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Your 'Ah-Ha' Moment

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  • aimeetuaimeetu Posts: 121Member Member Posts: 121Member Member
    4ever420 wrote: »
    My Aha moment was when I first heard of MFP and decided just to check it out. I wasn't even planning on starting a weight loss journey that day but set up an account just to see. I was playing around with it, entering the foods I had eaten that day when I realized that if I didn't eat anything else that day I'd be within my calorie goal.

    The best way I can describe it is a switch went on in my head. All of a sudden it seemed so simple, I just don't go over that calorie goal and I would be in a deficit and lose weight. 148 lbs and over 2yrs later I am still going and have reached my goal for the first time in my life.

    The main difference from the other times I've tried (and failed) to lose weight was that "switch" hadn't been turned on before. I don't really understand what exactly made my brain switch on but now that I've finally gotten here, there's definitely fear that the "switch" will just turn off one day and I'll spiral out of control again...

    Congrats on your success! It's funny but my whole life I've heard about "the switch" going off for people who succesfully lost and kept off weight. It wasn't until I experienced it for myself that I believed this really happens :-)
  • hiparihipari Posts: 263Member Member Posts: 263Member Member
    Multiple different "ugh I want to lose weight" epiphanies, but I think the final one was the realization that there are several female Biggest Loser contestants who are lighter than me less than halfway through their seasons.
  • CheekyChiq88CheekyChiq88 Posts: 62Member Member Posts: 62Member Member
    I would say the same for me as many others!
    When I saw a picture of myself holding my 4 month old son! I knew something had to change!

    My motivation every other time has been looks, this time it's too feel good and to have a long healthy happy life with my son. I know everyone says you need to do things for yourself and they're right. My son is such a huge part of me so for me it does still fall under the category of for myself and for the ones I love!

    My opinion is a correct mindset is everything when starting to focus on health and weight loss. especially when making those new changes into habits! If I want to continue to be successful then I need to refocus and get back my mindset back to its correct state so i can stick with the goals I have laid out for myself. Its too easy to say yes too cheesecake or chips in the moment, but keeping your mindset focused is important. I always remember saying yes to those yummy foods everytime will not get me where I want to be standing in the future! Sometimes Food can be pleasure and enjoyment and sometimes it can be to help fuel your body to survive, the best is finding a healthy happy mix between the two and that will be my life long goal!
  • mrsbrown7811mrsbrown7811 Posts: 4Member Member Posts: 4Member Member
    My Ah-Ha moment was when I was told i need a op to remove fibroid tumours and being told that if i was a 'normal' weight for my height and age it would have been less likely that I would of had them, so then i was like well damn I need to fix this, I have two kids that need me.

    Im currently the heaviest I have ever been and i'm planning to lose as much as I can in the healthiest way, no cutting corners and no stressing myself out about it. Healthy eating and the gym

    I know I need to change my mindset and get better , but progress is progress and i will take every day as it comes =)

    I was told same in May and had a similar moment in June. I wasn't quite at my heaviest, but not far off. I had lost weight then gain 2/3 back after being put on steroids. Since making some changes I have lost the steroid weight and plateaued there for a couple of weeks, but the fibroid symptoms haven't been so severe lately. Not having another ultrasound for a while so I won't know if it's helped reduce them.
  • Squish815Squish815 Posts: 43Member Member Posts: 43Member Member
    I saw a picture of myself just after Christmas 2014and my first though was just 'nope'. I decided then I was going to do something about it.
  • smantha32smantha32 Posts: 6,856Member Member Posts: 6,856Member Member
  • Hogan1956Hogan1956 Posts: 13Member Member Posts: 13Member Member
    A friend called and the Mrs. picked up and put the phone on speaker, I heard my friend say " What's bro up to...besides 300 "
    I was in the 260ies at the time, i've lost a couple of them.
  • GOT_ObsessedGOT_Obsessed Posts: 817Member Member Posts: 817Member Member
    bigthogan wrote: »
    A friend called and the Mrs. picked up and put the phone on speaker, I heard my friend say " What's bro up to...besides 300 "
    I was in the 260ies at the time, i've lost a couple of them.

    That is a horrible thing for someone to say!
  • prettyshambolicprettyshambolic Posts: 33Member Member Posts: 33Member Member
    Mine was when I started trying on wedding dresses and NOTHING looked good on me.
  • GreatApe2017GreatApe2017 Posts: 15Member Member Posts: 15Member Member
    Cloths started to get very tight the choice was buy a whole new wardrobe of 36 inch trousers etc and accept a permanent fatter me or go on a diet

    With MFP managed to cut down 30 pounds over 15 weeks and now weight less than at any other point in my adult life.

    63kg at 5ft7 which is apparently the ideal weight for my height it was my aim and I managed to hit it. In fact I managed to get to 61kg and become a little bit skinny for my frame the idea being to then go on a lean bulk and build some muscle. Hope the next stage of adding 8-10kg of muscle is as straightforward and easy as the weight loss was

    Only mistake I made I think I cut calories too much and going slower would have been wiser. I averaged 110 gram loss per day over the period which is probably excessive but I didn't fall ill or anything like that only had two days I felt bad for a bit and just upped calories 500 and was fine.

    I'm hoping I will keep up with this for the rest of my life it isn't difficult just logging in foods and aiming for maintenance or a slight surplus or deficit

    Besides weight loss another benefit is cardio is much easier and heart rate much lower at 55bpm Vs 75bpm pre weight loss. Plus I eat better now
  • HDBKLMHDBKLM Posts: 373Member Member Posts: 373Member Member
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