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Savouring Some Statistics?

Monday, February 27, 2012

Steve Siebold, on Day 5 of fatloser.com, says that right now 66% of people in the USA are overweight or obese. He says it's estimated that by 2020 75% will be overweight or obese: and by 2032, 90%.


I'm Canadian, not American. But I've started looking around the room wherever I am. And yeah. I'd say most of the time about two thirds of those present are overweight . . . generally speaking, verging more towards the obese end of the spectrum.

The stats seem to be bang on. At the grocery store. At the shopping mall. At a large gathering of professional types. And at a much smaller gathering. Even in the lobby at the Y: although not in the gym itself . . . where less than a third of those observed were even overweight. And apparently doing everything they could to exit that category soon.

Of the overweight/obese observed in the majority of situations, I'm betting many of them are not savouring life with all of five of their senses. But savouring mostly what's going in their mouths: focusing primarily on taste.

I'm going to keep right on savouring taste . . . but only giving taste its due. Enhancing my sense of taste by anticipating and fully experiencing hunger. And also savouring sight, smell, sound, touch. In all their no-calorie or calorie-burning variants!

I'm not savouring these statistics. But I'm committed to fully savouring life.

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NANCY- 3/1/2012 7:46AM

Moved this to to where it should be.

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TRAVELGRRL 2/29/2012 7:01PM

    I have certainly noticed a HUGE increase in the number of overweight people, everywhere, just as you have.

Unfortunately, it can be a vicious circle. The less we move, the heavier we get, the less we want to move. I went to a conference in another city with a very heavy woman I worked with. (Don't even get my started on how awful the plane ride was.) She refused to walk to the terminal (a 5-minute walk), preferring to wait 10 minutes for the shuttle bus. We took the elevator up one floor rather than take the stairs.

It was really eye-opening. I am not thin; I am 20-30 pounds from a healthy BMI, but I often wonder how much I would weigh if I had such exercise-adverse habits and attitude!

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DANASEILHAN 2/29/2012 12:22AM


If you were to look at my food record right now you'd be horrified at my calorie count and my food comp. I am aiming for at least 2000 calories a day and the specific macronutrient ratio that I seem to be hitting (wow, this is the first time it's been this easy) for specific reasons. And before this, for a very long time, since I gave up sugar soda especially, if I cut out the stuff that I know is unhealthy for me, I have TROUBLE getting up to 2000 calories a day. And yet I have been over 200 pounds since 2005.

Even now I have to remember to eat. When I get hungry it doesn't come out as stomach growling (well, OK, not all the time) but by me feeling slightly out of sorts and irritable. And really, this is a miracle. In my high-carb days I would experience *blood sugar drops.* I was mentally unstable. When I craved foods it wasn't the high-animal-fat stuff I'm eating now (and also not craving now), it was high-starch stuff like chips and noodles, and high-sugar soda. And the cravings would come and go, probably in tune with my insulin levels.

Given my experience, and given that I have now read Gary Taubes as well, I think you are all putting the cart before the horse.

How many of you have children? And how many of you have observed that if you force your child to eat a lot of food, it makes that child grow taller?

Stupid idea, right? You'd never do something like that.

Well, what makes you think fat people aren't eating more because their bodies are wanting to grow wider?

If you ask yourself that question, then you have to ask yourself, "What makes their bodies want to grow wider?" Gary Taubes answers that question, at least in part. I recommend you all go read him.

P.S. Eat nothing but green salads the rest of your lives and you'll die of malnutrition. Have a nice day.

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PENNYAN45 2/28/2012 11:14PM

    That is a troubling statistic, for sure. Why so many? Why now?

When I was living in London in 2008 - I did not see that many overweight people.

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LISALGB 2/28/2012 9:59PM

    The statistics are really scary - especially for our children. I work with middle school age children and I've noticed that each year there seem to be more and more in my classes that have weight issues.
It is a very sad thing.

