The Jumping Off Point

In this week’s vlog, I get super personal about some recent struggles in my life and explain how they relate to your Bright Line Eating journey.

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  1. Mary Sue

    WOW! God bless you for your truthfulness! You are an amazing woman. Thank you.

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  2. Donna

    Thank you for sharing your heart. You inspire and lift others! I am encouraged because of your words.

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  3. Kris

    (((HUGS))) Oh my..,. I have so much respect for your bravery and your honesty. That had to be hard to say. Both to us, your “tribe”, and to your husband. Thank you for being so vulnerable. Thank you for sharing your open, wounded heart. Powerful.

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    1. mar

      Susan..I applaud you for confronting your husband w/ pure honesty..Coming from the bottom of your heart. Been married 45 yrs. I can relate, to not hearing what we want / need. I could count gifts on one hand, blah blah blah..& don’t get me wrong, love my hubby to death..since 14 yrs old. He can not help himself, honestly. If you didn’t truly care, you would not have shared & have even give it one more try..God Bless you & your family & sharing so much w/ all of us..I can not even imagine..

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      1. Carrie

        Susan, wow! This was powerful! Thank you for the honesty and for sharing this story. You know what is funny: I always felt despite the happy, thin, and free life that there was in fact something nagging under your surface. I had pondered before whether you were honest about the program’s role in your life or whether there was some bit you were insincere about, though you never seemed insincere. I think sometimes you can tell someone is suffering, but you don’t really know the reason you believe it to be true. In other words, there was something there, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. So, I thought it was just me. However, I can say that this new wonderful development in your marriage (congratulations, by the way on your courage to bulldoze right into it with David! Just wow!) will likely make you even more amazing at connecting with all of us going forward. You are amazing and such a blessing! Sending you love and prayers.

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  4. Sally

    Thank you thank you thank you! Your words are so inspiring. I will live my life in awerness not sleep. You are such a gift .

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  5. Angela

    Glad to be part of your tribe. I for one – Really needed to hear this, thanks so much for sharing! Tired of being asleep too – no pun intended 🙂

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  6. Ana

    Susan, that was an amazing video. You are so lucky to have friends that can tell you to NOT go down that “secret” path. Being radically honest is basically a win win situation. Either you get the relationship you always wanted with your husband or you get to go find it. You are so incredibly lucky to have it turn out like it did. So inspiring!

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  7. Cynthia DaCosta

    Susan, I am deeply moved by your sharing. Tears are flowing as I listen to you. Your honesty and willingness to be real are such an inspiration to me. I am ready to tell the truth to myself. Thank you.

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  8. Thea

    Good luck on your new journey…I think all married couples can relate to obsticles that comes their way. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Christine Jines

    Ditto to all the comments above and more! You are truely an inspirational woman in many many aspects of life! THANK YOU! xx

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  10. Cherie

    Thank you

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  11. Doris Laux

    You are very courageous! Thank you for sharing your journey.

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  12. Carol

    Blessings to you, Susan. That is the most powerful message I have heard this year. I have already surrendered to BLE, but I can see some other areas of my life that need some “squaring off” work.

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  13. Deborah

    Bless you Susan, for your honesty to yourself, to David, and to others that love you. You continue to inspire always.

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  14. Amber

    Wow, Susan. Thank you for sharing this! That took so much courage. You inspire me to be a better person. xoxox

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  15. Christina

    “Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.” – Eckhart Tolle

    Love you, Susan.

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  16. Bonnie MacBird

    Susan… I love your honesty and believe you have made such a wonderful choice. I particularly related to the tying in to the choices about eating. “I must take action that feels drastic. ” I want to add that It also feels dangerous. I don’t understand why following the BL’s feels dangerous, but it does. And I’m doing it anyway. Thank you, Susan.

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  17. Brigid Kowalczyk

    Important words. Wisdom born of honesty. And vulnerability. And letting go of fear. We all need to live with that kind of courage and erase the “what if?” tape in our brain. God, grant me the courage to change the things I can, the serenity to accept the things I can’t, and the wisdom to know the difference. Amen

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  18. sara

    You broke my shell with your story, I can’t stop weeping for you, for me, for the lost years, for all the mistakes – I am flooding here, but thankyou thank you thank you. You are a fantastic woman – thank you for being here with me at this time at this place. Just tell the truth, its so simple but SO HARD. Your words (I love words!) make me feel that I can and will face this. There are no words that I can find to explain how raw and thankful I feel for you Susan – Awesome Susan is your name to me!

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    1. Jarka

      Love how you put it Sara – ‘you broke my shell’. I couldn’t stop crying too.

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  19. Catherine Bielen

    Dear Susan, OMG. What a moving and inspiring sharing of your truth. Your honesty brought me to tears. Holding you , your husband and children in my heart with shiny love. I can do this BLE! Anytime I feel a weakness I am going to think of you and your courage. God bless you!

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  20. Erin

    Susan, this is the best vlog ever. I’m so glad you are willing to share these experiences and be vulnerable with us. I’m very happy that you and David are sticking together and working on happiness and connection.

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  21. Stef

    Wow, Susan. So raw, brave, honest, vulnerable and inspiring. Your authenticity is contagious. I know something powerful is coming when you make the strong exhales — here comes some TRUTH! Thanks for your courage to be brave – love this as I start my bootcamp journey.

