What Made You Change?

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Jul 7, 2013 4:48am
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I am literally a few hours old to this app and I ended up here because I was tired of feeling dissatisfied with the shape I'm in.. I saw a FaceBook pic my office posted of me and I was so mortified with my appearance I contacted my partner and begged that he get it taken down. He insisted I was being overly critical but I detested the picture. Then it hit me... Why take it down when that's how I really look right now. I told myself..how about you change yourself and then the pictures people post won't be an issue...lol. so here I am dedicated to looking good in every pic. No more big ol belly for me. So? Share.... Looking for some additional inspiration here..What turned things around for you and caused you to commit to a lifestyle of fitness & clean eating?

07 Jul
Same. Seen some pics and wasn't satisfied with the way I looked so I decided to change it. Got a good friend that got me on the right diet and me and him workout 4 days a week and the days we work out we don't talk. We bust ass and get it done. He is now 60lbs lighter and I'm 20lbs lighter and more cut than I've ever been. And I'm happy now with myself.
07 Jul
Oh my gosh I need to take pictures too. I started doing intense workout 3 weeks ago because on January I gained a sudden 10 pound. I don't know how that happen but I have always wanted to keep myself active but I have been so lazy. I mainly wanted to be tone but since I gained that 10 lbs I have to workout superhard . My main focuses are my glutes , legs and stomach. I have a small figure but I have been cover underneath of bunch of sheer of fat. I am 142 and want to drop...
11 Jul
Yeah same here I saw a picture of me and was like wow what happened!
24 Jul
I was bullied in middle school a little bit and some kids would call me ugly so I figured it was because of my weight so I just started working out and do a lot of sports so now I'm about to be a junior in high school and I weigh 122 I lost about 40 pounds since the 8th grade and I'm happy with the way I look
08 Aug
I have a heart condition that I found out when I was in the navy. I knew that my weight was making it worse because one I am in the medical field and two I could feel my body take a rapid decline as I grew in size. I always had weight issues ever since I was a kid. I never really appeared very big because people never agreed that I weighed as much as I did. I got my weight fluctuations from my parents my mom was skinny and a model my dad in the military but had a...
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Jul 7, 2013 5:18am
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Health and happiNess they go hand in hand for me. Always the skinny kid long ago I wanted to change that. Many years later still working on that change. Inspiration is only a post away very good posItive community here. Also remember we are always are own worse critics. Stay positive dedicated and work hard the rest will take care of itself. :-)
07 Jul
I responded to your post but it popped up as a new comment. :) Thank you George..
07 Jul
Inspired you golden :-)
Jul 7, 2013 5:28am
Matt, that is awesome. I wish I had a workout partner but my schedule is ao sporadic...I never know when I'll dot or in..may be at the gum after work, or at home late at night. Plus my friends aren't that into fitness...hmm food for thought..lol. You look great though! Those abs! Keep up the good work. Thank you for responding! Hope I'm replying in the right place..still learning my way around... NADINE!! Yes girl.. pictures do not tell a lie. Especially the ones someone else takes. Im going to start taking my own pics so I can see my progress or room for improvement. We can do this!!
Jul 7, 2013 5:30am
Sorry for the typos.. meant "at the gym" "never know when ill get it in"..... You guys know what I mean :)
29 Aug
I am 35 years old I have hated execising all my life now im 200 lbs I decided I needed to be healthy for my son
Jul 7, 2013 5:34am
That is what I love about this community already. It's all about positive feedback, exchange of information, motivation and inspiration. Great combination to help me achieve my goals. Thank you so much for replying! I'm excited to make changes and share my experience..
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Jul 7, 2013 5:55am
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Thanks for the compliment! We both work full time at the same place but that's where out gym is so it makes it easier for us to get into rhythm. Every once and awhile though we either have to switch our rest day or workout after work but that's why I really like working out 4 days a week instead of 5.  Throws things off but doesn't get outta rhythm. Feel free to message me for any advice. I'll be more than happy to share what I have learned.