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DBCLARINET 2/28/2012 9:15PM

    I've noticed the same thing. The other thing that my dad pointed out to me after reading an article, I think in Newsweek -- people are pairing up based on weight and slowly dividing us into "fat people" and "thin people." You rarely see a thin person married to an obese person (I don't think I ever have). Thin people or fit people seek out similar people, and obese people seek out similar people, and kids model their parents, so it's slowly becoming more pronounced, the delineation between the "thins" and the "fats."

You also said something that hit very close to home: "...although not in the gym itself ... where less than a third of those observed were even overweight. And apparently doing everything they could to exit that category soon."

I have always tended toward thinness, and somehow my college friends had this illusion that I could eat whatever I want and never gain a pound. Once, a friend made that comment during a summer orchestra camp, and a guy I only knew for maybe a week said, "Nah, she's just one of those people who is so afraid of getting fat that she'll never get fat." I never thought of it that way, but it hit so close to home that I just stood there in stunned silence. It cut to the core. It was the absolute truth.

My mom is by no means significantly overweight -- I'm not sure she's even actually overweight (maybe just a bit overfat based on body composition). But she's always a little unhappy with the way she looks because she's neither inclined toward any activity more strenuous than walking, and she grew up in a poor household where if you wanted your share of the goodies, you shoveled it in as soon as it walked in the door. Weight has been an up-and-down struggle for her, one that was impressed upon me at a very young age. I just remember thinking that would not be me, so as soon as I started putting weight on in college, I sought out ways to stop it fast in its tracks. Overall, I've been successful.

I never, ever want to be as unhappy with my own body as so many people I see around me, and that's plenty of motivation to keep moving and eating well.

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CRYSTALJEM 2/28/2012 8:35PM

    I've noticed the same thing when I look around. In our family immediate and otherwise, it is obvious that food and quantity choices are reflected in weight. The evidence is undeniable in my opinion.

I'm trying to treat hunger like what it really is, a message to fuel my car. I realized I don't go to the pumps and let my car overfill. Why would keep doingnit to my body. Savor the fuel I need and that's all. Well, at least I'm trying. If I'm going to go over board id rather do it on a really special occassion and really be able to savour the flavour then.

Your blogs have really inspired me to look at my my hunger differently. Thank you.

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SALSIFY 2/28/2012 1:02PM

    Wow - 90% by 2032 - that's quite some statistic. Well, I'm doing my best not to be one of them!

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NANCY- 2/28/2012 7:00AM

    I dislike statistics. Granted they may be an indicator... but ultimately we do have the control.

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TRYINGHARD1948 2/28/2012 3:55AM

    It is a pretty bad statistic and probably one that costs countries a huge amount in medical bills. Food and drink are such an important part of socialisation and I don't see anyone vying for the best green salad in the world. Australian statistics are very similar to the US and there have been huge educational drives, mainly aimed at mothers as the number of overweight children is increasing at a frightening rate. People are aware of the problem but savouries and sodas seem to be winning out.

Thank you for the blog, as always, very thought provoking.

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_LINDA 2/28/2012 1:23AM

    Sad, but true statistics. Interesting observation: normal weight parents, obese children. Most elderly people are normal weight, its the younger generation tipping the scales. Currently, my brother and his wife are the only obese people in my circle of relatives. Even though the children of both my sister and brother don't eat particularly healthy (pop, fried food, pizza, sweets etc.), they are not overweight -yet.
Part of what makes food savory is the sense of smell, so learning to spice up your foods makes them more attractive to eat. Lets face it -veggies are dull with no odor. No wonder people forgo them to have the high fat comfort foods. That is why learning to use spices is so important. A lot of our sensation of taste is enhanced by smell -so when you have a cold, everything tastes blah..
I definitely enjoy and am thankful I have all my senses intact to enjoy although the hearing is a little weak..

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OOLALA53 2/27/2012 11:04PM

    Since I've been cultivating hunger, I really enjoy the food I do eat much more. I don't like eating fast. I miss out if I do!

Most of my colleagues aren't very big, though I've seen most of them put on a few pounds over the last few years. But they still egg each other on to have cookies at lunch every day. And they use all the passe excuses. We'll see where it ends.

I think this trend is going to level out. And we can be part of it.

