Light Bulb Moment to start living and eating healthy

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    Sep 25, 2011 1:49 AM GMT
    I thought this would be a really interesting one to hear. I recently underwent a dramatic weight loss... and I was wondering for others and their weight loss journeys what was the epiphany or "light-bulb moment" that made you decide to start working out and eating properly?
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    Sep 27, 2011 1:12 PM GMT
    When I was driving down the road and hit a speed bump and my boobs flopped around... that's when I said, "Ok. That's enough of that..."
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    Sep 27, 2011 1:24 PM GMT
    Sept. 2003: I was a flabby mess and hanging out on a webcam site, looking for validation. I had discovered that mounting my webcam up high and leaning back in my reclining desk chair made me look like I had a swimmers build, because gravity made the flab flatten out. One day, I absentmindedly reached forward to get something off my desk, and some queen in the chatroom remarked that I needed a C-cup.

    I shut the cam off, sat there in stunned silence, and then burst into tears. But, a month later, I was ten pounds lighter. Five months later, I was thirty pounds lighter. No more webcamming after that, because losing weight and getting into shape is all the validation I need.
  • kew1

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    Sep 27, 2011 3:40 PM GMT
    I went to Florida on vacation & gained (not going to say how many) pounds.
    Then found I could no longer run up the escalators at Tottenham Court Road station in London (they're quite big).
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    Sep 27, 2011 3:52 PM GMT
    paradox saidSept. 2003: I was a flabby mess and hanging out on a webcam site, looking for validation. I had discovered that mounting my webcam up high and leaning back in my reclining desk chair made me look like I had a swimmers build, because gravity made the flab flatten out. One day, I absentmindedly reached forward to get something off my desk, and some queen in the chatroom remarked that I needed a C-cup.

    I shut the cam off, sat there in stunned silence, and then burst into tears. But, a month later, I was ten pounds lighter. Five months later, I was thirty pounds lighter. No more webcamming after that, because losing weight and getting into shape is all the validation I need.



    That queen who set out to hurt you didn't get the last laugh. Congrats to you. ;)

  • Bigolbear

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    Sep 27, 2011 3:53 PM GMT
    I ended up in the hospital with pneumonia one year during Christmas and while I was in the hospital my blood sugar launched up to nearly 500. They put me in an ICU unit to get it "stabilized" around 180 before they would release me to go home. My doctors put me on injectable insulin so twice a day I was injecting insulin into my stomach area. I knew I had blood sugar issues before that but I thought taking glucophage was taking care of it.

    My blood pressure was high, my cholesterol was through the roof, my blood sugar was out of control, and I was wearing a CPAP machine to breathe at night.

    I did what I had to do and now at 160lbs less my blood pressure is perfect, my cholesterol is about 140, my blood sugar is actually low sometimes but I manage to keep it between 90 and 100 and the CPAP and snoring are now gone and I get some of the best sleep ever. Another side effect from the weight loss is that my testosterone at 420lbs was around 220 to 240 and now that I am 160lbs lighter my testosterone at my lest test was 874.

    I went through my 20s and early 30s not doing a damn thing about my weight even knowing that I wasn't attractive because I was obese, but the looming threat of death coming from all directions was enough to remedy it.
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    Sep 27, 2011 4:49 PM GMT
    I have had 2 light bulb moments... The first was when I was a kid in late elementary school and early junior/ middle school years... I was thin until around 3rd grade and I become one of those chubby kids that loved Burger Chef and McDonald's. Didn't have very many friends except for a few neighborhood kids. In the 9th grade when I was around 15 yrs old I started running... Ran all of that summer before going into the 10th grade. Went back to school feeling so great because I had lost all kinds of weight and everyone was so amazed!! All of a sudden I had a great life/ tons of new friends and for the first time self esteem... My high school years were great!!!