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3 Posts
Jul 7, 2013 12:28pm
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I'm using a mixture of this app and my secret instagram. It's overwhelming how everyone that is on a fit journey is supporting each other!
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23 Posts
Jul 7, 2013 4:25pm
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I been on the journey to health and wellness it seems for decades but basically since 2006 but I have an illness and its a constant battle for me to exercise due to pain. I get knocked down with life but I'm back at it again...I refuse to give up! I need to keep my cholesterol down plus I just want to feel good and look in the mirror with satisfaction of how my body looks and not discuss (spelled wrong) so I just can't quit in a lot of pain today, but again I am NOT GIVING UP!
12 Mar
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12 Mar
Sorry my 2 yr old had my phone on voice record
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70 Posts
Jul 7, 2013 7:53pm
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I do it for mental health.  I have anxiety and it causes a lot of problems for my health.  When I added post-pardum to the mess my dr told me to workout everyday to increase endorphins and do yoga a couple times each week to help me relax and changed my diet.  I feel better physically and have more control o dr how I feel, which is really great!!!!  I really appreciate the things my body is able to do.  Every time I reach a new goal I feel more motivated to work on something new.
22 Aug
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Jul 7, 2013 8:45pm
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My boyfriends children Calling me fat my grandmother my friends pretty much everyone calling me fat....they're overly critical since I've never been fat before so I'm tired of the ridicule and I want to feel healthy again

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Jul 9, 2013 12:59am
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I gained 50 lbs with my youngest when I was pregnant and I kept telling myself it'll come off I'm just recovering from the pregnancy. Then not long ago I realized he's almost 2 and recovering from the pregnancy is not a valid reason but more like a lame excuse. I also used to be really in shape and powerful and I miss that feeling. I'm mortified when I see pictures of myself as well,  I sometimes wonder how it got so bad so fast. But I'm working towards being for and powerful again,  I'm already seeing some physical results but more importantly I'm FEELING better. I don't feel as lazy and miserable as I was.

12 Mar
Exactly the same here :(. But no more excuses!
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9 Posts
Jul 12, 2013 8:36am
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After having 3 kids and feeling lazy all the time, I wanted to actually feel good and look good again. I am surprised at myself and am now on a mission to help as many people as I can that are coming to the same realization. I have started a group on FB that holds free monthly challenges and offer support to those involved. I love it, keeps me accountable.
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Jul 24, 2013 6:23am
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What made me want to change is knowing I could be in a lot better shape than I am in now and seeing mothers work out more than single-no kids-me. Seeing 40 yr olds in top shape.
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3 Posts
Jul 24, 2013 1:07pm
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My dog would always out...out run me every time
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Jul 24, 2013 1:37pm
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I want to be an inspiration to a lot of people and especially girls , I want to show them that what ever u put in your mind u can reach it , and never give up. 
No matter how old are you 
What size are you 
What color are you 
What health condition are you 
You can do it no excuse , do it today so u don't regret tomorrow
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18 Posts
Jul 24, 2013 4:07pm
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First, it's so refreshing to see honesty here and people who can share their stories and why they're on their journeys. Second, I was overweight since high school, gained even more weight when I had my son at 21, peaked at 236 (I'm only 5'1), lost some baby weight and got to 180. A guy I worked with made a comment to my ex that I was used to hearing but I heard it differently this time. "Yeah she's got a really pretty face." If anyone here with self esteem issues understands this, all I heard was the BUT that was supposed to be at the end of that sentence. What about the rest of me?! So, it's been a battle, a struggle, it has not been easy, but I made a decision to never hear the BUT again. I go about 5lbs up or down from 135 but I'm healthy, I'm active and I know that I am capable of so much more then I ever imagined. Love the posts and motivation here.
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147 Posts
Jul 24, 2013 5:43pm
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I want to feel comfortable in my own skin again. I want that confidence I once had. I want people to look at me and think "if he can transform himself, so can I." I want my children to look up to me as someone who is hard working in every aspect of life. I want to feel attractive again. Health and happiness. This just scratches the surface. I have so many reasons why I want/need to change and 0 as to why I shouldn't.
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5 Posts
Jul 30, 2013 10:11pm
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I started because I have extremely high blood pressure even though I'm at my ideal weight and a good diet, it has to deal with genetics.  
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566 Posts
Jul 31, 2013 1:24am
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Too many health issues
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Jul 31, 2013 10:16pm
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I was at my highest weight last yr of 285lbs and like yourself saw a pic of myself an the kids on a trip to the zoo.......that did it, since last yr ive lost 110lbs and am in the best shape of my life

