The Question I Get Asked Most

 
Watch this week’s Vlog to find out the question I get asked most and my honest answer. I’ll give you a hint – it has a lot to do with YOU!

Comments

  1. Lisa

    Susan, you are a remarkable human being. So glad I found you and Bright Line Eating. We can change the world !

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  2. Elizabeth Schnugh

    I am so on your wavelength, Susan! ) Listening and watching you now methinks the title of my next course should change from “Unfolding your potential” to “Unleashing your potential”! You are a Bright Light in this Universe! I am so glad i found you!:-)

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  3. MARIA

    THANKS FOR ALL THAT YOU´RE GIVING!
    MY NEW MANTRA: HEALTHY, HAPPY, THIN AND FREE!

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  4. Stefi

    Mishigas!!! Exactly what I desire to be free from in my mind & unleash the true calling. You are soooo right soooo brilliant at speaking /feeling Susan! Love your weekly Vlog – grateful to receive them ???

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  5. Sofya

    Thank you for your work! My question about is:
    Where do you draw the line between feeling hungry
    and in need to eat and indulging? How do you identify when to stop and how can you stay away from food if you still feel like eating?

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    1. Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D.

      I never can tell the difference…that’s why I weigh and measure my food.

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  6. Katie

    What do you eat each day?

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    1. Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D.

      Veggies….lots of veggies…and fruit, protein at each meal, a small amount of fat, some oatmeal in the morning. 3 meals a day with nothing in between.

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      1. Helen

        Absolutely nothing in between?? And this generation is a “snack-time” genera-
        tion!! I manage pretty well but sometimes that afternoon ‘snack-attack’ takes hold. Have conquered it with a piece of fruit. I’m still breaking the “nothing-in-
        between” rule but not to a horrifying degree (as I keep telling myself!). However,
        do not like being a rule-breaker so have begun spacing the snack-attacks, i.e.
        every other day, etc. Susan, you are a ‘miracle worker’ to us and there’s no way
        we can ever thank you for all you do, except to become your followers forever!!

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  7. Brynda

    BLE has changed my life.

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    1. Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D.

      That makes two of us.

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  8. Katie

    Do you take probiotics?

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    1. Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D.

      Nope.

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  9. Sandy Lesesky

    Susan,
    How can I do this if I don’t go to the boot camp?

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    1. Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D.

      Go to FA.

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      1. Csilla

        Dear Susan,
        Thank you for sharing your wisdom! I am so grateful for all you’ve given me. I watch your vlogs or read your precious words every day ,I follow you, I learn from you. You give me hope, strength,happiness! You bright up my life. I am a Susan Peirce Thompson addict. ☺️
        Thank you so much!❤️
        p.s. Could you tell me what FA stands for? Thanks a lot!

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      2. NIna

        What is FA?

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        1. Lynn

          Food Addicts Anonymous.

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          1. Csilla

            Thanks Lynn!

  10. Susan

    Very nice distilling of your “Big Why!”. Thank you — you’re surely helping me release my potential.

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  11. Valerie Cannon

    I sooo get what you’re saying!! I lost ~40 lbs almost 30 years ago and have kept it off permanently. I find your vlogs so inspiring, like a booster shot! The question could also be asked this way, “What would you be creating/imagining/dreaming about/doing if you weren’t obsessed with either thinking about food OR shaming yourself after an eating event? Space/grace opens up!!! Thanks for your great energy!

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  12. nikki losasso

    Every time you point to me thru my screen and say “you , Im doing this for you”…I burst into tears. And the whole point about unfulfilled potential is so true. I got up this morning and simply cleaned my oven. OH I wont even tell you how gross it was. But I could no longer cook my healthy , beautiful food in that oven !!! I would send pics but that’s silly…LOL….and thank you for the “how do you do it” answer !!! One of these days I will watch your videos without crying…But not today. LOVE, Nikki

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    1. Dalia

      Dear susan P Thompson, Thank you for creating this blog. I have kept weight I lost off months. ago, but have increased protien intake & just striving for more veggies! You truly are serving humanity! Now there is space inside; what to consume the expression of passion?
      My deepest regards! My new waiste size is a 27″x32″ !! At 46 I have no booty! Used to be huge!! Size 12 to 16 now so little!

