Weightloss story

I was always skinny. As a kid and teenager I was a rake. Well after about 13 I was a rake with boobs, but I was always thin.

Me again!  I loved my Smurfs!

Such a tomboy! 1989
Age 13 1989

Skinny ME!!
Age 14 1990

Me in 1991 - Makeover
Aged 15, 1991

The first time I ever gained weight was when I was pregnant with Ashley, when I was 17/18. I went from about 45kg (99lb) to 79kg (173lb) This is the only photo I have of me pregnant.

My 18th Birthday
My 18th birthday 1994

But I didn't keep that weight on for long. By the time Ashley was 6 months old I was tiny again. I didn't diet or anything, I think breastfeeding and being young helped. I got back down to around 50kg (110lb). Over the next couple of years I stayed around that weight, give or take 5-10lbs.

Me & Ashley 1994
Me & Ashley 1994



Me on the left. 1995/6

This is me on my 20th birthday. The photo is horrid but I am still really thin. It's a good reference for when you see my 21st birthday photo.


Me at 20, 1996

Around this time I started seeing someone and slowly the weight started creeping on again. At first it was only a small amount. In the photo below I had gone from a size 8 to a 12 (Australian sizes, that would be a US 4 to an 8)

Me third from the left

Ok so here is my 21st birthday photo. I had gained a BUNCH of weight by now. Things had gotten pretty bad in the relationship and I was very depressed and sought comfort in food.

21st birthday 1997

Another one from around that time. With Ashley at the beach.

Me at 21 or 22

Luckily for me I had a wonderful friend who realised how bad my relationship was a helped me get out of it. She has no idea how grateful I am to her. This is her and I.


Almost immediately after I left my ex the weight just dropped off. I didn't even really have to try to lose it. Sadly I don't have many photos from this time. Here are a few.

Me at 23, 1999




Me & Cristie
Me & Cristie 1999

I started seeing a new guy and it wasn't long until we moved in together. Then of course the weight came back. I actually don't mind how I look here. I am probably about 65-70kg (145-155lb)

Me in 2000
Me in 2000

This was the first time I ever joined Weight Watchers. Here I am with a bunch of my WW friends from when I first joined in 2000. I weighed about 68kg (150lb)

Me at 24, 2000. I am in the pink shirt on the left.

Sadly my boyfriend at the time wasn't very supportive of my WW journey and so I never really lost much weight on it. I kept gaining the weight and after a few years I was the heaviest I had ever been, even when I was pregnant.

I had a company ball to go to in 2002 and I felt so horrible in my dress. 

Me in 2002

This relationship struggled on for over 5 years, but after the first couple of years it was really just like 2 people who shared a house. There was no intimacy or anything. I was extremely depressed and had 0 self esteem. Then in mid 2004 I started losing weight. I have no idea how it happened. I had made some new friends at work and was socialising more so I think my confidence had returned. Finally in October 2004 we broke up. 

By the time of the work Christmas party came I had lost a bit more weight and was able to wear something I liked. I was still overweight but I was feeling a lot better about myself.

Me & friend December 2004

The weight kept coming off. Then on New Years Day I started talking to a guy in the USA. We became really good friends really quickly and soon enough started having more serious feelings for each other. During that time I dropped even more weight. This is me the first time we webcammed.

Me 2005
March 2005

Here I am dressed for work:

April 2005
April 2005

When I flew to the US in May 2005 to visit him I was about 60kg (132lb). Here are some photos from my visit:

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May 2005

Our last night
May 2005

And here I am when I got back:

Back from the USA
June 2005

I kept the weight off once I got back. The stress of missing him and working out how we would be together helped with that! Once he arrived in Australia in December I was still thin.

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December 2005

Sadly having him finally home with me meant we celebrated a lot and food was always around. And wine! So the weight started coming back. 

I hated how I looked for our wedding. Looking back, I am shocked at how much weight I actually gained in such a short time. Here is one of the few photos we have:

Wedding
February 2006

Over the next couple of years I was in between 70-80kg (154 - 176lb)

A rare moment of hotness
February 2007

Job Interview
December 2007

FGR - My, what is that you're wearing?
May 2008

Ok now we are into photos in the US.

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March 2009

May 2009

Old photo March 2010
March 2010

Here I weighed about 95kg / 210lb roughly:

April 2010

And here I am at around 91kg / 200lb. Size 16 jeans.

Dec 2010, after losing about 10lbs
December 2010

And here are the ones since I started my Weight Watchers Journey:

Here I am 3 months into my weight loss and I am wearing the same jeans as above. They are hanging off me. I weighed 84kg / 185lb

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March 2011

Here I am a couple more months later. 79.5kg / 175lb. 

May 2011

76.5kg / 168lb. Size 12 capri pants

July 2011

Ok so I need to update this! Here are some more during and now at goal pictures:

74.9kg/164.8lb

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August 2011

72.4kg / 159.4lb. Size 10 jeans

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September 2011
156lb/70.9kg. Weight loss comparison shot. A 48lb/22kg bag of dog food and at this stage I had lost 45lb with WW:

Weight loss comparison
October 2011


150.6lb/68.4kg. Size 8 Skinny Jeans

December 2011


149.2lb/67.8kg. Size 6 Dress

31/365 - Summertime
January 2012

146lb/66.3kg - Weight Watchers Goal!! WOOOHOOOO!

Ready for Spring!
February 2012

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February 2012
Size 6 skinny jeans!!!!!!

60/365 - Leaping for Leap Year
February 2012
Dressed up!
March 22nd 2012 - My 36th birthday wearing a dress I hadn't been able to wear in 7 years.

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April 12 2012

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February 2013

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May 2013


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June 2013

So I managed to stay at goal for a few months but my Weight Watchers leader retired and I just didn't like the new leader. So I stopped going to my meetings. And slowly the bad eating crept back in. Soon I was gaining weight.

Finally at the end of September I got on the scales and saw 165lb (75kg). I was so angry and disgusted with myself. I couldn't believe I had allowed myself to gain back 1/3 of what I had lost. So I signed up for My Fitness Pal and am now tracking calories. I am also going to try to get in some exercise too. 


8 comments:

  1. You look brilliant! Thanks for sharing the good - and the not so good!! Very inspiring!!

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  2. Nikki I am so glad you have foun d the way ! you are looking fantastic and soo much healthier .:) lots of love Mum <3

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  3. Fantabulous Nikki ,What a Journey!! You Rock
    Your a Star <3 <3 <3

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  4. you look GREAT! i love the outfit from the december 2011 photo. very cute and the last pic is just the icing on the cake. what an inspiration you are!

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  5. go nikki, go nikki!!!!

    i love this! and your new header!

    congrats on all you have achieved!!!

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  6. You look fantastic! What an incredible journey! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  7. Just found your blog and now following!! Love your pics - you look amazing!! Very inspiring!!

    Eve xoxo

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  8. This is fabulous, your pics are wonderful, thanks for sharing

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