A photo says a thousand words- but a video says a million! I was looking at my son's high school graduation video (from 5 years ago) and saw myself. I didn't recognize it as being me at first until my daughter said "Wow, Mom! look at you!" I went and tried on the outfit I wore on the tape and it was too small! I went straight to the bathroom and cried! I knew I needed to do something!
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567 3/1/09 5:37 P
My father and sister and brother all dying of heart failure at exactly 65 .Scared the fat right out of me it seems at that time i went from size 26 to 14
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247 3/1/09 9:34 A
I think my wake up call was last March i had Phlebitis in my leg and i was off work 3 weeks and i was miserable.. So when i went to the doctor in July she told me i needed to lose 20 lbs so i took what she said to heart. Also my cholesterol was edging up also.. So i have lost 25 lbs and feel much better and Just found out that my son is getting married in July so i am glad the weight is gone
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210 2/27/09 6:37 P
Looking, really looking at myself in the mirror, and feeling sad for the person looking back...
both of my parents are diabetic, which most likely means i will be too. when my mom was diagnosed she almost died, she was in bed for over a month. we had to feed her and everything. i dont want my kids to have to see or do that. my father has cronic heart failure, diabetes, copd, emphazima, high blood pressure, cholesteral, that is just the beginning. My dad was a 2 pack a day smoker, i was following closely on his heels. I started smoking at the age of 13 to my parents unawares. at the age of 16 i weighted 197 lbs. i have always struggled with my weight unlike my parents who were never overweight til they hit their late thirties early fourties. at the age of 16 i wore bigger pants than my mom who is only 20 years older than me. I now have three kids of my own. and i see my parents in me just as much as they do. I quite smoking december 22, 2008. I hope now to lose the extra weight. i started out at 240. Went down to 180 a year ago. hit a plateau and gave up. now i am back at it and this time i am not going to give up. If i can quit a 2 pack a day habit using chantix for 4 days than i can do this too. I know i can. I just have to have faith in myself. and self esteem, which i have none of. But am on my way to fixing. sommer
My doctor told me that I was loved by many people and needed to do something to make my body healthy again and hopefully have a longer life. Hearing this from a somewhat harsh personality made a big impression on me.
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267 2/26/09 11:40 P
My 50th birthday coming this August. My husband had a stroke shortly after his 50th. Fortunately he made a full recovery but it scared him into getting healthier. He lost 100 pounds and looks great. Now it's my turn!
what motivated me to lose weight is my stomach got bigger and my clothes got tighter and i sure didn't want to get any bigger ones, I got where i looked bad in everything i put on and that was depressing enough, i hate when i start gaining weight and I didn't want to wait till i kept getting bigger, cause it sure woudn't come off by itself!
I have a little girl who just turned 2 this month and I want to run around with her & tire her out! Not the other way around. I was lazy and unmotiviated. SHE's my motivation! I want to be fit and healthy for her. I want to set a GOOD example for her.
Its always been a dream of mine to be "slim"...but for New Years..a friend took a picture of me in my dress and I looked soo fat...it was then..seeing that picture..that I KNEW I had to lose some weight..no doubt about it..no questions asked...it was also me feeling so bad about TOTALLY OVEREATING last Christmas..and I was constantly thinking about how much I must have put on from then on!!!..sigh!!!
Seeing photos of myself and realizing that while I was always the "skinny" one in the family, both my siblings had lost weight over the last few years and now weigh less than I do!! Congratulations to both of them;
but it is time for me to do something about my weight too. (Sibling rivalry at its best)
I went shopping with my fiancé and suddenly realized that I was starting to hate shopping. I got depressed because I couldn't find anything that fit. It was embarrassing and I didn't want to get out of the fitting room to show my fiancé...It was a really bad day.
LOOKING AT MY XMAS PHOTOS AND ALL MY CUTE OUTFITS NOT FITTING. I HAVE BEEN IN DENIAL FOR AWHILE, BUT NOW I SEE THE LIGHT. OH YEAH WHEN I WENT TO THE MOVIES WITH MY HUSBAND, I COULD BARELY FIT INTO THE SEATS, NOW THATS EMBARRASSING.
It was a combination of things. I didn't like the pictures of me on the beach with my family, I don't like being winded going up a single flight of steps, I don't like having to shop in the "big girl" sections (the clothes selection usually stinks), and I need to be healthier, at 300 pounds diseases related to obesity are a real threat.
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2,146 2/19/09 11:15 P
Problems with high blood pressure and diabetes.Since I lost weight my medication has been reduced.My blood pressure is being controlled.
I lost 3 of my best friends at young ages due to being overweight and developing medical problems.2 died at 48 and 53 yrs old and the other 59.Im 54 and Im not ready to go yet.I want to live to see my great grand babies grow up.
Edited by: SDILLON4141 at: 2/22/2009 (14:24)
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437 2/19/09 2:28 P
Recent pictures and the fact that I only own about three outfits that fit well.
Oh also besides the 'fat-me' family picture my daughter sent me---Previous to the 'picture-shocker' I also went to a gathering of couples I haven't seen in about 6 years--one of my male friends said, 'Well look at us, we are all old, wrinkled and fat.' All of the women looked at each other and said, " Yeah........" LOL Maybe all of us will change our eating habits a little and become more active.
I had just come to realize a few days previous to the get-together that I had 'portion distortion' and now I am weighing everything I put into my body. I sure appreciated the candid comment my friend made. I think we all needed a reality check.
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233 2/17/09 10:20 P
It was more knowing I needed to get healthy. All I wanted to do was sleep all day. I started with diet and then added exercise.
When I could only walk from the car to just inside the mall and I told everybody to go on shopping I would wait for them on the bench. I have never never ever not been able to walk and shop and that was the last straw. I lost 100 pounds and I have another 100 to go. I will never again not be able to walk because of weight. Dollie6
when i had to weigh in for my semi annual weigh in at work and had to get the alternative tape measurments because i was over the max....that and i couldn't button the top 2 buttons on my uniform pants....yikes.
LOL when one of my friends which was over-weight kept comparing herself to me..LOL I was in denial--then I thought if she keeps comparing herself to me I must be fat---I was; I started looking at pictures OMG it was not pretty--since then about 7 years ago I have lost about 40 lbs and kept it off--I seem to have been at a stand still for a year or so---I am busting out of this year!!!
My daughter sent me pictures of a recent family get-together and my thighs looked like giant ham legs! Thanks daughter. That was on January 28th. I have lost seven pounds since then and can see my calf muscles for the first time in two years! Pictures are truly motivators!
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