Ah, Paris. I love you so much more than you love me. All the women in Paris look like this young woman. They exude fashion sense and good taste. Walking around in Paris is a veritable moveable feast in style and sophistication. Except, of course, in the heavily trafficked tourist areas where the out-of-towners blight the landscape.
I say this with no apologies. I felt extremely uncomfortable in Paris as an overweight, under-dressed American. But, in that reality, I was able to appreciate Paris all the more. Sort of the old yarn, “I wouldn’t want to be a member of a club who’d have me as a member.”
Don’t misunderstand, this frank acknowledgement doesn’t mean I have low self-esteem or feel badly about myself. It’s more of a recognition that looks are a form of Art. I had forgotten this until I visited Paris. It gave me a new perspective on beauty. I tell my daughters (who are incredibly beautiful) not to define themselves by their looks. I believe this wholeheartedly, but there is a virtue in complementing your beautiful surroundings with your own beauty. Not sure I’m conveying this correctly, but it was a great learning experience and one I will remember for a very long time.
Now, onto weight loss issues.
Of course, it’s nearly impossible to avoid sugar and carbs in France. I did really well for the first few days, but eventually broke down. I even had pommes frites and pasta at one point. I was really worried that when I returned to the US, that I would have gained ten pounds or so. Much to my delight, however, I actually lost a HALF POUND! I know why, too. We WALKED the entire city, every day. I wish I had my Fitbit in Paris, because – guaranteed – I was walking over 10K every day. The best surprise for me was that I was able to walk these long distances without the usual resting, etc. My feet hurt, but I was not out of breath or exhausted, etc. I had no problem taking the long flights of stairs or going up hills. It’s a testament to the work I’ve been doing.
After a wonderful trip, and a good few days catch-up and back to my new normal eating, I am very proud to report I have lost 40 pounds. I feel great, and am looking forward to continuing with my 50% off campaign. Someday, when I can wear the clothes I’m collecting on Pinterest, I will return to Paris. And slip in quietly unnoticed, which will indeed be a beautiful thing.