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  22. Jo Bryson

    Oh Susan!!! I can’t thank you enough for your honesty, truly opening up your soul and sharing with us!! You were speaking directly to me more than you could ever imagine… including being married for 17 years next March. What you say really resonated with me. God love you! Please let me know next time you’re in Oregon!!
    Namaste!

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  23. A part of the Univers

    Love you!

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  24. Annie

    Thank you for sharing. It is clear this was heartfelt.

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  25. Ashley

    Susan–that was probably the best video I could have imagined. Thank you so much for being real. For being you. For showing the rest of us that everyone is imperfect. I have so much respect for you and I’m so happy I found you! ????????????

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  26. ILONA MONTEL

    Susan – thank you so much for sharing your personal story! It always takes courage, combined with a deep commitment to living in integrity to make the changes necessary for the survival of a relationship – in your case your marriage. I so appreciate the efforts you did make to create ‘a new relationship’. I sincerely hope that with your example you have modeled possibilities for many! You are a warm, caring and loving woman and I wish you many (and honest) years of a deeply committed marriage – just as you have demonstrated your commitment to BLE. Proficiat!!

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  27. Evi Desser

    An awesome display of SISU!! You are an inspiration, sister!

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  28. Linda

    Love you even more!

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  29. Brian M Dotson

    Thank you for this story, this hits so close to home!

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  30. Diana

    Thanks so much for your honesty and for being willing to share. You are so brave.I am so glad that you were given wonderful counsel and that you followed it. True friends they were indeed! Your father also was wise in giving you that advice as you grew up. May God bless you and your family and may you find true peace and happiness.

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  31. Cindy

    Wow!!! What courage!!! I want to be you when I grow up! May God bless you for helping so many of us and bringing joy and relief to others!!!

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  32. Deborah Zafman

    What a deeply moving and inspirational vlog. You are a beautiful beacon lighting the way and showing us how BLE is a path to living in a state of awakened aliveness – it seems that the bright lines you’ve drawn help place us into alignment with our integrity and inner truth and hence allow us to step into our highest selves (and into the bodies we are truly supposed to inhabit). You are lucid, lovely, magnetic and radiant and I’ll always be here to nourish your heart and soul with love and compliments!! Thanks for being such an inspiration, I’m over the moon excited to be starting the Bootcamp Monday xoxo

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  33. Barbara

    Thank you for this. It was very important for me to hear. Time for me to “square my shoulders” and live fully alive.

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  34. Angela Marino

    You are so inspiring!! And to share with us, something so personal, because you knew it would help our journey, is truly selfless and shows how much you care about us and believe in this program. Thank you!

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  35. Ellen Tuenter

    Dear Susan, thank you for being so beautiful honest

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  36. Dennis

    Thank you for sharing ut vulnerability Susan. U r so authentic

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  37. Chuck

    Hi Susan, where have you been all my life? Your authenticity so moves me. I am so excited to now have you in my life and know I can trust you in my journey to get healthier. You really are amazing at how you can speak with such truthfulness it connects with me at a very real and emotional level.

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  38. Erika

    Thank you so much, Susan, for the amazing vlog and sharing your struggle and your achievements with us. Sometimes hearing something so very personal stirs in us emotions that pull us along like the drag of a speeding car. If I were not ready for the jumping off point, I certainly am now…. I am so glad I have found you. Sending much love and hugs….

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  39. Diane

    That was a very powerful message! Thank you for sharing.

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  40. Erika Snedden

    Susan …bless you in every way. You are giving to others wisdom and discernment in a very specific way. You are gifted and talented and able to tell your story that unlocks and targets that reality in others. Art makes the invisible visible and you have the art of bringing revelation not just information. Blessings over you and David, let nothing hinder or robe you of your purpose Together. The next adventure has begun and what a testimony it is! Thank you for BLE which has been the next part of the health puzzle for me as over the past 9 years (after being diagnosed with a rare auto immune disease and other issues) I have ‘helped God to help me’ change my lifestyle and realise the need to take care of myself so I can have the energy to do what I need to do.
    Hugs

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  41. Claudia

    Amazing …very brave to share something so personal….you and yr tribe are making a difference in people s lives….keep doing it… love and light

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  42. Barb

    Such a raw, courageous and honest testimony with a beautiful lesson for us all. I am praying Susan for both you and David. Thank you for also mentioning that you BOTH have to make sacrifices and changes.

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  43. Helen Huffington

    Oh wow Susan!
    You are such a role model for all of us. You are so open, vulnerable, honest and brave. I feel scared about doing Bright Line Eating, but I am doing it. I want to support myself in that committment by admitting that I am a sugar and flour addict. It’s actually freeing to say this. I imagine that it was freeing (and scary) for you to admit to David that you were out the door. Thank you so very much for your openness. I’m all in.

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    1. Rivka

      Thank you Susan. That vlog was one of the most powerful things I’ve witnessed. Your honesty lights up our lives. I pray I get the willingness to wake up.

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  44. Cathryn Taylor

    Thank you. For your honesty and your bravery. As I prepare to jump into Bright Line Eating, I so needed that.

