I read a bit more in FRENCH WOMEN DON'T GET FAT yesterday, and I have the perfect passage to share with you. It's from the beginning of Chapter 3 and it really sums up the essence of what we're doing here:
While diets are often inspired by fear and self-loathing, such emotions do not show the way toward living like a French woman. To embrace recasting, you have to be ready to embrace pleasure and individual happiness as your goals. Sounds paradoxical? At least half our bad eating and drinking habits are careless; they grow out of inattention to our true needs and delights. We don't notice what we are consuming, we are not alert to flavors - we are not really enjoying our indulgences, and therefore we think nothing of them and overdo it.When I first read this, I highlighted it and underlined it; it really hit home. When you're eating, ask yourself if you're really enjoying what's going in your mouth...the flavors, the texture...and, if it's not delicious, why would you keep eating it? Be mindful and conscious...and indulge smartly. It's also about self-confidence: you're amazing so why would you settle for second-best? You're awesome so why would you settle for a low-fat, chemical-laden block of "cheese" rather than something like a tart, crumbly, delicious Bucheron? Don't settle for anything but the best quality you can afford!
I also had a chat via Facebook with a friend who is feeling the same way I am. And she said that, in the past, when she has felt less than her best, she cuts out bread, pasta, and/or red wine for a time - that really helps her get back on track. Which is awesome. Again, know your strengths, know your body. That said, I can't go that route - bread and wine, preferably on a daily basis, are things that I love, that I'm passionate about, that make me content and pleased. So on that note, I like this passage:
Deprivation is the mother of failure. Any program that your mind interprets as punishment is one your mind is bound to rebel against. Whether your pleasure is a glass of wine with dinner or a croissant for breakfast, you simply cannot deprive yourself for extended periods of time and not expect your body to take revenge.Mireille Guiliano goes on to advocate a day of rest, a Sabbath, when you can enjoy those things you love in moderation. But her rules (good ones) are "no junk, good quality, and respectfully savored."
So this is the last of my perhaps overly confessional blog posts, at least for awhile: today, I'm talking about the Zipper Test...photos and all. First, I want to share a pre-French photo of myself (yes, I realize I just had a baby in this picture...but this is very representative of my look since about 14 years old):
And here's post-French - this was the weight I truly felt bien dans ma peau:
Now, I picked my pair of pants and shirt that I'm going to use to help me gauge my success. Some of you are fans of the scale: if you feel like that's the best way for you, then go for it. But I hate the scale and, personally, I feel like it can be so misleading. Another way to gauge your success is using a measuring tape. Again, I'm not a huge fan of that, but that's something else you may want to use.
So here is the shirt:
It's hard to tell from the photo, of course, but the buttons pull so tight around my stomach that you can see glimpses of skin. And here are the pants:
So here we go!
Those of you following along with me, how is your reading going? Are you automatically thinking, "She's full of crap - this won't work for me!" Are you enjoying it? Are you trying the food diary? What quotes do you love? Would love to hear your thoughts!
Eat, drink, and study for the Test! 8-)