When I finally decided to make this change in my life I knew I weighed over 300lbs. It was always in the back of my mind to start exercising and losing weight, and its always something I would 'get around to'.
A number of small things this year helped get me started. Having a hard time finding clothes that fit me, getting winded going up and down the stairs at work. and air travel, I am always uncomfortable in those small airplane seats. This was far more evident in how uncomfortable I was flying to Miami in Jan 2010 and even more so when I flew to Las Vegas in July 2010. The trip back from Vegas was quite bad especially when boarding the airplane in Vegas without any air conditioning. We sat on the tarmac for 15 minutes while they were getting the plan ready and had no air conditioning for what seemed like an eternity.
Another small thing was being at Canada's wonderland in July 2010. I have never really like thrill rides but was there and willing to try, at least the ones I thought I could fit on. I avoided anything that I thought would have any chance of turning me away. That worked fine for a time, until I went on this one coaster. I was able to fit in (barely) on my first ride and liked that ride enough to try it a second time. My second time back 10 minutes later I didn't fit. I have to get off the ride, pick up my shoes and take the 'walk of shame' I waited for my family who were on the ride. It was a pretty humiliating moment and I did not let on that it bothered me.
I finally made the decision to make the change in my life when my kids when back to school in September and stopped needing to go to daycare before and after school I made the commitment that I would start to go the gym on a regular basis 3 times a week after work. That means going directly to the gym right after work and not even stopping at home.
I got a family YMCA membership in September and asked a friend of mine to be my gym partner. The first week was very painful, sore all over my body (but in a good way). My first weigh in day I stepped on the scale and was shocked to find out that my weight had crept up to 310lbs. This was a another moment of realization of how big I had gotten. I did not let this bother me and I was not going to let it stop me from achieving my goal.
The other change I wanted to make was with my diet. I didn't really want to diet, so what I did instead was to be really aware of what I was eating, how much I was eating and when I was eating and cut out the bad eating habits.
I wanted to be disciplined and ensure that I was always eating breakfast every day, and not eating anything after I ate supper. I eliminated all sweet sugary drinks and cut out snacking. I would allow myself a cheat day every 10 days, and didn't beat myself up if I cheated a bit here and there.
My goal when I started was to be 270lbs by Christmas 2010, and to be down to around 230lbs by September 2011 one year after starting the life change.