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    2. Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D.

      Love you, Nikki.

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      1. Janice

        This brought tears to my eyes as well; I connected when you said you are doing this for me. And your explanation of how and why you do this is inspiring; I want to bring it to my own life and help you spread this movement. Thank you!

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  13. Rory

    Beautiful and beautifully expressed. Your passion is contagious and it’s no wonder this program is growing exponentially. The upliftment of humanity and unblocking of the potentials of human genius, this is truly more fundamentally important than any technological advancements now being made or developed. We all rise together…or none of us are truly free. I have often contemplated just why substances like MSG, which were created to make lab mice fat for experimentation, were then put into nearly every food on our supermarket shelves….often under names not commonly known as the same chemical.

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  14. jo

    I am 62 – I have been struggling with food and weight all my life. My partner no longer finds me attractive, and I am afraid to leave although this non-spark relationship does not satisfy me. I feel lonely, sad, frustrated. I try something new each week. Only to fail. I know I need to stop the snacking and eat 3 meals. And stay away from unhealthy foods, for the most part. I am afraid. I have stuffed life down for so very long. How would I handle unleashing it and not regret all the lost years……the pain of that might drown me.

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    1. Sarah

      Hi, I just wanted to acknowledge your post and let you know that I’m sorry for what you’re going through. If you haven’t tried this already, perhaps getting professional counseling could help you deal with some of these feelings. I am wishing you all the best on your journey. Don’t forget to love yourself.

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      1. Corinne

        Jo, you are the only you you have, so love every bit of yourself no matter what stage you are at. One reason for not regretting all the lost years is because at any given time you were doing your very best, even if it didn’t feel like it, and did not have the answer you needed to succeed. Each day of your life lead you to today, and today with BLE you can find the answer you have never had before. The physiology of cravings is interesting as we feel we should be able to exert will power to conquer it and change our actions, but as Susan said in other videos, it goes way deeper than that as sugar impacts insulin which impacts what messages do/don’t get to the brain, etc. So without an effective eating system, you feel like you should be able to be in control but it is beyond your control, so don’t blame yourself for the lost years. Celebrate today, the past is past, you are alive today and the many tomorrows.

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    2. Dawn

      Jo, 🙁 YOU are a wonderful person and take one thing out of your diet each week! if you can.. its a start and once you begin to see a little drop on the scale you will find the drive to continue. Maybe the relationship could go on hold while you work on yourself. Maybe its the relief you need to commit to something new. I’m not a professional, just a person with similar struggles. All best to you in your endeavors. You can do this!

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    3. Susan

      Hey, Jo,
      It must seem improbable, but lots of us know just how you feel. I am three years older than you; have two (very successful and happy) grown children whom I raised for the most part against — not with — their father, and now am in my third marriage — all the while eating “healthy” if you don’t count the SUGAR SUGAR SUGAR. So you can imagine that there is a massive amount of “wasted” time in my life, too.
      What I try to do is look back and think of what I did get done in those “wasted” periods, whether a day or a year. There’s always something you accomplished — work you did, a relationship you established, help you gave someone in need. Your job NOW is to focus on that instead of beating yourself up over what you didn’t do. You can definitely train yourself to accentuate the positive, even though it sounds glib. You really can. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that I did have some therapy at several critical points — leaving those first two marriages!!!! With young children!!!
      Again, it sounds glib, but even at rock bottom you are still in charge of yourself and if you can control what you eat, you can spread that confidence throughout your life. YOU ARE GOING TO LEAVE YOUR PARTNER, JO. It’s just a matter of time until you get your confidence up. I speak from experience, and I didn’t even have Bright Line Eating till now. You can do the eating plan, and gradually you will get yourself back. It doesn’t hurt, it’s good. One day at a time gets you there.