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  45. Natasa

    Hi, I am so thankful you shared this video with me/us. Your life parallels mine in so many ways, including our marriages. Except, that I am in the process of divorce and we are on track to get divorced in a few months. I have been awakening myself in the last few years in so many ways, and I feel so thankful about that. However, to this day I wonder if my soon-to-be-former-husband and I have done all to double-check whether our marriage should end.

    I am curious what you and your husband have each done to feel this new life in your marriage, if you would be willing to share that.

    Very Grateful, Natasa

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    1. Dawn McMaster

      ‘Love and Respect’ by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs. loveandrespect.com Simple, but life / marriage changing.

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    2. Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D.

      Every night we sit together and make a list of what went well that day. Then we look each other in the eye and share things we appreciate about each other. Then we open another journal and both share/write answers to the question “What do I want?”

      We’ve also hired a relationship coach.

      I’ve had to face how much I put before him in my life. He didn’t have “pride of place” as my man. He was always playing second fiddle. I’ve had to hear him on that and understand how, feeling overlooked and cast aside, I wasn’t creating the psychological safety for him to try new ways of loving me that felt scary to him. Now I do all the things that make him feel first for me, including being present and focused during morning and evening routines with the kids and communicating with him (text, etc) throughout the day so he knows he’s on my mind. At the end of the day we have 60-90 minutes set aside to do what I shared above. We take time for each other.

      I hope this helps. Sending you love and strength.

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      1. Paula

        Thank you so much, Susan for sharing your very personal story. You are such an inspiration in so many ways. God has blessed you with a Gift and I’m so thankful you are willing to share that Gift with the world. May God bless you richly in so many ways!
        Love, Paula

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  46. Maria

    Oh Susan, you are such a love warrior! Thank you for your fearless truth telling.

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  47. Janet

    You are truly an amazing Lady! First the relationship previously with your husband as I have exactly the same situation and you make me think it IS possible to get him to wake up if I square my shoulders and be honest with us both! Thanks so very Much! Janet

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  48. Patricia

    Thank you Susan! Thank you for your transparency A lot for me to think about as I am more like your husband by nature. My husband is much more verbal in his expressions of love and appreciation for me. I know he craves this from me but I have a hard time with this. I’m sure some of this is because of wounds. But hearing what you shared today really resonated with me that in spite of my issues , I can step into that uncomfortable place to be what my husband needs. I see that I hold back not only because of fear but selfishness And I know that there is no place for that in Bright Line Eating!! God Bless!

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  49. Diane

    Oh my, what a phenomenal share! Thank you for your raw honesty and bravery. This so resonates with me, thank you, thank you for making this most difficult weekly blog AND posting it. I’m so ready to commit to this food problem I have after hearing what you’ve gone thru. {{hugs}} and thank you so much!

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  50. Anne Greenwood

    Bless Ocean Robbins and bless you for keeping your integrity in and asking advice, and then acting on it. I could not be more moved and affirmed by your stance and your recommendations. Thank you, thank you, thank you for so honestly, bravely and completely continuing to share yourself and your life with all of us.

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  51. Andrea

    Thank you for letting us share this time in your life. I am not sure where it came from but the honesty and courage to share this publicly are truly amazing and inspiring. I empathize with so many parts of your story. Congratulations on ‘squaring your shoulders’ and facing it head-on. Good things will continue to come your way.

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  52. Janis

    Susan – I am at the Jumping Off Point. I loved your video. I needed to see it right now. I am in Recovery and have learned to move my addictive behavior from Alcohol to food. Hearing your truth helped me identify with someone that looks so perfect, sounds so perfect. I attend a Daily Grapevine Meeting at a Shelter and people say that to me and yet while I am sober from alcohol and try my best to live the Steps but I am out of control in my eating. I am grateful to see this in my inbox and am WILLING to do the work in other areas of my life. I just don’t know how. I don’t know what the “work” is. I have tried many things like what you have mentioned and nothing lasts. I relapse constantly with food because I am petrified of picking up again. Probably NONE of this makes sense, but thank you for showing us “YOURself” and being strong enough to share it with some people that may not relate or prefer to judge. I love you. And Thank YOU! When I took the test and learned I was a 10!! I thought WOW! A 10, Like the movie, but not so much (sad trombone….) Janis

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  53. Et

    You are a wise woman with VERY WISE friends. So happy you have magnified your
    connection with your husband. Don’t we all need, really need to live awake wherever
    that leads us

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  54. Maria Sangiorgi

    thanks for this Susan, your openness is one of the reasons that I am in the BLE program. I am so awake at the moment that I can not sleep long enough. blessings and love to you

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  55. Kay

    Your openness is so refreshing and encouraging! Thank you for being so transparent! You help me to deal with some things in my life.

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  56. Renae

    You are so courageous! Thank you for sharing.

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  57. Jackie

    Thank you Susan for your honesty, bravery and deeply moving message. I hope I get to meet you in person some day 🙂

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  58. Lilly Medina

    Wow. Thank you so very much!! For sharing one of the most deepest personal events in your life. It’s touched me so deeply and has given me so much to think about. ????????

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  59. Elonna

    Wow. Truth in a whole new light. Truly truthful. So eye opening. Great blog.

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  60. M.A.

    Oh man, that’s a hard one. Isn’t it great to have friends who will be straight with you!

