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)”?
The 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!