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    4. Clarice

      Hi Jo, I too am 62. I admire your honesty. Thank you for posting. Admitting that you are afraid and not satisfied is a HUGE part of the solution. Each person’s journey is full of twists and turns… and that is fine. No part of one’s journey is worthless. Each twist, turn and tear is of value. Make sure you have a box of tissues (probably not the correct US word – I’m from South Africa) and weep a river! You won’t drown! Wishing you the very very best!

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    5. Linda

      Oh, Jo, I have been exactly where you are. The loneliness seems excruciatingly unbearable, and the food and the hope of a new start every week is the drug. Please believe that you are worth so much more and than that the pain of “unleashing” what you have been stuffing all these years can never be as bad as the pain you are living with right now. The pain right now has no end. And there is support for helping you through the pain of discovering what you are stuffing. It is natural to be afraid of undiscovered feelings.

      I got through that pain with lots of help from professionals. If you cannot afford individual help, there are groups, sliding scales based on your income, etc.

      If you aren’t in the boot camp and haven’t taken Susan’s Susceptibility Quiz, find it online and take it. Then read every one of her blogs. Attend an FA – Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous – meeting and listen, just listen. If there is no FA meeting near you, find OA – Overeaters Anonymous.

      With support, you can find the life you deserve. You can be happy, thin, and free. I am on my way there now. I weighed 265, was married to an alcoholic who wouldn’t touch me, and was miserable. I made lots of mistakes, but found my way with the help of many, lost 85 lbs, divorced my alcoholic husband and am now in a wonderful marriage. Finding Brite Line Eating is my last stop to taking the rest of my weight off and being free from sugar and flour and its obsessions for the rest of my life, one day at a time. I’m 67 and happy today.

      Jo, let someone take your hand and support you, and the fear will leave you. You are a warm, wonderful woman and you deserve the very best!!

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  15. Christina D. Woolery

    Hi Susan,

    Thank you so much for all of the information and encouragement that you provide. I started brightline eating a few weeks ago and I feel great. I’ve started with cutting added sugar and sweets out completely. The chatter about my eating and my struggle to stop my sweet tooth has been silenced and I am incredibly grateful for that :). My appetite has also decreased overall and I feel great in my clothes. I will say that I’m wondering if I’ll ever be able to enjoy a piece of chocolate again or a dessert? Because I am high on the susceptibility scale, I’m thinking I will be setting myself up for failure if I decide to have “that one piece of cake”. Do you ever indulge if not what do you say to yourself to get through the thought that you’ll never eat dessert again? Thanks again!

    Christina

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    1. Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D.

      Christina, I take it one day at a time.

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      1. Christina

        Thank you Susan 🙂 I made it through my first Halloween without not one piece of candy! One day at a time…

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  16. Ronna Berezin

    Jo. U have locked yourself up and wo’t let go, continuously asking for help you won’t accept and your stubborness which may have gotten you by in earlier years and been cute… then …no longer works for you. So instead of finding excuses which don’t help you you need to decide if you really WANT to change and then change will be possible! Pls note that I said POSSIBLE, not probable bc you seem to be prone to dissappointment and Probable would give you another chance to blame hatever for your continuedfailure or should I say lack of success!Ronna

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    1. LizzyBeth

      Ronna, that is a very unkind response. We all have our struggles and should be supporting each other!

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    2. Ari

      Ronna, you are jumping to a lot of conclusions and are making huge assumptions about a person you do not know at all. And what you say, even though probably or possibly (at least hopefully!!) meant helpful, comes across preaching, harsh and non-compassionate. It is my firm belief (and experience), that change can happen at any point in the journey, and it always starts from sentiments of love, self acceptance, forgiveness and honesty.