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  61. Kate X

    Susan, thank you so so much for sharing this incredibly personal story- so powerful!! You are a truly inspiring and amazing woman . Thank you for living your “dharma”. You are a gift!! Xxx

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  62. Laura

    Oh Susan. Blessings to you! This video hit home for me and I needed this so much today. In so many ways we are alike. We’re 10’s on the SScale, we both have long marriages (20 years this year) to non verbose men and we both need words of affirmation. I too, wound up giving my husband an ultimatum and after the 2 scariest days of my life, he agreed to get therapy. We don’t have the perfect relationship, but it is strong and good in many ways. I feel blessed to have his support. … This video hits home for me today too because I’ve been gaining weight like crazy-up 6-7 lbs and in the “whatever” mode. You have now, after crying with you watching your video, have decided to keep going even stronger again. I know this way of life works and it’s the only thing that has ever worked for me. Thank you for the renewed strength, the keeping of your integrity which helps me to keep mine and for being so open and vulnerable with us. Feeling so blessed to have you and BLE in my life. Sending you love

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  63. Laurie Moore Skillings

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  64. Phyllis McFarlane

    Wow! Powerful, God bless you Susan and Ocean and Michelle as well.

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  65. Beth

    Well done Susan. Well done.

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  66. Saghira

    Thank you! God bless you!

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  67. Janet Craig

    Thank you Susan. I could identify with everything you said. Your honesty is uplifting & your advice is very much appreciated!

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  68. Gloria Green

    Oh Susan — so grateful and inspired by your openness and honesty about such a personal issue. Your Dad was right and the advice from Ocean and Michelle as well.To walk in integrity and transparency is such a great truth for all of us. And my heart goes out to your husband as well. This kind of disconnection in marriages is far too common and not talked about–so thanks for doing that! Will be holding you both gently before the Source of life for grace and wisdom to grow your love for one another. Hugs! This is securing a much better life of connection for our girls.

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  69. Kim

    You are a remarkable woman. Talk about connection. It was as if you were speaking those words directly to me, my ‘jumping off point’ to a T. You have a gift and I am so grateful for every serendipitous happening that has led me to you. Thank. You.

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  70. Anne

    Hi Susan,
    Thank you so much for sharing these very personal trials. I am so thankful for your tender heart and transparency! You are a very precious and beautiful young woman and I have learned so much from you over the past week. I am ready to start Bright Line eating and look forward to the results! Thank you so much for sharing your life and passion for all of us!

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  71. pamel

    Most of the women I know (married) are so starved emotionally, regardless of their weight. I’m glad your husband finally decided to be married. Marriage requires BOTH mates SHOW that they CARE. Otherwise, only one mate is married and the other is succubus. Thank you for sharing. That took courage.

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    1. Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D.

      I do agree that this is a common experience for women. I’m curious, though, about the male side of that experience. There are always two sides to the story. What I’ve found, since David and I have reconnected and have started delving deeper into each other’s experience, is that David had a VERY real pain as well, and I was profoundly and deeply not meeting his needs too. His core need is to be heard, seen, and valued. In a sense, he wants “primacy of place” in my life, and not to feel ignored, discounted, or cast aside. But the way I was living my life always put him playing second fiddle. I was more about my needs and wants, my friends, my activities, my ambitions, and I often left him out in the cold. Within that environment, it makes perfect sense that he didn’t feel inclined to stretch to learn new and unfamiliar ways of communicating and relating. It was a downward spiral of sorts. Both of us are having to change in huge ways to correct that. Now, we’ve turned it into an upward spiral. I show him, in little and big ways throughout the day, that he’s my man and on my mind. He feels seen and valued, and now feels safe to express love and affection for me. We’re talking and communicating so much that I naturally feel like focusing my energies and attentions toward him, and that makes him feel even more special. And on it goes…. 🙂

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      1. Vibeke

        Dear Susan,
        I’m all cried out and have this feeling of stillness. I watched the vlog and was so moved and amazed by your honesty and courage. I could definatly relate. Then I read your answer to pamela’s post and I realized this is probably also the truth in my husbands life. It’s an eyeopener! I’ve got quite the work ahead of me – and hopefullly my husband will join in, but it feels good to have you to look to for inspiration. Thank you so much <3

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  72. Mary Himmer

    Wow, Susan, yours and David’s bravery is so inspirational. Thank you for sharing so deeply.

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  73. Kathi

    Wow Susan,
    Thank you for being so real, honest & brave!! You are an honest, open, loving, caring woman!! And I am greatful for the opportunity to know you through bright line!! I’m so glad your marriage became what it is today for both you & your family!! Especially those precious girls!! Thank you for bearing your heart, I am encouraged & hopeful, that I too can jump off!!
    God Bless you & your family!!!

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  74. Valerie

    Oh my dear! Susan you are such a brave, honest, and inspiring woman…….
    Shoulders squared we all face the Jumping Off Place in our lives, at one time or another.
    Your sharing is a beautiful thing, God love you, and bless you, your husband, and your family.
    Love from Heart House,
    Valerie

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  75. Connie

    Thank you… Thank you… Thank you!

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  76. joseph

    Powerful!! Absolutely powerful!!
    Joseph in Missoula

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  77. Cathy

    Susan – thank you for being so incredibly open and honest with all of us….this whole BLE life-change opens us all up for radical changes in how we live our lives. Allowing yourself to show us your vulnerability makes you even more real and trustworthy. God bless you and David and your precious family.

