What was the 'killer moment' that made you lose weight

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sallycinnamum Sun 05-May-13 20:55:31

Donkeys years ago I lost a significant amount of weight via SW because I saw a photo at a work Xmas party and made a vow to lose a stone. I ended up losing two over 4 months.

When I got married two years ago I ate nothing but porridge and Ryvita for two weeks and lost half a stone so the dress wouldn't be too tight. Then a month later I got pregnant with my second DC.

Now, after 2 DC I know I need to lose a stone but I haven't had the killer moment yet that will spur me into going on a proper, long-term diet and sticking to it.

I just wondered what it was that finally spurred you into going on a diet and doing it properly rather than giving up a couple of weeks in.

ControlGeek Sun 05-May-13 20:59:20

It was two things simultaneously for me - first was realising I was stressing the seams of the clothes I had bought because I was too fat for my 'fat' clothes, and second was realising I was rather above the maximum cut-off, BMI-wise, for NHS IVF.

SoleSource Sun 05-May-13 21:00:44

Hardly being able to love and confidence low because of weight.

SoleSource Sun 05-May-13 21:01:16

Move not love

Excellent thread x

cocolepew Sun 05-May-13 21:02:39

A photo taken in work, I was wearing a stripey top and looked huge around my belly. I love my stripey tops.
Starting cutting back last week and have lost 3lbs I may have put it all back on this weekend

I had to go to a meeting on the 3rd floor of an office building. The lift was broken, so I climbed the stairs. I really truly thought that I was having a heart attack by the time I got to the top sad. I was 13 1/2 st at the time and in a very sedentary job.

I was in Tesco that evening and saw the signs going up for the Race For Life.

I did that, sveral other 5ks, some 10ks and a 1/2 marathon!

And lost 2 stone in the process.

I then quit my job and retrained as a teacher, using my new-found confidence ... and lost another 2 stone during the training!

Alligatorpie Sun 05-May-13 21:03:18

Looking at a picture of showing my back and me leaning over to pick up dd2. Horrific!

Masterchuff Sun 05-May-13 21:04:07

Photos of me at a news years eve party 2011/12. Started a fitness camp on 9th Jan 2012 and not looked back. Got a way to go yet but have lost a good bit and am still going strong.

Alambil Sun 05-May-13 21:05:47

haven't had it yet - still carrying the 10st I need to lose sad

WhyIRayLiotta Sun 05-May-13 21:07:34

I was going on a girly weekend to Dublin with my 3 skinny, gorgeous, stylish mates. I hated myself and I dreaded going so much. I lied to everyone - my friends, DP etc about how excited I was.

We didnt get to go (last minute incident meant we had to reschedule) I swore that I would lose weight so I wouldn't dread spending quality baby free time with my friends.

That was 5 weeks ago and since then I've lost over a stone - and we are booked to go in just under a month so I hope to have at least another 7lbs gone then.

sallycinnamum Sun 05-May-13 21:07:56

I have to lose this stone. It's the usual thing, I start off with the best of intentions but I always get sidetracked until I can't get a dress to do up and then the cycle starts all over again.

Betrayedbutsurvived Sun 05-May-13 21:08:49

My friend was going on an extreme diet that would only accept you if your bmi was over 30. She asked me to do it with her, and I was horrified she thought I was big enough to be accepted, but far worse was the realisation that she was right, my bmi was 31. It's 23 now grin

sallycinnamum Sun 05-May-13 21:09:00

That is brilliant WhyIRayLiotta. How did you do it?

Looking at holiday photos from the last hol and not wanting to look as fat on my next holiday.
This was at the end of January - set myself a target of losing 3 stones by the hol. My last weigh-in is tomorrow (go on holiday on weds) and if I've lost one more pound, I've done it smile
Not so fat on this year's piccies!

PoppyWearer Sun 05-May-13 21:15:29

I've had a few years of my weight yo-yo-ing due to IVF, pregnancies and illness.

Some key diet-prompting moments for me have been:
- suffering from awful painful thigh-chafing after doing a lot of walking on a hot day in a skirt.
- a colleague asking me when the baby was due (it wasn't).
- buying a new pair of comfy trousers a size larger than my normal size and being pleased with them, (this was about 9 months after DC1 was born) until another mum in my NCT group started talking about how she was back in her pre-pregnancy skinny jeans.

The best diet-motivators for me have been major events. Last year I had a Christening and a wedding where I was going to see some people I hadn't seen for ages. I lost a stone in a month!

Having put some of it back on due to illness, I am now being motivated by a) none of my jeans fitting properly and b) holiday coming up during which I would love to wear a bikini...

sallycinnamum Sun 05-May-13 21:17:10

Well I've got two weddings this summer and have a vintage dress I want to wear but it's definitely a size too small.

Perhaps I'm going to have to stock up on the porridge again!

WhyIRayLiotta Sun 05-May-13 21:17:30

Sally I've been doing a low carb diet. (Boot camping with BIWI! grin) I've also started doing couch to 5k. I am embarrassingly unfit and it was the biggest thing to just get out and do it.

The low carbing has been a revelation. I lost 8 lbs in the first week and a steady 2-3 lbs since. I miss my sweets - but I don't crave them anymore.

I've 3 more stone to lose - but I feel like I'm in control for the first time in a loooong time.

cocolepew Sun 05-May-13 21:20:31

In work I have to go through double glass doors that I can see my reflection in, its not good looking at my thighs in jeans!
If I had a full length mirror in the house I think I would be slimmer.

OPeaches Sun 05-May-13 21:23:42

My moment was when my best friend told me that no matter how much weight I put on, I still had a beautiful face. She genuinely was trying to be kind, and I think up until that point I was kidding myself that no one had noticed that I wasn't still a size 10.

I lost three and a half stone.

Since then my weight has gone up and down through having 2 babies, but I've never gotten so fat again. I'm currently a size 12 and am aiming to lose 7lbs so I can be back at my ideal weight.

sallycinnamum Sun 05-May-13 21:28:29

These are all really inspiring stories.

How did you do it OPeaches?

flossywithafringe Sun 05-May-13 21:28:36

Did you limit the porridge and ryveta Sally? I want this killer moment now please grin

AlwaysReadyForABlether Sun 05-May-13 21:33:18

About 4 years ago a friend asked me if I would go along to a Weight Watchers meeting to keep her company. In the end she couldn't go on the day we planned but I decided to go anyway. I didn't expect much but I lost 7 pounds in my first week and was totally hooked. Over the next year I lost four stone in total.
Really need to do something again but haven't had that lightbulb moment yet.

takeaway2 Sun 05-May-13 21:35:24

It was my DS who's 5 who spurred it on. He kept asking me when baby no 3 was arriving. And kept poking my belly. I stopped drinking coke and eating crisps. Started drinking water. The belly is going down.

Ruprekt Sun 05-May-13 21:35:33

After doing weightwatchers for 20 odd years, I could not bear the thought of starting yet again on 1 Jan.

I was reading Mumsnet and found BIWI and the gang about to start a new low carb bootcamp. I read up on it, got DH on board and we have been low carbing ever since! Dh has lost 15 lbs and I have lost 22 lbs!!smilesmilesmile

Although we were very sceptical to start with, it is the best thing ever!! We love the food, feel so much better and we have more energy.


Nehru Sun 05-May-13 21:36:07

when i just looked hefty

I agree with Oprah - " live your best life"

I HATE being fat or anything more than a 12.

sallycinnamum Sun 05-May-13 21:36:30

I didn't limit it too much but I've always found that with porridge, a decent sized bowl with fruit on top will fill me up so much I can't eat a whole bowl anyway (made with half milk, half water).
Then I had 4 Ryvita with Philadelphia and a Muller Lite yog for lunch and then a bowl of porridge in the evening.

It's a boring diet and you couldn't do it long term but it does get the weight off in an 'emergency' situation.

CognitiveOverload Sun 05-May-13 21:39:50

When my partners uncle who is usually very conservative and tactful gave me tips on how to start jogging.

HootShoot Sun 05-May-13 21:40:18

I had two moments, I was at a wedding and a relative asked when I was due, when I said I wasn't she loudly exclaimed "ohh you haven't lost the baby weight then?". Then (TMI - sorry) my DH and I were doing the deed and he kept on asking me to go on top. I didn't want to because I felt so unattractive and ended up bursting into tears over it! So I decided to do something about it and joined WW and have lost a stone and 4 pounds so far in seven weeks :-)

I haven't had it yet. sad I need to lose 6 stone. blush I keep waiting for it to "click" but it never does. I start a new diet almost every week but never last longer than 2 days max. DH has recently lost almost 2 stone just through cutting out dairy, becoming a vegetarian and not drinking caffeine, (because he always had milk and sugar in his coffee). I'm so jealous, he's almost at the weight he was when I met him 18 years ago. As much as I'm pleased for him it's making feel like complete shite about myself and my own weight. sad envy I really need a bloody good kick up the arse!

Nehru Sun 05-May-13 21:47:56

ZOMBIES you big Jessie! 2 days?!
Come on - nothing tastes as good as being slim feels. grin

when you are about to scoff, think hard:
1. am I hungry?
2. will this make me happy?
3. can i eat this another time. ( this no3 irrelevant if you, say, were at a Michelin starred restaurant rather than scoffing a mini roll)

OnTheNingNangNong Sun 05-May-13 21:48:10

Not had mine yet, I need to lose 1.5stone to get back into my pre pregnancy jeans and I haven't had that kick up the bum to make me do anything for longer than a week

BikeRunSki Sun 05-May-13 21:48:33

Last September, a few things -

I saw photos of me at DS's 4th birthday party.

DS asked me if I was having another baby ("No Sweetheart, there's just you and DD" "Then why are you so fat?")

I had a medical and doc gave me my weight in kilos. It sounded a bit high. I kept trying to convert it to stone in my head. Kept getting 15 stone. Kept thinking I was wrong. Got home and used a calculator. I was right.

I joined SW the next week, liar 2.5 stone.

Had to get back into my work clothes after mat leave.

Tried to buy a skirt I really liked, but the biggest size didn't fitshock

Bum got stuck in the coach of a narrow gauge railway.

These things all happened
in the space of a week.

Nehru Sun 05-May-13 21:49:47

i am sorry Bike but
"Bum got stuck in the coach of a narrow gauge railway" did make me lol because of its Alan Bennet quality

Flobbadobs Sun 05-May-13 21:50:20

Using facetime for the first time on my ipad. All I could see was chin upon chin upon chin....

FriedSprout Sun 05-May-13 21:52:18

My bf wanted to do a calendar to give my mum using photos of all of us.
She asked me to send her some photos and I spent 3 days trying to get rid of the spare tyres using Photoshop shock
That was in December 2012. On January 1st I started a diet, using a BBC low fat menu book, changing coffee with two sugars x 6 per day for tea with none, using low fat sprays and no spreads or butter.
I was 13stone 3Ibs jan 1st and am now very proud [can you tell] to be 10stone 3Ibs. I am enjoying throwing loads of size 18 clothes away and buying size 14
Am loving having more energy too and have started taking much more care with overall appearance.
Also am very proficient at Photoshop techniques now too grin
Am late forties and never thought I would feel this good about myself again.

Nehru Sun 05-May-13 21:52:57

you cannot be size 14 at ten stone

LaundryLegoLunch Sun 05-May-13 21:53:36

It was a thread on here actually. Someone had weighed themselves and wanted to cry, cue loads of posters saying they felt the same. It was in Jan so there was quite a lot of motivation I suppose.
Anyhow, someone recommended My Fitness Pal and also that quite cheesy quote about choosing your hard.

I've lost 2 stone all through logging religiously in MFP. In the last two weeks loads of people have mentioned it so I feel awesome. I'd wanted to lose weight for years but hadn't found an easy way.

FairPhyllis Sun 05-May-13 21:54:14

I realised that I'd just veered over into the overweight category on bmi calculators and was too big for most of my clothes. Decided it was time to take control or have it continue to creep up. Am now a size 12 from a size 14 in January - very slow progress, but going in the right direction. Need to lose about a stone now. I am getting a bit fed up with the food now - I need to think of some new things to eat.

My mum also decided to lose weight with me. It's good to have someone else doing it so you can happily bore each other to death about calories and statistics, but she has already reached her target weight envy

flossywithafringe Sun 05-May-13 21:54:33

Nehru I like you! Please say things like that to me, too grin

LaundryLegoLunch Sun 05-May-13 21:57:36

I also did that thing of thinking "will eating this really make me feel better?" I suppose I was tough with myself about not cheating or thinking I 'deserved' a treat because I'd had a great day/awful day etc

FourEyesGood Sun 05-May-13 21:59:43

Hearing someone on the radio talking about his weight loss and fitness regime - he told himself "It doesn't have to be this way" which is what I started telling myself if I looked in the mirror and felt flabby.
Also, my cousin, who's been obese for the past ten years or so, recently got really fit and has lost masses of weight. She inspired me (I ought to tell her, really!). I've taken it very slowly and have lost just over a stone since mid-December, using Wii Fit most days and cutting way back on bread, biscuits and cakes. My BMI dropped just below overweight into the 'ideal' range (only just!) last week and I'm having trouble adjusting to the idea that I'm not overweight any more! grin

suchashame Sun 05-May-13 22:01:13

my moment was after my dear bro developed diabetes and I tested myself ....... found my blood gluscose on the threshhold of being diabetic too. Finding out by the time most T2 diabetics diagnosed theres damage lready done to the body including the eyes. I laready have a serious sye condition and I dont want to lose my sight.

Sobering thoughts....... started on lower carbing beginning of december and am now 2.5 stone lighter...... wonderful feeling throwing all them baggy clothes out and feeling so much better. Still 2 stone to go to target but I am within 2 lbs of no longe being obese !!!!!!

nenevomito Sun 05-May-13 22:02:25

It was when I discovered that kids were picking on DS as he had a fat Mum. He has enough problems of his own without me adding to them. I felt crap.

I've lost 3st so far.

Nehru Sun 05-May-13 22:02:45

i used to have a thing on twitter called ipodge where ai basically abused the weak

After being an overweight child and an obese adult, and being insulted more times than I can count for this, the thing that gave me the kick was walking around London and absolutely dying because my thighs were chafing and my back was killing me.

I had to keep stopping and pretending that my (new) shoes were the problem and that my feet were sore, rather than admitting it was the weight because I was so ashamed.

Also, I have PCOS and had been trying to conceive for about 7 years - but even that really wasn't the kick I needed. It was that London trip. Ruining my partner's enjoyment because I was so unfit and had to keep stopping and looking a mess.

That was 2008.
I was over 20 stone and a size 24.
I'm now about 9stone 10ish - 10stone and a size 10/12.

Oh, and I also have a 2 year old DD. smile

Nehru Sun 05-May-13 22:04:16


that is the most amazing story ever.

HootShoot Sun 05-May-13 22:04:23

Thats brilliant, well done babyheave!

Last night. I will lose the weight. I will!!