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DONNACFIT 2/27/2012 9:42PM

    Time to start savouring with all my senses (well maybe not smell when I'm in the corral)

Great blog..Thanks

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MEADSBAY 2/27/2012 8:59PM

    I've been noticing how many fatties (myself included) are in most crowd- first noticed it at airports.

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Savouring Life through the Five Senses

Sunday, February 26, 2012

DDORN comments that it's impossible to "overdo" savouring life: and yeah, that's right! But: he got me thinking (thanks, Don).

Because it's very possible to overdo savouring food. And it seems to me that when we overdo savouring food, we impede our ability to savour all the other aspects of life that our sense perceptions make available to us.

Sight, sound, scent, touch, taste: all huge potential sources of pleasure.

Given that excess indulgence in food causes fat, however, it's amazing to consider that taste itself appears to be one of the least developed of our senses. Really. We've got just five basic elements of taste: sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and the most recently identified "umami" or "meatiness" or "savouriness" itself. We don't even crave sour or bitter all that much; in our course of human evolution, many sour or bitter reactions seem to have signalled that the "food" tried was not good for us . . . potentially poisonous. To be spat out.

So if taste is so relatively simple, even crude in comparison to our other sense capacities, why do food cravings cause us so much trouble? Maybe because pleasure in eating also involves all of the other four senses.

The sight of food: that cheesy "pull" in a pizza commercial, for example. Or how often do we have this kind of experience: I've decided not to have dessert, I'm not even hungry after the first course until I see the . . . . cupcakes with their swirls of icing and the cherry on top on the buffet. And then I put one in my mouth anyhow. Plus . . . yeah, the cheesecake looks good too, why not?? We are bombarded with actual food options and visual representations of a huge huge range of foods. All the time. And it's not trays of crudites or pictures of carrots and turnips which cause us problems.

Then there's the sound of food. We can experience such a huge range of sounds. How many irresistible snacks are all about crunchiness? Potato chips, pretzels . . . Or slurpiness? Gravy on chips, hot fudge sauce on a sundae . . . . All those sounds heard intimately inside our heads. With every bite and every smack and every slurp. (Listening to other people eat? Not so pleasurable, somehow!! So maybe I'll crawl off and eat all of this stuff by myself. In secret. No one will ever know, right?)

And the scent of food: deeply linked to memory and to emotion. When you're selling a house, you're advised to have just had bread baking in the oven prior to "show time" because the smell of fresh bread means "home". Proust knew how important scent was to the enjoyment of food; his famous madeleines! We have some 368 olfactory sensors, apparently . . . many fewer than our dogs of course!. People who have lost their ability to smell generally lose a lot of their ability to taste as well. But I have not. My nose works just great. Bet yours does too. And so the smell of chocolate cookies; the smell of BBQ wings: yeah. Gotta avoid these. (Interesting, however, that no one has developed a perfume based on BBQ wings or even baking bread!! Not yet!)

And then there's the touch of food, and this one is really complex. So complex that it's almost impossible to articulate.

Most obviously there is the texture of food: smoothness, or crispness, an infinite array of textures, all picked up by the pressure sensors in your mouth and throat.

There's the temperature of food: icy cold icecream, hot comforting stew. And the other kind of temperature: namely, food's relative spiciness (cayenne) or coolness (mint).

We experience through touch the "gulp" or acceleration of food down the gullet: that glug glug glug of an extra large Coke. We continue to experience food's touch through the "kinesthetic sense" of where the food is located in your body after you've decided to eat it: the mouth, throat, stomach (that craving to be "full", even "overfull"),

And yeah . . . . down the rest of the path. Not generally contemplated while in the moment of eating, actually!! Not contemplated either: the kinesthetic experience of overeating several hours later, even tomorrow. When there will be all the internal body sensations relating, I suppose, to "balance" -- not so much the teetering on one foot kind of balance but chemical balance. Or imbalance. We know when we ate too much salt yesterday and feel totally bloated from water retention. Or too much sugar so our teeth are still aching . . . Or too much fat, so that our guts are clenching. Food hangovers.