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  17. Rachel

    Freaking beautiful!!! Wow. Your response made such an impression on me. I can feel the space you speak of growing each day. The space to truly step into who I am and why I am here. Exciting times for me and I will be eternally grateful for you sharing this powerful gift. I WOULD LOVE TO BE A PART OF THIS BLE MOVEMENT. To share with others how to find their own freedom by healing their relationships with food. Are there ways I can get involved on a deeper level? Service to BLE? OR possibly a future training to help guide others through this process? I felt this was the “missing piece” in my own life. I just had no idea how truly powerful and effective this could be. Enjoying the journey! Thank you so much. You have lit a fire that continues to burn brighter each day within my own soul. I WILL help make this world a brighter place with my newly freed-up space! Through film -and by example in my daily life. HUGS and so much love to you! 🙂

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    1. Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D.

      Rachel, if you’re in the Boot Camp there will definitely be service opportunities opening up….just stay super active in your online House and focus on your own transformation for now….the masses are coming…we need you. 😉

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  18. Liane

    You are great.

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  19. Michelle B

    Susan, this was your best blog/vlog ever. I am so moved by your vision. Thank you for channeling so much positive energy into the world. I will do my part to amplify it.

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    1. Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D.

      ((((((((HUG))))))))

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  20. Helen Buzenberg

    Thank you Susan!
    Yes, a movement to heal our world and ourselves! This has been a long term life passion for me and after less than 3 weeks of boot camp, I am feeling like BLE is one of my most important daily tools, if not the most important one! Having had fuzzy boundaries all my life, weighing my food is a revelation! And most surprisingly, helping me keep clearer boundaries in many areas of my life, besides FOOD! Such brilliance we all are!! Thank you for sharing your passion with us! Love, Helen

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  21. Joy Collinson

    Hello Susan – just heard your blog on why do I do it?
    I discovered you whilst I was on holiday on Fuenteventura (Canary Islands) a couple of weeks ago.
    I love everything you have to say – I have lost 14 lbs in the last few weeks and you have helped me a lot to get a new lifestyle of eating in place – everything you say in such a breath of fresh air and so sensible.
    So thank you for all your help in getting me a better body (still 2 stone to go though) – I am in a smaller size and have at last got HOPE – been on diets for 50 years without much success. This time it will go – have just retired 4 weeks ago so have much more time to devote to me and achieving my goals. You are an amazing lady – just please don’t go away – you enrich our lives so much by just talking sense with vision. I would love to hear the seminar on hormone problems and dieting – I have had for a long time now a severely underactive thyroid gland which I truly believe affects the dieting results. There must be answers there somewhere as to why, after so much effort with dieting, there are so few results. I have found also that having a day off, overeating a bit, really kickstarts weight loss again and loses the starvation/diet scenario that stops weight loss. Thank you for your vision – we are so grateful Susan.

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  22. Carol

    Love your message!!!! Thank you so much… Had parathyroid disease….just getting my good old energy back….at 67 I still teach fitness…….find that carbs play with my system…not a surgar person..barely a bite satiates my curiousity…I read everything and have eaten clean ..home made for the family and has always been my montra…not always perfect..but…very difficult to loose weight…so tns of clear fiber and 3.5 oz. of protein and spinach or broccoli are my only answers….our daughter presented the gap diet to me due to her own issues….she makes her own foods and spends a lot of time and energy just doing that….we are both struggling…..suggestions???

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  23. Brenda Campbell

    Susan,

    Wonderful video! I really regret not signing up for the boot camp. I procrastinated until the very end and then when I finally decided I WAS worth the money it cost, I was in an area with crappy internet/cell service and was unable to connect. However, I have decided to not let my non-attendance at boot camp be an excuse to not at least try to do some of the principles that you outlined in your video series. For one week I have not had ANY sugar or processed food and for me that is an HUGE accomplishment. I haven’t attempted to do just 3 meals yet but all my food has been clean, healthy food and I’ve stayed under the calorie goal as suggested by a meal tracking app I’m using. Thank you for the motivation and inspiration to unleash my potential. I look forward to the journey and learning all that I can from your videos.

