Since living in France, I have lost more than 50 pounds.
The battle is not over, I still have about 30 to go, and I will tell you the secret(s) of my French success!
To be perfectly honest, it was both equally easy and hard!
When I first arrived in France, I noticed how SMALL everything was, I will explain this in detail a little later on. The second thing I noticed was PRACTICALITY.
As I have mentioned in previous posts, France has taught me to look at things in a different light.
Remember how I said how everything is small?
Take our vehicle, for example. We drive a Twingo, which is equivalant to a donkey.
Like a donkey, it is not comfortable, however, practical.
There is no air conditioning, no seat warmers, no cup holders, no automatic windows or locks, and did I mention it is a stick shift as well?
On an interesting note, the ashtray is about half the size of our glove compartment.
In local restaurants, tables and chairs are very close together, and speaking of the chairs... well, let's just say that I have a fear of breaking one.
Plus, while walking down the street, I also noticed the looks of pity from being overweight.
So the secrets of my success are fear and embarrassment.
It's very French, come to think about it. The French use negative reinforcement to change you, whereas I grew up with positive reinforcement, however it's more than just that.
After speaking to one of my close French friends, she said,
"it is about taking care of
That is when it hit me, I wasn't taking care of myself and I hadn't been for a really long time. Old habits die hard, so I didn't jolt to change overnight, but rather it was a decision to reintroduce pleasure back in my life.
With that in mind, I do things that give me pleasure. I window shop walking around the city for hours on end. I ride my bike to the grocery store. I ride my bike to friends houses or I walk. I eat smaller portions of everything (attempt to anyway). I walk my dog, above all, I find pleasure in it! I enjoy it.
It pleases me to do these things - plus, even though I feel exactly the same size as I was in the States, I know I am not, because I'm not the same person as I was when I lived there, and that is a good thing!
So, here is to my last 30 pounds.... I won't miss your stubborness and thank you for teaching me patience.
Bonjour et Bienvenue!
Thank you for stopping by for a spell!
I am a 40-something year old American woman. Born in Texas, raised in Las Vegas!
Frenchified for Life
is a fabulous little lifestyle blog about truly embracing French life!
My intent is to simply inspire you to create something unique and beautiful in your everyday life. The French have this wonderful and annoying habit of seeing the world through rose colored glasses, might as well learn something from them!
That said, I lift my glass to you!
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