AIM: The Last Straw

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As we did in February, we’ve chosen this month’s AIM topic from among the questions submitted via the AIM: Ask Us (Almost) Anything form. It’s a two-parter, of sorts.

1. What was your “last straw” moment, or your kick in the butt, or whatever it was that finally made you say “I just have to do this (get healthy)”?

combination lockThe turning point. The a-HAH! moment. The last straw. Whatever you call it, many people who have successfully lost weight can pinpoint an event or situation that served as a catalyst in achieving their goals.

It will surprise no one that I am not one of those people. Rather than a single event, I had more of a convergence of thoughts, sort of like tumblers on a lock falling into place. Two, in particular, caused me to stop and really think about it all:

1) The prolonged illnesses of two long-time friends served as a grisly reminder that time was marching on, and that I’d been very fortunate that my obesity hadn’t affected my own health and if I didn’t want my weight negatively affecting my rapidly approaching “senior years”, I needed to do something.

2) Factoring into all of this was a visit to a cardiologist for a “baseline reading” at the request of my primary care physician. The test went well–no abnormalities according to the heart guy–but a week or so later, I received a call from his office asking me to schedule a re-visit to discuss a blockage and the possibility of a heart cath and some other procedure I’ve forgotten.

Naturally, I couldn’t get an appointment until a week later–the most miserable week of my life! Y’all know I have a wee tendency to over-think things and imagine all sorts of scenarios. I was so scared and worked myself into quite a state.

And all for nothing. There’d been some kind of mix-up with the records, and the cardio doc gave me the all clear. Again.

But it was a good wake-up call, a not-so-gentle nudge that it was time to take control and do something.

And I did.

2. In a few words, what worked? I know that there are a lot of strategies available to us in getting healthier, what was your most beneficial strategy?

As luck would have it, we’ve already addressed this question (I think) way back in our very first AIM post: What’s Different This Time. I’ve also written about it in my post, 5 Weight Loss Habits I Ditched and 6 I Adopted.

If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out the other AIM bloggers to read about their thoughts on the topic:
Lynn @ Lynn’s Weigh
Lori @ Finding Radiance
Debby @ Debby Weighs In
Shelley @ My Journey to Fit

AIM: Adventures in Maintenance is Lynn, Lori, Debby, Shelley, and Cammy, former weight-loss bloggers who now write about life in maintenance. We formed AIM to work together to turn up the volume on the issues facing people in weight maintenance. We publish a post on the same topic on the first Monday of each month. Let us know if there is a topic you’d like us to address!

11 thoughts on “AIM: The Last Straw

  1. I love your phrasing of NOT SO GENTLE NUDGE.
    mine was same.
    I think all of ours fall under that umbrella even though all of ours are different.

  2. I heard the words “pre diabetic” a few weeks before I headed down the scale. While that wasn’t my “aha” moment, as you know, it was definitely another reason to lose weight.

  3. It’s interesting how for so many of us, things converged to get the diet started, rather than having one specific “oh no, my zipper broke” instance…

  4. Wow, that was a scary incident with the cardiologist. What a mistake for them to make! I forgot, that was another of the little factors going through my mind–my dad had also had bypass surgery!

  5. It seems that it’s not one specific moment, but a culmination of a lot things that push just enough to make us change something. I wonder if we have to look harder at not the moment, but something else that makes that change stick over time.

  6. At 180 pounds a doctor sent me for blood work after a women’s exam because I was “obese”. The results reported I was healthy and fine. I remembered feeling crushed that he verbalized his concern and now I kind of giggle. It’s not really funny, but I reached 232 pounds (about 5 years later) before I finally felt the urgency to get control of my health. And blood tests always came back fine. Amazing.

    Thanks for sharing your take on the topic. I always enjoy your reading.

  7. I find it interesting that your nudges were medical – both your own and your friends. I think a lot of people get nudged that way. I suppose the hope is that the nudge is soon enough to preserve not only the quality of life but a good long one!

  8. I was young.. it was all about boy friends & friends & stuff. As I aged, it was different but it really comes down to being able to manage it long term. We can all have the aha moment as Lori wrote about but aha moments don’t stick thru the think & thin, you do… :)

  9. I’ve had my weight on track for a long time now. Thinking back, my “ahah” moment was more of a “oh no” one, because I got it in a clothes store when I couldn’t find anything suitable in my size. All the fancy gear was being reserved for skinny people. The plain crappy clothes was left there for +sized people.

  10. I completely agree with you, I never had a singular epic moment, it was more of series of events that have led me down the healthy path I am now taking :)

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