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  24. Lani Arellanes-Hansen

    Hi,
    I have to say I’m having a little trouble with the planning. After I eat dinner and for the rest of the night I’m so stuffed I CanNot even think about food. I’ve been putting together my menu first thing in the morning.
    Now I’m a 3 on the susceptibility scale so I don’t have the same problems as a lot of BLE folks. BUT I find it hard to eat enough, yet I’m still 55 lbs. over weight. I’ve cut out all the cream and honey in my coffee and NO sugar or flour or rice etc. I have lost 4 lbs. My question is, Can I fudge (since work at home ) and make up my menu in the morning when I’m hungry and feel like eating?

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    1. Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D.

      Lani, as long as you write down your full day’s plan before you eat anything, and you do it at a consistent time/place habitually, I don’t see anything wrong with that. I know others who write down their food in the morning.

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    2. Corinne

      Hi Lani, I am on Day 15 of Bright Line eating and feel it is going really well (I have not had sugar, flour, etc.) and lost 9 lbs. Though it is strongly recommended to do the food journal the night before to plan out food for the next day, I am not using a food journal at all. Instead I make sure I have BLE food available, and I either decide what to eat in advance in my head, or I decide prior to meal time (do I want to microwave one of the premade/measured bowls of oatmeal in the fridge with yogurt and berries, or do I instead want eggs with sweet potato fries and a banana). Though writing down the menu everyday is supposed to be freeing and habit forming, I am finding I enjoy the freedom to choose my food prior to mealtime as long as I stick to the ratios (e.g. 1 protein, 1 starch, 1 fat) and quantity. I have also committed that if I do start to break bright lines, then I will tighten it up and do the food journal (which i don’t want to do so that helps me stay on track w/healthy food).

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  25. Sandy

    I have been involved with Bright Line Eating for less than 3 weeks and it has changed my life! Not just the food plan, which is one of the healthiest ways to eat…and works!…not just the amazing educational and research-based information, not just the unbelievable amount of enthusiastic and loving support from staff, volunteers, and the Facebook community but most importantly, the vision and purpose that you, Susan, expressed today in your Vlog. BLE is a gift. A precious gift. And I thank you from my heart.

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    1. Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D.

      *kiss*

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  26. Kelly

    Count me in on the mission! ❤️

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    1. Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D.

      Count yourself counted! 😉

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  27. Pip

    Aaaaah…. Susan, thank you so much. I see in you the authenticity and integrity that is missing from so much of the online space we inhabit these days. When you talk about why you’re creating this movement, that you’re doing it for ME…. I BELIEVE you (whereas with a lot of other people in this online health / wellness / coaching world, it just feels like they are using some manipulative tricks they’ve learnt from a youtube video on the psychology of influence or something…. yuk!) So, not only do I love the way you are able to articulate so clearly HOW BLE works, and WHY it works, and how it can be the keystone habit that just allows everything else in life to finally flow…. but I also love being in the tribe of someone who I actually trust, who I don’t think just sees her community as a cash cow to be milked for all it’s worth (I know you don’t do dairy, but hey, a good metaphor is still a good metaphor!). I am totally loving the bootcamp, would highly recommend it to ANYONE who stuggles with food…. I have learnt so much 🙂 I look forward to being part of your movement for a long time to come, and helping that movement to sweep the world… there are so many people who are so in need of it. And, with you leading it, I am confident that it will reach them.

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    1. Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D.

      Love.

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  28. Catherine

    Susan,
    Loved you candid blog this week.

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  29. Katie

    Thank for the inspiring vlog I’m hooked. Do you count calories or aim for a specific daily calorie count? What about exercise?

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  30. rabab

    wow susan its remarkable..pl keep it up. your an excellent inspiration for us all!

