I came across this
website a while back, and fell in love with it. Recently, their sister site posted a 5-week bento challenge, motivating people to eat more bento lunches for health, weight loss, and budgety goodness. Check it out right here
. I am all about this, it's a great motivation, and a great way for me to learn more about my camera! Check out people's bento photos here
I've been slacking off BIG TIME in posting my meals. So I am going to re-start with the bento challenge, but continue it further here in my journal. As a good starter for me, I'd like to share a few photos and a little info behind me and my weight challenges - both sides of the scale, folks. ^_^
First off, here's my senior photo, with me at about 200 lbs. I topped at around 250. What can I say - I grew up in a family of junk-food junkies. My mom USED to cook, now she re-heats.
Next is me at my healthiest. I was cooking for myself, and eating vegetables, fruit, and a fairly meat-free diet. I was hovering around 135, thin, but with a bit of padding in all the best girie places. This is from Halloween, not a goth-night out on the town. ^_^
This is where things got scary. This photo is me around 100 lbs. Note the clavicle! I was eating less than 800 calories a day, more like 400 most days. I had a lot of meals of cigarettes, coffee and altoids. My thinnest was at 75 lbs.
So how did I get back to my current weight of 190? Had a baby, complete with weight scare form the doctors - my daughter was barely 6 lbs soaking wet. Went to culinary school, met the man of my dreams and moved to Yosemite National Park, where my new diet was burritos, frozen egg rolls, and beer. Now I've become too comfortable in my work as a Pastry Chef. Butter, chocolate, and bacon are frequent visitors to my belly.
Now I'm ready to regain my healthy self. I want more energy, a sexier body, and better health. I want to wear cute clothes, rather than hanging out all day in my cooks pants - the forgiving elastic waistband and balloon-like fit are like heaven for fat chicks.I want to be HEALTHY! No more starving myself, no more feeling bad about myself, no more guilt for a bite of chocolate!
Just being comfortable in my own skin again.