Leanne Nalani











Chapter 3:

Third Gain & Third Weight Loss

“If hunger is not the problem, then eating is not the solution.” – Author Unknown

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Another life transition, another bad choice. This time from 2001-2005 I gained 75 pounds.

College, Age 20, 2003

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Hawaii, Age 21, 2003

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College, Age 22, 2004

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University was a difficult but liberating experience. Lots of studying mixed with partying and dating. All these things along with quitting exercise – AGAIN – Were the perfect concoction for weight gain.

I graduated with my BA in elementary and special education, had a job lined up for the fall, and even had a year-long serious boyfriend. We moved in together and started our lives. One tricky part about being a short woman struggling with weight is when you’re in a new relationship. Sometimes you end up eating the same foods and the same portions as your significant other, who is male and 7″ taller!

Graduation, Age 23, 2005

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I had gained all the weight back and then some. I felt like crap and was depressed. My chest sometimes had stabbing pains that made me worry. Finally I saw my doctor. Would you be surprised that he recommended I lose weight? In fact, he knew my mom was doing Weight Watchers and suggested I join her. That fall, as a brand new teacher, I started my career and my weight loss together.

Summer Before Teaching, Age 23

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October 2005, Age 23

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Mom and I went to Weight Watchers meetings on a weekly basis. It was working well to have a support system, incentives at meetings, and a points-based program! I also started blogging on Extrapounds, which was a lot of fun and very helpful.

Spring 2006, Age 23

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May 2006, Age 24

This is around the time I began exercising. I don’t know why I’d waited so many months to begin. Our apartment building had its own little state of the art gym overlooking Lake Washington, so I started using the elliptical there several days a week. It became such an enjoyable activity that people sometimes called me the “Queen of the Elliptical Machine” because I’d be there like clockwork every day.

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August 2006, Age 24

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December 2006, Age 24

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Spring 2007

Goal reached and exceeded! I still wear those jeans.

It felt amazing to be thin and healthy. I continued going to Weight Watchers meetings even after my mom stopped. Alas, without the people I knew attending the meetings I also stopped.

As you can guess, the yo-yo went back up.



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