I know exactly what you mean, the image I had of myself was not the same as others saw me. I think I was in a state of denial to some extent. Once I started to accept it I started seeing myself worse than others saw me and that just had to do with my lack of confidence and low self esteem. It's been a battle but I'm ready to get and stay on track!
Pounds lost: 4.0
Fitness Minutes: (1,237) Posts: 422 10/31/07 5:30 P
I finally started to see the me that other people see. For a long time while I was gaining the weight I still saw myself as being thinner than I was. The only time I had to really look was in pictures and I avoided those at all costs. My knees started to hurt when I walked up stairs and I'm only 29! Plus, I'll be 30 in the summer and I really don't want to turn 30 and still be fat. I've been fat for too long. I'm ready to be thin and healthy!
There are a lot of things that motivated me to make the change. I gained a lot of weight during my pregnancy, and afterwards everyone kept saying "you look great for just having a baby." Well my baby is now 18 months old and people are STILL giving me the "well you just had a baby line." I don't want to look good "for just having a baby!" I didn't JUST have the baby! I want to just look good! lol!
Another thing that really motivated me was when I looked up my BMI and I fell into the overweight catagory. That was shocking and really helped me to get my butt in gear!
The third thing is that my husband is deploying for a few months and I want to be in great shape by the time he gets home!
165: met 5/11/09 160: met 8/24/09 155: met 9/21/09 150: met 10/26/09 145: 140: 135: 130: 125:
current weight: 145.0
Fitness Minutes: (38,223) Posts: 6,327 10/22/07 10:50 A
1) My wedding next June 2) I kept having to buy bigger and bigger dress sizes...5 years ago I was a 0-2, now I'm a 12. That's just too much for 5 years. 3) My mother - I need to prove to her that I can do it, and that I won't be her fat daughter (my sister is incredibly thin and eats EVERYTHING) 4) I'm tired of being the fat friend in my group of girl friends - they're all so thin and beautiful, and I feel that I can be too if I just try
"Any experience can be transformed into something of value. Everything depends on the way you look at things. You cannot have the success without the failures." -Vash Young
what made me join this page is feeling the need to feel good about myself and find something inside that has been missing for awhile. I want to fit into jeans I am unable to and look in the mirror and feel great.
Mine was alot of things but the one that still stands out is a day at an amusment park in August. I couldn't buckle the seat belt on one of the roller coaster because of my stomach. I had to do a shameful walk in front of everyone away from the ride, leaving my hubby and friends behind. I cried a little waiting for them to get done.
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.” Miss Piggy
For me - i was sitting in a bus and counting how many out of 10 people around me where fatter than me - and man it was a scary revelation. Then i found that my BMI was tilting towards obest - Time to take action. i hope it works and i am determined enough to stay on track
What promted me was when: 1.) I was informed that I was obese according to the BMI 2.) My fiance and I picked a wedding date 3.) I bought a pair of size 16 jeans for the first time EVER! 4.) I was asked if I was pregnant.(I'm not BTW)
~*~Maegan~*~ Goal: under 200 by my birthday
current weight: 203.2
Fitness Minutes: (10,437) Posts: 70 10/2/07 10:53 A
There were 2 factors in me finally deciding to loose weight. First, one day last year I finally took the time to look at myself in the mirror, for the first time in 9 years, and realized that I was fat and I looked old. I couldn't believe how much my body had changed in that time. I had been so busy having babies that I didn't even feel the time pass. I knew I had to do something, but I didn't feel I could afford the healthier, more natural diet I needed.
The second motivator was when I broke my ankle last March. I knew there was no way I was going to get full use of it back without changing what I did everyday. Not only that, but in order to prevent long-term problems, I have to keep my body strong.
I still can't afford the whole/organic food lifestyle I want, but we try to cut out as many preservatives as possible and eat as much homemade food as we can. I also discovered FitTV on our new DirectTV set up (we haven't had any kind of cable in over 5 years), so that has been a great help in working exercise into my day. I get to try a variety of exercises without paying a lot of money to buy videos I may not like.
I had been a member but never really took full advantage of the site. I decided that I needed to lose 10 lbs. and started using the site and exercising. When the 10 lbs. seemed way to easy to lose (amazing what a healthy diet and exercising can do) I changed my goal to 25 lbs. I met my goal a year and a half ago and have maintained around that weight since then. I know I wouldn't have ever been able to accomplish this without the help of Spark
Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels!
Strive for progress, not perfection.
current weight: 168.0
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 4 10/1/07 11:45 P
I was doing WW not faithful. I wanted to try something new. I have had my left knew replaced when I was 36, and my right knee is giving me problems. And I am just PLAIN tried of looking and feeling like a fat person.
I had two motivating factors in my weight loss. One was my doctor telling me in January 07 that I had to lose 53 lbs by January 08. The second was the threat of double knee replacements due to bone-on-bone arthritis in my knees and the pain associated with trying to walk in that condition. Losing over 40 lbs. has reduced my pain level, though walking is still painful. It is my hope that losing about 60 more will reduce the pain level even further and allow me to put off the surgery for a few more years.
What event prompted you to change your lifestyle and decide to join SP? Mine was when I started having severe knee pain. I went to dr who sent me to a surgeon who informed me that I have almost no cartildge left in one knee. He advised bariatric surgury to lose 100 pounds then a knee replacement. That was not an option for me as I have no insurance. I had already found SP during a search but wasn't really using it to it's fullest extent. So I started out just like everyone else....small baby steps. My loss is very slow because I can't do the cardio needed to lose faster. But you know what they say, SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE.
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