HootShoot Sun 05-May-13 22:06:22

And peppa!

orderinformation Sun 05-May-13 22:06:55

Marking to read later

Flojobunny Sun 05-May-13 22:08:18

Having a tummy bug for 2 wks and losing a stone in that time, kick started my determination to tone it up and lose more.

Beamur Sun 05-May-13 22:11:26

I went to the GP's for a cardio vascular screening/health check. I'm healthy and have a negligible risk of developing cardio vascular problems in the next ten years BUT the nurse said I was 3 stone overweight and drank too much! I knew but had been ignoring this for some time...
I was referred onto a weight management programme and it's been more of a helping hand than a kick up the bum. I've lost just over a stone since February and feel so much more comfortable in my own skin. The weight is coming off slowly as I'm not dieting too hard, but I'm feeling as if I will get there in the next 5-6 months.

I was tagged in a photo after a night out with my slim friends a couple of months ago and I just looked awful. I realised that I was going on a beach holiday and would spend the whole time self concious looking like that. I weighed in at 12st 9, and have so far lost 1st 6lb so down to 11st 3lb and back in size 12s!

I think the fact that I am 30 this month spurred me on as well, just with thinking the longer the weight stays on and the older I get, it will be harder to shift.

Would ideally like to get to around 10st, which isn't going to happen before I go on holiday next week but I feel a bit more comfortable in my own skin. Don't want to get too complacent though because that's how I ended up so big!

SvetlanaKirilenko Sun 05-May-13 22:12:48

At the risk of lowering the tone - it was spending 18 months being treated for cancer, and realising that one way of increasing my chances of it not coming back is to lose weight. All the motivation I needed.

I have gone from a size 16 to an 8 in just over a year and it has been surprisingly easy smile

WeOnlyPlannedTheFirst Sun 05-May-13 22:14:31

I went zorbing with hubby (then boyfriend) & struggled to get in the big inflatable ball. A member of staff was inside pulling my arms while another was pushing my arse in. So humiliating. Shrank from a size 20 to a 10/12 very shortly after.
Now a size 16 after 3 kids and determined to low carb my way down to a 12/14ish. Even at full term with my twins I didn't match my fattest weight but still got a way to go.
I think I need that killer moment again though. My motivation right now is to lose the first stone or so in order to fit into my work clothes by September.

Giraffeski Sun 05-May-13 22:16:04

Nehru, do you mean you must be bigger or smaller than a 14? surely it depends on height/norkage/assorted other factors? My norks weigh a large proportion of my body weight I reckon (34K)

BTW, my moment was also seeing lovely photos someone took of DP, me and DD2 - they were gorgeous (of them) but I felt so hefty when I saw them, even though I knew I was only 2 weeks postnatal.
Have had to give up dairy, soy and eggs now due to DD2 allergies and breastfeeding, so on top of my normal gluten free diet (i know!) I'm hoping that the sheer lack of crap available to me to eat will mean I lose lots.
Saying that, just successfully made some chocolate cookies free from all of the above though, so it just shows there is always a way to sneak in chocolate and i will have to be careful how many i eat...

Nehru Sun 05-May-13 22:17:36


Lots of good wishes to you

Beamur Sun 05-May-13 22:18:34

A friend of mine who is shorter than me and no more than a size 10 weighs about 9.5 stone - so I'd be surprised at someone being a size 14 at that weight (I'd expect you to be a smaller size)

Nehru Sun 05-May-13 22:18:35

with my shape once I hit a 14 I look "big boned"

also tits

ghosteditor Sun 05-May-13 22:18:55

For me, it was the endless photos where I thought - am I really so broad ?

I used to exercise hard 5-6 times a week and love it, but I developed so many chronic injuries that I had to cut back to a couple of sessions plus yoga and Pilates - but I didn't adjust my eating at all. The weight crept on and I started to get chafing thighs and look round in photos.

I put on a huge amount of weight when pregnant due to a few medical issues and not being able to do my chosen sports - in fact, about 45lbs. I lost 14lbs from the night DD was born until a week later but then the weight loss tapered off.

When she was 5mo, DH went away for a month and I discovered vegetarian low carbing. I lost 5lbs in the first week and a stready 2-3lbs thereafter pw. DH was sceptical but tried it himself after a while, and was hooked.

He's now 14lbs lighter and I vary between 10-15lbs lighter than my pre-pg weight. I'm suffering again with chronic injury so not able to exercise as I'd like, and we're trying to cut food costs (carbs are cheap), but it's pretty much staying off.

I'm determined not to go there with dc2!

nenevomito Sun 05-May-13 22:19:20

I'm another MyFitnessPal fan. I don't follow it any more, but doing it solidly for 6 months means I have a good understanding of how many calories were in my food, so now I find it easier to eat sensibly.

thefirstmrsrochester Sun 05-May-13 22:21:38

I need my lightbulb moment like yesterday!
After ds 3 I gave up caring. I love nice clothes, adore them, keep buying in the size I am in my minds eye. I'm probably 2 sizes up.
I like wine and cheese too much.
Sooooo terribly unfit also. I got out of breath chasing ds up a pretty small (miniscule) sand dune today sad
I look like Jabba the Hutt undressed tbh (as confirmed by the mirror on the wall opposite the shower in dsis house.
Why won't my lightbulb ping on?

QOD Sun 05-May-13 22:21:41

A so called friend laughing and being nasty about me not fitting in a lift, she said it to another friend who told me .... Broke my heart, absolutely lost every ounce of self confidence, sobbed and sobbed to my GP and ended up having a gastric bypass. Have gone from a size 26 to a 12/14

Hopasholic Sun 05-May-13 22:21:55

Mine was realising I was going to have to go up another clothes size sad

I already had clothes ranging from a size 8 to size 14 in my wardrobes and I was damned if if was adding size 16's into the mix

That was the 21st January. I started 5:2 and have gone from 11stone 7lbs to 9 stone 12. And now the 14's are redundant and the 12's lovingly welcomed back to the front of my wardrobe.( lots of new stuff too wink) All 14's gone to charity


Nehru Sun 05-May-13 22:22:14


weight and height please

cocolepew Sun 05-May-13 22:23:59

Svetlana, I hope your are keeping well now.

Another thing was on fb someone posted portion sizes of 200 calories, they were tiny!

I've had my killer moment but can't start dieting yet as only had ds2 three weeks ago sad

I had to have an EMCS and apparently, because my bmi says I am overweight, I have to inject myself daily for six weeks with anti clotting jabs. All because medically I am deemed to be overweight. That was a shock. Was a size 14 pre pregnancy, and always knew I could do with losing a stone or so, but still.......

Another trigger for me these last few weeks is seeing my sister in laws, we are all similar in age, with at least two kids each, and I realised I didn't want to be the fattest out of the three of us! So that will incentivise me !

Am currently on the breast feeding diet, it's the best diet I know! Have also used MFP in the past as its so easy with a smartphone to keep track of what you eat, helped me shift some lbs easily.

cocolepew Sun 05-May-13 22:25:39

Also we weight ourselves every week in work a record it! My scales at home weigh me 5lbs lighter though hmm.

Giraffeski Sun 05-May-13 22:26:22

True- I'm a size 10 at 9 stone, but my norks mean I have to buy size 12/14 tops - if i don't buy from Pepperberry or sew my own (can never be arsed though despite sewing for a living!)
Currently 10 and a bit stone and fit nicely into size 12 trousers, and size 14 tops as long as they're stretchy!

I do fit back into my pre preg jeans though, so i think most of the extra weight must be my mahoosive breastfeeding norks- I don't stand a cat in hells chance of fitting into any of my pre preg tops so am stuck with some hastily purchased H&M fodder and a few nursing wrap style tops.

cocolepew Sun 05-May-13 22:26:33

A size 14? Did you go up loads?

Watching that documentary about 5:2.

I had wanted to loose weight (actually 'get healthier' but the loose weight is a bonus) for a while but hadn't found anything that really suited my lifestyle and the way I wanted to eat so had never started. I still want to eat lasagne and biscuits and be able to go to a party and eat birthday cake. I'm doing 4:3 and not counting calories (really couldn't see doing that for the rest of my life) but keeping to about 600-800 on fast days. I'm loosing really slowly but steadily and I have found it completely doable and can imagine doing this long term and sticking with it (albeit possibly reducing the number of days down to 1 or 2 eventually). I've lost about 15 pounds doing this. I know that doesn't sound like a lot in four months but I'm in this for the longhaul and it keeps going down and is not that hard.

sallycinnamum Sun 05-May-13 22:27:17

I am so glad I started this thread.

Some amazing stories. Going to read up on low carving tomorrow and do something about this sodding stone.

deciding DD would definately be my final baby last summer (she was 10months old), seeing the looming countdown to 30 and signing up for a 545mile Charity Bike Ride spurred me on to try to be a size 8 by my birthday, get my fitness levels up and get myself into good eating and exercising habits for life.

I've generally been a size 12/14 throughout life.

I'm 30 next Sunday and now wearing size 8 jeans, am enjoying cycling swimming yoga and Shred and am actually good at them and pushing myself further, looking forward to working out (I had an allergy to exercise prior to this!) and by doing 5:2 have found a sustainable way of eating for life that means I can still drink wine and eat cheese!

Am stupidly chuffed with myself but the proof will be in the pudding when I leave San Francisco in 4 weeks time and attempt to get to Los Angeles by bike a week later....

In Feb half term I had the worst acne ever, a major dental appointment where I had a crown fitted (because my sugar overload had rotted one of my teeth almost completely) and I actually bothered to weigh myself in kg AND convert it to stones/lbs so I knew what the numbers really meant. For the first time in my non-pregnant life, I had reached 10st. I know for many of you this won't seem like a lot, but it all goes on my waist, tummy and thighs and I was finding size 12s tight. I did not like what I saw in the mirror and I knew I had to change. DP was in Oz for six weeks with three more weeks to go and he was going to the gym every day and updating me on Skype with his latest achievements.

I started 5:2 on 21 Feb. Ten weeks later I have lost 18lbs and am a fingertip away from my goal of 8st 10lbs. I unpacked my summer clothes yesterday and last summer's size 12s are going to the charity shop, while the summer before's size 10s are going back in the wardrobe smile

I also go to the gym 3-4 times a week and have got my running distance back up to 10k, I hadn't done that far in about three years until last month.

I've added some before and after pics on my profile if anyone wants to see.
I destroyed all before pics except these 2!

Aren't humans strange though?
Even though I've lost weight and am considered a healthy BMI, i'm still not happy with how I look.

thefirstmrsrochester Sun 05-May-13 22:34:23

nehru I'm 5.1 but I have been nowhere near a set of scales since ds3 was born - he is 9 this month. I am clearly in denial. I will get scales tomorrow.
I've planned for some 2 years now to do C25K so maybe it's time to blow the cobwebs off my trainers.

SvetlanaKirilenko Sun 05-May-13 22:35:05

grin at "low carving" OP - that must be a new diet I haven't heard of.

TheDeadlyDonkey Sun 05-May-13 22:39:40

I had a lightbulb moment a year ago and lost 4 stone. I still had quite a way to go, but then life threw a few, erm, challenges and the lightbulb went off again.
Put on weight over the last 6 months and now trying to get back into the Zone.

thefirstmrsrochester Sun 05-May-13 22:40:05

Killer moment might just have happened. I'm staying in a touring caravan this weekend, I had a shower in it, and my arse was touching the wall on one side whilst my heaving chest was grazing the wall on the other side blush.

Nehru Sun 05-May-13 22:42:19


get the scales - once you weigh and set a terget you are NEARER YOUR GOAL

Peppa, I can't believe how different you look, you have inspired me, beautiful.

MonkeyingAroundTown Sun 05-May-13 22:46:55

Seeing muffin top and back fat when wearing t shirts. Plus I tend to pile it on my face and I don't think I look as attractive with hamster cheeks. I have lost 22 lbs in 15 weeks. Went from 10st 12 lb to 9st 4. I am now a comfortable size 8/10 and feel great. My motivation was returning to work following the birth of my son. I didn't want colleagues thinking I had let myself go because I had had a baby.

FriedSprout Sun 05-May-13 22:47:02

Nehru, not sure why you think I would lie, but am fitting very comfortably into size 14 Wranglers thanks confused

Nehru Sun 05-May-13 22:47:57

I bet you are slimmer, you minx

INeedThatForkOff Sun 05-May-13 22:49:19

I'm waiting for mine. Reading this thread made me want to amend the shopping I did online earlier, but I'm too late. To be honest though, if I could just learn that a little bit of rhubarb crumble would be fine, as opposed to a third of it over two days; or that buying three bottles of wine to get a fourth free doesn't mean I actually have to open a bottle tomorrow, I wouldn't be two and a half stone overweight.

I've had no self control since initially losing my baby weight after DC1. I just can't be bothered after DC2 sad

springykitsch Sun 05-May-13 22:51:44

HELP! I have stopped smoking and the weight has piled on in record time (1.5 st in 4 weeks shock ) - and I feel at a loss! I don't know what to do, how to attack this. any suggestions? It's time for a drastic change...

cocolepew Sun 05-May-13 22:53:19

Wow peppa you look years younger.

MustTidyUpMustTidyUp Sun 05-May-13 22:54:09

DS1 asked me if I had boobs on my back (fat) blush and told me I looked like a big-fat-panda-Kung-fu-panda.
I lost 4 stone and have gone from a tight 18 to a roomy 12.
Yay! Thank god for his naive tactlessness.

thenightsky Sun 05-May-13 23:03:03

Opening my wardrobe and realising I could only wear 2% of what was in there sad

wetsand Sun 05-May-13 23:03:14

Killer moment: weighing myself in January 2012 having reached 10 stone 5 and realising I could no longer say I was 'just under ten stone' but officially 'almost ten and a half stone'. Plus, unflattering photos from that Christmas.

Also, size 12 was starting to feel tight and size 14 comfy!

Around that time, I also found MFP and read a thread on here from someone who was baffled that their Spanish SIL ate meat and cheese for breakfast but was so slim, while the OP was munching Special K!

But because i didn't want to get obsessive over my weight, I decided to start exercising three times a week and eating healthily, saving chocolate for the weekends only etc, and let my weight adjust itself accordingly. A year later I had lost two stone!

WhyIRayLiotta Sun 05-May-13 23:06:41

peppa you look fantastic.

Elderflowergranita Sun 05-May-13 23:11:55

Peppa, you look gorgeous!

Two and a half years ago, at the age of 44, I realised after 5 losses that we would never have that longed for 4th child. <I know and am beyond grateful for our three healthy children, this thing just became an obsession>.

I finally decide to join the lovely health club directly across the road from our house, the one DH and the children had joined years before blush.

I started exercising regularly, dropped a lot of rubbish from my diet and lost two stone. I'm now a size 8 and fitter than when I was 17 <to be fair, I was one of those awful chain-smoking teenagers, who dodged PE for 5 years in a row in school>.

Joining the gym really changed my life, it made me understand that I could achieve far more than I had dreamed possible.

