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.
AngeBee18 wrote: »
This is going to be a long one, so apologies in advance...
2014 was a really bad year for me and my husband. Knowing that we had packed on a few too many kgs, we agreed to get fit together that year. However my husband started having back pain which meant we didn't really get into it. I held off, waiting for him to get better, because I wanted us to do it together (he's not very motivated if he has to do it alone and I wanted us to be exercise buddies!). But by April he was in chronic pain and could barely stand - he was 33 at the time. Cue 6 months of him not being able to work, or even sit or stand while taking masses of pain meds while waiting for surgery. I was working full time and studying part time and had to take over all chores and basic running of the house. We were both pretty depressed and would buy "comfort food" from the supermarket most days - it looked like I was shopping for a kids birthday party every time with chocolate, chips and lollies! I was exhausted all of the time, so we would eat take aways most nights as I felt too tired to cook, let alone exercise. I gained 10kgs in a couple of months and topped out at 110. The doctor told me I had to change my contraceptive because I was now so heavy I was at risk of blood clots. He sent me for blood tests which were ok, but not great.
I realised at this point that it couldn't go on. I was so unhappy and I felt like my whole life was revolving around my husband's injury. I needed to do something for myself, so in July 2014 I dragged my bike out of the garage and set it up in the lounge, remembering that exercise actually GIVES you energy, which I really needed. It took 2 weeks before I actually used it! But I started exercising daily and lost about 5kg in a month. Then I joined MFP to get my food under control and haven't looked back. My husband finally had his surgery in August last year, and was back at work full time from november-ish. He is still rehabilitating - so still can't really exercise, but he has lost weight and feels better with the healthy food we have been eating. I hit goal at the beginning of this month - Having lost 42kgs. I finally feel like I have my life back again.
in some ways I think our crisis was good, because it made this stick. I needed something in my life that I could control and succeed at when everything else had turned to *kitten*, and weight loss was that thing. I'm not sure ii would have succeeded without it. Silver linings!
Laura3BB wrote: »
My Ah-Ha moment was organising family photographs in August 2013 into the computer. These were summer/bathing suit pictures.Oh my God!! Who's that fat whale floundering on the beach?
No....is that me....??
What made it work?
I was browsing and found MFP: I thought OK this is easy and mathematical, I can do this!
Then just for fun I entered my breakfast and morning snack- and was already at goal calories for the day. Whoaahh!
2 years later -
I've lost 20 pounds in 4 months as planned, and have been maintaining for more than a year and a half ...though it's not easy every day and I have put back on 6 pounds...
Prettyinpaisley wrote: »
It's totally superficial, but my ah-ha moment was when I was the maid of honor in my best friend's wedding. Instead of actually celebrating with her, I was more concerned about being the fat bridesmaid, and ruining her photos.
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