3 years ago I was going through a bad breakup, I was in the middle of finals season in law school, and I was at one of the lowest points in my life (Don’t worry, the story has a happy ending!). I knew I had to get through finals, and I filled the void with bagels and Thai food. Every. Day. And then, afterwards during my break I filled the void with lots and lots of skiing, which was also accompanied by daily bowls of chowder and chocolate chip cookies. Long story short, by the end of that winter I was quite the chunky monkey and have been struggling to lose that weight ever since. Don’t believe me? Skinny Jen vs Chunky Jen (who covers everything up.)
But in May I decided to lose that weight, about 20 pounds – which is a lot on my 5 foot tall frame. In the middle of all this I got engaged, and so I’ve had the extra incentive of a wedding to lose that extra weight I’ve been carrying for 3 years. The first 10 pounds came of easily enough – but the last 10? Ugh. Hard work. And now ski season is looming and bowls of chowder will be there calling my name all winter. Hello temptation.
My solution? Healthier versions of my favorite foods. First up? This variation on chowder! [Continue Reading]