PaperPomPom Sun 05-May-13 23:18:50

When it got to the point where, aged 21, it was mid-summer and I was wrapped up in my duvet crying my heart out and sweating like a pig because I couldn't bring myself to let my long term boyfriend see me naked. I was 20 stone 4lbs. I'm now 11 stone 6 lbs. i was a size 28 pretending to be a 26, I'm now a comfortable 12. My goal was always 11stone exactly as that is the upper limit for normal BMI for my height, but we'll see how I feel when I get there where my goal will be - I carry my weight on my waist and want it gone.

Bakingnovice Sun 05-May-13 23:27:12

Love this thread.

PeneloPeePitstop Sun 05-May-13 23:28:36

A picture of me on the front page of the Guardian sad

Have lost nearly 4 stone since.

Elderflowergranita Sun 05-May-13 23:30:28

Wow, are you famous penelopee?

You win the prize for most dramatic light bulb moment, imo! grin

Nehru Sun 05-May-13 23:34:00

dish it pitstop

PeneloPeePitstop Sun 05-May-13 23:34:08


I was ENORMOUS, though.
It was nice to be able to access rides at Legoland without having to squeeeeeze in.

Not famous, no... But my weight loss is thanks to Polly Toynbee.

A few days after giving birth I looked at DD and realised I wanted her to have a healthy, happy mummy, not a fat, sad one. I lost 5 stone over about 7 months and she's now a very active toddler so I'm glad I've got the energy to run round with her!

BIWI Sun 05-May-13 23:41:00

For me, it was looking for a little black dress, to wear to the Mumsnet Christmas meet up, 2011.

I had traipsed through all the shops in Wimbledon, and ended up in our nearest M&S.

I tried on a dress, size 14, that was, actually a lovely dress. And it fitted me (sort of). But it was sleeveless, and my arms were shite. And it clung everywhere.

I looked like a horrible sack of potatoes. At 5 ft 2, it was truly awful.

Now, some two years later, I have shed two stones - and kept it off - and I run and go to the gym regularly. At 53, I'm not about to let that go backwards.

milewalker Sun 05-May-13 23:56:34

mine was the fact if I carried on like I had been I wouldn't see my son and daughters grow up/see them get married/see any future grandchildren as not spend enough time with my husband.

14th October 2007 the first two pics on my profle were taken and that's the day I changed my lifestyle, it took me 18 months to get from size 32 to a 14. I now wear 10/12. I've lost in total 14 stone as of this month.

wetsand Mon 06-May-13 00:04:24

Seeing what my naked bottom looked like from behind in the three way mirror in the changing room in M&S!

thequietone Mon 06-May-13 00:08:26

A school friend died last month. She was only 38. That did it for me. I cried for days after my DSs went to bed and decided to be more healthy for them. Not a lot to lose but she died when her baby was only 4 months old. Heartbreaking.

Nehru Mon 06-May-13 07:11:25

Mile! Photos. !

Reastie Mon 06-May-13 07:17:58

I think it was a combination of seeing some awful pictures of me, looking at myself and actually not recognising the reflection (it look like someone ate me!), and my size 22 post preg clothes (when my pre preg clothes were a 16) were getting too tight. I'm a teacher and when we broke up for summer holidays last year I decided to dedicate the holidays to working as hard as I could on weight loss so I was in good habits to go back to work in the September. I joined the gym and looked at my diet. About 10 months on and I've lost over 5 stone and am finally back in my pre preg clothes! I really did need that moment of realisation to click my brain into really going for it.

Reastie Mon 06-May-13 07:19:40

Oh I just remembered, the photo of my sisters graduation. I thought at the time I didn't look too bad but the photos were awful, I looked huugggeeeee. I can barely look at those photos even now. Made me realise crikey I am really really fat and I must do something about it.

Pollydon Mon 06-May-13 07:24:03

In a changing room & realised the size 16 was too tight.I realised that if i carried on eating as I was then I would be back on a couple of months for a size 20.
Since that day I have lost 3st , back to a size 12, healthier & enjoying life more than I have for 15 or so years.
I firmly believe that something has to click to do it, though.

INeedThatForkOff Mon 06-May-13 07:25:44

I think this thread, and some pics my cousin tagged me in last night might be my killer moment. I have no definition between my chin and neck, just a sort of curve. My arms and middle are matronly. I would definitely be cast in that kind of role in a play. My hips and thighs are wiiiiide. I'm 5'4", over 12st and desperately unhappy about my appearance.

I want to try 5:2 but I'm still BFing. Until then I might just set myself a simple rule of 3 healthy meals, 3 small snacks (only one of which can be non-fruit or veg based) and challenging exercise 3x a week. I need to get my five a day.

I'm going to start by sending back the wine I ordered with the shopping.

Nehru Mon 06-May-13 07:31:11

Never drink at home. Fatal.

BlackAffronted Mon 06-May-13 07:41:30

Just before Christmas, I realised I was bursting out of my fat clothes and if I got qany bigger, Id have to start ordering my clothes from specialist online shops or something sad

Found BIWI's Bootcamp threads and have lost 2 st 2 lbs since Jan smile

BlackAffronted Mon 06-May-13 07:51:31

Peppa and Millie, you guys are inspirational! Well done!

mendandmakedo Mon 06-May-13 07:57:17

Mine was a holiday which after paying for a helicopter ride we had to be weighed so the weight could be distributed equally in the helicopter. There were 5 of us and a skinny couple got to go in the bit at the front with pilot. I had to sit in the middle and the back with my boyfriend and his friend/ my ex as I luckily weighed slightly less than them. However ex was 6 foot and boyfriend was slightly overweight himself. I am 5 foot 2 and was over 13 stone. When I got home I lost over 3 stock and since having children and going up in weight I have since gone down another stone on previous lowest and I am now a size 10 After being a size 16 - 18. It's all good and the helicopter ride was my killer moment, however it is a constant battle to keep it off and not always successful in this.

VIX1980 Mon 06-May-13 08:12:30

Some of these stories are amazing and are actually giving me my realisation moment again. After having my ds last june i remember i weighed myself at 8 months, i was 12 stone 8, once he was born i went back down to my originall 11. 5.

I tried on a jumper in december in my usual size of a 14 and when i looked at the back in the irror there was fat hanging out everywere, when i weighed myself that day id gone up to 13.6 stone, in the space of 6 months. That was my day, ive since lost the 6 pounds, but keep falling off the wagon, i have the sw books and have started today to do them, i know its not even been 1 day but these stories are inspiring that i can get there.

Nehru for what its worth i also used to be a size 14 at 10 stone 4.

Very broad shoulders, large boobs, could sometimes get away with a 12 but never in pants or jeans. im 5 foot 5, so it is possible to be 10 stone and not a size 10 as everyone imagines.

bigTillyMint Mon 06-May-13 08:21:00

This is really inspiring!

Donkey's years ago I too lost a load of weight because I was going on holiday with a slim friend - just cut down on everything big-time, including drinking! Kept it off for 12+ years with just a little upping and downing.

We were getting married 9 months after having DD, so plenty of motivation there, but after having DS 20mths after DD, I didn't try to lose any babyweight till he was 4 years old and someone asked me when it was dueblush

I did WW and got back to exercising properly and lost a couple of stone.

Have yo-yo'd a little bit since starting the menopause, but less than a stone which isn't too bad on me as I'm tallsmile

DeskPlanner Mon 06-May-13 08:35:10

I love this thread. Going to keep reading it as my inspiration.

DottyboutDots Mon 06-May-13 08:55:17

This is a great thread. I've got a 20 year school reunion coming up in two months. Is it possible to lose 2 stone in that time? I already do quite a bit of sport (5 times a week: swimming and squash) but i've plateaued at 12 stone. So depressing as I'm only 5.3.

sparkle12mar08 Mon 06-May-13 08:59:50

The first time pre kids was when I couldn't cross my legs on the train - my thighs were too fat to actually get one across the other. Lost 2.5 stone in about 9 months with sensible, mostly low fat, eating. Second time post dc2 was because a friend was loosing quite a bit and I didn't want to be left as the fat one, lost about 2 stone again in 3 months. This time it's more of an ongoing process. Nov 2011 I was tired of my weight (again!) and came across a fit2fat2fit journey which has inspired me ever since. Lost 1.5 stone very quickly (3 months), bounced around a bit for six months or so, lost another 10lbs to Oct last year, have put most of that back on to date, but am on the waggon again no and am hoping to loose the remaining stone now to get to my target weight over the summer. It's mainly lower/low carbing, but I'm also looking at the fitness side of things for the first time in 9 years. I've started c25k and am also riding my bike 2-3 times a week.

Wiifitmama Mon 06-May-13 09:04:01

My lightbulb moment was in October 2010. I saw a photo of me with friends on an evening out and just looked awful. Not sure why this was the lightbulb moment as I have spent my whole life overweight and although I had lost large amounts of weight previously, I never reached goal and always gained it back. I had pretty much given in and decided I would always be fat before I saw the photos.

My starting weight was about 17 stone (at 5 foot 3.5 inches) and it took me a year to get to a healthy BMI and another half year to get to goal. I currently weigh 9 stone 4 pounds and have maintained for a year with some blips up and down. I reached my goal in time for my 40th birthday which was also a lightbulb/milestone.

I keep a photo of myself at my heaviest on my fridge as I never want to go back to that. I look considerably younger than I did when I was younger and fatter and want to stay that way! But I also have had a huge learning curve over the last year on HOW to maintain which I have found much harder than losing the weight in the first place. And I am fully aware that I can never let my guard down. But for me, being able to walk 8 miles without breaking a sweat, open my wardrobe and know I can wear anything in it and look good, and not dread the heat if summer is all worth it,

ghosteditor Mon 06-May-13 09:07:59

dotty I bet you could get close to that on low carb without risking too much of a bounce back after. Good luck.

Mumof3men Mon 06-May-13 09:14:43

Mine was last week.(Will now be easily identifiable to anyone I might actually know in RL).
Taking part in a mile race with children from school. My friend and I always run/walk with them. Having also gained all of the 3 stones I lost last year plus another stone and Plymouth being a little hilly :-), my shins were killing, I was absolutely out of breath and we were virtually the last over the finish line-we did run the last twenty yards.
Someone took a photo of us crossing the line and tweeted it.(no malicious comments though thankfully) I was mortified. I look like the Incredible Hulk lumbering up across Plymouth Hoe. It was tweeted for the world to see.
That's all I've needed to think about this week.
Also, last night we went to a bbq with neighbours and I was perched on the end of their wooden chairs, terrified they might not hold my weight.
So, I need to lose nearly eight stones :-(

DottyboutDots Mon 06-May-13 09:15:32

Thanks Ghost. Have just dusted the cobwebs off MFP account!

nulgirl Mon 06-May-13 09:18:01

My moment was at work in October 2011 when I was told that my contract was not being extended. I wasn't upset because the project had been completed but I realised I would have to go for interviews and I looked so fat and unprofessional in the clothes that I could fit into

I was 15st and lost 3st in 5 months followed by a further 2 stone 6 months later. I am now 10st and look so much better (well in clothes anyway - I still unfortunately have loose skin which I hate). I am determined to stick to this weight and never let myself creep up again. Wearing size 12s which are loose for the first time since I was 16 is an amazing feeling.

Now if someone could give me a miracle cure for the excess skin on my tummy and arms.......

timetomoveon Mon 06-May-13 09:20:13

ds1 was 18 months old and was starting kindergarten 6 months later and I really really didn't want to be the fat mum at the school gates an ds to be ashamed of me in years to come. Lost 3 stone in 9 months and kept it off for 2 years, the got pg. ds2 is now 4 weeks old and I've got 7lbs to lose to get back to where I want to be.

HanShotFirst Mon 06-May-13 09:22:45

I desperately need a 'killer moment'. I have piled weight on over the past seven years and have no motivation to do anything about it. I see it all in a very abstract way - not being able to fit into clothes, not having the energy etc, but I just write it off, but I know it's no good.

I also have fibromyalgia which was diagnosed seven years ago (which accounts for my sedentary lifestyle due to the pain) so why can't I get it into my head that being as big as I am only makes this worse?! I'm 27 FFS! I should be feeling great about myself! Arrrgggghhhhh!

The last time I lost weight was when I was pregnant with DC2 and had diet controlled gestational diabetes (low carb, high protein) after he was born I was over a stone lighter than when I began pregnancy. Yes, I am that fat that I could lose that much weight.

I need to get on top of this - desperately. Since puberty I have never been smaller than a size 14 and now I'm a 22-24 and bloody 5ft2 so I look like a ball. Is this post my 'moment'?

sallycinnamum Mon 06-May-13 09:24:42

You lot are an inspirational bunch.

I'm hoping this thread is my killer moment plus I've just tried on a size 16 dress and its too tight.

I can't be in denial anymore. Now I've got to find the right way of losing the bloody weight!!

crikeybill Mon 06-May-13 09:26:02

I'm about to hit 40 and 2 months ago weighed 13st 5lb. I wweigh 12st 8lb now but need to lose another 2 stone before my birthday holiday.
I tried on a swim suit in a harshly lit changing room and needed a 20 !!!!
I cried and cried.

I've got to do something !!!!

Quick diet question, my weight loss has slowed considerably, but it has coincided with me having a bowl of porridge every morning. The idea was that it would fill me up, but is it a bad idea carb wise ???

i saw a photo of me sat with the kids and my tittys looked like they were sat on my fat gut, my bmi was high too, it is now healthy and boobage is normal again too.

Being told by the fertility clinic that I was too fat for any treatment, not even clomid. And that they would refer me for a band if I needed, and that even if I got pregnant I'd miscarry because of my weight. Shed see me in six months if I'd lost the 5stone but she doubted that would happen.
So I did it!

A few months ago, I had a job interview in a local clothes shop. I was told I was the only applicant, the interview went well, the manager liked me and said it was just a case of going through head office, but if they said yes, I'd have the job.

I didn't get it, and I am 90% sure it's because I'm 5 foot 2 and was at that time 13 stone 6. I joined my local Slimming World group the day after I got the letter saying I was unsuccessful.

I've lost 7.5lbs so far since February (had a couple of weeks where I maintained and one where I gained a pound) and am now in size 14 jeans in Yours, as well as being a size 14 in Peacocks jeans as well. I am very happy with this, I've not been a 14 in years.

I've got another 4 and a half stone to go before I think I'll be happy, so it's a long road but it's one I'm slowly moving down.

Nehru Mon 06-May-13 09:46:22


Nehru Mon 06-May-13 09:46:57

INteresting that weight affects fertility. I wonder how/why

INeedThatForkOff Mon 06-May-13 09:54:57

I don't know but it does. I have PCOS and while IVF didn't work, losing weight and taking plenty of strenuous exercise did. Twice.

INeedThatForkOff Mon 06-May-13 09:56:32

So now I've got my dream family I need another incentive. Being a happy mum who they can be proud of, perhaps.

My moment of dawning realisation was the BBC Global Fat Scale, which said I was fatter than 99% of the world population, with a BMI most closely aligned to the average BMI of Tonga! What's worse is that the "margin of error" bar only just touched the Tonga line.
I am 5ft, was 14st, size 18+, 36H
I decided (and managed) to eat less and exercise more, and 10 months later I am 9st, size 8/10, 26GG.

