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Posted: 18 Nov 2011, 22:13
What was/is your thing that made you and keeps pushing you to make a better life change?
My world is filled with divine abundance and unlimited potential.

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Posted: 18 Nov 2011, 22:20
Well, my wake up call was some photos of me at a singing competition. I didn't even recognize the girl in the pictures, and I made up my mind then and there that I was done. Period. What keeps me going? Never wanting to feel that way again. Smile I've always been super confident, smaller or larger, so I just want my outside to match the way my inside feels!
Do, or do not, there is no try. ~ Yoda

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Posted: 21 Nov 2011, 14:28
For me it was when my knees were hurting so bad that I went to the doctor and found that I had arthritis in both knees and if I didn't lose weight I would end up in a wheel chair. I have a sister in law who was in the same situation a few years ago and she never lost the weight and she did end up in a wheel chair. After a couple of years she had a stroke and now needs constant care. The thought of ending up like that gave me the necessary incentive to make some major changes.

I bought my retirement place in the mountains and I'm looking forward to building a house retiring on my two acres. I have found I have a talent and love of growing things. If I don't lose weight I might as well sell the land and invest in a adult care faciltity because I won't be able to get around and do any gardenning.

Having that goal has made it much easier to make all of the difficult changes that are neccesary

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Posted: 21 Nov 2011, 15:10
For me it was a trip to the doctor, where I found out my blood pressure was really high. Both of my grandmothers died of strokes. My father had a (small) stroke, and my mother has high blood pressure. I didn't want to have the same happen to me. Now that I have my weight in the normal range (per the doctor's chart), my blood pressure is well under control. It wasn't so much how I look, but rather a serious health issue. I'm looking forward to a long life now.

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Posted: 21 Nov 2011, 15:41
Wow! I could have posted Runesinger's post! Same exact thing for me - high blood pressure, and a sister who had a stroke at age 55, and a dad who also had high blood pressure, but lived to be almost 80 (he definitely controlled his sodium/cholesterol/weight)

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Posted: 21 Nov 2011, 16:33
By accident/fate. I was poor as a mouse to the point i would eat tea biscuits for days so the kids could eat healthy. Then I met my wonderful husband and started eating. Over last christmas say Dec 1- jan 15 I lost weight. And it was that that slowly started my journey. Remember that next time you see a overweight poor person it maybe money not laziness that got them there or worst yet the poor diet that leaves them so exhausted.

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Posted: 21 Nov 2011, 18:39
close to diabetis,want to look and feel better

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Posted: 21 Nov 2011, 20:12
High blood pressure, doc said I have 3 months until my next visit and if it's elevated again, medication time!!! Nope don't want that!!

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Posted: 21 Nov 2011, 21:22
Ditto to many of your comments. Mother had high blood pressure and died from a stroke at age 60, my blood pressure starting to go up, bad cholesterol numbers, knees hurt, out of breath when climbing stairs, seeing myself in photos made me depressed. I was sick for a couple of days and lost a few pounds and thought, I might as well continue this journey. Now I am bound and determined I am going to lose this weight! PS ... Last blood results came back great and I was only on my program about 45 days.

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Posted: 02 Dec 2011, 08:47
survived a brain tumor. I figured if that didn't kill me, not much would- so I better at least look good living longer.

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Posted: 02 Dec 2011, 11:39
Great topic!

What kicked me into gear was watching the movie Fat Head and reading the book Why We Get Fat.

It turned my view of nutrition upside down and inside out. I started to read lots of other books in awe of the vast amount of nutritional knowledge that we have lost when we started to talk about foods in terms of calories, fat, protein, and carbohydrates.
"Eat as if your life depends on it!"

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Posted: 02 Dec 2011, 18:46
weight has always been an issue for me, even when I was not obese, but needed to lose 20 pounds. Being obese now, I have had enough. I don't care if no one in my living life support my efforts. I'm going to turn to my online friends to help me get through this life task. In my head I still see myself as the thinner person, then look in the mirror and say "OMG" who is this? My weight has stopped me from living how I used to and dressing nicely. Stop using excuses. Stick with the exercise and eating clean, results will soon follow. I get discouraged after one week of no changes. So I would binge and give up. I have discovered some things about who I am in the past few months/years. Weight loss is not all physical and will power. It will take time and I have more time than money, so get crackin. I want to become a better person. AS some say "enough is enough"
My world is filled with divine abundance and unlimited potential.
Aunt Keeks

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Posted: 02 Dec 2011, 20:16
Snugles--every time I go to the grocery store and buy healthy food...and realize how expensive it is...I do think about people who cannot afford good, healthy food (food banks give you what others donate....and it may not be that healthy). But I also realize that people who grow up poor may not know how to cook healthily either (they never saw it). That is the second part of healthy eating education...knowing how to plan, shop for and cook/prepare healthy meals and snacks.
You can get there from here.

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Posted: 04 Dec 2011, 14:12
Reading all these reasons...makes me think what started me on this. I never thought I would move up to size 14 jeans and that my husband loves me no matter what size I grew up into. I eat overly much, healthy foods but too much and obese from my cooking/baking and lounging.

I have changed my way of thinking...change is a good thing. I keep telling myself this because if I smell or have a desire to taste something I have a mantra....AM I I don't eat anything and do something for someone else....and I ask Owen if he wants to go for a walk. Amazing! Ha! Not a mind blowing remark, but this mantra has been working for me.

Design your own mantra....healthy choices and raise your body from the gravity that pulls you down! One step, one foot in front of the other.
It is more important to have small victories and reward yourself weekly!

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Posted: 04 Dec 2011, 16:00
OH, I had stopped my diet for a few years now and what pushed me over the edge was when I went (blushes) bra shopping. I wanted a pretty push up type. But according to the sweet lady at the shop, tried her best to tell me politely that it wasn't made in my size. She even went out of her way to find so many types and sizes to help me fit (at least one) But nothing. I knew then it was time to do something about it. All the pains in the knees were a reminder that the weight is out of control. Even holding items up in the air is a struggle. Lifting items up whilst vacuuming... Nope, can't do that either
So only started last week to sort myself out again. I look back at my skinny photos. And believe me when I say skinny, I am 5 dress sizes bigger now, than I was 3 years ago.
My teenage daughter is helping me... She's my inspiration. She pulls me in line when I fall off the wagon. She goes to the fridge to get her water bottle and collects mine as well. Watches me take a drink and puts it back. What a gem? Smile
I find having her around most of the time helps me to stay on track. A buddy is always good to work with, no matter online or off. I mean it could work the same online. You could be chatting to a friend online and say... "Let's stop for a second to skull down a glass of water." (Sorry about the Aussie accent there. Ha ha)
Anyway, I'm off to grab a drink. Back in 30 seconds. Smile
If at first I seem a little weird, then it's pretty likely I am. Smile

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