It took me a really long time to seriously consider losing weight. I never felt ready to do it. I knew I needed to, but I guess I didn't think I could actually do it. I would tell myself I would do it when I was ready, always at some future time. I couldn't break through my inertia.
To tell you the truth, I wasn't sure I could function without eating the way I was eating.
Then I met a woman I knew before who had been overweight for a long time, just like I was. I was shocked to see that she had lost a lot of weight - 53 lbs - and she looked so great. She was totally changed. I thought, if she can do it, why can't I?
I actually asked her for her support, and she gladly gave it. I wanted to know how she did it and she was generous enough to tell me all about it. Not that I did exactly what she did - but she helped me not to feel hopeless and helpless. She gave me the vision of how I could change. She stuck by me, and she taught me. Today we are both thin.