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 enriching.