Post # 17
Motivation #1 – not wanting to be the fat bridesmaid in a good friend’s wedding. The wedding prior to that I hated (and still hate) looking at the wedding pictures because I felt and was HUGE.
Motivation #2 – my own wedding! I wanted DH to carry me over the threshold. I asked him how many pounds he could lift, and that (minus 5 pounds, figured I’d give him a little wiggle room) was my goal weight.
I reached it but have tacked on 10 pounds since then (only 6 weeks ago) – gah!
So – now my motivation is to be a healthy partner for my mate. I know how easy it is for me to both gain and loose weight and I’d rather stay on the smaller side than abandon what I’ve been doing for the past almost year and have to work hard at it again.
I’ve tried a lot of different things and to me it’s not all about exercise. I really believe it’s about 75% of what you eat. If you eat a crappy diet, no amount of exercise can compensate (in theory). But, if you eat well, and include exercise, that really is the key. But, self-control is tricky for me and I have a sweet tooth. Planning ahead has been KEY to my success… but every day is a struggle to make healthy choices!
Post # 18
That is definitely a good tip! I have a low caffeine tolerance, so I have been a water only gal for almost 8 years now! I occasionally crave a sweet tea, but other than that the only thing I drink is water. But I could always drink more of it!
I agree about the 75% being your diet thing! That is usually my biggest downfall. I think I really just need to find recipes I really like that are healthy, because usually the unhealthy things are what are convenient. Ive tried looking recipes up online, but everything is way too elaborate with too many ingredients. I need to find some with simple ingredients that is quick and easy to make with my busy schedule.
Post # 19
Thanks so much! So far so good for the first 2 days 🙂 I love my fitness pal I think I’m addicted!
Post # 20
When I could no longer tie my shoe bc my belly was in the way.
Post # 21
My breaking point was the realization that NONE and I mean NONE of my jeans fit anymore. It was so frustrating! I had nothing to wear that fit, so I had to break down and buy a one bigger sized pair of jeans. That has motivated me beyond belief. I am now on the path to slimming down.
Post # 22
Noticing my double chin in the engagement photos and deciding to do a boudoir session before the wedding.
Post # 23
my breaking point was seeing myself in a picture at my friends bday party (i should post it but its so uucckkkkyyyy!)…. i looked disgusting and not like ‘me’!! i seriously had let myself go… since then i have lost 30 lbs and am on my way to a healthier, happier ME 🙂
Post # 24
Honestly it was when I hit 179 pounds when 180 is my scary weight. Babies aren’t in my near future, but the thought that if I got pregnant I could break 200 pounds was terrifying to me!! I started 4 weeks a go and I am down almost 9 pounds so far 🙂 only 12 more to go!
Post # 25
CONGRATS to both of you on losing weight! I am leaving for a cruise in a month and am hoping to lose a little by then, but I don’t really have a timeline. Ultimately, I would like to lose about 20 pounds, so hopefully I can do it!
Post # 26
I use sparkpeople to help me count calories and plan meals. Also, Hungry Girl has some grrreeeaaaat tastying, easy to make recipies that are super healthy. I think I am going to go and pick it up tomorrow.
I’m on Week 3 of C25K. I also use the eliptical about 2 times a week. Typically I go for a half an hour. My goal is to usually burn 400 in the half hour. If I am doing an hour, I don’t usually watch how many calories I am burning so I take it a little lighter and burn about 665-675
Post # 27
My breaking point was when we got engaged and I started trying on dresses! I was misearable. I was miserable before that but never had a reason to do anything about it. I wasn’t overweight but I’m 5 foot even so every pound I had gained, showed.
I started running again (I did it a lot in high school) and now I’ve lost 17 pounds. I try and run at least 4 times a week and I actually look forward to it.
I’m weighing in at 125 now…couldn’t be happier!
Post # 28
Mine was when I had to go out and buy bigger clothes. That was after I was walking to lunch one day and caught my shadow against the side of a building. There was no way that shadow was me. It just wasn’t possible. There was a big fat heiffer that took over my shadow!!! I lost 30 pounds and have pretty much kept it off since then (a little under two years ago.) I’m working on the last 10 before the wedding now…
Post # 29
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
My breaking point came when I was looking at pictures and just really really noticed that I looked different. I felt horrible, and when I finally weighed myself, I was shocked at how much I had gained in a short time – and that for the first time, I was on the threshold of overweight. I joined Weight Watchers that night – 9 weeks ago, and have lost 14 pounds so far, putting me at just about half way to my goal.
edited to add: Also, in mid-September we had a family tragedy. I do not think it is a coincidence that I started the new lifestyle right after I started getting back into a regular routine.
Post # 30
I just hit my breaking point the other day. I am in law school, the pressure is hell and eating just plain helps! Well, because of this, and because of dating my lovely boy, I am up 30lbs in the last YEAR. And I was overweight BEFORE. I realized this on our anniversary when I could not even get the jeans I wore on our first date over my thighs.
Yeah, it’s official, the day finals are over, Weight Watchers and me are becoming buddies.