    Next light bulb moment was really early 30s... I had put on weight again in my late 20s. Remember always seeing clothes I liked but didn't have my sizes... Just got tired of it and started walking/ hiking almost every day and would go out for hours... Even in rain and sometimes snow.. And eventually joined the gym! Once again life was great! It's funny how when you lose weight all of a sudden you have all of these new people in your life!! I still had all of my old friends but then it seems all of a sudden you have a lot more people interested in you. I have put on just a few lbs in the past couple of years... I still don't eat fast food or sugary types of things so really haven't gotten really big again. Went through a period of depression/ anxiety/ insomnia/ allergies that kind of derailed me from working out for a little while... Slowly getting back into it. I feel the third light bulb moment is coming up! icon_wink.gif
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    Sep 27, 2011 9:09 PM GMT
    "Borderline Atrial Fib" on the EKG at a routine checkup.
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    Sep 28, 2011 3:26 PM GMT
    Larkin_PLR saidWhen I was driving down the road and hit a speed bump and my boobs flopped around... that's when I said, "Ok. That's enough of that..."


    Same thing happened to me... only it was my stomach titties.
  • Lincsbear

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    Sep 28, 2011 3:35 PM GMT
    Nothing serious or life threatening.When my thirty eight inch waist jeans were becoming too tight to wear comfortably.
    I began running and combined weight loss with getting fit for a job application.
    Within the year I was down to thirty four inches again.And much fitter!
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    Sep 28, 2011 3:42 PM GMT
    My friends are dead from various preventable causes. This also makes me skeptical about government "health care" since there is nothing healthy about the drug based medical system.
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    Sep 28, 2011 4:11 PM GMT
    When I was buying clothes for my new job after graduation 2 years ago and i had to by size 38 pants. I was shocked!
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    Sep 28, 2011 9:31 PM GMT
    Larkin_PLR saidWhen I was driving down the road and hit a speed bump and my boobs flopped around... that's when I said, "Ok. That's enough of that..."


    I've had that happen to me too. It's like wow my body never used to be like this, I better do something different before I need a bra.
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    Sep 28, 2011 9:56 PM GMT
    It wasn't any one event for me, but the combination.

    Friends - Have two of them who are about 6' and each weigh near 300lb. They also smoke, breathe heavy and I thought to myself I'll never get that big.

    Family - Grandma died at 59 and my father at 47. I wanted to take a proactive life in my health since. For her it was preventable, but smoking earlier and working in a bar left a lasting health impact. For him, it was complications from renal failure. How much of it could have been prevented? I'm not so sure, but 20 years on dialysis / transplant was much longer than the average. I'd like to think I'll live into my 80s. Have to take certain actions now to make that a reality.

    Other people - Lots of smoking hot guys out there. I was the most fit when I was single, trying to impress someone subconsciously perhaps. Now I just want to look good mostly for me. If someone else happens to notice online or in person, more reinforcement to keep at it. icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 28, 2011 10:15 PM GMT
    Yeah, you have to take responsibility for your health yourself. And I agree with the gentleman who said the drug-based health-care system is bad. In fact, it can be downright deadly.
    All those drug companies are out there aggressively developing new drugs with horrific side effects, particularly if it interacts with another drug.
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    Sep 28, 2011 10:43 PM GMT
    This is the third time I have lost a bunch of weight in my life. I grew up as the fat kid. I lost a bunch of weight in my early 20's, gained it back, developed some health problems and lost it again - gained it back. Now in my mid-30's I found myself at my heaviest - over 300 pounds - which I swore would never happen.

    The kicker this time -

    May of this year - I was ending my first year as a college professor. I borrowed the cap/gown from a coworker who is no longer a teacher so I didn't have to order my own. We all thought the regalia was one size fits all... well, it didn't fit me. I didn't have any other option and I had to wear it. It was obvious that it was way too tight and I was miserable and humiliated. I decided that over the summer, I would have time to focus on getting myself into better shape and that's when I started - a week later.

