We won’t sugarcoat it: Changing a lifetime of unhealthy eating habits and poor exercise patterns is hard. (So are these 9 Things No One Ever Warned You About Losing Weight.) Weight loss takes time, perseverance, and dedication—and sometimes a little something extra to light that spark of motivation. It might be a wedding or a class reunion, the birth of a child, a health scare, or a traumatic experience—everyone has a reason, a different “aha” moment that pushed them to begin their health and fitness journey. So we asked seven women to pinpoint the moment they realized they needed to lose weight. Here, their stories.