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  78. Kathleen

    So so powerful! Thank you for your honesty. I am even more excited than ever to be starting this journey with you now. Before, you sounded more distant and just words but nevertheless there was something that drew me in. Now I know what it was. I even liked the casual humorous mention of the crystal meth! lol

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  79. Melody

    Susan,
    What a heartfelt story that can be used for different things going on in our lives. Thank-you for sharing your struggle with us. When you do the right things in life it will come back to you. God bless you and your husband’s relationship.

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  80. Bea

    Great you jumped and landed. Happy you’re posting these blogs. They were the fuel for me after defining what bright lines I could stick to, that I COULD stick to them. And now, having lost 24 pounds on my own since May I inspire collegues to do the same in their way. Wanna thank you for that. The way you can tell those stories makes my eyes wet! You’re a great person, Susan. You feel like a friend to me and a lot of people around you.

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  81. Phil

    Wow Susan – you are an inspiration. Takes real guts to share this with the community. God bless you.

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  82. Donna

    Indeed wow! Susan tho I am brand new to your tribe you are fast becoming someone I can look up to! So proud of how you stood up for yourself and for being such a good example for us!! I am also mighty proud of your hubby for stepping up before it was too late. Cheers!

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  83. Lucie

    Merci beaucoup Susan, how very generous you are.

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  84. Barbara

    Oh Susan, well done on taking the courage to opening your heart and let the Robins be there for you. I’m so happy that you gave your husband another chance to give you what you need rather than to give you what he thinks you need.
    You are an amazing woman and I wish you and David all the best of luck.
    The five love languages is a great book and should be a compulsory read prior each and every marriage :-).
    Sending you lots of hugs, you are an amazingly strong woman. Barbara

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  85. Sherry Balthazor

    Amazing love and honesty Susan. Thank you so much for this truly admirable vlog.
    I love your program and you with sincerity.
    Blessings to you and David for an amazing renewal of love.

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  86. Desi

    Thank you so much, Susan. Your tender, forthright expression and your willingness to open yourself before all of us has touched me. I resonated with you so deeply, it made me weep. For the first time I considered that my lack of control about eating is just one (!) symptom of a much larger underlying struggle to cope with life–with its disappointments and sadness; my unwillingness to get to the bottom of thorny problems that need solving; and because of that, even a creeping loss of belief in myself. I am beginning to understand some of the possible consequences of stepping up here at BLE. The big hint is the thrill of hope!! Bless you!

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  87. Riva Danzig

    You are my hero, Susan! Thank you for your willingness to be so nakedly vulnerable. It is the ONLY Medicine for what ails humanity at this moment in history! Respect an So Much Love!

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  88. Nancy

    I first heard about bright line eating from a Facebook post. Thank you so much for your honesty and courage in speaking with us today. I am a 68 year old woman who has literally been sitting in her recliner for the past two years in anticipation of hip replacement surgery. The surgeon would not consider me for surgery unless I lost 100 pounds. I have as of this morning lost 110 pounds. I have done it in an unconventional way, with HCG shots and working with a naturopath.

    I am petrified about how to eat after the surgery which is scheduled in December of this year. I am a sugar addict. I have been successful in not eating any sugar or flour for the past year in taking off this weight. But, my mindset is about when I have the surgery I can eat again.

    My history is one of obesity and I don’t want that life anymore. I have missed out on so many family activities because I was physically unable to participate or to ashamed for anyone to see me.

    I love to cook. I don’t want to return to old habits and heavy weight. Your video this morning was very important for me to hear about jumping off into the unknown with bright line eating. Thank you for metaphor of being “asleep”. I feel like I have been asleep for such a very long time and hope that I will still have some time to live in the present “awake” and fully participating in my life. Thank you for sharing.

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  89. Vicky

    I admire you even more now after this vlog… I hope you both can continue to improve your marriage relationship. And I hope this boot camp for which I signed up improves my quality of life permanently. Today is my second day on the food plan and the scale is going down already. Thank you, thank you, I’ve already learned sooo much from your videos.

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  90. Terri

    Thank you for being so REAL! The level of honesty and integrity you live with is so inspiring and so needed in this world! I love the “squaring the shoulder” approach to committing to awaking and living an honest life and letting the chips fall where they will, with trusting that the universe has our back. Thank you!

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  91. Gregory

    Thank you Susan for sharing this amazing segment of your life. I was moved by how much I can relate to your experience. It was very courageous of you to share this. Thank you.

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  92. Mary

    I wish I had your courage and I am so proud of how you were able to do this. Your life was not ruled by fear as so many of us are. Opening up your heart energetically is really important. I admire your ability and confidence. Changing the way you look sure gave you all that in spades. Sometimes only within ourselves can we validate that we are enough.
    Thank you Susan

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  93. Jurga

    Thanks so much for sharing your story. I feel the same about my husband, just still waiting for awakening….

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  94. Chris Peterson

    Susan,
    WOW, you are remarkable. Thank you. You have no idea how much I needed to hear this today on so many levels.
    You rock. AND…I love David too!

    Here’s to being “Awake!”

