I mentioned in a previous blog post I have committed to
losing weight via the Weight Watchers’ method.
With more than a little grousing and grumbling I have been recording
each morsel making its way into my mouth.
(At least the current system is not as grueling as earlier versions of
Weight Watchers when you had to weigh everything ingested- see the Weight
Watchers episode of Mad Men for a glimpse of how grim it used to be). Every step I take, and every move I make is
tracked via Weight Watchers e-tools.
There is great incentive to garner activity points. These points enable you to swap them for food
(and alcohol) points. Slowly, steadily,
I’ve shed pounds (although this feels like a bit like a “Tortoise vs Hare”
endeavor with me being the tortoise in the dieting race).
My friend Billy has lost 35 pounds through a system similar
to Weight Watchers. It’s easy to talk obsessively about the subject when you
are dieting. Billy, an illustrator (who
has the coolest website- One swell illustrator.com) talked about eating more
“mindfully”, paying attention and appreciating the forkfuls we bring to our
mouths. He mentioned how grabbing a bag
of chips was his afternoon MO prior to entering the weight loss world. Now he reaches for an apple or orange. The ritual of slicing the fruit and its
visual impact on the plate appeals to him. He photographed the image on this page and
captured the texture of the orange slices on red Fiestaware; the juice and pulp lingering on the paring
knife- a mouthwateringly beautiful image. (certainly more attractive than a bag
of potato chips.)
An essential ingredient of Be Brave. Lose the Beige (the
name of this blog and my little company) is mindfulness. It’s doing mundane, every day things in a
novel way. The more inventive we can be
with most aspects of our lives, the richer, more fulfilled they will be. And yes, that even applies to dieting.
I have to admit I’ve actually enjoyed reading Cooking Light for tasty low cal
recipes. I like the menu makeovers for
grilling healthy burgers. I like
discovering and trying out seemingly obscure recipes such as the Indonesian
Vegetable salad. I’m finding this
process interesting; it appeals to my creative spirit. So, whether it be dieting or some other
potentially dreaded endeavor, approaching it with a spirit of mindfulness and
creativity will not only make the endeavor more bearable, but actually life