One of the best tools for weight loss I’ve found so far is a book called “French Women Don’t Get Fat” by Mireille Guiliano. This book was introduced to me by my good friend Jennie and it has revolutionized my life, not only in the area of eating but in other areas of life as well. One of the main points of the book is that the french way is to eat for pleasure, go for flavor, freshness and quality over quantity. This one truth has changed the way I approach eating completely. I used to think I had to eat a full, proper meal whereas now I will eat a really yummy salad or even a few pieces of sharp cheddar cheese and a hand full of dates and raisins for dinner. I used to have the mindset that if I missed an exercise session or ate something fattening that I had “messed up” so I would scrap everything and make up my mind to start over the next day or the next week. Now I look at everything as a succession of choices, if I “mess up” it’s not the end of the world. Instead of perfection, my goal is to do better than the day before; make more healthy choices than unhealthy; eat more fresh food than processed, be more active today than I was yesterday. Another tool that I’ve employed, though not intended for this purpose, is to plan enjoyable activities on a regular basis, to experience new things whenever possible. I think many people fall into the trap of eating to satisfy their craving for life. We all need something to look forward to, it helps us through the disappointments and letdowns. So get out and do something new, get a different perspective on the day to day, it can be the difference between life and death.