Nehru Mon 06-May-13 10:05:11

Lol at tonga

Xiaoxiong Mon 06-May-13 11:16:00

inthebeginning how did you do it?

Nehru I think it's because excess fat affects oestrogen production, which in turn affects the reproductive system, including ovulation.

Finding this thread really inspirational. I'm due in October with DC2 and am determined not to put on too much weight this time, and to make sure I am back to between 9.5 and 10st by the time DC2 is 9 months. I know from experience that's my sort of "happy" weight which feels right and is sustainable. But more importantly I just want to be non-flabby, I can deal with weighing more but I do want to properly get rid of the jelly belly this time.

xiao I joined ww but didn't follow all their opinions (if it was fruit of veg I ate it, I ignored the whole "parsnips peas and sweet corn have points" rubbish) so really I think it was low carb, I needed the weigh ins and praise.
I exercised three times a week, either zumba, swimming or walking.
I was so determined to show the slightly blunt cruel cow of a nurse that I could prove her wrong. It was like a red rag to a bull!
I know it sounds cheesy sad but I imagined me holding my new born baby in my arms whenever I wanted a chocolate bar/to give up swimming etc.
it didnt work though-still infertile! But at least I'm not fat and infertile haha.

StiffyByng Mon 06-May-13 12:07:39

I have been overweight most of my life, fluctuating as an adult between size 16 and 22. I hate it but increasingly as I got older losing weight became more and more of a struggle and I needed to do quite a bit of exercise to see any weight loss at all on a low fat diet.

After my first pregnancy I was left with an arthritic hip and a bowel prolapse. I was 15.5 stone, told not to do any high impact exercise, but had two hospital appointments in one week in which I was told I needed to lose weight. For the first time, my weight was causing me medical problems. I went to my GP and we decided I should try a low GI diet.

That was a year ago and I am now 2.5 stones lighter and am 39 weeks pregnant. I developed GD this pregnancy which gives me a huge chance of becoming type II diabetic in the near future, which is another spur. I have been eating a very strict low GI diet during pregnancy and finally got up the courage to test my hip and do lots of walking. It's been fine.

So post-baby I will be back on the low-GI wagon. I want to lose another 3 stone, and reduce my chances of diabetes. My hip and prolapse are both noticeably better already. Although health has been my main motivator, I would love to wear nice clothes and like myself more.

javotte Mon 06-May-13 12:10:53

I've been yo-yoing between a size 8 and a size 22 for the last 10 years. Something clicked in my head at the beginning of the year when I realised I was not fit enough to save my children if there was a fire / knife-wielding madman / one of them fell into the river / etc.

noddyholder Mon 06-May-13 12:17:56

When my top half starts to look like a box in photos

UserError Mon 06-May-13 12:21:22

Mine is sad and will 'out' me. A friend died last week of breast cancer. I had it myself a year ago and desperately need to lose weight to reduce the risks of it reoccurring.

I started low-carbing six days ago using MyFitnessPal. I weighed myself yesterday and had already lost 4lb. My stomach has gone flatter too.

I'm just over 13st and would like to get to 11st 7lbs as an interim target, then 10st.

OhWouldYouJust Mon 06-May-13 12:24:13

Im currently having that moment.

Im 5ft 7, weigh 14.7 stone and am a size 16. Eat like a pig, clothes never feel comfortable and im so tired and bloated all the time.

Dd3 has SN and I have literally been feeling run ragged, unfit and like I physically cannot cope with her needs.

So I decided yesterday things have to change. Out with the alcohol, coffe and excess food and in with low carbing, plenty of water and 1.5 hour power walk 3 times a week.

Did my first walk lastnight and I have to say I loved it grin legs are killing me but I can't wait till tomorrows walk smile

SnowyMouse Mon 06-May-13 12:30:37

When I was sectioned, seeing the number of people in there who are heavily overweight due to the meds. I managed to lose weight with my last antipsychotic, but with the new one and a hospital admission I've recently gained 6lbs. sad

TheDetective Mon 06-May-13 12:52:40

I have struggled for the last 11 years with my weight.

At 16 I was 9st 6lb and a size 10 (at 5ft 2.5). I got pregnant, and after I had my son, I weighed around 11st 7. I had actually lost 2 stone when pregnant, and only put that 2 stone back on by full term (hyperemesis for 22 weeks). But I put over 2 stone on after I had him.

My weight crept up, and then down for a few years. 7 years to be precise. I am not 100% sure of my biggest weight as I refused to weigh myself, but it must have been somewhere between 15-16 stone and a size 18-20. When DS1 was 7, I split up with his father. Then began the misery diet. I quickly (over 8 months) dropped a lot of weight, probably around 4 stone, and went back to 11st 7. I was a 14, and finally happy with my weight. I had curves, and felt great. I would have liked to lose more, but didn't really put any effort in.

When I say the misery diet, what I mean is that I was so fucking lonely, and down, I couldn't eat. I'm not a comfort eater. I'm a comfort starver hmm. What was the point in cooking meals for myself anyway? My DS1 had to stay at my mothers a lot due to my shift work, so many days I didn't eat a proper meal. I would still eat shite, take aways and mcdonalds. But the weight dropped regardless.

Then I met DP. I swear to god he is a feeder. He really is. He was 10st when we met, and soooooooooo skinny it was unreal. He did need to gain weight. But he has just tipped the scales at 15 stone!! shock

When he moved in with me (April 2010) he put 4 stone on in 6 months. Not good at all. He was doing a lot of the cooking. And he had the my! money to go food shopping, so he was buying us all kinds of treats.

For a while I managed to keep the weight off, but then it slowly increased again. By the time I was pregnant this time last year I was 14st 4lb. I didn't gain a single pound during my pregnancy. 2 weeks after I had him in November, I weighed myself. Still 14st 4lb. At my 6 week check I was still 14st 4. So then at around 15 weeks PN, I was back in clinic (on going issues with episiotomoy) and was weighed. I was 16 fucking stone. In 9 weeks I'd put over 1 1/2 stone on.

That was a kick in the arse. I ummed and ahhed over what to do, how to lose it. I realised I actually felt unfit for the first time in my life. Despite being fat, I've always been able to run about and keep up with everyone. But I don't feel that way any more.

Anyway, I joined slimming world 11 days ago. I've lost 10.5lb already. grin And I'm finding it easy! For what it is worth I've never done any proper diet, never done SW or WW or anything. So fingers crossed, this will continue!

DP is doing it with me and I think he has lost 7lb in the same time. He has also stopped snoring, and sweating at night! Bonus! Oh and both of our skin has cleared up from spots!

Very similar to Cocolepew!

Work pic wearing a striped top... I was holding in my stomach and on the pic I looked about 6 mo preg! Everyone else in the office is slim pretty etc and I hate being the fat unattractive one!

That was nov 12... I am now size 16 down from 20-22 and 2st 6lb lighter!! I still have a way to go but I joined a gym a few weeks ago and I feel better than I have in 6 years! I reached the weight I was when I married DH this weekend toogrin I'm aiming for the 3st mark now! Small milestones have kept me motivated... And I have used WW and haven't used the lift in work since the diet started! smile

BarnYardCow Mon 06-May-13 13:01:36

When my phone went on to face time, and I was horrified by the face looking back at me! Also, when you weigh more now than you did at 9 months pregnant. sad

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Mon 06-May-13 13:09:13

When I told my cleaner I was going to the gym and she said "Yes, good idea, because you are fatter than before." No real room for interpretation with that one.

However, not as bad as for a friend who went to the Maccy D drive in in Dubai, and when she said she wanted a large meal, the operator said "Madam, you sure you want large because you are fat already"

cocolepew Mon 06-May-13 13:10:05

snowny 6lbs isn't much, your MH is more important. I put over a stone on, in a couple of months, when I went onto Citalopram.
It will come off in time smile.

MariefromStMoritz Mon 06-May-13 13:10:49

I honestly, genuinely, did not recognise myself in the reflection on the door of the car park attendant as I was leaving the car park. I saw somebody old and fat then realised it was me.

I always thought when people say they didn't recognise themselves, I thought they were exagerating or lying. I now know that it is completely possible sad

Anyway, I have been going to the gym 6 days a week and trying to eat healthy. I haven't lost a single pound, but that is because I need to address my diet.

Great thread, by the way.

cocolepew Mon 06-May-13 13:10:52

God that sounded a bit condesending, sorry blush.

cocolepew Mon 06-May-13 13:12:00

Haha that mcD's one is ace, in a terrible way grin

clare20 Mon 06-May-13 13:12:49

I need to lose weight in a major way. Just not quite sure how!

Can I ask peppafuckingpig and miles how you did it please? Your stories are hugely inspiring and your photos are amazing!

Low carbing people - have you found you can stick at it long term?

Inspired by this I have gone out and bought new running shoes this morning... I am going for my first run in 3 years in about 10 mins smile

Mrs3chins Mon 06-May-13 13:17:18

When someone at work asked me if I was expecting again - I'm not!! I'm only 5"2 and any weight I put on is really obvious and goes straight on my belly. When I said no she replied "oh but so and so said you were". I'm obviously the office gossip!! Really want to shift a stone now....

cocolepew Mon 06-May-13 13:20:36

I fell off the lowcarbing wagon after a few week (hides from BIWI). But I lost 8lbs in the first week, admittedly it was mostly fluid I was carrying from after a hysterectomy, but I loked awful, so puffy.

But I have started again and am steadily losing weight again, bread isn't my friend.

buzzgirly Mon 06-May-13 13:55:20

I had a few things happen over a week. My dh's gran asked if I was pregnant as I looked like I had a bump, and then I saw photos from ds's first birthday party where I looked huge. My size 14 clothes were all too tight but I refused to buy size 16.

I went along to SW with a friend who had lost loads of weight the next week. I am 5"7 and on my first weigh in I was 12 stone 12! I have now lost about 1 and 1/2 stone, but would still like to lose another 1 and 1/2 to get down to 9 st 12. My friends wedding is at the end of July, and I'm determined to be in a size 12 dress - I haven't been that since I was 18!

I have never, ever managed to lose weight before. It started to creep on after I got married and then having the 2 dcs.

MyHeadWasInTheSandNowNot Mon 06-May-13 14:00:01

When I was diagosed with Diabetes T2 sad <see the user name!!>

I have been low carbing 3 months and have lost 2 stone (28lb/13kg). I am low carbing as a non egg eating vegetarian and yes, I see myself doing this long term Clare smile I have a lot more to lose, several stone. I feel a lot better not eating the carbs and it's lovely to be able to eat avocados, nuts, cheese etc and lose weight. I never feel hungry. What more could you ask for in a 'diet'??

<Incidentally I have gone from HbA1c 9.3 to HbA1c 5.8 in three months, which takes my bloods back into the 'normal non diabetic' range grin>

If you are interested in Low Carbing - come and find Biwi's threads - loads of support.

Irrespective of how you are trying to lose weight, reading Dr John Briffa's 'Escape the Diet Trap' will be an eye opener and you wont regret buying it or borrowing it. Promise.

NUFC69 Mon 06-May-13 14:04:11

I have had two "killer" moments with my diet and they have both involved magazines. A few years ago I read about the Idiot Proof Diet in one of the Sunday papers and decided I had to try it. I lost 50 lbs between mid January and September and felt so much better. However, I fell off the wagon big time when we had family problems (I am a comfort eater), over the years the weight has piled on again and I could never find the motivation to start again. (I have all the clothes still hanging in the wardrobe.

In February this year I was reading a magazine and there was an advert/article for the Alizonne diet and I was very drawn to it because it seemed to guarantee quick results and I have so much weight to lose (5 stone) that I thought it might be for me. I have grandchildren and wanted to (a) be around when they grew up, and (b) be able to run around with them now. I did a lot of research, discussed it with my DH (it is phenomenally expensive), and decided I would give it a go. I started eight weeks ago today and I am sure when I go tomorrow for my treatment etc., I will have lost at least 2 stone, as I only had one and a half lbs to go.

I have been told that it will take between 22 and 28 weeks and right from the start I have looked at it as being like a pregnancy - hard work with a lovely outcome at the end of it. DD's second baby is due in two weeks' time and I looked at her and thought - I put up with pregnancies of 39 weeks, surely I can put my life on hold whilst I do this as my life will be so much better! I have already had to have one knee replacement and am hoping that this will mean that I don't have to have the other one done.

There are some really inspirational stories on this thread. I realise my option is only suitable it you have a lot of spare money. We discussed it with our children and they thought I should go for it and, so far, I am really glad that I have. When I reach my ideal weight I have vowed never, ever to go back again.

MariefromStMoritz Mon 06-May-13 14:08:25

Oh, and this shocking statistic has really made me examine how we eat as a family:

This is the first generation of children who are not expected to live longer than their parents.


AbbyLou Mon 06-May-13 14:11:54

I need my killer moment to bo now sad I have done ww several times over the years but have never reached goal. I've alsways got bored when the weight loss slowed down. I left again about 8 weeks ago and in that time I've put on nearly a stone sad I should have kept going but i felt I was paying all that money just to stay the same. I've lost all my motivation and don't where to go next. I need to lose 4 stone really and it just feels like such a mountain to climb. I started C25K last January and was doing really well but I have developed a Morton's Neuroma on my foot which has made running impossible. I feel like I'm full of excuses but they really are not excuses. I am a teacher and work full time. I have lots to do in the evenings so I just don't have the time to go to the gym or any classes. I would like to attempt to do it with just healthy eating first but I need such a kick up the bum! Every day for about 3 weeks now I have said right tomorrow I will start and I haven't. I have just got all my summer trousers out today and not one will do up round the waist. sad

bettycocker Mon 06-May-13 15:53:15

I lost 5 stone when I was 19. The lightbulb moment was when my boyfriend at the time said that he didn't mind me being fat, because it meant that other blokes wouldn't try to chat me up.

I put on weight a few years ago, and lost it after MIL started dropping hints that I was a bit fat. Then I saw SILs wedding photos and realised that she was right.

clare20 Mon 06-May-13 16:15:18

Thanks myheadwasinthesandnotnow.

Really helpful to hear about your situation and how successful low carbing has been for you. Glad you have managed to reduce your bloods down as well as the weight.

I shall investigate the book and may join you all on biwi's thread for some support. Best of luck going forward.

DottyboutDots Mon 06-May-13 17:54:01

who what where biwi?

BoraBora Mon 06-May-13 18:10:47

ghosteditor where did you get your info on veggie low carbing?

ghosteditor Mon 06-May-13 18:15:30

bora there was a thread on here at the time - it recommended Rose Elliott's 'Low Carb Vegetarian' and I followed it fairly strictly at first, have me good ideas for new recipes.

MyHeadWasInTheSandNowNot Mon 06-May-13 18:30:25

Dotty (Is that you of the Zumba??)

