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May 4, 2012 8:35 PM
I started, lost, gained then stopped more times than I care to remember. In fact today is another start day :-( I am the heaviest now that I've been for the last 2 years and I really must get to grips with the whole healthy lifestyle and exercise concept once and for all. Good luck with your journey x
  1335704
May 4, 2012 8:36 PM
ED. I got to my goal weight, but unhealthily. Instead of learning how to eat healthy, I learned how to not really eat. At my doctor's suggestion, I quit keeping track of everything, because I was obsessing over it and about half the weight crept back on due to not learning anything about eating emotionally.
May 4, 2012 8:36 PM
The first time, I lost 12 out of the 30lbs I aimed to get rid of. Then the pressures of the final year of school seriously started to get to me. I was still doing sport up to four times a week, but was eating a lot more junk food and just pretty much gave up trying to think about anything but academics.

What made me start up again was the fact that I could be classified as 'slightly overweight', and did not like at all the way I looked. Furthermore, I wish to eventually work in quite a physically demanding field, and thus needed to have adequate fitness levels.
  12498018
May 4, 2012 8:38 PM
The first time I don't think I was really mentally ready for it, I kept getting sick (still do *cry*) and was told my youngest needs to be tested for autism and it made me sad instead of motivating me to become a better me so I can help him be the best he can be.

Then I actually >looked< at myself in the mirror one morning and didn't know who was looking back. Made me sad for the future me, and my family.

So here I am. Taking it slower than I want to, but I'm still doing it. That's more than most people I know can say, and it means a lot to me that I'm doing it for myself for once.
May 4, 2012 8:42 PM
Mine was a medical condition. Fortunately its been my only quit since I've been on here and it was only for a month of M.I.A. Unfortunately though it set me back a month when even though I was put on bed rest, I totally should of at least counted calories cause at the time I was at about 7 pounds lost, and I gained 10 during that month. Totally set me back but it's made me more determined than ever to finish and reach my goal!
  15129636
May 4, 2012 8:49 PM
I've had to quit a diet because the person I was with was unsupportive. I was just starting to get happy with how I looked and he was one to go on long business trips. Well, he took some time off and I once saw him throw a full stick of butter into a meal for two. I literally cried. He said I was being ridiculous and continued to fatten me up. :( I gave up. I didn't seriously get back into dieting till January this year. My boyfriend now is super supportive and is becoming healthy with me. He's lost over 20 lbs and I've lost 17 :) so having supportive friends makes a huge difference.
  21305095
May 4, 2012 9:18 PM
Huh, some really interesting answers :) Thanks guys :D
  21549003
May 4, 2012 9:28 PM
Not losing weight - seems no matter what I do (and I'm talking dealing with nutritionist, doctors and such like) I can not get to the weight I want, I'm always told the same thing and I get tired of hearing it and lose heart.
I know to workout for eternal strength is important too, but I guess I'm shallow that I want to hit my goal weight as well lol
So here's to another try with a different approach and maybe it will work :P

Hope you don't hit the stop restart point :)
Best of luck to you on your journey :)
May 4, 2012 11:34 PM
First time was because my self esteem was already being walked all over by my then-boyfriend, and I felt like I deserved it. So I gave up and just kept eating, because it wasn't like he'd stop if I got skinny anyway.
  19786638
May 5, 2012 1:38 AM
I have started and stopped a few times. I think it comes down to cravings and for some our health. I have a massive thyroid issue (TSH around 17) and I suck at taking my meds so it is mostly my fault. It comes down to the determination to make the change and just do it. Now, even if I have a bad day, I realize that tomorrow is a new day and I start all over again. You never really give up.
  1534253
May 5, 2012 3:12 AM
First time, final exams at university. Second time there was a takeover at work. Third time too many "special occasions". Fourth time, work.
May 5, 2012 3:16 AM
I quit smoking. I ate a ton of crap, wanted to sleep all day, and just didn't feel like doing crap. So I pretty much got lazy! Looking at pictures is what got me back into it. I must say that I feel much better already.
May 5, 2012 3:18 AM
I stopped the first time because I came very close to / pretty much did develop an eating disorder from obsessing too much about food.

I decided being skinny wasn't worth being miserable or isolating myself or ruining relationships with bfs/family and friends for.

Then I gained it ALL back and decided I needed to lose again but am trying very hard to maintain a healthy relationship with food whilst doing it (which sometimes I fail at, sometimes I do well) .. weight is less of a priority this time despite weight loss being an ultimate goal.

I was happier being skinny than being fat, but I pretty much sacraficed my health and my relationships for it and that's not worth it.
May 5, 2012 3:30 AM
Not just the first time, but the first and second times. I lost a ton, got about to where I am now, and just gradually lost motivation and gained it all back, plus some. I never did fad or quick fix diets, and considered it a lifestyle change, but didn't stick to it for maintenance. I remember trying to lose again in the meantime, but just didn't have my head where it needed to be.

