Spying on Skinny People
3/10/2012 5:17 PM
Yes, I confess! Lately, I've been spying on skinny people at work. I watch what they eat, how they move and I use some rather devious methods (such as asking) to find out about their activity levels! I am paying particular attention to people in my age range and older.
What kind of knowledge has my spying gained me? The first thing that each one of these folks have in common is portion sizes. They just do not eat large portions. For example, lunch Friday for one of the ladies was a sliced-turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread (with mustard, no mayo), a Dannon yogurt and a small ziploc bag half full of baby carrots, all washed down with ice water. The gentlemen I spy on has the same breakfast I do which is a cup of cooked oatmeal, a little sprinkle of brown sugar and a small 8 ounce carton of 2% milk. (We frequently run into each other getting our breakfast in the cafeteria.) I've gone to lunch with some of these folks and spied on how they order food. They don't seem to give it much thought but I notice that they don't eat everything on their plates and tend to gravitate towards meals that include salad and/or veggies. They don't tend to use heavy/creamy dressings and they don't tend to order what everyone else is having. These folks also eat soup for lunch several times a week.
The thing that really hit me is that each of the four people I spy on enjoy food! They take their time eating, they savor each taste. They don't just shovel it in and move on. They really slow down for eating and their meals are a time to relax and re-charge.
Activity wise, only one of the four belongs to a gym. He goes four times a week during the winter time, twice a week once it warms up here. He's an avid golfer and gardener. The other three are women and while they don't belong to a gym, one lady does water aerobics twice a week. Another hikes the stairs at work everyday, several times a day. All three of them walk... a LOT, even in the winter time. One of them golfs. All three of them clean their own houses and keep their own yards. One of them has a magnificent rose garden that keeps her busy from spring until fall. Here's something that really hit home with me. All three of the ladies have exercise bikes at home that they start out their mornings with on work days.
These four folks are inspiring me. I watch them go about their lives, enjoying what they do and what they eat. It's all second nature to them. They give me hope that even though I will have to be mindful and careful about what I eat, and what I do, for the rest of my life that perhaps it won't be such a terrible burden.
I spy, with my little eye, happy, healthy people. What do you spy?
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