Freshman 15....Actually, sophomore 15

Anne - posted on 07/09/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter left for freshman year determined not to gain the "freshman 15." She definitely succeeded; however, her college choice didn't work out (partially because she was very far away, and I didn't do well....but that's another story...). Anyway, she came home and attended a junior college for one year (2010-2011 school year). During that time, she began to gain weight. At first I didn't notice, but it did become apparent to me later. (She later told me that she was unhappy and she ate to make herself feel better.) When it became time to shop for school clothes last fall (she was transferring to another 4 year university), she became upset that clothes didn't look the way they used to, but we bought some new items, and she seemed to feel better. When she came home at Christmas, she said that she wanted to lose weight, and I said that I didn't think it would be that hard. She started the new semester eating healthy foods and going to the gym. She then got mono and could't exercise, and her whole exercise regimen stopped. It appears to me that now that she keeps gaining weight, but it doesn't bother her anymore. It does, however, bother me. My gut tells me that I shouldn't say anything because that could create even more problems, but it's really hard not to. She does seem happy, and I should respect and be grateful for that, but I miss the way she used to look. Does anyone have any advice for me?

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Anne - posted on 07/13/2012

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Hi Francine! Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to my question. It is exactly the advice that I needed to hear. I appreciate so much your thoughts and will do as you advised....just let her be. Thank you again so much.

Francine - posted on 07/11/2012

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Just be there for her. She's got to make her own mistakes in order to get back up. You have to let her be.

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