This is my biggest worry--that I'll gradually let those old habits come back AGAIN. I know that I need to take care of myself forever and not let go ever again.
  6791790
May 5, 2012 3:40 AM
I wrecked my knee, had surgery, slow recovery, and continued to eat like I was exercising regularly through it all.
  18995058
May 5, 2012 3:49 AM
I saw the Charles Barkley commercial about Weight Watchers for Men. I tried it for a bit and did not have any luck. The eat all the fruit in moderation you want was just too tempting for me. No will power lol. I actually gained weight. Much better results with MFP for me so far.
  14220844
May 5, 2012 3:52 AM
I was doing MFP for 5mths first time and I lost 10kg in that time... Then I was away from home for 3wks and had little to no control over my diet - things started to go downhill... Then holidays, then xmas/new year, hen more holidays ect... Even after 5mths, I was surprised how quick the weight came back and how easily I slipped back into bad habits : /

However, I wasn't active on the website then so I didn't have the support I have now. It helps keep me focused when I know ppl are watching!!
  1378180
May 5, 2012 4:11 AM
First time,I stopped because I reached my goal weight.
"Nice," I thought, "now I can start eating normally again". So I stopped counting, and started eating. And slowly more and more bad eating habits crept their way back into my diet again. And then I got lazy with exercising because I never was fond of it in the first place.

Slowly, the weight built up again and my clothes got tighter. "Fine," I told myself, "I'll start losing that weight again, I've done it before, right? But I'll do it tomorrow because I can't be bothered today"
And tomorrow became next monday, next week, once the weather clears up, after the summer holidays... while the weight piled up and up until I was bigger then where I started.

At that point I told myself "See, dieting doesn't work. Obviously I'm meant to be fat. Woe is me!" And I ate some more because I felt sorry for myself.
In the end I got fed up with being fat, lazy and feeling sorry for myself, and joined here. I know I can lose the weight again, I did it before. For me the hard thing is keeping it off.

What I'm planning to do different this time is to not stop logging once I reach my goal weight, but to log for at least a year at maintenance to get the hang of eating properly. I'm also planning on adding more exercise to my routine. The first time I lost weight I barely exercised, and with hindsight the last few pounds were really hard to lose because I could eat so little.
I love my food, so this time, rather then eating less I'll exercise more so I can keep having my treats and nice meals every now and again.
I'm also making it my goal to find exercise I like so I'll do it for fun rather then because I have to, and that way I'll keep doing it.
  21080121
May 5, 2012 4:18 AM
I found this app and used it for ages, but i never had the online community part of it and just stopped using it.

For some reason i decided to try this online and did for a while but never used the community aspect... But once I did thats when everything changed and I got a lot more serious about all of this!

Now I would say my whole love revolves around fitness and eating right, which is both a good and bad thing
May 5, 2012 7:43 AM
For me, it's always been about instant gratification. If there wasn't an instant success, then I would quit. I always forgot that this is a journey and not a destination. This time, I'm working on changing my mind set and doing it for me (instead of for everyone else).
  16777865
May 5, 2012 7:44 AM
QUOTE:

I found this app and used it for ages, but i never had the online community part of it and just stopped using it.

For some reason i decided to try this online and did for a while but never used the community aspect... But once I did thats when everything changed and I got a lot more serious about all of this!

Now I would say my whole love revolves around fitness and eating right, which is both a good and bad thing


And this community is awesome. Full of people trying to do the same thing. I started on my own because I needed to know I could do it without the help. Now the support of others and providing support is what keeps me going.
  16777865
May 5, 2012 2:22 PM
Went from 16st 7 to 11st 13 about 8 years ago. Met a girl, settled down, had 2 kids and comfortable living ensued. Gym stopped, takeaways and eating out increased. Got back up to 16st 7lb late last year. Missus left me in Oct 2011 and within a week was seeing someone else. I moved back to Mum's and the situation gave me the kick up the backside to build a new healthy lifestyle and start my fitness routines again. Got down to 12st 5 in last 6 months, and no chance of going back (despite stress causing the odd blowout). On a mission to become a PT/Nutritional advisor and be fit/healthy for my two wonderful children.
May 5, 2012 6:07 PM
QUOTE:

Went from 16st 7 to 11st 13 about 8 years ago. Met a girl, settled down, had 2 kids and comfortable living ensued. Gym stopped, takeaways and eating out increased. Got back up to 16st 7lb late last year. Missus left me in Oct 2011 and within a week was seeing someone else. I moved back to Mum's and the situation gave me the kick up the backside to build a new healthy lifestyle and start my fitness routines again. Got down to 12st 5 in last 6 months, and no chance of going back (despite stress causing the odd blowout). On a mission to become a PT/Nutritional advisor and be fit/healthy for my two wonderful children.


Aw, wow. I totally know about letting yourself go after getting married and having kids lol!! I'm so sorry about the rest though :( SUPER proud of you for picking yourself up and pushing through.

My daughter is my main inspiration too, I don't want to be a bad influence on her and have her grow up "the fat kid" like I did.

Good for you!! <3
  21549003
May 6, 2012 5:34 AM
I lost about 7 stone a decade ago and then found a breast lump (which proved to be benign) but for a few weeks the stress of that took over my life and I think I associated finding it with being slimmer and I went off the rails and gradually put it all back on but have just got under the weight I was when I started that original campaign of weight loss so feel enthused to do it all again. Doing a lot more exercise this time too!
  20223889
May 3, 2013 4:16 PM
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