    I have a long way to go. I'm hoping when I weigh tomorrow it will be 80 pounds. Wish me luck.
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    Sep 29, 2011 3:45 AM GMT
    One of the biggest things that keeps me on track is that when I was 16... I split my pants in front of the whole school in the cafeteria. Probably one of the most embarassing moments of my entire life. Every time I don't feel motivated to work out, I think of that feeling and it gets my ass right back to the gym.

    Another time (three years ago)... I went to McDonalds at 11:30 at night, and I was sitting in the parking lot stuffing my face full of chicken nuggets. I looked in the rear view mirror and I almost had a heart attack when I looked at myself. That was the moment I decided to stop eating shit and start taking control of my life.
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    Sep 29, 2011 3:56 AM GMT
    hairymusclejock saidWhen I was buying clothes for my new job after graduation 2 years ago and i had to by size 38 pants. I was shocked!


    Same thing, except I had to buy 40's! Then a week later, very embarrassing episode that pissed me off enough to get my shit together... I actually broke a leather belt with my fat gut. Got as high as 230, down 15 from there, with 15 more to go.

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    Sep 29, 2011 11:57 AM GMT
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    Larkin_PLR saidWhen I was driving down the road and hit a speed bump and my boobs flopped around... that's when I said, "Ok. That's enough of that..."


    I've had that happen to me too. It's like wow my body never used to be like this, I better do something different before I need a bra.


    See I had the opposite reaction. My thought was "Wow, my body has been like this for a hot minute and everyone told me I look fine." Friends and family aren't going to tell you you're a fatass... a bit like how families let their heinously untalented children audition for American Idol.
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    Sep 29, 2011 12:01 PM GMT
    Wanting to wear nice clothes/coming out.

    I really owe my sister a lot for making me care about my appearance in my teens more. Although perhaps following her 'rules' when she had an eating disorder wasn't the best thing...............
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    Sep 29, 2011 12:23 PM GMT
    it was more dimmer switch for me...several things...ordered a 44" pair of pants....blood pressure that was causing me to have vision issues (flashing lights)....winded simply walking up 3-4 steps....Jiggly boobs while driving... didn't even want to look in the mirror I was so disgusted with myself. Being totally closeted didn't help!

    I'm the end it was changing jobs (was working 80-100 hour weeks) which caused me to eat whatever and whenever. That was 4 years ago...now...93 lbs lighter I refuse to go back...better sleep, more energy and huge amounts of confidence. Yup - now totally proud of who I am and what I've accomplished.
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    Sep 30, 2011 7:30 AM GMT
    I was at a party and the people all got together and said they would all go swim so we must all change in the costumes, it was very dark and I thought okay it wont be so bad. So I went to change, i noticed laughing outside and as I opened the back door to go to the pool the laughing stopped. Then i walked to the pool and I could not see anyone else as they all said they were going to change and go to the pool. So I looked around, then I heard someone shout Hey Fatty, and every single light outside went on, there I stood in my costume with my shirt on and everyone was laughing, no one else was dressed in swimming clothes. Some guy asked me to jump in the pool as he wanted to see how much water i would take out the pool, i cried so much i was so humiliated. that was it, it was either death by heart attack loose the weight
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    Sep 30, 2011 7:37 AM GMT
    Larkin_PLR saidWhen I was driving down the road and hit a speed bump and my boobs flopped around... that's when I said, "Ok. That's enough of that..."
    LOL I mean really this is by far the funniest quote I have heard in a long time. Dude, you made my day.
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    Sep 30, 2011 8:07 AM GMT
    Larkin_PLR saidWhen I was driving down the road and hit a speed bump and my boobs flopped around... that's when I said, "Ok. That's enough of that..."


    hahahahahaha I love THIS.
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    Sep 30, 2011 8:10 AM GMT
    I was about to turn 40 and realized that if I didn't get off my ass and start taking care of myself, 50 would happen real quick and then it would be a hell of a lot harder to start from scratch -- probably hard enuf that I would probably not even attempt it.

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    Oh, and FYI, 50 did happen real quick icon_smile.gif