What is/was your reason/motivation to lose weight?

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  1. raquelscatt

    raquelscatt Full Member

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    I have about 7 stones to lose and feel my confidence is at an all time low at the moment which isn't just weight related but is a big contributing factor.

    I have done every diet going, including SW on and off for years and know I should be losing weight.

    I know what I should be doing and what exercise I want to do but actually putting it all in place is another matter! Does this make sense?

    I hear loads of stories about people just going along to a class and trying sw, seeing whats involved, to then go on and lose tonnes of weight but I have never felt or done that.

    I'm just curious to hear what made your finally face your weight issues and do something about it!
     
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    I ended a 4 year relationship in february, and my whole life seems to have changed, or should i say i changed my life.
    I lost 5 stone 4 years ago as i got diabetes and gladly kept that off i was tipping the scales at over 23st
    i now weigh 17st2lb.
    I have never had issues with my confidence im a very very outgoing person.

    Im happier now than i have been in a long-time and im fully focused on my weight loss.Another 4 stone to go and i will be not only healthier, but happy also.
    I do find posting and reading on here is very motivational so glad i found this forum.

    I wish you luck, you came here for a reason, so guess you do want to change as well.
     
  4. kerry2285

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    Hi Raquelscatt. I have about the same to loose as you. I joined SW last night and tipped the scales at 17.1 stone :-( but I have taken the first steps and start the plan tomorrow.

    My mum joined her group a few years ago and she has lost about 3 stone, she looks so slim and fitter too. She really enjoys the group sessions and cooking the food too. Im hoping once I get to grips with the plan I can be the same!!!

    I think it's so hard to shake off the habits of a life time! I moved into my own flat a few months ago and find myself over eating far too much as I know no one will see me eating all the rubbish!! Its going to be hard in the eve, I just want to nibble at everything lol.

    Im finding it harder and harder to walk far without breaking into a massive sweat and I just dont like the way I look anymore so im going to do this for me and only me. Theres only 2 people who know me personally who know im doing SW and hoping to keep it this way (not even told the OH!) I just want to do it for me with no pressure from anyone.

    I know what you mean, knowing what to do but putting it into practice. Ive lost alot of weight before when I was 19 so I know exactly what to do but I haven't had the motivation and would rather eat a bag of chocolate than go for a walk or use my bike.

    But its time for a change of mind, if I dont do it now then I never will!!

    I hope this makes sense and sorry for babbling :) xx
     
  5. Clareel

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    Hi there, I too tried loads of different diets and even slimming world before but my heart was never really in it, i'd lose about half a stone then mess around for a few months losing or gaining the same few lbs. This time something just clicked, I realised that I didn't want to spend the rest of my life as a fat person, never liking what I saw in the mirror and in fact hating myself a lot of the time.

    I think you have to really want it, I completely and totally devoted myself to the plan - wrote everything down and weighed all my HEX etc.

    I won't pretend it's been easy, it's taken me 5 years to get to this point and i've used all the excuses in the book along the way but ultimately, I cannot go back to being that big and more significantly; that unhappy.

    Now i'm getting nearer to my goal i'm actually finding it easier, because i'm motivated by my own success and seeing how far i've come.

    Unfortunately I don't think anyone can give you the motivation that you need, it has to come from within.

    Very best of luck to you x
     
  6. dollydoodah

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    I had a huge health scare in January which resulted in me having to have a hysterectomy at 37 years old.

    It made me realise that life really is too short and there was no way I was going to live the rest of my life being fat.

    So I decided I was going to get slim and get fit - I can honestly say that I feel 100 times better than before I had the op. Although I know (in hindsight) that my illness contributed a lot to how I felt, losing weight has given me more energy, more get up and go and is really making me feel better about myself. For too long I have neglected how I look....well not anymore. It could possibly work out that the worst possible thing that could have happened actually turned out to be the best.
     
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    how i feel too, every word :)
     
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    I have been overweight all my life and Im now 32, just moved house closer to work (have swapped a 1hr 15 minute journey to work for a 29min) and I finally have time to plan, think and exercise. I just want to finally do it for myself and should I be blessed with another child along the way that would be fantastic but Im doing this for me.
     
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    I went to get my pill and was 'suggested' that my BP was high, i might have a stroke and could get DVT! I was 30. Not really what you want to hear.

    Oh and i had a BMI of 39 nearly and wasnt fitting in size 22 anymore.

    x
     
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    When I realised that my inherited double chin (which exists even when I'm slim) had taken over my entire neck. I have ME but I guess it hadn't occurred to me previously that being so much less active now would mean I'd need to more careful with my food or gain weight!
     