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  31. CJ

    Today was a late day at work. Traffic was bumper to bumper as far as the eye could see in all directions. Normally I would have pulled off and eaten dinner somewhere to wait for it to clear out abit. I said to my self “it’s ok Willpower I don’t need you tonight – I have food at home”. Will power said “but you will like what’s at the restaurant better”. I said ” no really – take the night off I’m good”. I took a minute to flip thru the radio channels. To my shocking surprise Willpower actually thanked me. Willpower was tired tonight. Susan – I can’t thank you enough for all the tidbits you share. xxo. Today I am 3 days “clean and sober from Sugar!!

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  32. Tom Abbott

    Don’t recall where I saw this, but someone once said, “If you have a strong enough ‘why,’ the ‘how’ takes care of itself.”

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  33. Heikki Luukko

    Thank you, Susan, for what you are doing. Your earnest motivation is obvious. You want to help people who have health problems (physical, emotional, social…) because of their excess weight. God may have put that burden on your heart. May He also give your power and wisdom to continue to be the Bright Light that will alleviate the selfcaused suffering because of ignorance or lack of power to control eating or choosing the right kind and quantity of food. – Once more thank you!

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  34. Roxanne Thibault

    Susan, It never fails, every time you speak you bring me peace! Your program is life changing! I love you and I am so grateful for everything you do!
    Thank you!
    Roxanne

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  35. Marjorie Trammell

    OMG! Thank you for your passion, your perseverance, enthusiasm, belief and stepping into you talents so that we may all benefit!

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  36. Esther

    Yeah, I noticed that. Twi weeks after I decided to eat 3 meals a day I hadn’t lost an ounce–or gained one. But I had added wake-up routines and started getting very interested in purposes.

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  37. Alisha Smith

    Susan, thank you so much for sharing your purpose and passion. I so want this freedom and expression of purpose for myself, family and clients. When I teach nutrition classes I share the same vision of releasing unmanifested purpose and passion because our energy has been freed up. I am loving the boot camp and looking forward to assisting in moving this vision/mission forward. Count me in!

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  38. Tammy Kraskey

    Where is the food plan? I’ve searched the site and feel like I’m staring right at it lol. Can’t wait to start! Bought your scale. Have already cut sugar and flour. Have no idea what I’m supposed to do with the scale though. Thankyou so much!

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  39. Tammy Kraskey

    It’s ok if I can’t access it, I just wanted to know if it’s ava so I can stop looking for it. Thanks so much!

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    1. Tammy Kraskey

      *available

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  40. Pawandeep

    Good to hear about you

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  41. Sarah Arends

    So tremendously happy to have found you! Thank you!

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  42. Gail

    I just discovered your blog and love it. I know you are speaking the truth because it just flows effortlessly from you. You articulate the truth. Having had a successful career for over thirty years and doing what I believed I was here to do, I did not struggle with food addictions or my weight. After a divorce, sale of my business, retirement from a career I loved and remarriage, and two new houses, I gained 40 pounds. To the outside world, it looked like all was well. Inside of me, I knew it was not. I lost my sense of purpose, creativity, the joy my work brought to others. The only sweetness I found in my day now came from food. My social interactions were now around eating out at the latest hot restaurant. I was conscientiously aware of what was happening but felt powerless to stop it. I’m still not sure I can stop it, but listening to you today felt like this might be the perfect place to start. Thank you

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  43. Monique

    This all makes perfect sense to me. Not only has this information helped me to figure out what i am doing wrong but it has also helped me to understand why I been successful to some degree for so long. Anyway sorry if I am repeating a question but I do not have time to read all of the above questions and responses. My question is: what are your sources of protein.

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  44. Mel Skwierczynski

    Im having trouble signing into web site

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    1. Bright Line Eating

      Hey, Mel. I’m so sorry to hear that you’re having trouble accessing the website. Please reach out to our Customer Support Team at support.brightlineeating.com. Have a wonderful evening!

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  45. Evangeline

    What measuring scale the Susan Peirce Thompson use?

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