This weeks thread is HERE

There are a million previous threads though, if you feel like a good read about low carbing grin

Clare I'm happy to tell 'my story' a million times over if it helps someone.

AbbyLou I don't think you can force a lightbulb moment sad All I can say for me is that waiting for the lightbulb moment has cost me some of my health - fortunately in another way, given me my life back. I had the 'I don't give a fuck' mindset after a bereavement and wasn't eating properly, I was eating mostly <white> carbs etc I felt awful, really, really awful, but I couldn't get out of it - I wanted carbs, I had carbs, that made me want more carbs... its a vicious circle (for me and most people anyway).

I had suspected I might have diabetes for a while and had considered getting tested a year before I did - I wish I had, but I just stuck my head further in the sand. However, I have been very lucky and haven't suffered any retinopathy (eye problems) and I have been able to bring my numbers down fast, not everyone can do that.

Losing 2 stone has been a by-product of finding out about the diabetes... I knew of Briffa, I knew of BIWI's threads, I knew about low-carbing... but until I got that diagnosis, I didn't care enough about any of it.

I am still struggling with my loss - a lot. The thought of dying doesn't bother me one bit, but the thought of living in ill-health does. I don't want to be a medication or insulin controlled diabetic, I don't want problems with my eyes, I don't want to have parts of my body amputated and although I, like anyone else, may not be able to avoid this in the future (it's one blood test away for anyone!!) I am going to do my very best to avoid it by controlling my diet, losing weight and moving 30 minutes most days - it's a ton better than the other option!!

You might not be able to force your lightbulb moment - but you can choose better health anytime you want to. Come and join us?!

MsJupiterJones Mon 06-May-13 18:30:42

A woman in the park last week asked if I was pregnant. I'm not. I pointed out 6mo DS and she said, oh that explains it.

I joined ww online this weekend.

I've previously lost 6.5 stone on LighterLife - put weight back on while ttc (unlike Det I definitely eat when I'm sad/stressed & lose it when happy/calm). Had GD during pregnancy and stayed same weight but since having DS I've put on 1.5 stone. I think I put too much faith in bf! Feel like after the fog of newbornness I have suddenly 'woken up'. Want to be able to run round after DS and enjoy his childhood so hopefully that will be my motivation.

MyHeadWasInTheSandNowNot Mon 06-May-13 18:35:27

BoraBora I've read a lot of books about low carbing in the past 3 months, Rose Elliots is 'ok' - she's a cook book writer, not a scientist or doctor so all the things she says are just 'bits from other books' which is fine and it's an easy read and clearly ghosteditor did well following what she has written smile but if you want something a bit more informative I hightly recommend John Briffa's book 'Escape the Diet Trap' and BIWI's bootcamp & threads. As I said, I'm a low carbing vegetarian who doesn't eat eggs - so if I can do it, anyone can smile

ghosteditor Mon 06-May-13 18:51:31

Yep, I'd heard that Rose Elliot's stuff was a bit basic, but it started me off on the right path and once you have the basics in place you can be inventive grin

HotelTangoFoxtrotUniform Mon 06-May-13 19:04:10

I was tagged in some NYE party photos in early January 2010, and though I detagged them as quickly as possible I knew they were out there. A week after that I went to see my blood pressure consultant (who was soooooo fit) who told me off for gaining a kilo over Christmas. I was 12 stone 4, which at 5'5" put me in a 16.

I'd been a 12 my whole adult life until I married and shortly thereafter had a breakdown when I put on 2 1/2 stone. When I was tagged in those photos I was a rock bottom both physically and mentally - having recently avoided being hospitalised a few weeks earlier. I knew I had to do something about my life and the physical side/weight was easier to control.

I lost it by calorie counting - making recipes from the BBC Good Food website and joining a gym and actually going for a change

Five months later I was 9 stone 8 and in a size 10. I've put on a bit this year - to the point that when I put my salopettes on when I went skiing in March I had to undo the pockets to do the fly up blush because I haven't exercised like I normally do (had a MH wobble). So now I'm eating healthily using MFP, gymming a lot and am 10 stone 1 - I'm happiest under 9 stone 10 so I don't have far to go, and my size 10s are feeling comfortable again.

The stories on this thread are marvellous.

BoraBora Mon 06-May-13 19:48:55

Thanks MyHead and ghosteditor. How do you manage low carbing with a non-low carbing family/ DH?! My DH is a meat eater who is already veggie at home and I'm the main cook (he has many skills and talents, cooking is not one of them!). He's a slender thing so I would need to make sure my food choices don't impact on him too much!

Wiifitmama Mon 06-May-13 20:50:55

Borabora..... I lost (and maintain) my weight through liwcarbing. I have three boys and a husband who all eat loads. I do not make them lowcarb. I cook all our family food and I rarely eat the same as them. You get used to it. If they are having meat, I just add salad for me and a starch for them. They all eat bread. In fact we have a breadmaker that is on daily. And I bake then cakes regularly. It just becomes a way of life to not have that stuff. I don't keep any junk in the house as I don't want anyone in the family eating it, not just me.

One of my saviours this winter was soups. I would make a massive pan of soup (squash and vegetables) and dip into it throughout the week without having to cook separately for me each day.

ghosteditor Mon 06-May-13 20:56:50

bora well to be fair, DH jumped on the bandwagon a few weeks after me and he lost a stone. But low carb works when you're having too many non-filling carbs and not enough protein - eventually you can reintroduce carbs and find the level that maintains your weight. Or enjoy cake once in a while but bin regular carb side dishes.

For DD, we add rice, cous cous, pasta, pitta, naan, etc - cheap and quick!

TheSloppelganger Mon 06-May-13 21:05:57

I didn't own bathroom scales for about 5 years until I saw a really nice set on sale at 70% off in December last year - so I bought them.

I was kind of aware that I had put on too much weight and probably needed to shed a few lbs (hence the scales) but as I still fitted into size 16 clothes I didn't really think things were that dire - because size 16 isn't exactly huge is it?

Then I weighed myself. And weighed myself again. And again. Because really? 15 stone? Couldn't be right. Damn posh scales must be broken I told myself.

Then DH got on the scales, telling me that he knew how much he weighed so he'd be able to tell me if they were accurate or not. They were accurate. And he weighed a whole stone less than me <sobs> and he's 7 inches taller than me <sobs some more>

I was heavier than my big tall husband! shock That was my moment.

I'd seen BIWI's bootcamp being mentioned on here as the answer to every lardy-bum's prayer, and in January - after I'd eaten up all the Christmas crap blush I wobbled over to join.

DH was supportive and said that he could stand to lose a bit of weight himself, so we low-carbed together.

He still weighs less than me, the utter git. But at least I now weigh 13 stone rather than 15!

It is the only 'diet' I have ever been able to stick to, and I doubt I will ever go back to eating crappy old carbs - can't say I miss them that much anyway.

HeeBeeGeebies Mon 06-May-13 21:31:16

I cut out carbs a while ago and not only did I lose a notable amount of weight very quickly, I felt soooo good. I had loads more energy, my skin and hair were healthy and I just didn't feel as heavy and weighed down all the time. Sadly I mucked up and started eating badly again, most of the weight I lost has come back but this thread has inspired me to start again. Had a very good eating day today and hoping for another one tomorrow.

I eat toast for breakfat quick, easy etc - I think I need to give up bread ... what should i eat instead?

I lost masses of weight about 7 years ago and its all crept back. Lightbulb is that I don't feel great and I want to but it has to be easy for me IYSWIM or I don't stick to it.

riverboat Mon 06-May-13 22:12:08

A couple of weeks ago I looked in the mirror while I was getting changed, and couldn't believe the size of my belly. The rest of me was OK-ish but my belly was just ridiculous.

Then a few days after, an acquaintance (who is genuinely lovely and wouldn't do it in a bitchy way) excitedly asked how long I had been pregnant. We were both mortified when I said I wasn't. I have never even been pregnant so can't even write it off as post-baby residue!

So this is the first time (since being an insecure teenager over 10 years ago) that I have had a 'killer' moment and felt motivated to do something about my body. Have started a healthier regime as of this weekend...I hope it sticks!

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Mon 06-May-13 22:14:36

I had mine last night after reading this thread!

I saw someone last week who I haven't seen for a couple of years and I'm sure she pointed at my tummy with a look of 'aw, I didn't know you were pg!'.

Maybe I'm paranoid but I'm sure the same thing happened not all that long ago. DS is 10, btw and I am most definitely not pg.

Last year, I lost a stone following a low-GI diet. I was very focused, it was the first time I'd ever lost weight and I found it very manageable until I fell off the wagon at Easter-time and never got back on.

As of today, I am back on the wagon. I brushed my teeth at 9pm to stop myself snacking on crap grin.

I have a wedding to go to in 7 weeks and I want to be at least one dress size smaller possibly 2 if that's not too unrealistic.

redwellybluewelly Mon 06-May-13 22:32:07

Last January I realised the baby weight excuse wasn't cutting it anymore and I was becoming unhealthy and miserable, sliding into a rut. I did the BIWI boot camp and lost over a stone. Then I fell ill with what turned out to be severely nasty gastroenteritis. Very sick for many many days and I found that low carbing was prolonging the symptoms. So I slipped off the wagon.

Then in October last year I fell pg with dc2, horrendous sickness, exhausted all the time, by that point I just ate what I could keep down.

Before i fell pg with dc1 i was 11.5stone and 5'8, but by the time I had my light bulb moment first time I was pushing 13stone. Before I fell pg this time I was down again to 11.6stone but could have really done with another stone off.

I'm due in four weeks, I'll give it 6-8 weeks post birth and start thinking about some form of gentle exercise and healthy eating plan. The lighbulb happened early this time, a beautiful photo on holiday taken this week spoiled by my MASSIVE arms and triple chin with dc1 looking tiny nwxt to me..... I haven't weighed myself.

I'd like to be 11.6 by Christmas, and 10.6 by dc2's first birthday.

pinkstinks Mon 06-May-13 22:45:48

Can this thread be lightbulb moment please? I am 24 and hate my body, I have just weighed myself at 18.11. How can I change me? sad

MyHeadWasInTheSandNowNot Mon 06-May-13 22:48:02

BoraBora if you read the bootcamp threads you will see that there are several different approaches to 'what to feed everyone else' - but I tend to think that everyone is better off eating less carbs. Of course if kids are running around and very active then a few more carbs wont hurt them, but equally they don't do them any good, so they aren't missing out on anything if they don't have them. As for DH's - well... you either take the approach that you are cooking that is GOOD for everyone and they can eat what you are cooking or make their own or you make what you are having and add a few carbs to theirs - carbs are easy to add. But frankly, if you don't make a big deal about the meal being low carb, they probably wont even notice! Your DH wont lose weight unless he needs to.

MyHeadWasInTheSandNowNot Mon 06-May-13 22:52:16

pinkstinks - you can't make a lightbulb moment happen, but you can choose to be healthier. Why not join us on the low carbing threads - it really does work. I was the same weight you are today 13 weeks ago, I am now 16.11 - the food is lovely, I haven't been hungry and it's easy to do... what more could you ask for? You are 24, you have your whole life ahead of you, take a few months to deal with the unwanted weight then you can get on with living it!! This is a WOE (way of eating) that isn't very forgiving for weight loss, but it's quite forgiving for maintaining so something you can do on an 80/20 basis when you are at your goal weight smile

My brother died suddenly at the end of January. He was only 41.

After waiting months for results, the coroner finally concluded that he had died from a type of heart disease which can have strong genetic elements. My other brother ( a year younger than him) has been diagnosed as having high cholesterol, high BP etc and is having more tests.

I'm terrified.

We are different - they are (were) both healthy weights but both have smoked and drunk fairly heavily for their entire lives. But I'm overweight and it needs to chance.

My metabolism is goosed since I had DD - hyperemesis seems to have destroyed it although doc says my thyroid is ok. So I'm trying 5:2 / 4:3 after typical calorie counting failed miserably.

pinkstinks Mon 06-May-13 23:10:30

Thanks my head, where can I find these low carbing threads? I'm currently not satisfied in my job and it is all out of my control so maybe this can be something I can control in a positive way and stop the comfort eating when sad...

MarianForrester Mon 06-May-13 23:14:02

Getting an infected gallbladder and being told not to eat fat. smile

Coffeeformeplease Mon 06-May-13 23:21:31

My lightbulb moment was 1. being tagged in a picture of a 4th July party - I looked really awfully fat and
2. checking my BMI and being told I was obese.

I vowed there and then that I will release this thin person inside of me, that had been hidden under layers of fat almost all my life. Whoever that was in the mirror, it wasn't me.

I lost 5 stone in 9 months, went from 15 to 10 stone, I'm 5'7.
(Exercise and a healthy low carb diet - still eating this way)

My transformation was very extreme, people have walked past me and didn't recognise me. One of my friends told me, I looked as if I had some sort of bone surgery. Meaning she could not see what a "light" frame I had underneath all the weight.

It's been a year since I reached my ideal weight and it's been so easy to keep it. I put 6 lbs on and got rid of them again.
I love to wear whatever I want and feel good in it, gone is the agony over my wardrobe. I wear dresses and skirts (never did before) and I love tight jeans now.

I've still got that picture of my in my fb account, a reminder.

pinksticks not being happy in my work is a major factor which is impacting my weight ... I comfort eat and the whole cycle has destroyed my confidence. So I kind of feel where you're at. But we're awesome and can do this!

BIWI Tue 07-May-13 08:21:20

For those of you who are interested in low carbing, here is the latest Bootcamp chat thread

We've just started week 2 (of 10), and you are more than welcome to join in!

MyHeadWasInTheSandNowNot Tue 07-May-13 08:43:53

Sorry Pinksticks, I had linked earlier in the day, but I should link each time to make life easier for everyone... but the ever efficient BIWI has beat me to it smile Do come and join in!!

HappyAsEyeAm Tue 07-May-13 09:31:45

I went to the hairdressers for a colour and cut and blow dry, so I was in front of a mirror for about 30 minutes whilst the colour was applied and left to work. All the time I was looking at myself and thinking "When I come next time, I am not going to be looking at that double chin". And I had lost a stone by the time I went again.

I had been intending to lose the weight before that time, but nothing actually spurred me into action like being in front of a mirror for that length of time!

I have since put it back on (a combination of DS2, Christmas cake and Easter eggs) and I need to lose it again. Today is Day One of my plan to lose it.

Oblomov Tue 07-May-13 09:55:25

I haven't had my lightbulb moment yet.
Hope it comes soon. sad

sallycinnamum Tue 07-May-13 11:35:05

Wow. This thread has raced on from my first post.

I've been reading the bootcamp threads avidly this weekend and I started low carbing yesterday. Perhaps starting this thread has been my killer moment and I'm determined to lose this weight once and for all.

cq Tue 07-May-13 11:36:38

Just had mine yesterday after reading this thread. I got on the scales for the first time in weeks - 204 lbs. sad

2 years ago I was 170lbs, still too much but was fit and feeling great.

So it all starts today..So far have only eaten porridge, and been for a long walk with the dogs.

