HaibaneReki wrote: »
my "aha" moment was seeing this picture
one 2009, other 2011
RaspberryTickleChicken wrote: »
I obviously have far too much time on my hands as another question out of sheer curiosity has been nagging away at me ... so here goes. When was your 'AH-HA' moment that made you decide, 'ahhhm okay it's time to do something about this weight?'
What made a difference this time which differed from previous attempts to lose weight &/or get healthy? (motivation)
How much impact do you feel that a correct mindset has on the level of achievement?
Here I'll start this one:
My 'AH-HA' moment was when I saw that my blood glucose level was 101 mg/dL and the normal range was 70-100 mg/dL.
My motivation this time was not about making that silly little # on the scale go down, but it was about fighting off an impending diabetic future if I did nothing. The thought of all the complications that comes with diabetes. ie. kidney functions, amputations, blindness, etc. petrified me.
For me, the mindset of 'oh I need to get healthy' rather than 'lose a few pounds' oddly took the pressure of me to 'loose X weight by X amount of time.' I looked at it as I have a lifetime to continue to reach for my goal. So the weeks where I was loosing mere fractions of a pound didn't bother me because progress was progress.
shifterbrainz wrote: »
When I was at work with the radio playing. I don't know if it was an advertisement or a talk show or what but it was just background noise, "blah-blah-blah". For some reason, the "noise" cleared and became a couple of doctors talking. One said he was seeing a dramatic increase of chronic illness in his morbidly obese patients under 40. The other replied it was more dramatic that he had no morbidly obese patients over 70. I thought, "hmmm . . . interesting." then just went about my business until a cold chill went down my spine when the reality of what they were saying finally hit me :-\ I don't think I said "Ah Ha" . . . more like "Oh S**t"
Mexicanbigfoot wrote: »
It's very hard for me to define one single "ah-ha" moment, I have had so many false starts on MFP and I would do really good for awhile and then I would just gradually stop logging.
I think for me, the "ah-ha" moment was realizing that I was going to turn 35 this year and I could not even hardly stand or walk through the grocery store without tremendous pain and effort. I was not able to sit in a booth at a restaurant. I could hardly buckle my seat belt in my car. I avoided places where there would be crowds (concerts, festivals) because I was uncomfortable and I knew I could not stand or walk for long periods of time.
I was sitting on my couch literally eating myself to death and watching my life fly by me. It was embarrassing to me. He never said it, but I'm sure my husband was embarrassed to be seen with me and I was robbing him of doing things because of my weight.
I realized that time is never going to slow down or stop and that I had to do something. I realized that I had all the tools in my box and I just needed to pull them out and use them.
I turned my old computer room into a home gym complete with treadmill and elliptical (which I already had and never used). I bought myself a big TV so I could watch TV while I worked out. I started logging my food again and I haven't looked back in 138 days.
For me, mindset was a HUGE factor, probably the biggest to my success. My husband bought me a wall hanging that said, "She believed she could, so she did" and it made me cry. Once I started to believe I could do something, I did.
So far, I've lost 52 pounds. I have about another 150 to go. I know I can and I will.
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