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3/25/10 1:00 P

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This might be a little strange. My "aha" moment didn't come until after I joined SP. Sure I had a million little embarrassing moments and wanted to lose weight. I've always been big, and I know I've gained even more over the past year. I watched the number on the scale grow and grow and kept thinking "I really need to do something about this". I've had about a million of those embarrassing moments we all talk about, and I've always wanted to fit in cute clothes, and be smaller for my husband.

A friend of mine was talking on the phone one day about how much weight she'd lost. She was so excited about fitting into a "normal pair of jeans". She said, "granted they're the biggest size they make, but still". I kept thinking, if she can do it, why can't I? She mentioned SP in passing, and I know I had heard about it before. So I came, looked around, and signed up. About a week later, I was thinking about my health, energy levels, and lifespan as well as the cute clothes :) This time I can actually see myself losing the weight and keeping it off. I'm excited about it for once!



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3/15/10 10:56 A

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Well I have been trying to keep at a decent weight as long as I can remember. I had 2 strokes when I was 32 caused by a condition, not my weight, but in the back if my mind was always the thought of trying to be healthy, eat good food & walk. I did all that but I fooled myself because yes I ate healthy food, but I ate A LOT of it. I quit my job in October and it was a job where I walked at least 5 miles a day and stood up the entire time I was working. After I quit I was hitting the treadmill like once a week, walking the dog, fooling myself that I was getting plenty of exercise until my fat jeans started getting tight and I weighed myself and discovered I'd gained 15 pounds! I was disappointed because I'd moved to Florida in 2007 from Connecticut and I've been thrilled with the great weather and was walking all the time and was down to 207, size 14 pants, feeling good, then yuck 15 pounds. I need to give my body every chance I can to be healthy to keep the CNSV away, and God forbid if it comes back I will be at my best to fight it again. It's so beautiful here and I love to be in my pool and out walking around and when its hot you don't want to be fat in shorts getting the chub burn from the legs rubbing together LOL. Its to hot to be fat here and I want to be comfortable with how I look.

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3/15/10 9:21 A

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I've never had any medical problems related to my obesity until about a month ago. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure, and even though the doctor told me that it may be more genetically influenced as both my fit parents were diagnosed around the same age, I got truly FRIGHTENED about my weight for the first time. I always claimed I was fat but healthy and for the first time, I couldn't claim that anymore.
The other thing that really woke me up was seeing my friend's mom interacting with her son- her mother is overweight and so her "interaction" with her grandson was basically sitting in a chair and watching him play. In contrast, my parents who are both relatively fit ACTIVELY run around with my three year old and I realized that if my son decides to have children of his own one day, I want to be able to run around with them and enjoy them to the fullest- not view them from afar.

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3/15/10 7:57 A

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It wasn't just one single moment but several different ones over the years.

One was realizing that a pair of my fat capri pants were too tight. I just threw them to the top of the closet and trudged on.

Another moment was realizing that I avoided cameras at all costs. The pic of me above is one of those that I tried to avoid, but my husband took it anyway and well I can see why I avoided the camera!

Not wanting to go swimming or to family functions because I didn't want others (who live in a different state from me) to see how fat I had gotten.

Realizing I would have to get new summer pants at a bigger size since the "fat" ones I had are wearing out since I keep saying every year that I'm going to lose weight and therefore didn't want to replace them with more new "fat" pants.

Not being able to buy the cute clothes that my daughter can wear because I look ridiculous at the weight I am right now.

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3/12/10 10:13 A

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I think I also had several moments that led up to the "Aha!" moment.

I've always been up and down with my weight and emotions. I always said I was fat and happy but at least I was happy. Well, early this past fall I stopped being happy so I was just fat! Hubby was on an extended job assignment and I was not dealing with it well. I ended up gaining 30 pounds over 5 months but mostly in the last 2 months of his job assignment. It started being really painful to bend over and tie my shoes, I was getting winded walking up the stairs or getting into bed! My pants that I bought big on purpose a year and a half ago were no longer big but tight! On top of all that mentally I went to a very dark place that scared me.

Hubby came home and I laid it all out on the line and said something needed to change. He said whatever I wanted to do. So I went to a naturopath to help get my cravings and hormones in order and I haven't looked back!!!

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3/8/10 10:53 P

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My moment was finding out that a pair of size 20/22 jeans didn't fit anymore. As of this morning the inner thigh rubbed thin and ripped, thanks to a 2 hour walk around a park a few days ago. Thank you chub-rub, will you please leave now?

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MCKINLEYGIRL Posts: 12
3/6/10 1:16 P

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I didn't have a singular event motivate me. I have slowly gathered reasons to change my lifestyle.

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3/5/10 5:41 P

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Ahhh, my aha moment was several over the course of a weekend. My boyfriend at the time & I had traveled to California for his uncle's funeral, which was also on Mother's Day weekend. We took a long 4 day weekend. His family is Chinese and very petite....I'm nearly 6 feet tall and didn't want to know how much tonnage I'd gained, but knew it was tremendous.
Then there was the Mother's Day lunch and pictures of us. Them all cute & petite, me looking like a giant 2 ton log. I was standing next to his Mom who is 5 foot-nothing and might weigh 90 pounds soaking wet. I felt like a mountain.
Then there was the trip to Knott's Berry Farm. I love a rollercoaster (the now ex-boyfriend gets motion sick, so refused to ride). Got onto several no problem. Then there was the one that I couldn't fit into. Bless their hearts, those kids pushed on the safety bar, asked me to sit up really straight and they shoved on the bar some more. No go. I was so embarrassed to have to get off in front of everyone. Waited part way off the gang plank until the ride ended and walked off with everyone, pretending to my boyfriend it was a great ride.
On my SPage, there is a pic of me on the Queen Mary from that weekend. My guess it was 280 pounds, maybe more.

Got home and started making changes, joined SarkPeople and never turned back. This last year has seen very little weight loss, but it has proven to me that what SarkPeople teaches is real & true. The old me would have given up and started eating again, gaining even more than I had previously lost and having to start all over.

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Better fat loss. Better strength. Better mood.

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Water them with worry & fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism & solutions, you will cultivate success ~Lao Tzu


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3/5/10 5:19 P

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Last summer I lost ten pounds the bad way, but what made me want to lost weight was the fact that I barely squeezed into my size 8 pants and my weight on the scale was 149.5... If I gained any more weight I'd be a size ten and weigh over 150. Somehow both those numbers scared me. I've been the skinny one in my family all my life (well, until I hit puberty). And now I feel like I'm huge.
I'm not quite sure what hit me recently. I've always been semi-conscious of how I should be eating and the exercise I should be doing. I'm just lazy and a picky eater. But summer is getting close, and I think that's what hit me. How can I enjoy a trip to the beach if I'm too self conscious to do anything other than sit on the beach with a towel over me?!

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2/22/10 6:41 P

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My "Aha!" Moment was the moment I decided I was DONE having no energy. I thought "I am NOT going to live like this any more! Enough is enough!!"

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2/12/10 1:00 A

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Did you have a moment or a situation which made you realize....I have to make changes and make them now?!?

What made you realize the path you are on needs to go in another, more healthy direction?

Tell us about it.

Edited by: KAUAICAROLANNN at: 2/12/2010 (01:10)
Carol - Houston, TX (it's weird to see this and not Kaua'i, Hawaii)

Ketones make everything better.
Better sleep. Better mornings. Better energy.
Better fat loss. Better strength. Better mood.

~Be careful what you water your dreams with.
Water them with worry & fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism & solutions, you will cultivate success ~Lao Tzu


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