Can't decide whether low-carb or 5:2 is the way forward, need to research both more I think.

Thanks for starting this thread, OP.

MyDarlingYoni Tue 07-May-13 11:50:24

Peppapig, You have made me cry.

ghosteditor Tue 07-May-13 12:30:25

Maybe we should be creating some sort of 'lightbulb' diet grin

Good luck to everyone on the bandwagon this week. I have decided to work on these last few pounds (5lbs to go to reasonable, 7lbs to ideal) with more low-carbing for the next couple of months. Though I did find a spot in my bathroom that tells me I'm 3lbs lighter than I really am - that's my kind of weight-loss wink

GirlFryDay Tue 07-May-13 13:00:52

Ive been waiting for a killer moment for about 6 years now... its not going to happen.
So I have decided that the anxiety, stress, depression, self-loathing, embarrassment, joint pain etc can go whistle.
Enough. Seven stone to lose - it is what it is and years of navel-gazing and self-kicking have gotten me nowhere - they sure don't help with weight loss.

Best wishes to everyone trying to lose weight... hold your heads high (something I never used to do) - we will get there...

RandallPinkFloyd Tue 07-May-13 13:07:51

I got fat over the course of a year due to being a miserable pie-eater.

I separated from DH after he had an affair when DS was 4mo. By last Christmas a year had gone by and I was starting to slowly pull myself around. I had a horrible realisation that my eating really was out of control. I didn't eat proper meals, just constantly snacked on crap.

I realised that I hated how I looked. That I'd confounded my problems by letting myself get fat. I wore baggy clothes, hid in the corner on the rare occasions I went out, and dreaded the thought of bumping into people I knew in the street, avoided photos at all costs. I decided I was sick of feeling ashamed of how I looked.

I have two really important weddings this year and I was dreading tying to buy outfits for them. The last wedding I'd been to DS was 3mo, I looked slim and felt fantastic. That realisation hit me square in the face.

I bought some scales in the january sales and the next day, whilst building up the courage to actually stand on them, I saw a thread on here. The OP had stood on the scales and felt like shit. The timing just fell into place and The Chiefs were formed!

Since jan I've lost 3 1/2 stone, I'm slimmer than I've been in years and feel great. I've got another stone and a half to go and I'll reach my target. Then I'll be the same size I was 14 years ago!

Our, admittedly cheesey, motto is "Losing weight is hard. Being fat is hard. Chose your hard."

My personal motivation, sent by a friend, is "Reach for the stars. You won't even get close but you need the exercise fat ass."

DeafLeopard Tue 07-May-13 13:48:51

What a really motivating thread - hoping this will be my killer moment

Absy Tue 07-May-13 14:20:34

I put on weight after meeting DH, as we went out for fancy meals all the time and I stopped exercising. It was a bunch of light bulb moments - having TWO people ask me if I was pregnant (I wasn't) and doing a shoulder stand in a yoga class and my belly rested on my chin.

I then lost a buttload of weight through Dukan while moving house (I lose weight when stressed) and then managed to get another lot off in the months before our wedding, again through stress, lots of exercise, eating carefully and then a hideous stomach bug. I then promptly put on a few kilos while on honeymoon. My aim is to get back to my wedding weight (ish) by our anniversary (four weeks today!)

Rulesgirl Tue 07-May-13 22:13:25

PepperFuck why cant I see your pictures. confused

Jenda Tue 07-May-13 22:18:42

I just got called a 'fat cunt' in a tesco car park. That was a bit of a killer moment.... I am fat but I think I'm a nice person... working on the belly!

Angelfootprints Tue 07-May-13 22:23:58

I know I need to lose weight. I put on 5 stone with dd! Even then I was still overweight to start so I need to lose more than that to get healthy.

My confidence is low, I am always in black clothes that hide as much as possible, I never let people take photos of me, I have nightmares about my weight, I feel insecure, I worry people feel repulsed by me, worried dcs will get bullied over my weight, I worry about health issues, I get hot to easily... yet I still cant quite get into the mode.

I guess I have SO much to lose it feels like a pointless battle. Even dropping 3- 4 stones I will still be regarded as fat.

I really need that moment to happen asap.

tumbletumble Tue 07-May-13 22:29:51

I have lost weight on a couple of different occasions.

In 2000 I went from 13st 4lb (I'm 5'8") to 11st 3lb in 3 months on WW. I maintained for a few years, but it crept up with pregnancies etc.

During 2010 I went from 14st 12lb (soon after the birth of DC3) to 12st 6lb on WW. I maintained for 2 years but I have been putting on weight since last December - I blame the long cold winter!

Currently back on WW. I've lost 9lb in the last 3 weeks and I'm now 12st 8lb. Size 14 jeans, 18 on top (big boobs!).

I'm aiming for 11st - that would be amazing!

For me there wasn't a specific lightbulb moment. I do agree you have to be in the right place mentally though. Sometimes I start diets and fall off the waggon immediately, other times I have successfully stayed focused for several months at a time. I don't really understand why!

RubyOnRails Tue 07-May-13 22:34:12

I started a juice fast today, at 3pm I ate a packet of crumpets. With butter and jam. Self loathing is immense right now! Hoping this thread will inspire me in the morning!

RubyOnRails Tue 07-May-13 22:35:48

Peppy, can I see your pix?!

Oldandcobwebby Tue 07-May-13 22:46:25

My sixty year old friend and colleague dying of a heart attack. He was about three stone overweight. His death deeply shocked me, and I decided to lose weight as a sort of memorial to him. I've lost the two stone I needed to, and am back in 32in waist trousers. It is hard to believe how much better I feel from it, too.

springykitsch Tue 07-May-13 22:57:42

couple of things recently:
- I wore a ballgown the other week - the photos were horrific. I looked like widow twanky.
- Greeted my good (slim) friend at my front door. Admired her and said how fabulous she looked. Immediately turned and saw myself in the hall mirror. The immediate visual image of her then me pulled the wool from my eyes.
- Got on my mum's scales tonight. Half a stone heavier than I thought. Speaking scales, too, because my mum can't see.

It's time!

INeedThatForkOff Tue 07-May-13 23:18:01

I looked like widow twanky grin

Well if nothing else, this thread has inspired me to keep my eating in check for the last couple of days.

RandallPinkFloyd Tue 07-May-13 23:42:30

I should have added that the single "shit" moment was after getting on the scales and seeing my weight. I knew I was fat but seeing the numbers was a big shocker.

What was more shocking though was putting the numbers into the NHS BMI calculator and seeing the word Obese. Fuck, that was a horrible moment. I cannot put into words how that felt.

I've still got a way to go to reach my target but last week I hit 'healthy'. I know BMI isn't an exact science but hitting that healthy number felt amazing.

Obese to healthy in exactly 16 wks. If I can do it anyone can!

drfayray Wed 08-May-13 01:36:54

I lost 30 kilos. My killer moment? My ex left me for OW telling me I was ugly , had no self esteem and that no one would want me. Bastard. We had been married for 24 years.

I used to be slim then got married and the weight piled on and I used to lose weight, gain it back ad naseum.

I used different methods. Didn't really work.

After that KILLER moment, I took stock of myself. I could see myself getting bigger and bigger and perhaps dying... didn't want that wink and my DC wouldn't appreciate another parent fucking off. So I joined a gym, changed my eating habits and just took control of my life. I did it by myself. That process helped me to survive a rather unpleasant divorce too. I also took up Latin and Cuban dancing which was great as I met a whole lot of new people. I am now concentrating on Tango.

I have posted pix of me on my profile. I look quite different now I think...grin

And not bad for an old girl of 51 either! I am lucky in that my skin more or less pinged back. I have very good skin thanks to my ethnicity (Indian) and also genetics. All in the women in my family look very young.

A good killer moment I reckon. Don't you?

MariefromStMoritz Wed 08-May-13 03:37:08

That is so inspiring drfayray, and you look fab smile.

DeafLeopard Wed 08-May-13 12:29:30

sad and angry for you Jenda, what a horrible person to say something so vile to you.

ICBINEG Wed 08-May-13 12:54:28

A post birthday weigh in put my BMI over the magic 30....10 months later and my BMI is 21.

Beamur Wed 08-May-13 12:58:53

Angelfootprints - the weight didn't go on quickly, so would take a while to come off, but you could do it. I'd check with your GP and see if you could be referred to a weight management programme which might help you get going. A few changes to your diet and being a bit more active is all it takes. I've lost a stone this year and it's not been too tough - bit of willpower and making time to go for a swim/walk/gym 3 or 4 times a week.
The weight management (GP referred) course I went on aimed to help people with an initial weight loss of 5% of their current body weight and even losing that has proven health benefits if you are overweight.

HorseyGirl1 Wed 08-May-13 13:34:03

The summer that I did my A Levels many years ago. I had a summer job in the local chippy and I didn't want to be the 'fat girl' who worked in the chippy. (I was touching 11 stone and a shortie too!) I lost over a stone that year and although it's gone up and down since I've never been that weight again and never will be. I wouldn't recommend working in a chippy to lose weight but it worked for me! I also gave up baking that summer and cut the bread right back which helped too. If a greedy girl like me (cos really I still am at heart), can do it there is hope for everyone. xx

Shylepite Wed 08-May-13 14:12:52

All the before and after pictures on here are amazing. Drfayray I bet your ex is kicking himself now!

My killer moment came when I saw a heavily pregnant friend and realised I was bigger than her despite not being pg. I've lost 4st since then without any serious dieting, I just stopped eating loads of crap and walk everywhere. Ideally I would like to lose another stone but my bmi is in the healthy range atm so its not a real issue for me.

KitCat26 Wed 08-May-13 14:14:09

For me it was mainly the prospect of going on the annual holiday, digging on an archaeological site, with a bunch of skinny students. The last few years had started to piss me off as I was earning the tag of 'DD1's mum' instead of my own name, which is really rather depressing.

And I turned 30 last November.

I took up running this time last year and lost 2.5st, am much fitter and look much better than when I was 27/28/29. Finally, I am KitCat again.

LifeofPo Wed 08-May-13 14:23:20

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

CourgetteSmuggler Wed 08-May-13 15:09:37

I love this thread.

Mine was after having DD- I stepped on the scales 3 months after birth her and weighed in at 13.7lbs (at 5ft 9") I fit into size 14/16 clothes and felt very uncomfortable with it.
I did WW for about 6 months and got down to 10.12lbs and a size 10/12

I'm currently 11.3lbs (s12) so it's crept on again- this is my new lightbulb moment.

I'm hoping to get to 10.7lbs by July and a steady size 10.

Your stories are so thinspiring wink

Butkin Wed 08-May-13 15:15:11

Saw my photo in a magazine and looked horrendous. I started on Jan 1st - just eating 3 meals a day rather than constant snacking. Have lost 20 pounds so far (from 13.8 to 12.2). I now need to build up my fitness levels.

curryeater Wed 08-May-13 15:22:26

drfayray, you look fab but you were gorgeous and glamorous even in the pic where you said you were very unhappy. your ex must be a complete twunt.

Being congratulated on my pregnancy helped (not pregnant) ... that tipped me into trying 5:2 and my second tipping point was when I found to my surprise that it was do-able and is working!

CourgetteSmuggler Wed 08-May-13 15:40:14

butkin are you famous? shock

BlueAndRedMakePurple Wed 08-May-13 16:09:32

I stepped on my mums scales and was a ridiculous 14 and half stone!!

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Wed 08-May-13 17:09:00

Gosh, aren't bad eating habits hard to break sad.

I'm on my third day of trying to eat better and (it feels like) I'm constantly craving junk.

So far today, I have managed to distract myself each time I've had a craving and also, at lunchtime, I was about to make myself a melted cheese and tomato wrap then remembered I was supposed to be eating healthily so changed it to a hard-boiled egg and salad wrap...was pretty tasty too grin

Just got in from my last school run of the day and this is the time that I'd usually have a milky coffee and 10 a couple of biscuits. I'm making dinner for the children a bit earlier than normal to try and distract myself but everywhere I look there are little reminders...the cups...the pot of coffee...the sugar bowl...the biscuits sad - dramatic, or what grin?!!!!!

D0oinMeCleanin Wed 08-May-13 17:13:17

Dd1 asking me to take her back to Lightwater Valley again this summer in the hope that she is now big enough to go on a big ride she was desperate to ride last year.

I could barely close the safety bars on the rides last year and I know I got bigger this year when I stopped walking with the dogs as much while my arm was healing.

I can't bear to tell her that she can't go because I am worried I won't fit on the rides sad I've lost a stone and a half up to now, we won't be going until the end of July.

When DH suggested joining a fitness/weightloss challenge I knew it was what I needed to make a change for life.

Bosgrove Wed 08-May-13 18:08:09

For me if was seeing a photo of my husband and me at a posh dinner. There was a photographer on the way in, and all the couples were posing. I have avoided pictures for years, so the print was a bit of a shock. I had thought that I looked good. ( and DH said it was a lovely photo of us, he put it in his office, I thought I looked like a beached whale)

I still didn't do anything until another Mum in DS's class said that she wanted to join a slimming club, so I said I would do it with her. I have now lost 6 stone (got the sticker this week) and have about another 2 - 3 stone to go.

Really glad that I have started the weight loss journey, for our 10th anniversary this year I would like some more photos taken, and I won't be hiding from the camera anymore, so when my children look back at photos of their childhood I will be in some of them.

Butkin Wed 08-May-13 18:12:22

CourgetteSmuggler, no grin but I am well known in my industry and do some TV and appear in trade magazines. I'd pigged out at various Christmas functions and decided that enough was enough so kicked into gear in January and found it pretty easy to shed the pounds without actually "dieting" - just no crisps, cake, chocolate and easing back on portions.

INeedThatForkOff Wed 08-May-13 19:02:58

I've been furtling around (just love that word, had to use it!) the 5:2 threads and watched the Horizon documentary. I'm going to read up and give it a go. But first I have booked a medical at my GP surgery. I think it's about time I saw the facts in black and white to give me a kick up the arse.

LaundryLegoLunch Wed 08-May-13 20:19:11

Hiccup yes!! It's fucking hard ditching the junk. At the start the following helped me;

- every time I felt peckish I'd eat an apple. If I didn't want an apple then I clearly wasn't hungry.
- I decided to stop fooling myself that I 'deserved' treats for a good day/bad day etc
- that phrase up thread about choosing your hard. Cheesy as it might sound that single phrase made the biggest difference to my attitude.

I basically was tough on myself, I thought of it a bit like giving stuff up when pg i.e. not make it a choice, make it compulsory.

It is hard, it will get better, it will be so worth it I promise. I bought size 14 jeans today for the first time in 7 years. I feel like crying with joy!

Selba Wed 08-May-13 20:26:56

becoming the fat sister out of the 4 of us. I used to be the slim one.
26 pounds lost, about the same to go.

Ilovemyteddy Wed 08-May-13 21:01:50

I'm another poster who has been overweight all my life and have lost and gained pounds through three pregnancies and various diets that I couldn't sustain. My killer moment was in January 2012 when I found a diet that I thought I could do long term.