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Aug 1, 2013 5:04am
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After a sport injury lost my schalorship i went nuts. after 6months of recovery  i was back at square one since then im getting stronger and better back playing sports again even ran 100 in 22and half hours early this year proud that im also beat my old record in the mile too.i just thsbk god and everyone who help me in recovery if i can be a better athelete all of the ppl on this app can reach there goals it was hard work to get where i am now but my competeative nature and my passion to be the best is why i download this app whenever im not on the or training with my team mates .

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Aug 7, 2013 10:40pm

I injured both of my ankles in a fall, and had to be off of them for about two months.  Once I was off bedrest, everything was still weak and painful.  I couldn't help but wonder if my recovery was being slowed down by my weight and lack of fitness.  So as I continued to work on restrengthening my ankles, I also tried to improve my stamina, and lighten the load on my ankles by eating better.

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11 Posts
Aug 8, 2013 2:33am
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I got a huge depression episode and i didnt want to go to the doctor so i decided working out would help me release endorphins and feel happy :P, so i pushed my self and got it done and since then i never stopped working out :)

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Aug 19, 2013 11:51am

I wanted to live a long life that I could share with my husband.

My eating habits weren't ideal, and though I've never had a problem with portion control, my body did not react well to the crap I ate and I was unhealthy.

My goal wasn't to lose weight.  It was to properly nourish my body.  I didn't want to think about low fat and calories.  I wanted to think about good fats and proper nutrients, and low cholesterol, etc...

I didn't expect to lose weight, but I did.  So far I've lost 25 lbs, and I've recently started adding fitness for my heart health and (according to my soon to be physical trainer husband) muscular health that will help my bones to stay in good shape for the rest of my life.

The lost weight has been a wonderful bonus, but I think where many people fail in keeping healthy is that their goals are to change their outside rather than their inside... and I mean your physical inside.

I did a lot of research about health and nutrition after watching Forks Over Knives, which motivated me to do a trial run of eating whole foods, clean, and vegan for three weeks.  To increase our chances of success, my husband and I boxed all the foods we couldn't have and gave away everything that was perishable and bad for us so we didn't even have to fight our urges to eat bad.  The first week was rough.  Second week, kinda tough.  Third week, fun, so we did a fourth week.  By then, our bodies were already trained to crave good stuff, so we've stuck with it ever since.  Now I crave whole foods, all the time.  Simple stuff, too.  Six months later, I've lost the 25 lbs, and I have so much energy I had to add working out into my schedule even though I didn't want to!

Feel free to message me is you want any tips.  What I've learned is that by being strict with myself in the beginning, I learned to train my body to want good things, and now I don't even have to think about it.

Working out... takes a little more discipline, but I don't hold it against myself if I don't work out as long as I want or as often as I want.  I just pick up and start again when I can!

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Aug 19, 2013 6:28pm
via Android

Going into a specialist for my back when i was 15 at 180 lbs, and him telling me most of my problems were caused by being overweight and not having much muscle in my back. I had never had anyone be that straight forward and honest with me, it hurt but it turned my entire world around. I lost 50 pounds in a little less then a year. And I have fluctuated from 115-135 since. Now i'm beginning a new and healthier lifestyle, i want to take care of my body sooner rather than later before any problems arise.

I wish you the best of luck, and hope you reach your goals and become a healthier person! :) you've made a great and difficult decision.

 

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