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Speak Up: What Was Your Trigger?

They were my "go to" jeans, you know, the ones you wear when you want to look fabulous. One night in college I was going out on the town with my girlfriends, so I went to put on my jeans only to find that they didn't fit fit a little tighter than normal. Surely the dryer shrank them. Determined to completely deny the fact that they were way too tight a tad snug, I forced myself into them, wore a long shirt to cover the bulging zipper (and unbuttoned top button) and went on my way. Later that night at the bar, the darn things split right down the middle. I'll spare you the details, but let's just say it was not pretty.

That was my trigger moment. Busting through the seams of my pants was the point when I took a good look at my lifestyle (and weight gain) and decided that something had to change—I was not about to split another pair of pants in public. Aside from being totally embarrassed, I realized that my lack of exercise combined with eating whatever I wanted was far from healthy. Let's face it, the only time I did lunges was when I was trying to stretch out those jeans so I could fit into them. Ever since then, I've been doing my best to change my ways by exercising and eating right.

What about you guys? What was your trigger for realizing you wanted/needed to get healthy? It doesn't have to be an embarrassing story like mine, but I am curious when you realized it was time to get healthy and shape up. So speak up and share your stories in the comments section below.


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natalya natalya 9 years
At 22 I was diagnosed with high choresterol. I started taking care of myself the next day, 20 pounds off and more to come!
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
I used to go clubbing EVERY week, that lead me to lose those last 10 lbs, I got down to a LEAN 170 at 6'1. (I don't drink alcohol, it was strictly dancing, so I didn't drink at clubs)...but then I got with my boyfriend and gained 42 lbs in about 8 months. I'm still working on it, but I have an issue with sugar and overeating. I've lost about 12 lbs, but I have so much to go.
bettywhite bettywhite 9 years
several years after i stopped "using my symptoms" (therapy-speak for an active eating disorder - in my case, bulimia), i realized that i couldn't use my former illness as an excuse not to be in shape. i had an a-ha moment in which i realized that exercising didn't have to be about getting into a smaller size - it could be about taking care of my heart, which i'd abused so badly for years; it could be about climbing several flights of stairs without losing my breath; it could be about keeping up with my hyperactive dog without disappointing her. granted, the years of eating what i wanted and not worrying about my weight/size were important for my recovery, AND i had to be careful not to fall into old habits and let the "eating disorder voice" back in my head, but i recognized that there was a happy medium between exercising for health and exercising as an obsession. so, with the ok from my doctor, i started working out 3 times a week with 2 activities i enjoy, running and yoga. it has been almost 2 years now, and i'm still consistently exercising 3-5 times a week with no relapse in my disorder! i'm in better shape than i ever have been and feel so comfortable in and proud of my body.
sugarfan sugarfan 9 years
I don't keep a scale in my house so the last time I went to the doctor, I was completely shocked at my weight. It was the heaviest I'd ever been. I started eating better and exercising more the next day.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
I realized that I was the heaviest person in my family. Yes, it's competitive, but whatever works.
AmyLizK AmyLizK 9 years
In HS when I lost 30lbs it was because we had to do a dance move wherein my partner had to pull me through his legs as I slid under. OHNO.... I freaked out and decided I could not be fat to do that. It was an amazing end to my senior year. Recently it's just been my desire for self-love. I want to love my body and my self and in order to do that I have to treat it right. Also, hitting 24 your chub somehow turns from "livable somewhat still youthful adorable roundness" to really jiggly FAT and it's somehow become less tolerable for me to be overweight.
EllaBella EllaBella 9 years
Fit I love that you dare to share so embarassing stories! :) As far as I am concerned I am too much of a control freak to manage to put on weight without realizing it. Another thing is that being 5ft 1" (1m54)really helps! I mean I can't put on more than a couple of pounds before it shows really well in the mirror...