    Chris Peterson

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  95. Sandy

    What a powerful vlog….thank you for your honesty. It’s good to have friends who enourage us to maintain our integrity when we are weak; when there is a whole system of things that pushes us into doing just what feels good. I’m glad you held firm to your core values.
    Time for me to “awaken” and live a life of trust. I want to look in the mirror and see who I feel I truly am. Again thank you for being so brave and sharing this journey.

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  96. Sarah

    Thank you. Very powerful and heartfelt. I had a similar experience with my husband and for me, the answer was to accept him as he was. We have been happily married with no more doubt for 15 years. I wish the same for you, and much happiness. You deserve it.

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  97. Sharlene

    Thank you for sharing part of yourself with us. I hope the best for you, however it ultimately turns out with your husband.

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  98. Sandy

    Thank you for being real! I am sure that was not easy. I appreciate that you shared it though as so many people are struggling. I can relate to so much of what you had to say. My marriage has been a struggle for 36 years. My parents also divorced when I was child and I too did not want to put my children through that……my children are now grown , successful and with beautiful spouses and families of their own. I truly feel that it is because I was faithful to stay and not give up. Their happiness and success is my reward!
    Yes, I am at the “jumping off point” with my food and I have decided to trust in what you say and believe it can work for me even though I am terrified! I am signed up for boot camp and ready to go. Thank you.

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  99. Miriam

    Holy Shit!!!!

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  100. Heidi

    Wow. This made me cry. Thank you for you honesty and vulnerability.

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  101. Cheryl

    Wow….you are an amazing woman, and I SO love your honesty !!! You have encouraged me to live my life AWAKE ….as I have been up and down in weight my entire life, and I still have clothes in my closet from high school, that I secretly hope to wear “someday”….and I am retired !! I also am a Christian woman, and struggle in the same way with my husband, as far as the “love languages” and relating with him. You have given me the courage to work on being closer with my husband, and to finally jump off and be awake in my eating and my married life….of which we have been married 32 years. You have given all of us a wonderful look into your life. making you “real”, and not just some person with a perfect life and someone that has all the right answers….you have “lived” it yourself….and it helps us realize we all come to the table with real life issues and a trust for you beyond words. God Bless you and may He give you strength and courage as you go forward. Thank you SO much for the inspiration you have given me !!!!

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    1. TERRY

      SWEET SUSAN…..WHAT A BEAUTIFUL WORLD WE WOULD HAVE IF WE WERE ALL LIVING WITH INTEGRITY AND AUTHENTICITY. SITTING HERE DWELLING ON THAT THOUGHT AS I LOOK OUT MY WINDOW. I HAVE COME TO THAT JUMPING OFF POINT IN MY LIFE. WHAT HAS BROUGHT ME TO THIS POINT IS THE DEPRESSION AND SELF LOATHING THAT HAS TAKEN OVER. BEFORE THAT, I WAS ABLE TO JUGGLE ALL THE FEELINGS THAT GO WITH FOOD ADDICTION. JUGGLE THEM ENOUGH FOR SURVIVAL ANYWAY. THIS, I CANNOT SEEM TO SHAKE OFF AND I AM SOOOO TIRED. THIS VLOG HAS SHOWED ME JUST HOW FAR WE NEED TO GO TO BE TRUE TO OURSELVES AND TO LOVE OURSELVES. SUCH A POWERFUL LIFE STORY SUSAN. I UNDERSTAND THE FEELINGS, LIKE I AM SURE MANY WOMEN DO. YOUR TRANSPARENCY IS BRINGING A LIFE LINE TO SO MANY WHO ARE DROWNING. THANK YOU.

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  102. Ann Harper

    This is the first time listening to your vlog. I give you a lot of credit for being so open and honest about your relationship and am very happy for your being able to work it out. I’very been listening to many people as I travel on my journey to try and cure thyroid cancer. I don’t need to lose weight right now but was very inspired by your comments. I plan to watch you tonight and will use your insights as aeasy of self reflection. Thanks

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  103. Sandy

    Authenticity at its highest! Tears…in awe of your courage!

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  104. Lori Felzien

    Wow! I am so where you were!! I’m a woman of faith, so, whenever you use the term “the universe”, I simply replace it with, ” the Lord”. Thank you oodles and bunches for your transparency.!!! I highly respect you for working on your marriage!

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  105. Murray

    Tears here, and gratitude for Susan’s vulnerability – to herself, the people in her life and to us. Similar to what Sara said in her beautiful comment – we can and will face this. I can and will face this.

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  106. Looney

    Sounds like a great guy. You are both so lucky to have each other. What happiness your future holds! The affair would have been short lived and the rest of time you would be picking up the pieces. Great story! Thanks for sharing!

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  107. MARY CORKIN

    Dear Susan,
    I appreciated your honesty and feel the need to be honest back. I think that divorce is almost always a selfish act. Once one is married and has children, the responsibility is to that unit and that future and that posterity more than it is to what we as individuals want or even need. Be careful. Divorce, as you know, really really hurts children forever and the issue will come up again for you. All the beautiful bells and whistles out there in the world are nothing compared to your daughters’ sense of security and happiness. Be very careful. With love.

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  108. Pat

    Wow! That was an awesome story. U r very strong to stand up and tell it. Thank you.

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  109. Barbara Lidfors

    Thank you, Susan. You are amazing. And may your deepest desires come true in your marriage, family and life. Your honesty is a wonderful gift you give to others.

