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Monday, August 29, 2011

The Day I Realized Things Had to Change

Today is my baby's birthday. He is 7 (7!) and so no, he isn't a baby any more. Two years ago was an important milestone for me...

His 5th birthday was THE DAY. The day I realized I needed to make a change in my life. We were having several families over for the party. We were new to the area, and these were new friends, or even people I barely knew. It was all about my boy and the party that day, but right before everyone was due I went to change into nice clothing. And I discovered that absolutely nothing fit. At first I thought, maybe I'd accidently washed my shorts in hot water. But then ALL my other shorts were too tight. I finally got a pair buttoned and pulled out a XL blousey shirt that should cover the bulge above the shorts.... but it didn't. It just clung to me. Ugh. I felt bad too.  I went to bed with a full stomach most nights and couldn't sleep. I felt uncomfortable, irritated and terminally in a bad mood, which is not the norm for me. But it was the new norm.

That day, after cleaning up after the party and everything was done, I got on the scales. I was very surprised to see that I was just under 200 lbs. I knew, in that moment, I had to decide. Was I going to do something? Was I going to do what it took to fix this? Or was I just going to let myself go and be done with this battle. It was a choice and I realized it was time to decide. It was up to me. No one else could fix this for me. Two years ago today I realized things had to change... and they did.

Today I am more than 50 lbs lighter (about what my 7 year old weighs!). But more importantly, I feel happy and comfortable in my skin. I sleep through the night and I recognize that woman in the mirror again. Those XLs have been replaced with S/Ms. My skin is clear, my moods are less erratic. I don't have stomach aches and I know my body so much better. But I still remember that feeling that day, the feeling of hopelessness. Like I wanted to make a change, but I had no idea of how to change. For me the answer was the Belly Fat Cure and even though I am not a diabetic, realizing sugar was a real problem for me.

Have you had that day? Did you make that change?

16 comments:

  1. Hey Amber, yes I've come to a similar realization. I the last few weeks my size 16 shorts were too small, so I started wearing elastic workout shorts most of the time & just felt awful about how I looked. Since then I've lost 10 lbs. & I'm feeling so much better about myself.

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  2. HI Amber, I too felt that way all the time before BFC. I didn't have that moment, just knew that I was doomed to be very big for ever! Until I found the BFC and thought what the heck, Maybe?
    And here I am 88lbs lighter and happy as a clam :-)

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  3. My moment arrive on February 28, 2010. I had been given 3 ski lesson with all gear/equipment included so I could learn to ski with my kids. They did not have ski boot that would fit my legs. My legs were just too big. I went to a specialty ski shop who rigged up some boots to fit me by increasing this straps with metal rings. I got onto the ski hill for the first time, I couldn't bend down to pick up my polls, everyone has cute ski pants on, I looked like a black stay-puff marshmellow. That was the day I woke up. I'm now 56# lighter. For the first time since high school I'm in missy sizing and not "womens". I'm wearing a Large top, not a 2xl, and I'm feeling so much better! Thank goodness for the BFC .. and for you, you've been such an inspiration and motivator for me!

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  4. I did have that day. That one horrible day-- but I'm glad now I had it! I had a little girl point at my stomach and say, "You're going to have a baby!" But I was not pregnant. Yuck! It was awful, but it was that moment that I woke up and thought to myself, "Self, you've gotta do something about this!"

    That was almost three months and 17lbs ago. I still have a long way to go, but I am determined to just keep at it. BFC has been amazingly simple and something I can really stick with. I'm loving it!

    Thanks for sharing your story!

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  5. Yes Amber, for sure we have all had our "epiphany" moment. Mine was in December of 2010. I had alot of stress in my life & things were happening in my life that I couldnt control but the one thing I could control was the choices I was making putting food in my mouth. I started WW witht he right attitude & here I am 9 months later & happy to report that I am almost 40# lighter. (yay) I was telling my sister yesterday after we took a 2 mile walk that this next New Years, I am not going to be sad because I plan to have 50# off by then (or darned close to it!) I have always been depressed when the new yr rolled around because either I hadnt lost any weight all year or I had gained. Not this year! You have done amazing and inspire me tremendously. Happy bday to your little guy and in a way what a rebirth for you to a new life!
    Blessings!
    Sherri

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  6. Thanks for sharing these, they are so inspirational! Char and Barb, I've had both of these happen to me! The huge calves in the ski boots? CHECK. The "Is there a baby in your tummy?" in front of a dozen women. CHECK. But I am so thankful for that moment, because it changed everything!

