My turning point came in December '10 when I saw a full body picture of myself. What a reality check. That finally kicked me hard enough that I changed my diet and now keep track of everything I eat. I've lost 20 lbs since then and am approaching my goal.
It was a turning point for me. I knew quite obviously for some time that I needed to lose weight and get healthy, but didn't care. One day I decided that I actually cared about myself again and there was no turning back after that.
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I would say the friends I found at WW, who were on the same journey as I was. Most of them have kept the pounds off, too. We still see each other, 7 years later, and we still struggle sometimes, but we are all maintaining.
current weight: 127.0
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I remember several turning points. One was when I allowed myself to eat anything I wanted for a whole day as long as I tracked it. When I computed that I would weigh 650 pounds if I ate everything I wanted, I knew that was not the option for me.
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Great topic! For me the turning point was the realization that the human body is designed for clean unadulterated (organic) food and for movement. It can not function well without both. I also underestimated the amount of movement it takes to stay healthy, for me either one hour of high-intensity exercise like running or two hours of low-intensity exercise like walking on most days.
I have to second, it was a health scare, and over time getting a little smarter about recognizing the connection between how I eat and move and how I feel. Add to that a healthy dose of caring that I survive and not be a burden on the next generation!
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Max lifetime weight 224.5
Maintaining with 122 marked as "goal" since October 2010 Current center weight for maintenance 120
current weight: -5.7 under
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It's been a long time, but I was tired of being the Fat Girl. I knew what foods I wasn't supposed to eat; we none of us need a list for that, but I had no idea what I WAS supposed to eat. Weight Watchers told me what to eat and when to eat it. The program back then was pretty rigid by today's standards. At first, the Food Plan looked like meager fare indeed. Then, with others in meetings and from the magazine, I learned that it was just the start of a whole new variety of foods I never knew about. Once I learned that I was only limited by my imagination, I never looked back.
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No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.
For me it was health issues. First I needed knee surgery due to an injury (I lost my first chunk of weight that year), and then exactly a year later (to the day) I had serious food poisoning brought on by careless eating. I saw that as a sign!
The knee problem got me working-out for strength (and some weight-loss), and the food poisoning made me pay much more attention to diet.
I feel like I need another kick-start now (not wishing for any health problems though!!). I would like to lose a bit more, but maintaining is hard enough!
My turning point started when I began to log my food. Here on SP I first found the Eating Clean team and learned about healthy, power foods and started to gradually change my lifestyle. I would say slow change. Making new healthy habits.
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It was a turning point in terms of mental attitude. I have shifted to the understanding that I am in control of my behavior and that I will not fall victim to past behaviors in the long term. Maybe for a day or two, but I don't have to go there anymore. I feel powerful which I never did before. I am not a victim.
I'm curious to know if members here remember a real turning point that made the difference between past failures and new success, or was it mostly fits and starts.
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