Allytta Allytta 9 years
it was time for the prom (2,5 months left) and i was looking for dresses, and i'm pretty demanding with fashion, so when i finally found it - i realized i had to get L size and still lose weight (the dress if from Zara). I was 157 lbs then and 5''3'. so i bought the dress and had to diet to get in it in time for prom (and to look fab in the photos). i managed to do that. i lost about 8-10 pounds. then i moved to London and was so excited (live in a dorm)about the city, so i'd take all day long walk and eat McDonalds, mac and cheese and pizzas... a i lost another 10 pounds just from walking. but now i'm not as active and again 157 lbs :( maybe i should move to NY to lose the weight? :) new exciting city to walk around.
sneerybobcat sneerybobcat 9 years
Seeing a picture of me in an evening gown and realized I was much, much bigger than I thought I was. Seeing how big I was standing beside other women,one who was pregnant, and looking like I was about to burst out of my dress was the biggest trigger for me. Since then I have found support sites,joined weight watchers and started exercising religously.
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 9 years
After my first year of college, I went back to my HS to watch the graduation. I knew a lot of my fellow classmates would be there, and I wanted to look really cute. Well, needless to say, I put on my favorite outfit only to realize that my 5'1" 165 pound frame did NOT look cute at all. Darn the Freshman 15!!! Or in this case, 30. Ever since that moment, I've been losing weight. The 30 is off, plus more!
hkmarks hkmarks 9 years
Three things. My grandmother told me I'd put on weight. My size 8 pants didn't fit anymore... then size 10 didn't... and then size 12 was getting tight. Finally, I went to the doctor for a checkup, and realized I'd gained 35 pounds (from 125, BMI ~2,1 to 160, BMI ~26.5) in about 2 years. (It's funny, she actually seemed surprised that as soon as I heard that I asked for advice on losing weight. I have a feeling she was used to people just continuing to gain and not bothering to deal with it.) It was really obvious why when I stopped to think about it. In high school I walked to school every day and ate two meals a day, occasionally a soda or candy bar a couple of times a week. In college, I took the bus and ate three meals plus a chocolate bar plus at least one soda every day. Anyway, I went on a diet and started walking again, and got down almost to 135 (BMI ~22.5).
kendallina kendallina 9 years
Pictures from vacation in Las Vegas made me want to change the way I was eating and my lack of exercise immediately. I looked so bloated in the pictures. I was the heaviest I ever was and knew I had to change.
sittingonawall sittingonawall 9 years
Well over the time of 1 year i gained 6 pounds, going from 104 pounds to 110 pounds which made me depressed as 5 of my 6 pants did not fit anymore. Now in jsut 3 months I have gained another 6 pounds and now I feel unhealthy, my clothes are really tight and I sicken myself. I've doubled the amount of tennis I play, joined the gym and looked up healthy recipes online. I am hoping to get a healthy weight by Summer 2008.
behemoth_the_cat behemoth_the_cat 9 years
My 89-year-old grandpa once gave me a compliment: "Wow, you've become really chubby! You look so pretty!" After that, and in combination with the bursting-at-the seams pants and the scale showing my moms weight after she had her first baby, I decided it was time to start slimming down... :-S
Fooled Fooled 9 years
At my appointment with my gynecologist, she told me that I had polycystic ovary syndrome. I'd never even heard of it, never mind thinking that I had it. She told me that if I didn't manage it, i.e., though diet and exercise, I had a better chance to develop diabetes, endocrine cancer, and would most likely have fertility problems. I read up like crazy on line about PCOS and it said that people with PCOS would probably have a harder time losing weight, which made me work all that much harder. So I started working out six days a week within a couple of weeks. I was running miles and miles on the elliptical and I was surprised at how awesome I was doing, because I never thought I could do this much exercise. Crazy exercising was for other people, not me. But I didn't lose an ounce of weight. My doctor suggested it was what I was eating. I didn't think I was eating that badly, but once I started seriously looking at what I was eating, I had to admit that might be the case, and I've since lost 32 pounds
moonlite moonlite 9 years
I guess my trigger was a few things that combined. I was always a stick thin, scrawny little girl...until high school. One day I woke up and saw fat in places that had never bulged before. That was a few years ago, and I started exercising a bit but it was extremely sporadic. More recently, I had another trigger that was much more profound. I was sort of seeing this guy for almost a year, and while I cared about him a lot he was definitely not good for me. Of course, I ignored all the warning signs and one day he hurt me bad (more than usual) and instead of apologizing he just disappeared. I have not seen him or heard from him since then and I'm damn well not going to call him begging him to be with me. That experience made me realize that I had given him so much of myself, that I forgot to take care of ME. I vowed never to let that happen again and started working out because my body is mine and I am the only one has the power and will to change it. I do weights and cardio several times a week and am making healthier choices when it comes to nutrition. In the last few months I've lost about 20 pounds and I have muscle tone and a smaller belly and waistline. I've never felt better about myself and guess what...I didn't need a man to do it. It's all me!
