Turning point: As an athletic training major in college, I wasn't living by what I was learning. I smoked a pack a day and ate anything and everything I could get my paws on. My 'aha!' moment was just after college graduation, when I stepped on the scale and saw 185 pounds and nearly died (I'm barely 5' 1''). I had no idea my weight had spiraled that far out of control. I knew right then I needed to make a change.
Weight-loss tip: Try different workouts until you find one that makes you happy and that you find fun! If you think it's punishment or torture, you're not going to stick with it. There is something out there that will work for you and that you will actually enjoy!