ONE DAY AT A TIME!

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9/17/12 2:07 P

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It's funny... I had a lot of the moments described here - hating photos of myself, being tired, getting into bigger and bigger clothes, seeing a number on the scale that shocked me... none of them really did it, in terms of really committing to change. At least not for long, not for long enough to lose significant weight!

For me it was something I wanted to do, even more than a way I wanted to be (or a way I wanted to NOT be anymore). It was deciding I was in charge of what kind of person I am and what kind of things I do, rather than thinking "Oh, I couldn't..."

I saw a description for a particular 5k - the kind with obstacles and a theme. And I thought, I'd love to do something like that someday, but I'm obese and I've never been athletic. Athletes do races, and I'm not an athlete. At first of course I still thought "maybe someday;" you know, after I had somehow become the sort of person who could lose weight, lost the weight, and then become the sort of person who loves and regularly does exercise, THEN after all those magical changes to what kind of person I am, I could do a fun race.

But then I showed it to a friend, who said "Hey, there's one on my birthday. I'll do it with you." and for once - instead of saying "I can't, " I just thought, "well, I'll try it. See what happens." I started training. I finished couch to 5k last week, I can run for 30 minutes without stopping (if you'd have told me I'd do that 10 weeks ago I'd have laughed in your FACE) and I've lost 22 pounds, and I'm still exercising. I'm really going to run a 5k, something I never thought I'd do. And the determination to do that has made all the other stuff like counting calories & eating healthier much easier than all the other times I've tried.



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9/17/12 2:03 P

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When we went out to eat and afterward I was too full to move! Ugh!

"What the mind believes, the body will achieve."
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9/17/12 12:22 P

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Not wanting to take my kids to kindergarten as The Fat Mom. :) Now they're 4th graders & I'm the hottest mom there! Ok..........maybe not that hot. But at least I like myself again. LOL!

It Is What It Is.... :)


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9/17/12 12:21 P

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Seeing pictures of myself. I know the weight where I feel and look my best and I need to get there again.

Judy
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9/17/12 12:18 P

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We hosted ta party and had a difficult time finding something to wear. I've made plenty of excuses over time (especially this past year) and finally something clicked - enough is enough! I turn 50 in 6 months and want to be at my goal weight by then. So thankful I found this site!



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9/17/12 11:38 A

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when I saw the protruding belly.

SPARKERS ROCK!!!!


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9/17/12 11:12 A

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Three years ago I saw myself in a photo and couldn't believe my eyes. I joined Spark and lost 70 lbs despite horrible health that really complicates exercise....However after my health continued to deteriorate, after being bedridden and on massive doses of steroids, I regained every last pound and maybe a couple more. I got to the point where I was so weak it was frightening. I took a bad fall simply from poor muscle strength and lack of balance. I saw myself in another (rare) full body photo and picked myself up by the back of my neck and said, "You may fall, but you will NOT stay down!" It's been two weeks that I 've been consistent and serious in my return to fitness...thus far I've lost 8 pounds and a few inches and I've seen progress in the workout room....I"m determined to re-lose those seventy and a few more and this time, get to my goal and stay there! I'm not far now from needing a nursing home. I will fight with all my strength to not let that happen!




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Here I am. Starting over yet again. But this time it's for REAL! I'm tired of fooling myself (those ridiculous, lying cameras; stairs that get harder and harder to climb; clothes that somehow shrink themselves). You probably know exactly what I mean. Anyway, this is absolutely IT for me---and today is my new and final DAY ONE. And I REALLY mean it!

Anything the human mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.


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