Moms Tell: What Inspired Me to Lose Weight

Moms Tell: What Inspired Me to Lose Weight

Several moms explain what finally made them drop the weight -- and get healthy.

By Judy Koutsky

Anyone who has been there knows that losing weight is rarely easy. But often there’s a turning point when women realize that they need to make weight loss a priority. We asked moms to reveal what was that moment that inspired them.

1. Having an overweight son. “I took my 10-year-old to the pediatrician for his annual physical. When the doctor said he needed to lose weight -- and was on the path toward type 2 diabetes -- I knew I had to lead by example. That day my son and I started eating healthier. By the end of the month, we both lost four pounds.” -- Heather, Chicago, Illinois

2. Debunking the baby weight myth. “I have five kids and always used that as an excuse for why I was pudgy. When my youngest turned 4, I realized the ‘baby weight’ was now my regular weight. It motivated me to take action.” -- Sara, Moline, Illinois

3. Having a health scare. “I had ACL knee surgery, and having surgery made me realize just how important my health is. Once I was given the green light to exercise, I made weight loss and ‘clean living’ a priority.” -- Sharon, Tucson, Arizona

4. Looking good for my husband. “It may sound vain, but I always took pride in the fact that my husband found me so attractive. Over the years, I added on extra pounds and while I know he still loved me, I didn’t hear the ‘you look fabulous’ quite as often when I dressed up. Twenty pounds lighter, he’s saying those words again.” -- Dhalya, Austin, Texas

5. Not wanting to end up like my mother. “I love my mom, but she battled her weight her whole life. Always dieting and falling off the wagon. I realized I needed to lose weight and eat healthy every day -- it had to be a complete change in lifestyle -- so that it was no longer a battle, but a way of life.” -- Rose, Seattle, Washington

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6. Wanting to be a good role model. “I have three daughters and I want them to see food as a healthy substance – not something for rewards or deprivation. Together, we all started to take walks, eat more fruits and vegetables, lose the processed food and just be healthy. Losing eight pounds was a byproduct of that.” -- Joan, Tacoma, Washington

7. Wanting to get pregnant. “I had a really hard time getting pregnant and my doctor suggested losing weight. I never knew there was a connection, but as soon as I got down to a healthy scale weight, it happened. I still don’t know if there was a direct connection, but it inspired me to keep up the healthy eating.” -- Fran, New York City


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8. I did it for me. “I went out with my friends one night and we took a group picture. When it was posted online, all I kept thinking was, ‘How did I get so big?’ I remember a friend once saying that the camera takes what the camera sees … and I was seeing a woman who needed to lose some serious weight. That started the path of a 40-pound weight loss.” -- Louisa, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

9. Hearing my doctor encourage it. “As part of my annual OB/GYN exam, my doctor casually brought up my weight. I knew I had been packing on some extra pounds, but having a professional telling me it was time to manage my weight really struck home.” -- Lisa, San Francisco, California

10. Not feeling great. “At the end of the day, my clothes were a bit too tight, I was always tired and low energy, and I just wasn’t feeling great. Truth be told, I was also feeling a bit depressed. A friend suggested going on antidepressants and I decided to get in shape instead. Six months later, I lost 20 pounds and I feel a million times better.” -- Julia, Dayton, Ohio

11. Losing weight together. “My best friend and I meet up at least once a week to ‘eat our emotions’… an excuse to chow down on unhealthy food while gabbing about life. After splurging on brownies and ice cream while complaining about being fat, I realized we needed to do something -- together. So we started running in the mornings. It was hard at first, but losing those first five pounds was all the motivation we needed to keep it up.” -- Renee, San Diego, California

Did something prompt you to lose weight?

Judy Koutsky is the former Editorial Director of KIWI magazine, a green parenting publication. She was also Executive Editor of, AOL Parent and Follow her on Twitter @JudyKoutsky.

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