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HAWTLIKEME SparkPoints: (21,813)
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6/13/13 11:31 A

I had been wanting to lose weight for some time and although I was in denial as to the importance of changing my lifestyle, I had made many unsuccessful attempts to lose weight. I had gotten to the point where I would try but not tell anyone; already anticipating failure.

The final straw for me was the pain and discomfort that I was having as a result of GERD (acid reflux) The fat in my abdomen and around my waist were pushing the acid up my esophagus contstantly and there was little that I could eat that didn't cause the searing, burning pain. Eventually, it got so bad that I did some damage and created scar tissue in my esophagus and one evening at a dinner party just before Christmas I had a peice of meat lodged in my esophagus. It was scary. It just would't go down. I couldn't swallow and had to spit into a sink and hope that it would come up without causing me to choke. This was so frightening AND embarrasing that I vowed right then and there that I would make the changes I needed to make and never go back there again.

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
6/13/13 9:53 A

For me, it was feeling self-conscious on the beach in a bikini. Being on the beach is supposed to be about fun, not about shame. It was the end of last August when beach-season was winding down, and I told myself that I would be less self-conscious in the summer of 2013 than I was in the summer of 2012. I've lost 40 lbs and will be going to the beach for the first time tomorrow -- and I do have more self confidence. I'm not where I want to be yet (summer of 2014!!) but I've done what I set out to last August and I can feel good about that. (Of course along the way the other motivators - health, physical fitness, excelling at sports - became much more important than the bikini - but it was my aha moment!)

RUNNING-TURTLE SparkPoints: (91,706)
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6/13/13 9:40 A

Me....I have been trying to lose weight for years to no avail. My body just didn't want to give it up. And other than tracking in my notebook, it wasn't much help even with exercise. So I stopped trying for the longest time. Then I seen my photos at my son's baseball game and the Christmas before that with my kids, I just couldn't believe how big I gotten. I was always the you need to put weight on person because I was so thin, then I got married and had children. UGH. I was embarrassed, always wearing some sort of sweat and big baggy shirts. I just didn't want to be that girl anymore. Everyone thought I was so confident but in all honesty I was crying inside everyday. So over last summer I decided it is going to end. But to make it easier I would wait until 3 of my kids started school in september. Then I would tackle my weight loss starting with walks with my then almost 2 year old daughter and begin potty training her. Well it kept getting put off, one week i actually did a ton and lost about 5 pounds. But my eating wasn't changing much. I don't remember how I found sparkpeople but I fell in love with it right away. Less than a week after joining I sure it was at an end, not due to giving up but due to my lawnmower running over my foot. But I found that despite no exercise, just eating right allowed me to maintain the loss I started with, so I kept at it and reintroduced exercise. I have never been happier. It's been almost 9 months, and I plan on staying here for a long time. I don't want to go back to my old unhappy, unhealthy self.

JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
6/13/13 8:22 A

For me, I knew I wanted to, and kept wanting to, but when I was checking out with my donut breakfast at the grocery store, I saw a thin woman and thought, "I wish I could be thin, like that." And then I noticed what she was buying for breakfast. FRUIT, not donuts and junk. I realized that I probably could be thin, like that, if I ATE like that. So now, I eat like that. Sure, I slip up, have bad days, but I knew at that moment, that not only did I need to change, I needed to make it permanent.

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6/13/13 8:14 A

What made u realize you had to lose weight? What really made you motivated and thought I must do this from today and onwards?
Last time I lost weight was when hubby promised me a three month overseas holiday, so I knew I had to lose weight for it. But anything could be the reason you started, like a doctors report? The way you saw yourself in the mirror? A childs comment?

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