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I want to know what your "Epiphany moment" was when you realized you needed to start a healthy lifestyle change and lose weight.

Mine came after my third child was born. He was four months old and I saw an old friend whom I had not seen in about 7 months and my friend made the comment"Oh, I thought you already had the baby. When is he due?" This made me realize that I had been lying to myself to keep from admitting that I had indeed put on quite a bit of weight. I am glad my friend woke me up and made me realize how unhappy and unhealthy I had become. Denial is a powerful thing sometimes it takes something major like an embarrassment or a tragedy to open our eyes.
What opened your eyes?

Thu. Feb 9, 10:59am

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well, since my weight issues have been a life-long struggle, there have been a number of epiphanies over the years...they usually come when I can't fit into my work clothes anymore or i catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror and see rolls of fat i had avoided seeing before. or when there is some even i'll attend where i'll see people i hadn't seen in a long time. my latest came when i decided i wanted to have children and realized that if i don't lose weight now, it's going to be that much harder to do it after i have children.

Thursday, February 09, 2006, 11:24 AM

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when I had a hard time fitting into a size 16 at Sears. I buy most of my clothes there, and I was not about to start shopping in the plus size section.

Thursday, February 09, 2006, 1:28 PM

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my moment was when i was actually with my boyfriend. i was saying stuff about my body and he said that you have a gut now. I had a stand off for an hour in front of the mirror and was thinking whats the point of having to suck it in all of the time and, what was the point of being insecure and trying to cover up when i am naked so for thye next two months i watched my calories and lost 40 ponds i am now 5'9 126 and nice and toned,

Thursday, February 09, 2006, 1:44 PM

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Fed Up!

Mine was more a culmination of being fed up with eveything I hate about being overweight. Fed up with tight jeans, fed up with trying to hide my body, fed up with feeling overstuffed and about to burst after I had overeaten, fed up with the guilt and shame.

Thursday, February 09, 2006, 1:49 PM

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Mine was stepping on the scale and seeing 198. I realized that if I didn't do something about it now, I would still have to eventually, but it would be a lot harder to do if I got even heavier. Plus, there was nothing left for me to wear.

Thursday, February 09, 2006, 2:11 PM

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Mine was realizing that I had gained weight every single year of my life. I plan on living many more years, and I knew that if it continued for just a few more, I would be FAT. I don't do FAT.

Thursday, February 09, 2006, 2:18 PM

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In the past, I've had many excuses that could explain why I have had the eating disorders I've had (feeling "different" in a predominantly white community/school, having the perfect syndrome - trying to please very demanding parents, surviving incest, being away from my family, never having met my biological father, medications, etc...). Today, I'm proud of my heritage, realized nobody's perfect, made peace with my parents and violator, and working on improving my health. The only thing I held onto was to wish my father into my life. When that happened recently (he just found me in January), I told myself I have no other excuses. All the things that challenged me in the past has made me strong today. The weight protected me in the past, but is not needed now! That is my epiphany!!!

Thursday, February 09, 2006, 2:37 PM

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Wow, to the last poster,
Sounds like you had a lot of life downfalls to overcome. Glad to hear that things are better for you now, I'm sure that your self-image has and will continue to improve and that you have come to terms with such issues as incest and "social" isolation. Hopefully, PT and its members will continue to help you towards a path of good health and happiness in the future.

Thursday, February 09, 2006, 3:00 PM

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My epiphany came when I went to an amusement park and almost didn't fit on a ride. The guy working the ride had to tug on my seatbelt infront of all the people on the roller coaster. We were in the very front, so everybody could see what was going on. People in the back were screaming for him to hurry up, and they almost wouldn't let me ride because it could have been a safety violation. It was completely humiliating.

Thursday, February 09, 2006, 3:06 PM

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Mine was at my yearly physical. My doctor weighed me, then went to record it in my chart, and said "oh! you've gained quite a bit, I see." And I was like "What???" I had gained 20 pounds since my last visit, which was just over a year before. It scared/startled me so much that I stopped gaining immediately, but it took 3 months (and joining PeerTrainer) before I started losing. Now it's been almost a year, and I've taken 10 of those 20 off. I'm still working on it, but it's frustrating that it's so much easier to gain than to lose!

Thursday, February 09, 2006, 3:14 PM

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