I read an article about low-carbing by John Briffa and, like many other posters here I have been low-carbing since then, following the Bootcamp on MN. I've lost almost 5stone (had lost 5st 4lb but had a slight blip over Easter). My BMI was 35 and is now 24.

I am lighter now than I have been since my early teens. We were clearing out the loft last weekend and I tried my wedding dress of 25+ years ago, and it's now too big grin

I have a couple of before and after photos on my profile if you want a looky.

Good luck to anyone who has been inspired by this thread to lose weight. Having done every diet going I highly recommend low-carbing!

Ilovemyteddy - you look amazeballs! Well done!

I've just logged onto My Fitness Pal - dear god that is unforgiving.
That's where I am starting ith this. Getting a grip with where I am at now and seeing where I can cut the crap!

I can confess here I feel, today I ate 800 more calories than I should have, so it is no wonder I am about to be rented out as a hot air blimp!

LaundryLegoLunch Wed 08-May-13 21:20:48

I know! As soon as I started logging I thought "no bloody wonder I'm fat" hmmgrin

FadingAwayToAHippo Wed 08-May-13 21:37:27

My moment should have been last week. Was out with my sister and my new baby niece, I was pushing pram. A couple of ladies stopped to ask nieces name, how old she was (2 weeks) etc. they asked how she slept and at that point I said "she's not actually mine, she's my sisters" pointing to my sister. Cue gushing from the ladies "what? There is no way you only had a baby two weeks ago, you look FANTASTIC" sad

I still haven't done anything about it though!

sallycinnamum Wed 08-May-13 22:02:05

Day three into low carbing and so pleased I started this thread.

It's really inspired me to make a go of it this time. Such inspiring stories.

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Thu 09-May-13 08:22:58

Sally - I'm really pleased you started the thread, too, thank you smile!!

I weighed myself this morning and I'm 2lb down since Monday!

I know a lot of people don't agree but I like to weigh in every day. If I've put weight on then it motivates me to eat better that day. If I've lost weight, it makes me feel like it's worth continuing to fight the cravings.

It's possibly not the best attitude or method though confused

BIWI Thu 09-May-13 08:49:35

If it keeps you motivated and focussed, then why not?

cq Thu 09-May-13 09:09:05

Sally I'm so glad you started it too - I just weighed myself and I've dropped 4lbs since Monday. I really needed this kick up the arse.

PyroclasticFlo Thu 09-May-13 12:06:47

Hello all grin I've been lurking on this brilliant thread since the start and have finally got time to post! It's been so inspiring for me and has come at just the right time.

I've always had a difficult relationship with food and weight (inherited / learned from my mother) and as a teen / early twenties was anorexic (for a year) and then bulimic (for about 3 years). I had help with that and managed to get myself over the bulimia and to a healthy weight, but since then I've always had this 'story' in my head that "I can't go on a diet because I'd end up going back to eating disorders, better just to eat a little of what I fancy and be sensible".

But frankly that was an excuse.

After 2 children I'm bigger than I'd like to be and wasn't being sensible. I wasn't 'fat' (5'10" and 11st 4lb which put my BMI in the higher end of the 'healthy' zone) but I was picking at their chips, eating bits of Easter egg, scoffing leftover sausages and hula hoops, all that kind of thing, and drinking too much to boot (not massively too much but more than I should). It left me at a size 14 with a roll of fat around my middle, a muffin top and a wobbly tummy - which isn't a terrible size and shape to be but not what I'd ideally like to be.

Last Wednesday a friend and i went on a playdate to the zoo with our younger children and when we stopped for a coffee and a cake she said "Oh I can't I'm on Weight Watchers, I have to track everything I eat." She's about the same size as me so we did the whole "but you don't need to lose weight!" thing and she said "No but I'd love to feel happy in a bikini on holiday this summer and not be afraid of the photos being on FB."

I got home and looked up the WW online thing that she'd joined with the tracking app for your phone, and realised thought "actually, I'd like to look nice in my holiday photos too." So I joined - no going to meetings for weigh-ins or anything scary, just the most powerful thing of all, for me, which is tracking everything I eat and drink.

By the end of that afternoon I was amazed at how many snacks and 'bits' I would have scoffed but which I didn't because I'd have had to track them on the food tracker. I normally have a handful of peanuts if I'm peckish and when I looked up the number of points shock I was astonished.

In my first week I've lost 3lbs, not from being extreme or anything, just leaving out the snacks, being aware of what I eat and making sure I don't "accidentally" cook my boys too many chips!

I've still enjoyed a few glasses of wine and eaten pasta although I'm now endeavouring to have either lunch or dinner carb-free each day, which helps. It's also helped me with portion sizes as I was cooking myself the same amount of pasta as I was doing for DH and when I weighed what I'd normally cook it was about 150g of dry pasta!! So that's been cut down to about 80g now, which is fine if you eat slowly and chew properly instead of shovelling, which I was doing. And although I'm peckish quite a lot I'm snacking on apples and carrots so I'm being much healthier than normal.

Honestly, I'm amazed at how much better I feel for taking control. It's not easy but this thread has kept me motivated and I love that phrase "choose your hard" grin. Brilliant!!

curryeater Thu 09-May-13 12:29:50

Sorry to be thick, but what does "choose your hard" mean?

CrabbyBigbottom Thu 09-May-13 12:32:13

When I got a finally got a full length mirror (haven't had one for almost a decade). Oh it wasn't a pretty sight! sad I'm low-carbing now and I'm going to lose 2 stone.

CrabbyBigbottom Thu 09-May-13 12:34:58

4lbs off in two days, btw, and feeling really good today having got through the carb cravings of the last couple of days. smile

PyroclasticFlo Thu 09-May-13 12:46:41

curryeater it's mentioned up thread, by randallpinkfloyd, their group's motto is 'being fat is hard, losing weight is hard. Choose your hard.' (Or words to that effect, typing it from memory!)

Flo well done...have you thought about using MyFitnessPal instead of the WW app? It's free!!

PyroclasticFlo Thu 09-May-13 13:07:47

I'm going to look it up now, Postman, thank you" hadn't heard of it before this thread. Wish I had - but in a way am quite motivated by the £30 or so I spent to join WW!

Megsdaughter Thu 09-May-13 13:13:23

A photo taken at a wedding three days before Christmas
I was a size 24, and 5ft 2inches.

Boxing day I gave my DDIL (who can eat anything) all the goodies to take home, (apart from the coffee cake, DH likes that)

I down loaded MFP.

Today I'm 44lb lighter and a size 14/16.

BiddyPop Thu 09-May-13 13:23:54

I had started losing the 1.5 st I put on in the year since DH had started travelling (2 weeks in SA, 2 weeks here) for work, in June last year. I managed 4lb loss, then got rear-ended and had a fair amount of pain for some time. Between then losing a gran over that summer, dealing with DD SN dx, still coping with DH travelling, and major stresses at work, I didn't manage to get back to reasonably healthy ways until about 6 weeks ago. Since then, while I've still had some stresses (other gran died, 3 weekends travelling for family events on the trot, my DBro's wedding etc and the ongoing ones too), I managed to lose 8lbs before the wedding (so the dress zipped up!!) and I looked well in the photos (VERY high heels helped grin).

I know I ate a lot over the weekend (energy before an 18km cycle, eating at odd times around events, and enjoyed the wedding and a few glasses of wine). So I put a couple of those back on. BUT not all.

And this week, I am back to my salads for lunches, and keeping my intake to what I need (my problem is comfort eating at night and absent-minded munching at my desk). And I also did get to the gym for a good swim this morning - I am intent on at least twice a week from here on out.

And as we are going somewhere that the weather will be nice and hot for hols, I need to be able to wear a swimsuit and shorts in 8 weeks time!! (But I did get into my capri pants I bought on hols 2 years ago, comfortably, when I did seasonal changeover on Tuesday - so that's a positive, and I am wearing a suit I haven't worn in 18 months today).

MadamGazelleIsMyMum Thu 09-May-13 13:38:41

What an inspiring thread. I desperately need my lightbulb moment to actually turn into serious determination. Going to download myfitnesspal and get some scales.

Meg and ilovemyteddy well done!!smile such awe inspiring weight losses!!

pyro i do WW and have lost 2st 6lb since Novembersmile it turns out it is incredibly easy to follow (who knew!) and you can still have treats as long as you track it and sacrifice points from elsewhere! (i have a massive salad instead of a carb-y tea if i want a treat smile one of my new favourite treats is actually only 1 propoint though! 10cal jelly and a WW yoghurt in a bowl-sounds odd but OMG its lovelysmile) keep going and you will be looking fab in your bikini in no timesmile

PyroclasticFlo Thu 09-May-13 13:47:57

Thanks marbles! It is amazingly easy isn't it, much easier than I'd expected and I like the fact that I can quickly look up the points of something and mentally work out what I want as my treat.

It's also helped that when DH offers me a glass of wine now, he waggles the bottle at me and says "glass of calories madam?" grin

Chubfuddler Sat 18-May-13 04:59:24

I know I am resurrecting this thread but I've only just come across it.

My killer moment is now. I've lost nearly four stone in the last 18 months and I've put half a stone back on. I still need to lose 20 lbs to get my bmi down to 23.5.

I've just downloaded myfirnesspal and run 5k in 8 weeks apps.

That's it. No more mindlessly opening a bottle of wine and grazing the kitchen cupboards when the Dcs are in bed. I can't afford it anyway. My chocolate, subway and wine habit over 5 years is - Christ it's virtually a deposit on a house.

This stops. Today.

Chubfuddler Sat 18-May-13 05:15:54

Shit. SHIT.

it says I am only allowed 1200 calories per day.

chubfuddler, it tells everyone 1200, most ignore it. Have a look at the forums and you will find loads of people easily losing weight on much more. Have you thought about trying 5:2?

Chubfuddler Sat 18-May-13 06:07:41

There's 600 calories in a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc apparently


I tried 5:2 but never quite got around to the 2 starvation days....

BIWI Sat 18-May-13 08:37:01

Chub - come and join us on the Bootcamp thread - you can have wine ...

Chubfuddler Sat 18-May-13 08:45:58

Follows BIWI off thread .....

(Did you sort your dispute btw - I'm sorry I wasn't more help)

BIWI Sat 18-May-13 08:50:12

You were incredibly helpful! Sadly we are coming to the view that it's just not worth us trying to pursue things any further. We are, though, trying to negotiate (although they are refusing at the moment and probably always will.)

Bertrude Sat 18-May-13 09:01:17

My lightbulb a few years ago was realising that I needed to actually tell my best mate my measurements as I live in Dubai, she was in the uk, and I was her chief bridesmaid so she needed to order the dress without me. Oh. My. God. I couldn't believe it. That was June 2011. By the wedding in march 2012 I had gone from 94.8kg ( I will NEVER convert to stone because I just don't want to know what that means in reality) to 79.2kg. And therefore from needing a size 20 to my size 16 dress needing pinning to my underwear on the day to hold it up. Mainly through exercise.

I have since got back to 88kg, and this is a horrible moment and I sound awful, but this time's moment came last Saturday when we were shopping for wedding shoes for my friend. Her wedding is in July. It had been about 2 months since we'd seen each other as we'd both been on holidays, but her weight loss was incredible. She was gone from 102kg to 84kg since November, and in these last 2 months you can really really see it and she looks amazing. It sounds awful, but she has always been the big girl of the group. It's not that I think I should be smaller than her, or scared of being the biggest now (which I am scared of a bit), but it was more of a well if she can do it, why can't I, I did it before so why not.

This week I have lost 2.8kg through eating better and 5km fast walking every night. I start spinning on Monday. That's gonna kill me!

Hello...my name is ChameleonCircuit and I weigh 17st 3lb, I'm a size 24 and THIS THREAD has been my lightbulb moment. I've d/l MFP and messaged a couple of super fit friends for moral support. Wish me luck. blush

Chubfuddler Sat 18-May-13 10:46:49

What's your mfp name? I'm chubfuddler same as here. I'll be your friend.

sallycinnamum Sat 18-May-13 11:01:24

Well since starting this thread, I've lost half a stone on BWIs amazing Bootcamp 'regime'.

Feel amazing and can't wait to get rid of the other half a stone now.

And this is from someone who was a total carb queen too.

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Sat 18-May-13 11:15:16

That's fantastic!! Well done smile

Your thread gave me my 'killer moment' so thank you for starting it grin

sallycinnamum Sat 18-May-13 11:28:05

Awww. I'm glad I started it too. Been dilly dallying for far too long.

Mind you, I've got a birthday treat of afternoon tea in a posh London hotel tomorrow so diet might be temporarily derailed for a day!

StuckOnARollercoaster Sat 18-May-13 12:02:56

A great thread!
For me it started when the right trousers for me in H&M were a size 16. I kind of registered it but kidded myself that their sizing is small and ignored it. Then they became too tight and my lightbulb was that I never wanted to have an item in my wardrobe that said 18, whatever shop it comes from.
I did lose the weight but was miserable about my relationship with food. It only changed when I met my boyfriend. He follows a very old fashioned eating regime called the hay diet to help his sensitive stomach, but an additional effect is that it can help overweight people lose weight and underweight people to gain it.
Since living together I also eat like this as there's no point having separate meals. For the first time the weight is staying off, my portion sizes are normal, I can have treats and I'm no longer hungry and upset around food.
Good luck to all on their own journeys. I'm profoundly grateful for my light bulb moment and finding a way of life that works for me and is sustainable - 5 years and counting!

Megsdaughter Sat 18-May-13 19:08:08

Made 50lb lost today grin, only another 50 to go grin

lizzie712 Sat 18-May-13 19:17:34

This thread was my lightbulb moment. It made me admit to myself that the reason I don't wear my wedding and engagement rings is not because I'm not allowed them at work. I don't wear them because I can't get them on. I have lost 4 pound so far !

ChippingInIsMissingHerLatte Sat 18-May-13 19:39:35

Megs that's fab grin Low carbing is great isn't it! I've managed 30lbs since the beginning of Feb. Still plenty to go!!

Chub & CC are you going to come over to BIWI's threads and low carb with us?? (be a bit careful when using mfp as anyone can enter the nutritional data and I found it was often completely wrong so I put everything in myself and it made a big difference.

newbiefrugalgal Sat 18-May-13 21:46:05


Don't think I can face low carbing but is like a link to BiWis thread please!

Chubfuddler - I can't find how to add you on MFP - it gives me options to add people from FB or via email or contacts. Do you know how to do it? I'm zingylemontart on there.

SgtTJCalhoun Sat 18-May-13 23:58:44

Going on a really fab holiday, somewhere I've wanted to go since I was a child. There was no way I was going to let feeling fat and uncomfortable in my clothes ruin the experience.

GoldiChops Sun 19-May-13 00:19:41

I've had three proper lightbulb moments- one at age 21, when I realised I was 21st. Only found that out when I had to be weighed for the gynea. The nurse weighed me twice, they called me back as they didn't believe someone so young and short (5'2) could be so big. I was. I slowly started caring about myself, leaving the house for short walks, didn't weigh myself but I lost some.