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    While going to get in a car my Very overweight friend said "will me and Jodie fit in as WE ARE ON THE BIG SIDE" ... I was mortified and motivated

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    Two seperate reasons, that happened pretty close together.
    1- the doc said if I got any larger they couldn't keep me on my pill & because of my history of DVT they were unable to put me on any others. *don't want a baby yet*
    2- My dad was lamenting how he'd put on so much weight after recovering from bowel cancer and he was now 13st 6... the EXACT same weight as me. My dad is about 4 inches taller (we're a family of shrimps ;) ) and he had the BIGGEST belly, all round and hollow. I couldn't believe I weighed the same as him.

    So those were my "nudges" or rather Smacks in the right direction.
     
  13. Mr Gilbo

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    I suppose my main reason this time round is because I finally realised I had had enough living in pain. Every joint hurts. It made me unhappy to exist the way I was. It certainly wasn't living a decent life.

    There are other more vain reasons, such as actually getting the girl. Rather than being the friend of them all. The ones they turn to when they need a male POV that isn't their otherhalf.

    The last few weeks have been great. Finally feel that I am gaining control with what I eat. Also the exercise makes me feel great. Granted the joints still hurt a bit, but not as much as they did only 4 weeks ago!
     
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    I am starting to get really sore and swollen ankles when i walk, i have massive treetrunk legs so can't wear nice dresses, in the hot weather i feel ghastly, every day when i'm walking to college i get so sweaty and out of breath, its not nice. I feel as though i need to cover up all the time then feeel silly when i't lovely hot weather. I also had a day out with my oh and the kids, we went on a lovely picnic and i couldn't run around with them and play football. I have also realised i don't want to be setting a bad example to the kids and for them to have the same issues i do.
     
  15. Lacurrie

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    Hi everyone!!
    I don't have an awful lot to loose but I got pregnant 2 years ago and thought "wayhay I can eat what I want!!" trouble is, I ate and ate and ate! And once I'd had my son I just carried on eating the same! Then I started to get a bit embarrassed about people taking photos of me.. And the bulging belly, double chin.. And new clothes were just getting bigger and bigger..
    My pre pregnancy clothes are size 10/12 and I weighed 12st2lb. When I started SW. I've set my target to 10st. I'm almost half way to my target in just 5 weeks! I'm so positive and loving the weight dropping off!!! Can't wait to get into my pre pregnancy clothes!!
    So the lesson learnt Is next time I'm pregnant, LAY OFF the maccy Ds!!
     
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    Also, my husband has put on 3 stone so we thought we'd do it together and support each other! He's loosing more than me and having more syns! Grrr...
     
  17. Snozzberry

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    I am rejoining my old group on Monday and for me it's lots of little things that individually don't motivate me as much as they should, so maybe I need to bundle them up and look at them as a whole.

    1. My little girl deserves a mum who has the energy to run around with her without needing a rest break.

    2. My mum has recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes so I really should be making the effort to watch my diet too.

    3. I get occasional backaches that only seem to happen when I am carrying a lot of extra weight and I do notice the difference when I lose it.

    4. I saw my arse in the full length mirror on holiday yesterday morning and something needs to be done about it.

    So in addition to rejoining SW, I will be going bicycle shopping tomorrow, as I promised myself I would after my holiday, and I will stick my brand spanking new Zumba Wii on once madam is in bed this evening and jiggle my spare tyres around for all I'm worth. And tomorrow I will dig out my 30 Day Shred DVD out and prepare for pain again.
     
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    Hi there, I am starting sw tomorrow for a few reasons:
    1: My children deserve a healthy mum who can run around with them
    2: My confidence is slipping further and further away
    3: My mum died when I was 10 years old from cancer and the last thing i want is to get so ill that my children are left without a mum
    4: It's effecting my relationship, I'm certain my partner is going to leave me
    5: I want to be able to wear nice clothes instead of having to go to the fat section in shops (thats so embarrassing!)
     
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    I'm getting married in September :love047: but my main reason is to get down to a "happy Doctor" weight so I can start trying for a baby xx
     
  20. raquelscatt

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    Thanx guys for your motivational stories. I can really relate to them and do feel the same!

    Today we did a 2 mile walk for Cubs and I was absolutely shattered at the end of it and have felt tired all day!!

    I remember doing the same walk 2 years ago but a lot healthier and fitter and it was a doddle!

    I have made the decision to re-join SW this Wednesday and after my 8 year old son couldn't do up his aged 8 waterproof coat this morning, well it made me realise. He wears aged 9-10 clothing and is following me exactly in his eating habits.

    I find it very scary and worrying and only me and my diet can change that.
     
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