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  7. My moment was the day before Valentines Day this year. I had been playing at losing weight but hadn't really tried a serious change in my eating habits. I was walking down the book isle in WalMart and spotted the belly fat cure book. I picked it up and read the back...it made SENSE! Everything else was a diet.......this is a lifestyle. My dad is diabetic so the premise really struck me as being valid. The rest iss history. I hit my goal weight the first week of June....losing 28 pounds. I have gained a few back but I attribute this more to going back to the gym and doing strenght training than anything else. I didn't have a big "moment" like you guys did but I did find a plan that made sense and so in a way, that was my moment. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Great post Amber. You have come so far and worked so hard. I hope to follow in your footsteps! Happy birthday to your "baby". Mine just turned 21!

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  9. I am still waiting on this moment to happen. Thank you for the inspiration and for sharing your story.

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  10. Amber, I have had the ah-ha moment many many times. I have tried many diets and many worked for a short time. I have thyroid problems too and the only diet that really has worked in the long run has been the bfc. That sugar I find is a killer for me. A year later and I have kept my weight off. Still have a ways to go but I know I can get there. I do miss fruit every now and then have you ever had this problem?

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  11. I seem to have many aha moments, and none of them have really stuck. For me, this last time has been less of an aha moment and more of an aha week. That first week on the Belly Fat Cure when I realized that I was really feeling sooo much better than how I was feeling before. It was like 'really, sugar? oh my gosh! I can't go back.' And it's been that way ever since.

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  12. Hi Amber,
    We all had our turning points...I wasn't even looking to lose weight. I was just listening to Hay House radio and heard this guy talk about sugar. I wrote down the name of the book and next day I was at Barnes and Noble looking through the colorful book with pictures of Good Belly foods vs Bad Belly foods. The rest was herstory!! 1-1/2 years later I am 28 pounds lighter and like you I have more engery and I even cycle now for longer distance!. It was a spiritual transition for me and it is why I truly believe it has stuck with me. I never never once consider diets let alone become aware of carbs/sugars! Wish everyone another successful day on BFC or whatever style you find yourself using to feel good, look good and maintain the goodness!!
    peace,
    E

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  13. I feel like I have that day EVERY day!! I have been on BFC for a bit over four months now and I feel like I'm not losing much... but any is better than nothing! I think I need to jumpstart my weight loss... I think I'm in a food rut-and some of the things I eat, while BFC approved, are probably not the best choices. Anyone have any ideas???

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  14. I've come to realize cheating a little bit here and a little bit there (with food) is not such a good idea when you want the pounds to melt away. I personally need to stick to a more strict way of eating or the pounds come right back on, and I get all sluggish again, and almost sabbotage my own weight goals. It took me 5 month to lose 22lb. following the BFC, and I've currently gained 10 lb. back, and I am restarting the BFC again. To Anonymous: try, try again, and don't give up on your goals. Losing slowly is alright like you say, but giving up is not so good, and the weight, and feeling crappy comes flying back faster than you know! Sorry to say. I'm one who's been there more than once. Amber not only are you a great Mom, have a beautiful, healthy boys, and husband, you are always here to help. Thank you girl!

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  15. Kasey - you are so such a sweetheart! Thank you! I totally agree with you, seems you cant do the BFC half way. Its all or nothing, which is true with other low carb plans like Atkins too. Im really hoping for a little wiggle room with maintenance though!

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  16. Darling, I could just squeeze you! I am so glad to have stumbled upon your blog as I begin BFC on Tuesday! I've done low-carb before, six weeks of it, actually. I don't weigh myself, so don't know how many pounds, but it was two pants sizes lost. (Of course, going off that, I later found those two lost sizes again. Ha, ha. Only not real funny.) Love your transition photos at the top of the blog - you look great!

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