And after weeks and months and years of excessive indulgence in food, we know all too well the gross bodily discomfort -- touch again -- of the obesity which inevitably results. Of bellies hanging over waistbands, red-ridged at the end of the day. Of too-tight collars.

With obesity triggered by excess indulgence of taste, urged on by all the other senses (sight, sound, scent, touch) we're right back to integrated sense experience again. And not in a good way.

No need to glance in the mirror to know that overweight doesn't look good. And even if you manage to avoid the mirror, there's no avoiding the condemnatory gaze all around a fat person. Yup, the snide glances of loved ones and even strangers confirm it. . . Undisciplined indulgence of taste has visually unappealing results.

Obesity is not very appealing to the ears either. Thighs chafing together: we can hear 'em, can everyone else hear 'em too? Buttons popping. Seams splitting.

Obesity is not very appealing to the nose. We apply the deodorant, whoosh on the after-bath powders, spray the perfumes: and still worry excess weight might not smell good. We fear offending others with those whiffs from those body folds . . . .

Above all, obesity is not appealing to the touch. Since our bodies don't feel good to us, we're pretty sure our bodies won't feel good if someone else wants to touch 'em either . . . and of course resign ourselves to the reality that this is increasingly unlikely to occur anyhow.

So I'm thinking that for me, the best method of savouring life is to savour hunger. Some hunger. The hunger that signals I'm really going to enjoy my next meal, and that I'm not overeating.

When I savour hunger I put food in its place. I isolate taste, giving taste its fair due. Enjoy every bite when it's time to eat. But taste will get no more than its fair due. I won't eat too much because it looks good, sounds good, smells good and feels good. I will stop when it's time to stop.

And instead, I will savour sight, sound, scent and touch in all their non-food contexts. Of which life offers infinite possibilities.

Sight. Light on snow. No calories.

Sound. Chickadees in the cedars. No calories.

Scent. The perfume of my white freesias. No calories.

Touch. Touching. Being touched. The kinesthetic pleasure of a fit body in motion.

Hey, motion. That would actually be burning calories. Right??

Life is to be savoured. And I'm going to overdo the savouring of all life's savourable moments. All of 'em. As much as possible!

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TRYINGHARD1948 2/27/2012 2:07PM

    Savouring life? I like that.

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NANCY- 2/27/2012 11:09AM

    Love your blog.
One thing that has helped me get through former desires is to think about the fat content, that usually squashes any desire. There is something about the smell of freshly baked bread though... I'll have to work on that.
Your awareness is enlightening.

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KALIGIRL 2/27/2012 8:45AM

    Love the contexts! Here's to savoring life!

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SWAZY33 2/27/2012 8:34AM

    Our priest yesterday spoke about very similar topic. Temptations are all around and we need to make smart choices... he asked the children sitting aroung the altar to choose from pictures ei...a potato or potato chips? Of course the majority choose the chips because if the perception in the media/ads of the salty crunchy yumminess...he suggested to *pause first* and think what your body truly needs before indulging in temptations that are all around us!

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ID_VANDAL 2/27/2012 1:07AM

    Very well written. TG was absolutely right in talking about how good your blogs are! This makes a whole lot of sense - thanks for bringing it to my attention.



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DBCLARINET 2/26/2012 5:53PM

    I loved this, once again. Your comment about the sounds of eating -- slurping, chomping, etc. -- made me cringe just thinking about it. I HATE loud eaters! And I hate commercials with eating sounds -- I flip the station or turn off whatever the offending medium is.

You mentioned that being obese doesn't feel good, so you can't imagine hugging an obese person feels good. You know, I've never minded hugging an obese person, although hugging my husband at his lighter weight feels so much better than when he was heavier. But the comment brought back a memory of hugging a female friend in high school, feeling nothing but bones under her shirt, and being completely repulsed, as if I had just hugged a cadaver.

I suppose even savouring hunger can be taken to an unhealthy extreme. But you're not promoting that at all -- you're promoting savouring life, and I like that!

