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help! 25th school reunion! i gained 100lbs!

I just found out about it. They are having a beach party! What can I do? it is only 3 months away

Fri. May 4, 9:47pm

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Without surgery, you can expect to lose 15-20 lbs in that time, maybe even 30 if you are blessed with discipline of steel, knowledge, family encouragement, AND an agreeable metabolism. Is that enough for you to feel good about going to the beach to meet up with people you haven't seen in decades?

Sorry if this doesn't sound "supportive", but in your shoes (and I have, unfortunately, been there - college 10th), I just wouldn't go. But I'd start working on losing weight right away so that the next time a big event comes up, that 100 lbs might be more like 80 or 50 or better.

Friday, May 04, 2007, 11:13 PM

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I agree with the 1st poster except that, and I don't mean to sound rude or harsh but you might be able to lose close to 40 since you have a lot to lose. And if your just starting your weight loss journey the heavier you are the fast you lose in the beginning. So if your really diligent the first month you might just be able to drop 20 pounds. Cut you calories to about 1400, drink lots of water and exercise, exercise, exercise. But if you happen to lose a lot quickly don't be surprised or discourage when after a few weeks or a month it starts to slow down.

Also, the 25th reunion is a big deal. Even if you don't feel like you want to look wouldn't it be worth it to see how everyone else turned out? Did you go to your 10th or 20th? If it were me I would make an all out effort and do my best and go. I bet your not the only one who's put on the pounds.

Saturday, May 05, 2007, 12:56 AM

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not what you asked, but the subject has come up...

as someone who has gained weight since HS and was on student council... i've worked very hard planning my HS reunions and have gained about 30 lbs since HS. i had a lot of anxiety about how i look too. then the reunion arrives, and it doesn't matter. the focus is on the people. i also notice that other women have gained weight. i don't judge them, i think "wow, i'm not the only one". then there are people who don't show b/c they gained weight, or went bald, or think they're not successful enough - and they are missed. if your reunion is the spark to set off the weight-loss journey, wonderful. but please don't let being different than you were in HS keep you from going and reconnecting with your classmates.

Saturday, May 05, 2007, 8:51 AM

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I second the above poster - go ahead and use the reunion as a reason to take better care of yourself - but by all means go to the reunion! It really doesn't matter how you look - these are people who remember you when you were young and , for the most part, they see the young you when they look at the current you. I went to my 20th and 25th as well as a choir reunion last year ... my 30th is this fall ... and they have been some of the most uplifting experiences of my lifetime - such an atmosphere of warmth and good wishes.

Saturday, May 05, 2007, 11:08 AM

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I skipped my 20 year HS reunion because I had gained so much weight and then REALLY regretted not being there. My close friends from HS decided to put together a mini reunion this August with just a dozen people or so. I'm not missing this 2nd chance. Even though I'm still 98 lbs overweight, I'm willing to fly 2 states away to see them because I know they'll love me anyway. I've missed too many things in life due to shame. NO MORE! I'm living life NOW, while the pounds are coming off.

Good luck, I hope you go to your reunion whether you lose weight or not.

Saturday, May 05, 2007, 9:20 PM

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