The AHA! Moment


That AHA! Moment

Every journey to a healthy lifestyle begins with an “AHA!” moment — that pivotal revelation that says, “That’s IT! I don’t like where I am and I’m finding my way ‘Out of the Fire’ now!”

TheFatGuy would like to hear your AHA! Moment. Tell him and all about it in the comments below. Our stories are powerful, and yours could be just the ‘spark’ someone else needs to get moving forward and ‘keep’ moving forward.

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TheFatGuy’s AHA Moment!

As TheFatGuy takes a moment to reflect on the events surrounding his AHA moment, it all seems very surreal that he is presenting his story to people, doing a ‘photo shoot’, and being involved in so much in life now. He took a moment to look at the above picture of him in February of 2009. It was a tough time for him mentally, physically, and emotionally. The picture shows him with his wonderful niece and lovely wife at a production of 42nd Street at Wando HS that month. He hardly fit in the theater seats, did not feel good in his own skin, and was as unhealthy as he had ever been.  He remembers it like it was yesterday!

Amidst all of his bad and unhealthy feelings then, Polly told him the story that was the catalyst for his journey and changed his life. She came home from a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) meeting and told him they had a speaker that  said if she was in a burning building with the president of the US, the governor of the state, the mayor of her town, the Pope, and all of her family members,  who would be the most important person in the fire? TheFatGuy said who? She said, “I would be the most important person in the fire. Because if I can’t  figure out how to get out, I can’t help anyone else!”             

TheFatGuy knew immediately it was a significant story, but it took about three weeks for it to bounce around in his thick skull before all the pieces fell into place to start his journey on March 2, 2009. He knew is was not good at taking care of himself so how was he going to help anyone else in his life. Polly’s story lead him Out of the Fire! He is  thankful for her inspiration and the great places his journey has taken him thus far.

Note to ME and YOU:  You never know who will impact you and when! Or who you will impact and when! An encouraging word or story could be the acorn that becomes the Giant Oak tree!

Out of the Fire, The Fat Guy!

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6 thoughts on “The AHA! Moment

  1. My AHA moment is a little different than a lot you may read about. It didn’t happen when I was at my heaviest – 402 pounds. Nope – my weight loss journey didn’t BEGIN with an AHA moment, because, at the beginning, I was skeptical. I didn’t know if I could lose weight. I wasn’t sure if I would find success. But I began making changes – small at first – and slowly, those changes (eating less, eating better, moving more) started adding up, and the pounds began falling off. My AHA moment came when I had lost my first 50 or so pounds. It was a quiet moment – I was sitting at my desk at work, and all of a sudden, it just clicked. This is really working! I’m getting the hang of this! And I can keep going! It was then and there that I set my first weight loss goal – to lose another 50 pounds, for a total of 100. I realize now that the great thing about having my AHA moment a little later was that once I had it, I was motivated, and the tools and knowledge were already in place. I already had a foundation to build upon. I reached that goal of losing 100 pounds, and I kept going – and now I’ve kept off the 160 pounds I’ve lost for over two years! A few months after my AHA moment, I began blogging about my journey. You can read more at – hope to see you there! -David

  2. “Justin and I have always been overweight for most of our lives. After a while we made peace with the fact that we were extremely overweight and had sort of given up. I figured we would just eat until we died one day. One day while at work my husband, Justin started having severe pains in his lower back and felt like he had a fever. He was in so much pain that I had to take him to the emergency room. Once there the doctor wanted to scan his kidneys using an MRI machine. Unfortunately, Justin weighed too much, and the machine could not even lift him or function properly. The doctor had to take an educated guess and hope that a kidney infection was the only problem. He was sent home with a strong dose of antibiotics. Justin was at first mortified from the experience and in complete shock. He thought to himself, ‘What if it had been something more serious? What then?’ He next took a very hard look at himself and realized that it was time to make a change. He told me that he was tired of being tired and would rather die trying to get healthy than die in a few years because of his weight. At that time he weighed 592 pounds, and I weighed 341 pounds. Justin sat me down and had a serious talk with me. He told me that he was ready to change his life and wasn’t going to stop until he reached his goals. I was more than welcome to join him, but either way he was doing it. I decided that it was time for me to change my life as well. This was a real wake up call for the both of us. This was our AHA moment that has changed our lives. Now, in just a little over a year and a half, Justin now weighs 225 pounds, and I weight 175 pounds. Together we have lost over 530 pounds combined!”

  3. The “AHA moment” for me came when I was near death in a hospital bed in 2014 and could barely function. I had un diagnosed sleep apnea which had caused other complications as well. I was doing everything wrong and had not listened to what doctors told me for years – eat less… move MORE. That went in one ear and out of the other for many years. When I got out of the hospital almost a month later, I vowed to change my ways and get on the right path. I began modeling what I ate after the types of things that I was given in the hospital. I walked by pushing a cart around the stores to build myself up to where I could eventually go on longer walks. Fast forward a little over a year later, I had lost 100 lbs. Today, my journey continues and I’ve lost 170 lbs and keep taking steps in the right direction every day. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Read more about where my journey started at – See you online! Billy