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ROSEWAND 2/26/2012 5:32PM

    Sadly, modern culture and advertising have
disconnected us from the real joy that comes from
eating real foods. The intent of food companies is to
highjack the pleasure centers in our brains that are
there to encourage us to find and nourish ourselves
for survival. The end result is excess consumption of
manufactured non-foods which lead to obesity and
our modern health crisis. Real joy in eating is lost
along with good health and fitness.

I only eat foods I truly enjoy and completely savor.
I deeply, mindfully eat each meal with profound
gratitude for the pleasure and the health of these
foods. A warm bowl of steel-cut oats with plump
blueberries, a hot bowl of homemade soup, or
gorgeous juicy raspberries delight my senses,
stimulates my brain pleasure centers, and satisfies
my stomach hunger.

I have reprogramed my brain to actually crave
healthy foods. Now that I am in maintenance, I have
discovered that my old fears wrapped round eating
are mostly gone which allows me to even enjoy food

And when I have finished eating, I am free to focus
on the rest of my life liberated from any obsession
with food. It is truly about finding harmony and
balance in every area of our lives. Joy is the
core of our being however we choose to express


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FREELADY 2/26/2012 5:20PM

    In connection with over-emphasis on food preventing us from savoring other things . . . I have found this to be true of myself. Through the Beck Diet Solution I was able to begin a planned approach to eating and get some control over it, with God's help. With food out of the picture for a few hours (No choice, no choice) I was amazed at how I started noticing other joys around me. It becomes a positive cycle : waking up to enjoy many other things makes me less obssessive about food, which opens me to enjoying many other things . . .

Thanks for your insights and observations!!

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TBANMAN 2/26/2012 5:19PM

    Great perspective!

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PHEBESS 2/26/2012 4:54PM

    You always give me so much to think about. It's the "stop and smell the roses" moments that make our lives special.

And now, I'm wondering if other creatures savour food, or life - thinking of the cat who sleeps in the sun, the dog who chases waves, the hawk floating on currents of air.

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Savouring a Huge Compliment

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Nancy_ wrote on my "links to a lynx" blog:

"You have been blessed with the ability to savour life."

What a compliment. I thanked her. And I've been thinking about that. Because although I don't always savour life . . . it's something I aspire to do. At my best, choose to do.

If I permit it, I'm scared a lot of the time. A person of "mental toughness", that attitude that Steve Siebold recommends on fatloser.com? I'm thinking, not so much. Or at any rate, could certainly use lots more of it.

If I permit it, I'm full of regret for the past. What I didn't do and should have done. What I did do and shouldn't have done.

If I permit it, I worry about what is going to happen next. Whether I'll be able to cope. Or not.

The last year has been one of the most difficult periods in my life. Yup, there are other serious contenders for first place in that category . . . but still, one of the most difficult.

So no. I don't have "The Answer". Or the answers. Not at all.

What helps the most? Focusing my attention on the moment. Right now. Today. The Present.

My cross country ski. It was sunny and sparkly and blowing so hard that it almost blew me off my feet. I laughed out loud. It was late in the day, and the track was mostly blown in. Deep blue shadows. The snow was sculpted into delicate reliefs, alternating smooth and textured, like a damask tablecloth.

Then the gym: upper body workout. Three sets. Grinding out two more reps in each final set. Yeah. As I left, all done, someone held the door open for me, grinning at me with recognition of my pleasure in moving my body, my pleasure in feeling strong.

As I pulled into the driveway, I saw icicles hanging from the eavestrough, ice in the garden gate below, illuminated with the setting sun.

White freesia on the table, and branches of pussywillow I've been enjoying for several weeks, now sending out roots and leaves. I wonder if I'll be able to keep them going long enough to plant in the garden. I've tried it before, I've never been successful at it! Just no spot wet enough, I guess. But sure, I'm going to try it again.

Stripped off my soaking wet clothes. Took a hot hot bath. With a cup of black coffee. And a new bar of soap that smells good.

Now I'm looking forward to my bowl of freshly-made chicken barley mushroom soup. I'm hungry. And I'm savouring that hunger, waiting for DH's roast beef to be ready so we can sit down together. Hunger is not an emergency. It's a reliable signal that I'm not eating too much, and a promise that I'm going to taste every spoonful of my supper.

