My Weight-Loss Story
Welling seeing how this is a food and health blog I figured you all would like to know where I came from! My whole life I’ve had food issues which ranged from being largely overweight to obsessively thin.
Life started out normally enough. I was a shy and quiet child but I was happy enough with my older sister, Whitney, always keeping me company. My eating issues didn’t arise until the day my father and mother informed us they were getting a divorce at age 7. We both turned to food for comfort and due to this escape mechanism, I can honestly say I can’t remember ever being thin.
Being the only fat Japanese-American in Montana, I of course struggled with teasing and low self-esteem throughout my entire childhood. In middle school I eventually went to eating only one meal a day and working out for 3 hours every night. I lost a lot of weight (never did get on the scale but I’m sure it was a ton) very quickly. However, this crash dieting never works. I caved and began eating again and put it all back on. In high school I turned to binging and purging along with a vegan diet in order to restrict myself even more. I was never a healthy vegan. I lived off popcorn and Oreos. Once I became sick enough I gave that up as well. (I also avoided cameras like the plague so very few pictures) I honestly didn’t know what to eat to be a healthy weight because I never learned how.
I continuously yo-yo’ed on the scale until the summer of 2009 when I decided enough was enough. I joined Weight Watcher’s and lost a successful 42lbs in about a half a year. Weight Watcher’s was wonderful because there was a resource at my finger tips teaching me how to eat! And of course it was simpler than I knew. “Eat real food, not too much, mostly plants.” – Michael Pollan “In Defense of Food”
Unfortunately, after getting to my goal weight I flew to Japan for a three month long internship. The majority of my newly learned good habits went bye-bye when I was forced to eat anything I could. I only tried veganism for one year in high school, but I have been a vegetarian since I was 11. Japan is not vegetarian friendly. I soon learned there that when there was something I could eat, I better eat all of it because there might not be something later. I also allowed myself to eat a lot of junk food just to get the calories in I needed to survive. I became an adamant snacker again.
I came back to the states with a lot of realizations. 1) I had no passion for the Japanese language. It wasn’t what I wanted to do with my life. I quickly dropped the major and started focusing on a Registered Dietitian career path. 2) I needed to learn to cook real food and I need to learn now! Not having the ability to cook in Japan really made me grasp how important it is in order to understand and appreciate how your food is made. I came back and baked my very first pie! No foods were off limits. Don’t hate your food; Love it!
This blog was officially started on May 17th, 2011 in order to help me stay responsible for what I eat and to (hopefully) help others out there re-learn to eat by setting an example. Thanks for reading and be sure to leave a comment!
I had “blue” eyes since I was 14 years old thanks to my wonderful optometrist mother and her amazing colored contacts. ~.^ My eyes are now their original brown since I received LASIK eye surgery in January 2012!
I am a recovering gaming-addict. I played Blizzard’s World of Warcraft MMO for 5 years of my life and I refuse to let another game suck me in again. It took cutting myself off from it to lose the 42 lbs with Weight Watcher’s and while I miss the companionship the environment supplied, I will not go back. That doesn’t mean I’m still not a geek though!
When I am hungry, look out.