(Closed) What was your breaking point?

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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5388 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@pumpkinpatch: I was tired of gaining weight. I wanted to go on my honeymoon and wear a bikini with confidence. I like the way I look now more than ever (I’ve always felt beautiful, but now I feel better). I am toned and I feel stronger than ever before. I like doing the ellipitical run thingy at the gym I can burn alot fast. FH has me doing a combo of strength training and cardio.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

For me, it was realizing I was a hypocrite.  I would complain about how I looked and didn’t like how I felt, but yet I wouldn’t work out or eat better.  How can I complain that I feel gross when it really is my own fault (to an extent)?  I gained a lot of weight in my undergrad and was generally unhappy with how I looked.  I do have to get more exercise, but the biggest thing for me is my diet.

I started choosing healthier options and eating smaller portions.  I use an app on my iPhone to keep track or what I am eating.  Studies have shown keeping a journal of your diet and exercise aids in weight loss and you know what?  Since I graduated with my bachelor’s last June (in 2009), I have now lost almost 20 lbs.  10lbs of that has been in the last two months since I have cracked down and eliminated just about all the junk out of my diet.  I look great and I feel great!  It’s taken some dedication, but now it is a habit for me.  I fill up quicker and don’t need to eat as much as I used to.  My stomach is much flatter and I don’t have huge love handles anymore.  A little more time at the gym and I will tone up and get to where I want to be physically.  I’m not there yet, but the results I have seen keep me going towards my goal.  Now, when I go to eat something that is not as healthy I think “do I really need this?”.  Sometimes the answer is yes (I’m not a saint here!  And I love me some carbs…mmm), but usually it is no.  You can do it – you just have to make it happen for yourself because no one else will do it for you!   

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I get my body fat checked regularly, and when it gets above my acceptable range (i get tested every few months), it reminds me of how easily 5 pounds turns into 20. And, i think about how expensive all new clothes would be!!!

I also use dailyburn to keep track of my food. I’ve been slacking lately

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

My breaking point was actually a person.

Right before Christmas of 2003, I had just gotten back together with my boyfriend, whom I lived with. He had decided he was unhappy and broke things off with me. It was devastating as I thought we would eventually get married.

When we got back together, he admitted to me that he wished I took better care of myself. (At the time, I ate whatever I wanted whenever. I was a total couch potato. And we liked to go out drinking. A lot.)  I was about 35 pounds overweight.

His words struck a chord with me…but at first, just in the way that I thought I needed to lose weight to keep him. So I joined WW and a gym. And 7 months later, I was down to my goal weight.

We ended up breaking up anyway because my weight was not what was wrong with our relationship.

But what I discovered through the process was that I was finally comfortable in my own skin and I loved it. I also fell in love with working out. And I learned that if I worked out and watched what I ate *most* of the time, I could still indulge in my favorite foods/champagne every now and again.

And here we are, 6 years later, and I am still maintaining that loss and an active lifestyle.

Post # 9
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299 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I just started really trying to lose weight Monday, when I realized I have 20 weeks until the wedding. My goal is about 20 pounds by the wedding but eventually I would like to lose about 30. I think I have set a very realistic goal for myself losing 1lbs a week. I just downloaded this great app for my phone that I love so far it’s called my fitness pal. You can update from either their website or your phone. It has me eating 1200 calories a day (which I didn’t realize was so little!) I have cut out most sweets and am trying to eat smaller portions.  For exercise my goal is atleast 30 minutes of cardio 4 times a week. Yesterday my friends and I went on a walk to the park and then did the fitness course there. Tomorrow Fiance and I will go rollerblading. 

I’m really addicted for food so I’m hoping I can stay on track. Hopefully eating better will become a habit for me as dance said! AND NO ALCOHOL!

Post # 10
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5388 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@pumpkinpatch: I had to work my way up because it is wore me out at first. lol I am now at 15 minutes and I burn over 100 calories. I ride the bike for about 10 minutes after I get off. The treadmill is boring to me. The eliptical that I use is more like running.

Post # 11
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1418 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@LRin2011:  I use My Fitness Pal too!  Honestly…it has become a habit.  Downloading that app was the best thing I ever did for myself.  I’ve already lost almost 10 lbs on it in the past two months!  It really just makes you aware of what you are eating so you can make better choices.  As long as you keep using it, it will work!  I got my friends to download it too because they thought I was looking great and wanted the same for themselves.  Some days are bad…and I go over my limit…but usually I am good!  It gets easier – the first week is the hardest and then after that, you don’t feel hungry ALL the time like you do the first week! Hahaha….PM me if you need some extra support sometime – we all need a little extra push!  Good luck 🙂

Post # 14
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5388 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@pumpkinpatch: Good idea. I have knee problems, but I don’t feel a thing with the elliptical. The elliptical should be perfect for you. I’ve seen a lady use the same machine for about an hour and burn over 400 calories (maybe more).

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@pumpkinpatch:  The easiest thing to cut out when you are looking to eat better is to get rid of (or at least reduce) unnecessary liquids – alcohol, juice (so much sugar!), pop, etc.  I try to stick to tea and water mostly, and use milk in my coffee.  I do have a soft spot for lattes, but if you get non-fat, it’s basically like drinking a glass of skim milk with a little caffeine infused!

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