Savouring hunger? It's for me a key aspect of savouring life. I'm increasingly sure of that.

If I focus solely on savouring food, there's so much else that I shut myself off from savouring fully. (I've been thinking about that more and more.)

Savouring life? I'm working at it. And it's working for me. Thanks, NANCY_, for bringing it to my attention.

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TRAVELGRRL 2/26/2012 2:44PM

    When we slow down and really EXPERIENCE our life, it's amazing how much there is to appreciate and be grateful for, isn't there? You are right; savoring what we eat is a small part of the heirarchy...at the top is SAVORING LIFE!

Lovely blog, thanks for sharing!

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CARRAND 2/26/2012 1:52PM

    Great blog!

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SPARKARINO 2/26/2012 11:54AM

    You have been blessed with the ability to aspire to savouring life -- and it seems like you quite often make it! I love your comment that you don't have 'the answer', but what helps most is focussing on the now, the present moment. Sounds like something my dear yoga teacher would say!

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DDOORN 2/26/2012 10:24AM

    Love it...that's what it's all about, isn't it? Savoring life! Now that's gotta be one of the few things that's impossible to OVERDO, no...? :-)


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NANCY- 2/26/2012 9:38AM

    I was just making an observation. Your blogs offer insight and inspire those who read it. I'm so glad that you share with us.

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_LINDA 2/26/2012 1:58AM

    You certainly had a nice day to savour! Hope you have many more moments like it to come :)
Have a peaceful and relaxing Sunday!

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DBCLARINET 2/25/2012 9:44PM

    I am really enjoying this series of posts -- they are inspiring me to do the same. The cross-country ski sounds fabulous; it makes me long for the opportunity to hit the hills with my husband. I'm afraid with his upcoming racquetball tournament and my barely-healed foot, I won't be able to this year, and will have to wait until next year. Sigh. Savouring the anticipation of winter sports?

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Yesterday I looked out my back window and saw, in the park behind my house, a lynx!!

It was loping along the fence line down the hill through the woods, warm in its lush taupe fur. Furry tail almost as long as its body and as thick as one of its legs. Silhouetted profile displaying the lynx'scharacteristic dark tufted ears, so expressive.

I opened the door onto our third floor deck so that I could see it better and it stopped, looked up at me, made eye contact for a few seconds, and then continued on unconcerned. It knew, I'm sure, that I meant it no harm. That I was full of awe and admiration. I didn't have a camera handy (I'm no good at taking pictures anyhow) but it looked just like this one.

I've only seen a lynx once before in my entire life -- never in the wild -- and the last time was perhaps 18 years ago, also in our back yard. Swarming up the side of our children's playhouse, a wild thing more than twice the size of the biggest housecat, that had never learned the use of domestic stairs! I've never forgotten it.

They have a life span of up to 20 years. Do you suppose it was the same one?

My lynx moved with grace and power, alert. Do you suppose it was out for a little prowl, confident of locating a rabbit, savouring its hunger? Anticipating its next meal?

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PHEBESS 2/25/2012 5:18PM

    How thrilling!!!!!!! What a gorgeous animal!!!!! And I too am jealous that you got to see him. (Her?)

Maybe the child of your previous one? Since they both were full grown.

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MEADSBAY 2/25/2012 2:21PM

Lucky you!
I've never ever seen one.
He's beautiful.

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ROSEWAND 2/25/2012 2:11PM

    Could it be a power animal, a totem for you:

"Secrets of hidden and the unseen, ability to see lies
and falsehoods, teaches inner workings of others,
keen sight, careful not to break confidences, people
may become uncomfortable around you, trust
intuitions teaches ability to access secrets, mysteries
and hidden aspects of yourself. Lynx teaches
awareness and insights of thoughts, totem_images,
dreams and visions. Lynx also teaches to be take
care in breaking confidences and the trusts of others,
there must be a balance with this conscious knowing.
Are keeping quiet when you need to express? or vice
versa? Be aware and observe your discoveries."

From the website: Animal Totems


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_LINDA 2/25/2012 1:12PM

    emoticon That is amazing!! I have never seen one of those!! What a special moment!! To have seen one twice is rare and special!