Number two, age maybe 24, weighed at work and found I was 17st. Better but not by much! I did Rosemary Conley for a year, low GI, loved it, lost 3st! Then I lost my job and my home..... moved abroad to a job I ended hating..... gained it all back.

Number three- last January, aged 29. Was 15st. Started a VLCD and lost 4st! Well done me.... I've gained it all back, every lb, in the last 6 months. I had a reverse lightbulb moment- I was on a bus, going to a friend's wedding, at the lowest weight I have ever been in my life, wearing a nice frock. It was a crowded bus, I was standing right by the front and a woman on a seat tried to get my attention. I was trying to ignore her as I knew what she was going to say. She started waving a hand at me and getting loud, saying I should have a seat, you poor dear. I had to say very firmly 'I'm not pregnant, I'm just fat'. After that point I gave up. what's the point in trying and trying and life is still shit? I'm stronger and fitter when I'm eating what I want, I can walk 10 miles plus in a day. I look and feel shit though. Urgh. Given up completely now. I've never been pregnant, all the fat is down to me alone.

Mantella Sun 19-May-13 00:39:09

What an inspiring thread. I wish my "killer moment" would arrive. What is this "Bootcamp" of which many of you speak? smile

joanofarchitrave Sun 19-May-13 01:11:39

My most recent one was a 3 stage one... someone asked if I was pregnant (but she's not the most tactful person so...) someone ELSE asked if I was pregnant (must be the dress...) and then I bought a maxidress on ebay to wear at a family party. Well, I should know better, i always think maxidresses are great in themselves but I am a complete apple with good legs, so when I put on the dress, I looked at myself in the mirror and for the first time for years can't focus approvingly on my legs which are covered up, but instead my eye is drawn relentlessly to the enormous barrel that is my top half.

I am not going to wear the maxidress, but I am also NOT going to the party that size. I can realistically shift half a stone before the party if I give myself a hard time.

Reastie Sun 19-May-13 07:10:16

OP that's great, well done smile

Lavenderhoney Sun 19-May-13 07:36:12

Seeing photos of myself in a bikini a year after having dd. trying on the bikini a year after the pics were taken and it felt like cheese wire round my bum, plus I looked 4 months gone.

Not being able to wear anything except the fat jeans and a baggy top in my wardrobe. ( panic trying on after bikini drama)

Joined BIWI low carb bootcamp beginning of this year and lost 9 kg easily.

Still lc, and about to start the shred to tone a bit.

CrabbyBigbottom Sun 19-May-13 09:11:27

Mantella Bootcamp is here - you can join any time and it's wonderfully supportive.

Goldi don't give up! This video might just change the way you think about fat and weight loss... Then go over to the Bootcamp thread and talk to the amazing BIWI

mine was booking holiday for wdw and knowing that i will ahave to transfer to one of those tiny airline on board wheelchairs and be dragged by airport staff up the plane to seat and did not want them thinking crap who drags her .Then having to sit in seat for 9 hrs

we go September and i am 10 stone lighter so figure dragging my 10 stone arse be easier than my former 20 stone.though home i may be a bit heavier .Lost weight by low carb and low calorie and working out

Mantella Sun 19-May-13 10:56:40

Thanks Crabby. I'll pop over. I certainly need to!

Mantella Sun 19-May-13 10:58:12

10 stone! That's amazing. Congratulations.

PyroclasticFlo Tue 21-May-13 17:48:42

Chubfuddler thank you for resurrecting this thread I was feeling really paranoid about having killed it!! grin
Well done everyone, I'm three weeks into WW and having my third weigh-in tomorrow, am hoping to have got below 11 stone for first time in 10 years, wish me luck!
If I'm not I may have to come over to the bootcamp...

Chubfuddler Tue 21-May-13 17:55:10

Well done flo. I've signed up to mfp and am feeling positive about shifting the last 20 pounds or so - I've lost 50 so doing well really.

Chubfuddler Tue 21-May-13 17:58:49

I'm a bit dubious about low carbing, it seems very restrictive and I really can't arsed to cook two separate meals for me and the Dcs.

PyroclasticFlo Tue 21-May-13 18:05:33

Thanks Chub!

Whenever I've done low carbing before I've always ended up really constipated blush which puts me off.

I regularly cook 2 or 3 different meals each evening - DCs both picky but over different things, DH is vegetarian and I'm wheat-free so us all eating the same thing is a once in a blue moon occurrence anyway! Maybe it's worth it ... I may just have to buy industrial quantities of prunes grin

BigStickBIWI Tue 21-May-13 18:09:30


It's not restrictive! How could a diet where you can eat butter and cheese and cream, and have lovely oily dressings on your salads be considered restrictive?!

I never cook separate meals. We either all eat the same, or I just avoid the carb component of the meal. Last night I did roast chicken with lemon, lemon mash and braised white cabbage. Instead of the mash I had mashed celeriac.

And if you were getting constipated, you weren't eating enough veg/salad or drinking enough water.

BigStickBIWI Tue 21-May-13 18:09:58

<lures you over to the Dark Side Bootcamp> grin

PyroclasticFlo Tue 21-May-13 18:42:31


I'll lurk on the bootcamp board for a bit BIWI if that's ok? Get some idea of how it'd work practically and whether I'd be able to keep it up. At the moment I'm doing WW but have one carb free meal per day, presumably that's nowhere near enough to make a difference though is it? I drink bucket loads of water by the way but have dreadful digestion and also don't like fruit so don't eat enough of that to stop constipation.

Can you give me an idea of how it works in a nutshell? What are the 'rules'? Am I still allowed lots of wine?

PyroclasticFlo Tue 21-May-13 18:43:27

BTW I am a butter fiend so it's sounding quite tempting but the wine thing would be a deal breaker!
<hangs head in shame>

Chubfuddler Tue 21-May-13 18:54:06

I shall investigate low carbing the idea of butter and the skin on chicken is v tempting ....

BigStickBIWI Tue 21-May-13 19:19:22

If you were to follow Bootcamp, the first two weeks are supposed to be alcohol-free but most people seem to ignore that bit. After that, you move on to Bootcamp Light, where alcohol is allowed.

Here is our spreadsheet where we record our weekly weight loss If you look at the tabs at the bottom, you can see the rules of Bootcamp. There are ten of them, and it's designed to make it as easy as possible to follow.

Chubfuddler Tue 21-May-13 21:06:06

I'm a sucker for a spreadsheet...

Mantella Tue 21-May-13 21:19:03

shock There is a spreadsheet where you need to post your weight for all to see blush ? <runs and hides>

PyroclasticFlo Tue 21-May-13 21:21:45

Jesus that spreadsheet has just frightened the bloody life out of me!
And the rules! The rules!

< runs and hides behind Mantella >

Mantella Tue 21-May-13 21:24:36

I'm big enough for you to hide behind Pyro. I'm hiding behind a (very large) tree.

Chubfuddler Tue 21-May-13 21:25:58

I can't see the rules, I think it's being on a mobile instead of a PC

PyroclasticFlo Tue 21-May-13 21:34:59


No offence BIWI I'm easily frightened.

GiveMeSomeSpace Tue 21-May-13 22:01:48

My killer moment - standing in the queue at KFC for the 10th time in 2 weeks about to order yet another variety meal, knowing that I didn't want to, but having no self control to be able to stop myself. Ate the whole meal with a feeling of self loathing. Went back to my desk and signed up to MyFitnessPal straight away. Lost nearly 2 stone in 5 months and have changed my lifestyle and eating habits ever since then (2 years ago). Still struggle massively but am fitter and in better shape than I have been for over 20 years and feel good smile

ChippingInLovesSpring Tue 21-May-13 22:17:33

Bootcamp no, you don't have to put your weight on the spreadsheet, it's just there if you want to do it and win the 'loser of the week' smile

I am low carbing as a non egg eating vegetarian and I'm doing OK - so you meat & egg eaters have no excuses re it being restrictive!! grin

On what other 'diet' can you eat an avocado, chunk of cheddar cheese and savory seeds for breakfast and still lose weight grin

Mantella Tue 21-May-13 22:24:31

Oh phew! blush smile

BigStickBIWI Tue 21-May-13 23:33:22


You load of wusses.

ToomuchIsBackOnBootcamp Tue 21-May-13 23:43:35

Yes please join us on the bootcamp threads and, no, you don't have to be on the spreadsheet, or you can log your weight as "100" and then index your loss like a percentage. Still get the motivation of seeing your losses but no one will know your "real" numbers!

LCing literally changed my life. I was overweight, (not hugely but enough that I disliked what I saw), depressed, lethargic, had hideous PMT and was really struggling to find any joy in life. I lost 20lbs in the first ten weeks, but much more than that discovered a way of eating that meant I had more energy, stable moods, much reduced PMT, better digestion (no more smelly poos or farting!) all of this has meant much better mental health for me and I've done stuff in the last few months that I couldn't have contemplated last year. (Including a 10k walk just a couple of weeks ago)

Join us, join us, join us ..... <hypnotic swirly eyes>

Mantella Wed 22-May-13 09:06:22

@@@@ woooo ... I'm getting sleepy, sleeepy ... Right you've hypnotised me into it. I'm heading over.

ToomuchIsBackOnBootcamp Wed 22-May-13 11:48:47

Yay!! Read as much info as you can, so you understand WHY this works, there is lots on different tabs on the spreadsheet and Dr Briffas book "escape the diet trap" is very helpful in explaining the science behind it.

We have a weekly chat thread, a questions thread, and a recipe thread. Also a low carb section in the food recipes section on MN where the lovely gless spent ages transferring recipes to make it easy. Ask as many questions as you need, we have all had concerns, wobbles and fuck-it moments but if you stick with it and break the carb addiction, I promise you will feel SO much better (and look better too I'm sure)


Mantella Wed 22-May-13 11:55:57

Thanks BIWI. I'll probably lurk for a few days and read as much as I can before I jump in smile

Mantella Wed 22-May-13 12:33:06

Sorry! I meant TooMuch blush. That's all I ever seem to do on here, put my big foot in it. It's not only my body that needs fixing, it's my brain too.

chrome100 Wed 22-May-13 12:37:13

Just a question: if you're low-carbing what do you have for breakfast? I have a bowl of fruit and fibre at the mo because it's quick. I only have ten mins to eat in the morning as I swim before work, get home and dry my hair whilst eating and then cycle to work. I literally do not have any more time than this and getting up earlier wouldn't help because I go to the pool as soon as it opens at 630. Any tips for quick, non-carb breakfasts would be great.

ToomuchIsBackOnBootcamp Wed 22-May-13 13:47:15

Hi chrome, it takes less than sixty seconds to microwave some scrambled eggs, or just a couple of minutes to make in a pan. Eggs are my favourite brekkie as it easily sees me through to lunch without feeling hungry. I sometimes add spinach, or mushrooms, or bacon bits or grated cheese to omelette or scrambled eggs. You could also boil eggs the night before and have them cold in the morning, mashed with butter or something yummy like Boursin or any soft cheese you prefer.

I also sometimes have cheese wrapped in ham, or full fat Greek yoghurt, or leftovers from dinner the night before, or anything really. When you are LCing you get out of the way of thinking that breakfast has to be certain foods, I've seen me happily munch a cold chicken leg and some Parma ham for brekkie before now! Another popular thing is to make LC savoury muffins and grab a couple of them for on the go early starts.

If you pop over to the bootcamp thread you can see lists of what people are eating and you might get some more ideas there too!

chrome100 Wed 22-May-13 14:35:05

Thanks Toomuch!

Have had a request to move this thread to weight loss so its wisdom doesn't get lost

2lilgirls Fri 13-Sep-13 15:07:12

I know this is an old thread but I've only just discovered it on a google thread and I need to contribute. I need to write this down.

I've been losing weight with about 2 months now. I haven't weighed myself in years but I was in size 16 clothes. Actually no, I refused to wear 16 so squeeze into 14 which was much worse. I am only 5ft 3.
I was thin once but my weight gradually crept up in the last few years.

My lightbulb moments were

- Living in black. It was only when I wore a coloured outfit and my mother said that it was great to see me not wearing black for a change.

- My periods stopped. STOPPED. I think I hadn't had a period in 4 months. Scary. Obviously I had stopped ovulating.

- I knew I was avoiding my friends and social occasions. I was too ashamed of my weight and made excuses not to attend. This frightened the hell out of me and I knew it had to stop. In fact a lot of them I have pushed away entirely.

- My toddler telling me I had a big belly.

- Meeting my sister who I had not seen in 2 years (she was in the states) and I knew she hardly recognised me, I will never forget her reaction.

- My fitness, I was out of breath walking short distance.

- I started avoiding the mirror because I couldn't bear to look at myself.

- Avoiding photos, even ones with my children. I always made sure I took the photos.

- But most importantly, we want another baby and THIS gave me the kick I needed.

I started exercising daily, walking 5k, went on low GI lifestyle. I am now down to size 12. I have had 2 28 day cycles. I actually ovulated on day 10 of the diet.
I still have a stone or so to go but I will do it, I have changed my entire life. I am sitting here after a work out wearing a red top and smiling.
What really amazed me was how quickly the weight comes off, if I had known that I probably would have done this sooner.

Thank you to all who have contributed and I wish those of you who aren't 'there' yet all the luck in the world.

mrsfiddymont Sat 14-Sep-13 10:46:28

Great thread and lots of inspiring stories.

I logged back into MFP after a two year absence only to find that my starting weight then was 10 4....I have put on nearly two stone since then sad. Started at 12 2 a few weeks back and am now 11 9.

TheLightPassenger Sat 14-Sep-13 11:01:00

being told I had a 30% chance of cardiovascular disease in the next ten years. still only managed to lose half of the 5 stone to get down to the magic bmi 25, but I'm getting there smile

RockinD Tue 17-Sep-13 18:02:28

When my fleece for work was a special order in a 2XL and I had to tell the supplier what my bust measurement was.

The first stone has now gone, currently on a plateau, but two more to go.

Bluemonkeyspots Sat 05-Oct-13 21:59:08

Adding myself to this list as I want to read right through later.

I don't have a killer moment as such, quite the opposite infact. I finally realised that the 4 stone overweight person is me now, I have been like this for 6 years now (yo-yoing) up and down a stone that I can't remember what it's like to be thin and very few people I know now have ever seen me thin. They only know me as a fat overweight person and that's what I am now.

I'm determined to change though! 2st by Xmas then 2st by Easter. I'm tall so even my thin weight would be heavy to most people so I feel there is so much I have missed out on incase of weight restrictions. I want to go on all the fair ground rides with dc, I want to go paragliding on holiday, I want to go on the mini railway at the country park, I want to do water slides abroad and not worry all the spectators are comparing me to shamu!

Started WW again ten days ago and lost 5lb first week and feel I'm doing good again this week so this is the start of it grin

ltathere Mon 02-Jun-14 12:20:12

When you see your friends are getting better shape, that will really motivate you.

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