ChapstickAddict ChapstickAddict 9 years
My turning point was when I saw the pictures of my husband and I when we got engaged (December 2005). I couldn't believe how awful I looked! I made up my mind to not be fat on my wedding day. A year and a half and 75 pounds later we got married.
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 9 years
My moms fatal heart attack. Her doc said he couldn't do surgery on her anyway because at 80-something pounds she would never have survived it.
KimBurnett KimBurnett 9 years
In college, I took a job at a video store, looked at the exercise videos and decided that I was going to work out at home. I always used to tell myself that I didn't like exercise but I realized that I didn't even know for sure. I started with step areobics and I loved getting strong. Now I walk/run and still do DVDs for strength training and yoga at home.
Jess8902 Jess8902 9 years
My trigger was when I was still using the "I just had a baby" excuse.. 2 years after the baby was born!! It's a constant struggle for me because BK (before kids) I never weighed more than 125 and ate whatever. I feel so much better and healthier when I work out and eat well. I want to set a good example for my boys as well. It's so weird this post came up tonight, I just had this looooong talk about getting back into it with my BFF.. Fitsugar, you were in my head!
jossfan23 jossfan23 9 years
my mom's diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer - i never want to end up in an oncology unit.
dubsie1 dubsie1 9 years
I gradually gained weight through college and then a few more pounds when i lived in Europe for a summer. When I came back to the states I was unemployed and not in school, so I just started working out all the time because i had nothing else to do. My friends and boyfriend started commenting on the weight I had lost (personally I never realized I gained it until I looked at old pics) so I guess my trigger came about 1/2 way through losing the weight. I keep the old pics and one pair of jeans that i CANNOT believe i used to wear when I was bigger to remind myself of how I used to look.
SeaFoamGreen215 SeaFoamGreen215 9 years
Stretch marks on my stomach - which normally only come onto pregnant women. Yikes! And just a combination of always being bloated from eating salty foods. I've always been a little thick in the legs and thighs (think hayden panettiere) but this summer i started getting cellulite on them. they used to be totally smooth and succulent!
ley ley 9 years
I went with my friends at a hip clothing store, I saw myself in the mirror and wasn't happy with what I saw. Funny thing was I always thought I was just muscular.. and buff. So not the case though.
thirtythreezero thirtythreezero 9 years
It's so interesting how many of these stories revolve around college lifestyles, because it was the same for me. Since I broke my foot near the end of high school and stopped playing soccer, I gained about 40 pounds. Then college came, and I gained another 15 on top of that because of UCSC's awesomely good dining hall food. I finally reached 210, which was my heaviest. I'm at 190 now, and I'm about to start running again. I'm really scared because I haven't run in seriously in about 3 years, but I'm excited to see what the results bring. I want to be able to fit into the jeans I took my senior portraits in, which is a size 10, because I currently wear a 12/14. I've always had a pretty muscular and I'm pretty tall, 5'9", so I know I'll never be a skinny person, but I can be much thinner, toned and healthier than I am now. My goal is 170. Good luck on all your healthy lifestyle changes, everyone!
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