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SPARKARINO 2/25/2012 10:29AM

    That is an amazing experience, not many people ever get to see a lynx in the wild. I am wild with envy, that is a really special sighting! I live on the south West coast of B.C. and we did get to see Snowy Owls last week, at nearby Boundary Bay -- about 20 of them, quite close to the path. They didn't seem bothered by the throng of humans watching them, I wonder if they just aren't used to having humans around as they spend most of their lives in the arctic going after lemmings. They aren't usually seen this far south, so that was pretty awesome to see.

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PUDLECRAZY 2/25/2012 7:55AM

    Ellen, I am soooo jealous! How cool is that! Such an honor to see that kind of beauty in your back yard.

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NANCY- 2/25/2012 7:27AM

    Wow a wonderful gift!
You have been blessed with the ability to savour life.

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DBCLARINET 2/24/2012 10:29PM

    That is awesome! I'll bet he was savouring his hunger -- instead of running to the nearest edible thing, biding his time, waiting patiently, for that plump little rabbit he REALLY wants.

Hmmmm... that made me think about how not only is hunger *not* an emergency, but perhaps it is better satiated by spending a little extra time on a truly satisfying meal, instead of hurrying to heat up whatever is quickest. I bet that's what that lynx is up to!

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SPIFFDEB 2/24/2012 9:52PM

    That is SO cool!

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NEWKAREN43 2/24/2012 9:37PM

    Wow! I'm glad you were on the third floor to buy yourself some time if he was coming for you! Beautiful, but wild, kitty!

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Savouring Hunger at a Social Event

Thursday, February 23, 2012

It was OK: I'd planned for it.

Evening dinner meeting . . . had one glass of wine with a very light dinner chosen from the buffet (asparagus, carrots, roasted beets, a little chopped salad, a small serving of chicken): skipped the rolls, butter, potatoes, roast beef, lasagna, huge array of desserts; just had two cups of black coffee.

Fresh berries and yogourt when I got home instead.

And: sure, experienced some hunger while waiting for dinner, plus did not find the dinner choices I was prepared to eat totally satisfying.

But: I enjoyed networking and socializing, felt awake and alert through the business portion of the meeting, and was very glad that I hadn't eaten more!!

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TRYINGHARD1948 2/24/2012 7:47PM

    Facing and overcoming temptation emoticon

emoticon, no, you ARE doing it. You are one amazing woman.

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MEADSBAY 2/24/2012 5:34PM

    You are simply amazing.
I'm so impressed.

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NANCY- 2/24/2012 11:52AM

    WTG!!! You know what you want and how to achieve it!
WTG on being mindful of your options.

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PHEBESS 2/24/2012 11:22AM

    See, that's what I mean - you are mentally TOUGH!!!!!

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DDOORN 2/24/2012 11:02AM

    Good deal! I went out with clients to a Chinese buffet and only ate a stir fry of selected veggies with a few small pieces of seafood and chicken. There is something about Chinese cooking that fills me up SO quickly! It makes it easy to sit back and strike up conversations while others going after plateful after plateful.


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KALIGIRL 2/24/2012 9:25AM

    emoticon Sounds like the best of both worlds to me!

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    YOU ROCK! And I will be keeping the mental image of your steadfast toughness with me while I find my way through the weekend!

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_LINDA 2/24/2012 12:52AM

    Well done avoiding tmeptations! It actually sounds pretty good they did have some healthy options! But the most important thing you did was to focus on the networking and socializing, which is what you are supposed to do at an event like that rather then think about all those tantalizing treats calling your name! I am not so sure I could be so disciplined, but that is partly because I am a shy wallflower and hid behind food most of my life..I am still nervous in groups of people I don't know.. I have not had a lot of practice dealing with it.
You are well on your way to those 130's if you keep this up!
Have a Fantastic Friday!!

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TRAVELGRRL 2/23/2012 11:08PM

    Wow, I'm impressed.

What a positive way to frame the situation: "savoring hunger" instead of "feeling deprived".

You'll be seeing that middle three before you know it!

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