(Closed) What was your breaking point?

posted 10 years ago in Fitness
Post # 17
7172 posts
Busy Beekeeper

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 # 19
299 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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@dance: Thanks so much! So far so good for the first 2 days 🙂 I love my fitness pal I think I’m addicted!

Post # 20
161 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

When I could no longer tie my shoe bc my belly was in the way.

Post # 21
620 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

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
281 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Noticing my double chin in the engagement photos and deciding to do a boudoir session before the wedding.

Post # 23
3295 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
4383 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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 # 26
3125 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

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@pumpkinpatch: 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
96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

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
1893 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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
2360 posts
Buzzing bee
  • 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
627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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. 

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