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Your "That's IT - I'm losing weight!" moment?

So what is it? Was it a nasty comment someone made or you overhead? Was it splitting your "fat" pants? Stepping on the scale and passing out from the shock? What was the turning point moment for you?

For me, it was a combination of things 3 days right in a row. I had a friend come visit for a long weekend - her first night here, we went out, and I swear to God I'm not joking, I split the pants I put on to wear out. Thankfully it was before we left but it was humiliating all the same. Then, going to the mall with this friend who has always been the same size as me, (or I had actually been smaller!), and I was miserable walking around that day not wanting to try anything on because I knew my regular sizes wouldn't fit and I'd look awful, while she looked great in everything she put on. I also had worn a rather unflattering shirt that is actually too small for me now (didn't know we'd end up at the mall when I got dressed), and a group of teen boys walked by and made snorting noises. Yes, actually, I did look like a stuffed pig.

I signed up here at PT the next day.

So what's all of your defining moments?


Wed. Jun 20, 2:26pm

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great thread-

i had several things that happened that made the switch flip in my head. the first was watching my dad's deteriorating health due to poor food choices and poor lifestyle choices. everything that's wrong with him could be solved by changing his eating habits.so when i turned 30 i figured i'd better do something fast because it's not going to get any easier and i had spent most of my 20s chunky. the second being i weighed myself, i was always in the 175-185 range for several years and i hit 200. no wonder my clothes didn't fit. turning 30 and hitting 200 made me feel like i was backed into a corner. third, i was tired of being tired, depressed and sick all the time......... 3 months later, i'm down 30 pounds and feeling great even though i've got quite a few more to go but there's no turning back now!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 2:53 PM

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good question!

I always worked out....but for me it was the healthy eating that caused my weight problems...It drove me crazy that I spent so much time working out and I still looked pretty chunky...my "it" moment came when I reduced myself to taking diet pills....I woke up one morning like "what the hell am I doing to myself??" That same day i threw out those diet pills and changed my eating habits and I have been doing great since!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 3:06 PM

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A huge turning point for me was a young coworker was planning to have gastric bypass surgery. I had watched her grow up ...first as a patient in her teens to a young woman in her twenties. I was really upset about her decision to take this drastic step at such a young age Then I started to wonder if weight reduction surgery was the only thing I could do ...I had a long history of losing and gaining weight and my weight was quite high.

Another factor was my dad's uncontrolled type 2 diabetes and all his health problems. I could see the writing on the wall if I continued living the way I was.

The third factor was a new program sponsored by a local university affiliated medical clinic that focused on stress reduction through meditation (relaxation response), nutrition, exercise and cognitive distortions. Finding that class felt like a form of grace.

Somehow the combination of those 3 things pushed me forward. The class ended 3 years ago and I have continued to lose weight slowly during the last few years.

My mantra is ...you really can do it if you keep at it.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 3:15 PM

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My "it" moment was totally different! It wasn't anything bad, but the exact opposite.

I had been feeling kind of down about myself in general, not just my looks. And then I met a guy -- much younger and better-looking than I! -- who thought I was da bomb, in every respect. His regard really inspired me to get hold of things and take care of myself.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 3:15 PM

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I got a $6000 dollar racing bike from a client as partial payment for a catalog design. 16 pounds of carbon fiber everything- cranks, seatpost, derailleurs, shifters, handlebars- it was the best bike I'd ever had. I couldn't ride it- the racing position was too extreme for my bulky midsection. I was too heavy for the superlight carbon fiber parts. I was so dissapointed with myself that I lost 50 pounds.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007, 3:23 PM

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