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  110. Catherine

    Amazing how big your heart, Susan. Mind blowing inspiration and transformation. Warm hugs and prayers, too many tears to write more.
    Lovingkindness
    Catherine

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  111. Lisa

    Thank you, thank you, thank you

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  112. Kate Rowland

    I’m so deeply moved by your sharing, your courage to square your shoulders and brave living your truth no matter the outcome, and to then be so open to the community about it! Your willingness to be so vulnerable, so open about your pain, your struggle, your temptation, your decision to reach out to others for help, and ultimately your decision to live in total integrity and brave speaking the truth—will mirror what thousands of the tribe will experience both with their struggles with food, and the changes that may occur in their personal relationships. What an amazing example you have set for all of us. From what I have seen of you in the series of vlogs and videos, you strike me as a person whose success is anchored in being authentic in all areas of her life. I’m so proud of you for the choice you made and I’m thrilled at the outcome and abundance of love that came of that choice.

    It also opens up food for thought that embarking on this big change in eating is not only a personal challenge, but can disrupt the balance/dynamic in families and relationships. Some will readjust and thrive, but some may not survive the new reality. This is something to think about and prepare to stand firm over. I think the biggest challenge for me, will not be the food changes, but will be not drinking alcohol, especially at parties, and dinners out with friends, where part of our entertainment has been getting tipsy! I’m nervous about changing that.

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  113. Lavina

    Awesome honesty and integrity! Rare these days! Thank-you for being so honest and for sharing that marriage is worth fighting for!! God bless you!

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  114. sue

    Susan , you give me strength, thank you! You remind me that the grass may look greener on the other side, more exciting but tending our own patch and creating our own excitement is far more rewarding. I would like periodic updates on how your relationship is going, because as we all know, it is not about the food.

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  115. Doris

    Very genererous of you to share this story. I was at aJumping Off Point earlier this year and I jumped. Only good things have come of it but you can slide back to more familiar territory. You have to jump off several times but it gets easier until it becomes a new normal. Is this how Bright Lines works? What is the story behind the name? Best wishes.

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  116. Darlene

    Susan – what an incredible risk you took and what a beautiful payoff – you had me in tears. I am learning so much with Ocean Robbins, the Food Revolution and now you!

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  117. Shari Wessler

    Thank you for your blazing honesty, and trusting us to care about you, warts and all! I just got here within the last two weeks, and in reading the comments, it’s easy to see what a caring community you’ve made. You can be very proud of the road you are traveling. ❤️

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  118. Suzy

    Thank you for your courage, for your honesty and for telling the truth about what has been going on. I have been there, mine did not end that well. But I am happier today than I have ever been and I have lost weight and feel extremely great!!! I am ready to see what is out there and to enjoy this journey we are all in called “Life” and to make it a healthy long life!!!
    Again thank you for talking from your heart!!

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  119. Sophie

    Wow wow wow! Thank you Susan! I was very moved by your story. When I started the home study boot camp in July, I was very far from knowing that my bright line eating journey was going to be so much more than a “way of eating”. Week atfer week, I find out that I need to be true to myself. And I realize here that authenticity does not end with me. I am awakening and finding out that it has implications and that I cannot hide this to others anymore. I don’t want to be living asleep and “suffer” silently. Am I at the jumping off point? So scary… but I will remember the words of your dad… With love and hope xoxo

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  120. Debbie

    That took so much courage! I’m doing BLE this round for the first time. Received your videos through Chopra link and there was something about YOU that made me say “YES, I’m going to do this”. Now I know my inner voice was right. I’m glad you didn’t have an affair. Your friends were such a godsend. Your light would have diminished and you more than likely would have felt like a fraud and not authentic. I’m sure it was hard letting the other man go. Relationships feel so good in the beginning, you feel alive and how can this be wrong – it feels so good and right, but eventually they will calm down and you would have been left with a mess and the shame and the hurt. I’m so proud to know you and even more committed to you and BLE.

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  121. CJ

    Susan, Blessings to you and David. My husband and I were married when we were 20. I grew up with divorced parents. My husband & I have had jumping off points – more than one – before and after 17 years of marriage. In a few days, we will celebrate over four decades of marriage. I commend the choice of you and David have made – to stay together and enjoy your marriage. It may be two steps forward and one step back, again and again. Simply resume. Unstoppable. It is so worth it. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for Bright Line Eating and Bright Line Healing.

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    1. maretta

      A wonderful testimony, CJ, and I really like how you used the mantras of BLE to marriage.

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  122. Regina

    Wow! That took awareness, courage and so much more… Thank youuuu for staying so real, so you !

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  123. Erica

    WOW, thank you for being so real and so committed to your beliefs, it gives me hope that I can pick myself up and get on my journey to a better me in all aspects. I admire your courage and strength and I can only imagine what it took for you to lay yourself bare in such a manner. I am so glad I found you and I am happy that you found yourself! Thank you for sharing with us all – the good, the bad and the ugly but most of all the beautiful light at the end of the tunnel that is there for each of us if we work towards it.

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  124. Patricia O'Connor

    You don’t know any other way, do you Susan!

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  125. Brenda

    OMG Susan I love you so much. I just watched your vlog, and tears are swelling in my eyes.
    I admire you for sharing this story with us. It take a lot of guts and a lot of courage.

