Write just 1 tip which triggered your weight loss.
When I stopped eating at 8 PM and only started eating min 12 hours later (not earlier).
And eating meals at the right time of the day to keep from getting too hungry/full3
Convincing my husband to do MFP. We weigh servings and keep each other eating healthy-sized portions. The initial motivation was my high cholesterol and his high triglycerides. Fear is a powerful motivator.7
What triggered me to want to get serious is feeling lousy; knew I’d just get heavier and heavier if I didn’t do something. I knew what to do and how to do it- it was just the actual doing. I got started and it took. I don’t know why this time took, when all other attempts didn’t- if I knew the answer- I could make a fortune! It is still a battle at times but I try to use the tools I’ve learned and knowledge about my weakness to keep the weight down. It’s been about a year now.
sbelletti Posts: 212 MemberI went to visit friends in Europe and felt like the "Fat American" friend. Started logging the day I got back. Can't wait to return in March 40 lbs lighter and at my goal weight.
Having a return trip booked gives me a deadline to work towards and definitely helps keep me on track.16
I had put on some weight over the years and I suppose I had been comfortable with it. Eating all this bad food became a necessity to my happiness. I was not over weight by any means but not comfortable with my body and my clothes were tight (I was 190lb). I got myself a date with a cute girl and realized NO WAY can I go as I do not feel confident and good. Bam next day it all started. Stripped out the bad food and here I am at 155lb. So in a nutshell my 1 tip is get a date with the opposite sex when you are out of shape and get motivated into what you want to be when they meet you.5
KarmaKamen Posts: 42 Member"Weight loss is made in the kitchen. Fitness is made in the gym."8
What triggered my weight loss journey was when I stepped on the scale and underestimated my weight gain. I went form 125 to 170 Ibs. I didn't want to reach 200 so I decided on that day to exercise and eat right.7
soldodunja2910 Posts: 16 MemberI don’t know. I guess it was just time. A few years ago I gained 30 lbs on antidepressants and lost some of it but it was not fit. I was just sort of a normal weight. After my dog died I started gaining weight again and I didn’t want to keep gaining weight so I started excircisng regularly. It was like hell at first lol. But I was seeing results so that kept me motivated . Now this summer, I’m fixing my diet so I can feel really great about myself , because even tough I got that excercise habit I was regularly overeating but making excuses, oh it’s cause I work out (I need more food) etc. since joining fitness pal and doing regular food journaling I feel so much healthier and not constantly bloated! I was even diagnosed with hashimotos disease a few years ago so I need to watch my diet4
Janatki Posts: 730 MemberIllness and being severely obese has hindered my recovery. I have the opportunity of going to Japan next year and I want to make sure I am fit enough to make the most of it.5
trunkschan90 wrote: »What triggered my weight loss journey was when I stepped on the scale and underestimated my weight gain. I went form 125 to 170 Ibs. I didn't want to reach 200 so I decided on that day to exercise and eat right.
This was my reason for initially losing the first 35-40 lb. I finally got to the last 5-10 lb. by approaching age 40 and realizing I'd been trying to lose those last few pounds for several years.2
What triggered my decision was getting absolutely plastered on Christmas Eve, then being so sick I vomited bile for eight hours. It made me take stock of my life and my choices, and I realized I’d been slowly poisoning myself for a very long time with both an excess of unhealthy foods and alcohol. I gave up alcohol completely for a while, started tracking calories again, and so far I’ve lost 23 lbs. Most importantly, I feel a million times better.15
what got me going on my journey was remembering and fearing where i was starting from, knowing if i failed i would be back there. i was house-bound for 1 1/2 years before getting professional help to get things under control. i was 566 lbs and couldn't stand for more than 2 minutes, walk 150 feet or fit into a car. logging has been a huge help, but i haven't logged everything so i have lied to myself. daily weigh ins have helped me keep track of my trends and not fret about weight jumps or plummets. seeing the general arc calmed my fears of failure. today, 37 months later, i am at 222 lbs without surgery or medication and about to have my first skin removal surgery.22
Lent. Best reason ever! I actually started doing a traditional Catholic Lent, pre 1850 (evidently Fathers starting giving in to their wining children on "please don't make Lent so strict this year" I mean, like every parent ever with who has had whiny kids) Once Lent was over, and I had made some real dig deep changes, then I thought, "Maybe I CAN do this."4
aginghealthier Posts: 11 MemberMy trigger for beginning this "round" of weight loss began in 2017 when I quit drinking alcohol. Without changing my way of eating, I started to lose weight and I knew that it was the right time to get serious about weight loss. I just reached my goal this month and am working on finding the maintenance "sweet spot". Still no alcohol, but that is a lifestyle choice.8
Cindy01Louisiana Posts: 302 MemberI was in a size 10 and they were getting tight. I tried to "watch it" (food) more, but the real trigger was trying on bathing suits for vacation. I simply didn't look like myself. On vacation, I couldn't fully enjoy myself because I was very self-conscious of my body. The day I returned, I got back on MFP and I'm somewhere around 220 days of logging every day. 32 pounds down and 8-9 to go.8
It's weird, I ate like crazy and still didn't hit my calorie limit. There must have been some hidden things in there like late night sweat tea, maybe our "party night with pizza" or perhaps some snacks. The first day I ate regular for a baseline, came up short on calories.....yesterday I was aware, not hungry and came up 600 calories short!!
I think awareness is key to my weight loss1
Approximately 2016 I worked night shift in a very sedentary job. Ate all night to stay awake. Also had a pregnant wife who plated me like she was eating. I hit 195. Sitting at work one night I wondered what's this thing in my lap. It was my gut. Winded climbing a flight of stairs. Our apostle called a church wide 21 day fast. I made it 14 days on just water and coffee. Lost 30+ pounds (highly unrecommended). From there I started tracking everything I ate and used that as a springboard to revamp my eating.4
For me, planning balanced meals ahead and not snacking between meals--When I was free to eat at any time, I was constantly thinking about what I could eat next and spending way too much time thinking about food. I'd use up my calories during the day, get too little dinner, and then binge at night. This works way better for me.3
Eliminating sugar altogether.2
mlrtri Posts: 397 MemberLogging. It has obviously helped me stay on target. But it also helped me realize how many calories I was consuming while prepping meals and cleaning up. Especially at dinner. I would be hungry after work and eat a few bites while cooking or instead of throwing away food eat the last few bites in the pan. I have quit all of that. Mostly because I don’t want to log it. Lol. I have promised myself I would log everything. Good, bad, ugly. That was the only way I could keep this up and also the only way I would have accurate data. I have learned through my logging that I do best with an afternoon snack. That way I am not so hungry while making dinner. And my dinner portions can be smaller because I don’t feel like I am starving. I make better choices. So logging EVERYTHING has been helpful in more ways than one.7
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