Leanne Nalani

Chapter 2:

Second Gain & Second Weight Loss

“Gluttony is not a secret vice.” – Orson Welles


Most of us who have struggled with weight are probably familiar with weight gain being connected to life changes. This is where the saga continues.

I started high school. I got a serious boyfriend. I increased my secretarial work hours to half-day. It all went downhill from there.

10th Grade – Rocky Horror Picture Show


11th Grade


High School Graduation Luau


Thanksgiving, Same Year


Here we display the result of not properly maintaining a weight loss. In other words I stopped paying attention to what I ate and stopped exercising. The photos don’t show it well, but I think I was hiding from the cameras as I grew older and heavier. Between 10th grade and 6 months post-graduation, all the weight came back.

Did I mention the regular Sunday morning breakfasts at Denny’s, late night Taco Bell runs, 1am Denny’s coffee (and junk food) hours, or the daily high school soft serve and Italian cream soda orders?

With Running Start I stopped attending the local high school to trade my senior year for community college. This is when I started using Fitday.com and exercising again.

The Internet had provided me with a wealth of knowledge as I critically researched what my body needed to lose weight. There were websites that calculated how many calories, fat, carbs, and protein I needed based on my personal statistics. Our Smartphones do that today, but back in 2000 it was challenging to find.

From there I logged food and exercise on the Fitday website. I joined my mom’s halau (hula group) once a week which was very fun. I added Tae Bo with Billy Blanks and spinning in the spare bedroom while watching reruns of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

The weight dropped off once again.

Sister’s Graduation, Age 20

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