How to Savor (and Lose Weight) with Flair

Living with flair means to savor. You take the smallest thing (a punctuation mark, a turtle, a hand in the wind), and like some judge on Iron Chef, you test its quality. Then you announce its worth. Announcing the worth of small things has changed my life this month. I anticipate the greatness of common moments.

Today’s “flair moment” came in the form of a meat cake. They do exist. A friend celebrated her 28th birthday party at my home last night, and someone honored her with a meat cake. The frosting was mashed potatoes whipped as lovely as buttercream. The rosettes were perfectly formed swirls of bacon. It was food art at its best.

I tried a little–just enough to savor the taste. Appreciating its artistry provided more pleasure than the actual eating (although it was good). I love to consider the art in food. Give me sushi or lemon meringue pies, and I’ll enjoy the composition and admire the chef. I tend to not overeat when the food itself is lovely.

And food is lovely. Why don’t I notice it? Eating is common; I do it usually 3-5 times a day, every single day of my life (sometimes more–sometimes a lot more). I tended to not notice my food, though, until this year.

I’ve lost 35 pounds, and it has something to do with living with flair–with savoring things. Stopping to enjoy the beauty of my food has helped me not shove it so quickly, and in such large amounts, into my mouth. Can eating be an act of thanksgiving, of worship, of . . . flair? I want to savor flavors, textures, colors, and smells. I want to take small bites and be completely satisfied with the greatness of small portions. I really don’t need more.

Living with flair means savoring. And, as a result, being satisfied with much less than I thought I’d need (in my stomach and in my life).

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  1. You have to know, I am not starving. I eat just about everything I want. I even had CHEESECAKE during the Storymaker’s conference. But I am aware of what I am eating, how much it takes to fill me up, and where I can avoid sugars altogether. Take that cheesecake, for instance. Did you know that the sugar is mostly in the graham cracker crust? Easy fix—I scraped off the crust. Earlier in the day, I avoided the sandwich roll, which also carries sugar so that I had a few extra grams for the dessert I knew would be coming.Next step, add that hour of exercise. I broke out the Richard Simmons DVDs, so I’ll be Sweatin’ with the Oldies, and once the crazy weather decides to actually STOP snowing, I’ll be walking in the fresh air and sunshine. I’m hoping these activities will keep me on track to lose nearly a pound a day.Even if I don’t, I’m making progress and feeling good. I’ve set my final weight goal, but I am celebrating every pound and every inch left behind along the way.Thanks to all of you who noticed the change. It gives me the motivation I need to keep going.

  2. I weighed in at lunch today and found I was 3.6 lbs lighter than last week (down to 158). Now mind you last week I had a pretty small loss, and it was due to the crazy running I did on the weekend and the fact that my muscles like to hold onto water afterwards. Somehow this didn't happen this past weekend (I really focused on drinking enough water after each race, and some elecytrolytes as well). I am officially back in the “normal” range of BMI. I'm also 2 lbs away from my lowest achieved weight since starting my journey in June 2007. I'm excited, and maybe just a little bit freaked out. I'll be going into unknown territory soon. Sure, I've weighed less in the past, but I've *never* been this healthy or athletic. I wonder what my muscles will look like as I continue to lose weight. I guess I'll just have to wait and see, but I'm definitely pleased with the downward pattern I've been following lately.

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