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  • dougl004dougl004 Posts: 87Member Member Posts: 87Member Member
    I hope everyone is staying motivated as we begin to close out the month of January!! Everyday you are one step closer to your goal. 💞💞
  • KimberlyCaponeKimberlyCapone Posts: 37Member Member Posts: 37Member Member
    Had an emergency stent put in the widow maker (left ascending coronary artery or LAD) on my daughter’s 15th birthday on January 21, 2015 at age 38. Fast forward four years later to January 31,2019 and I was undergoing bypass surgery for that same artery at 300 lbs and 42 years of age. I am a fairly active high school public safety instructor, school resource officer and paramedic and up until last year was a coach as well. I decided I was too young for this crap and that I can’t very well do my job on the ambulance being overweight and out of shape while trying to tell my patients to quit smoking, get active, and try to cut back on junk food so they can get to a healthier weight. True enough I don’t smoke, but realized I was being hypocritical by being fat and short winded myself. I need to get my own crap together. I’m too young for this mess. So, losing weight, trying to run and eating healthier.

    You look WAY too young to be having all those issues! Stick with it, your body and family will thank you!
  • jsconway5656jsconway5656 Posts: 4Member Member Posts: 4Member Member
    Oh I am. Luckily I have not had a heart attack yet and mine was caught both ones before it got to that point. That is the second time I’ve taken myself to the cardiologist and knew something was amiss. In 2015, I didn’t even have a cardiologist, I just went there and told them something was going on and to check me. I am trying to make sure there isn’t a third time for next 40 or 50 years!
  • babystar324babystar324 Posts: 7Member Member Posts: 7Member Member
    Want to look
    Good and feel good simply put
  • durhammfpdurhammfp Posts: 288Member Member Posts: 288Member Member
    Watching a close relative die of Alzheimer's disease, and realizing that he, as well as a little over half my close relatives, were/are diabetics. There is a real link between AD and insulin resistance. If you are a T2 diabetic, your chances of getting AD double. So I lost weight to get my blood sugar down, and hopefully I will be able to avoid insulin resistance, T2D, and everything in the cascade that comes after.

    ETA: after I lost 35 lbs my fasting glucose went from 103 to 77 and has stayed there.
    edited February 26
  • AllgaunAllgaun Posts: 205Member Member Posts: 205Member Member
    I moved
    Simple as that, I now live in a condo where there are a lot of activities. I decided to go to an exercise class, now going 3 times a week! Exercise alone isn't going to do it so I came back to MFP to begin logging again 3 years ago I dropped 30 lbs but gained 20 back. Now I am committed
  • asthesoapturnsasthesoapturns Posts: 173Member Member Posts: 173Member Member
    I've had arthritis since I was three. Misdiagnosed for years, confirmed at nineteen. Saw 210lb on the scale and decided that was enough of that. At thirty four my knees are getting bad and the only thing I can really do is get myself to a healthier weight so I put less strain on them. Since I had my epiphany or whatever you want to call it in Sept I've lost 15lb, 10 in the last month.
  • PinkKiwi56PinkKiwi56 Posts: 8Member Member Posts: 8Member Member
    My health problems are getting worse because of being morbidly obese, including severe shoulder and back pain. Also, I was so embarrassed last summer when I couldn't walk up a hill, and just being in my swim suit. I'm just tired of being so big.
    edited February 28
  • Lady_ofthe_LakesLady_ofthe_Lakes Posts: 96Member Member Posts: 96Member Member
    When a police officer asked if I needed an escort and wide load stripes on my *kitten* while walking down the road on a night out 🤨
  • brittanystebbins95brittanystebbins95 Posts: 395Member, Premium Member Posts: 395Member, Premium Member
    Honestly...stretch marks.
    I had known that I was slowly and steadily gaining weight. I was kind of putting in a half effort to lose it, but the scale kept going up.
    One day, my upper arms were absolutely burning all day at work. Like, my skin was on fire. My stomach area, too. I got home and took my clothes off and saw brand new, red and inflamed stretch marks.
    I sat on the floor and cried for a good thirty minutes.
    I started taking it seriously then. I lost a good 10-20 lbs but kept regaining it and losing it again.

    Then my ex boyfriend of 6 years cheated on me with my best friend of 10 years and left me for her. (Her loss, my gain.)
    She was overweight, too, and we had always tried to lose weight together. So, being the petty, spiteful soul that I am, I got hot while she packed on another 30 lbs or so. My ex, too, has gained quite a bit of weight.

    About 27 lbs into my weightloss journey, I met my wonderful husband. He quickly became my best friend and my strongest support system. He encouraged me every step of the way to lose the remaining 30 lbs (though he has made it known from the start that he thought I was beautiful when he met me, bless his heart) and he even got me into weight lifting.
  • ActionRZActionRZ Posts: 134Member Member Posts: 134Member Member
    Realized I was getting older and didn’t want to feel or look that way. Also want to enjoy life more by having the energy to hike long hours in nature and visit as many places as possible. Now physically I feel and look several years younger for the most part and have much more energy.
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