(Closed) Which moment made you decide to finally start losing weight?

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Post # 31
3307 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I gained nearly 20 lbs when I went back to school. Before that I had been slim, even after 2 pregnancies. I went out for a walk and stepped in a hole which totally wrecked my hip and gave calcific trochanteric bursitis. I didn’t sleep for a week. I researched the problem and found that it was most common in athletes and obese middle aged women. While I was the former for years, I now more closely resembled the latter. That was enough for me, I lost all the weight in 2 months.

Mercifully my hip is fine and has not troubled me since then.

Post # 32
1387 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

First, it was the wedding in 2014. I was motivated, but that motivated. I dropped maybe ten pounds. What really motivated me was knowing I was turning 30 soon. Also, we wanted to try for a baby in 2016 and I wanted to be healthy and in good shape. I started counting calories and using the Fitness Blender 8 week program that I paid $10 for. Immediate results. I haven’t looked back. Since the summer I’ve gone from a size 12 to a size 6. I hope to be a four by the time we start trying for baby in May. I’m loving it and no longer have to count calories – all habit. 

Post # 33
3611 posts
Sugar bee

Honestly… I saw an episode of “My 600-Lb Life” and thought, if these people who have made eating the center of their existence for many years and have severe emotional issues surrounding food and comfort eating can make changes to their diet and be healthier people, so can I. I’ve lost about 5 lbs thus far and am hoping to lose 7-8 more.

Post # 34
773 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - Carmen\'s Lakeview

My BMI (which I know isn’t always the best form of measurement) told me I was “overweight” (when I’ve always been in the normal or underweight range). Then I went to do up my shoelaces the other day and was a bit out of breath. Realized I need to change…:(

Post # 35
1297 posts
Bumble bee

I saw some pictures taken over the holidays and was literally sick to my stomach.  I know I am very hard on myself but I couldn’t get over how puffy I looked in the pictures.

Post # 36
1450 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - St. John\'s Lutheran Church

I hate myself for being a judgey judger right now… but some of these replies make me very worried. As a fitness-inclined person, I am all for people trying to lose weight if that is what they want to do, but…

Vineyard-bride15:  I literally cannot believe your doctor casually said this to you. Listen – most of us could STAND to lose a few. I wouldn’t keel over and die if I lost ten pounds. But your doctor’s job is not to tell you that you have love handles, which is probably the extent of your extra fat if you’re not overweight. His/her job is to alert you if you become heavy enough where it may impact your HEALTH. I am fuming at the sheer dickishness of that comment.

ChelseaGabrielle:  This doesn’t make me annoyed, it makes me concerned. I see a lot of comments here about not wanting to buy new clothes, which makes TOTAL sense, but I was a size 2 once, too… in ninth grade. That doesn’t mean I need to be a size 2 forever. I’m not suddenly overweight or unhealthy because I’m not one particular size any more. I’d urge you to look at a more holistic approach to your health rather than one focused entirely on losing weight when there’s no medical reason for you to do so.

Post # 37
323 posts
Helper bee

When I first started dating my SO we went out to eat very often. We didn’t eat at particulary healthy places and I ALWAYS finished whatever was on my plate. After about the millionth time I came home from dinner literally feeling sick from being so full, I realized I had to start watching what I eat. 

Four years later, and I rarely eat anything that is processed and cook at home more often than not. Eating healthy feels a thousand times better. 

Post # 39
8774 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper


I dropped 20lbs and my husband left beccause e didn’t like the “new” me. That’s another 200lb lost. Best thing ever”

So funny. Idiot lost a (slim)  determined,   interesting, witty, woman .More fool him. 

Post # 40
264 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

elderbee:  I think he was fine with the slim, but not so ok with me putting my health before him. He liked me sick with low self esteem, spending all my time and energy to make him happy. Him leaving was the best decision he ever made on my behalf.

Post # 41
608 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

One night, I was super emotionally upset and was going to run to the store for Oreos. Then I thought, all that would do is make me sick. And I don’t even care for them. I realized then that I had to find a different way to comfort myself than using bad food as a crutch. That’s the night I realized the difference in what I want and need. I learned everything I could about nutrition and exercise. I lost 60lbs super quick and have kept it off over a year. I could still lose another 60lbs but my doctors have told me I literally can’t due to health issues. But I’m finally legitimately healthy in terms of what I eat, how much, and working out. And I feel amazing!

Post # 42
1541 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

When I got my engagement photos back and thought my face looked puffy. 

Post # 43
3563 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Admittedly, I use to be pretty fit…but after the wedding we started TTC and I figured “What’s the point, I’ll be pregnant soon”, and I quit working out.   So 2 years and no pregnancy later…

My SIL tagged me in a candid photo of me and my niece at a birthday party.  I was shocked at the spare tire around my waist. 

THEN, I went shopping for a nice dress for a wedding in December and took my coat off in the dressing room and caught my side profile.  I’m pretty thin in all areas except my midsection, and I looked like I was 6 months pregnant.  I even took a pic of my food baby bump to show Darling Husband.  

At the same time, Darling Husband was packing his suit for the wedding and I told him to try the pants on & they didn’t fit.  

All this prompted us to make some lifestyle changes.  We’ve been eating a lot healthier, going to the gym 4-5x a week, and overall trying to be more active.  

Post # 44
82 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

When the endocrinologyist told me I am on my way to become diabetic type 2. She also said if I get pregnant in my current state she can also pretty much guarantee gestational diabetes.

I still have a long way to go (need to lose about 30 lbs or possibly more!) but at least I’m making progress and finally taking care of my health. My father, uncle, grandmother and grandfather all have/had diabetes so is a very scary prospect.

Post # 45
108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

jamminjuls:  We are doing Whole30 also! I started on January 1st.  My husband started yesterday (He had a trip to the Bahamas and wanted to enjoy the food first LOL).  

I love Whole30.  It completely changed the way I see food!

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