    Not only are you saving the world from obesity, you are probably going to save a lot of marriages!!!

    Also, A big thank you to David for stepping up and admitting you don’t know how to do it, yet willing to learn. That also take a lot of courage.

    I’m thrilled to be in your tribe Susan.

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  126. Desirée

    Thank you for the share. Much respect and much appreciation.

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  127. kathy

    Thank you for sharing. Very powerful and honest.

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  128. Gail

    You just hit upon a deep reason why women do not succeed at weight loss. We are afraid of exactly what you are describing in this video. It is easier to overeat, stay fat and stay small in spirit and stay at home.

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  129. CRF

    I am so happy for you. First that you have people in your life like the Robbins who give you such wisdom and support and second that you have the integrity and strength to listen and act as you have. So happy for your husband too that he has the capacity for love and change.
    I have not had people in my life like this and for a long time l have believed that to wish for it was an illusion. Thank you for showing me an example of what l wish for. And thank you for drawing another bright line from one part of life to another.

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  130. Gina

    Hi Susan your information is great i though fallow this method you offer but i still have trouble dropping some wait my food is only clean no junk food! !! Thanks for sharing your for taking your time to share i live in Australia as i here you have beenlooking forward to hearing more from you Gina

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  131. Michelle Salois LCSW

    I’m a therapist who’s worked with and been friends with women just where you were. It is very rare, despite my best guidance for anyone to choose the path you did. I am so happy and impressed with your choice for integrity. And not surprised at the outcome

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  132. nha

    I squared my shoulders and jumped off 20 years ago. My husband and I went through two years of therapy and connected in new ways that, at times, were hard and other times easier. In three weeks we celebrate 39 years together. Waking to live our lives together, authentically, was so powerful and remains so. I am thrilled for you, David and your girls. Your children will thank you when they are adults; ours did and there is nothing sweeter and more validating. Children are the witnesses of their parents’ lives. Your honesty is so powerful for all of us on this BLE journey. Thank you for all you give so freely.

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  133. Susan Purcell

    Beautiful, Susan. Thank you so much for sharing with us. Wisdom. Spirit. And something I really need to hear.

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    1. Susan Purcell

      Oh and PS It is so much like my experience in marriage too. Only I just lasted 7 years…but 15 years in the second similar relationship…so I guess it was actually 22 years of that stuff for me. Figures. It was soooo smart to consult with Ocean and his wife. Boy howdy. What a good thing you did there. Here is a video that I just watched this morning, by my yoga teacher, Why Breaking Up Hurts So Much. It helped me understand why I was so torn up by divorce. Love, Susan

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  134. kathryn

    Thank you for your candid feelings-opening up your heart.
    You are a true LEADER !
    God Bless you on your journey !
    I’m glad you are apart of my journey!

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  135. andrea

    Susan, your husband should literally be worshipping you at your feet. I hope he has truly awakened to valuing the brave, dynamic, compelling partner that you are! Your courage is exemplary and a touchstone for everyone facing fear and indecision, no matter the larger topic. YOU ROCK!

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    1. Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D.

      Hey Andrea. Thanks for your sweet comment and support. As I read your first couple of sentences, I feel compelled to share a bit more. David has always valued and loved me. Alas, this video doesn’t do justice to who he is as a man, and how profoundly he has loved me for the past 17 years. And it reveals all his flaws, while concealing mine. There was no way, in 20 minutes, to fully explain the complex factors that led us to that jumping off point over Labor Day. True, David wasn’t verbally expressing his love for me very often. BUT, he was showing his love all day long, every day. I’d come home from a trip and my laundry would be sitting folded on my side of the bed. He’d call/text throughout the day to see how I was doing. And all that time I brushed him off. I had long since decided I wasn’t getting what I needed from the relationship, so I ignored him and sought it elsewhere. Being ignored and not seen is David’s core childhood wound. In that context, there was no way for him to feel psychologically safe enough to step up and learn uncomfortable new ways of relating and communicating. It was a downward spiral, and we were both 100% responsible. Relationships are a two-way street.
      P.S. — The last thing I want is a man worshiping me at my feet. Ick.
      P.P.S. — Thanks for letting me share more of that context. There was a lot missing from that video, and I’m feeling very protective of my man right now. He was very brave to let that video go out into the world, showing, as it did, our relationship in a very one-sided way.

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      1. Helen Roberts

        I so appreciate your words of admiration for David!! He most likely was suffering
        pain as you were. I agree that the video showed a very one-sided view of
        your relationship. I don’t know of too many husbands who would have been
        happy about THAT!! On the other hand, you both are doing a good job of
        resolving your unhappiness. How wonderful that you are sharing so much
        with each other and keeping your beautiful family together. You are lucky to
        have each other and WE are more than lucky to have SUSAN!!! There are
        no words to express the love (and gratitude) we have for our Susan.

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      2. J

        I think you have a very special guy there. You are so extroverted and share so much which affects him as well.

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  136. John B..

    Well …….. after the first few introductory words I was expecting something rather juicy ………

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  137. Jen Crane

    Beautiful, Simply Beautiful.

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  138. Beryl

    What an inspiring blog, Thank you. Your story has so many resonances in life: not just re relationships or eating. Got me thinking about all sorts os issues where the advice is relevant. Keep producing blogs like this please.

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  139. Janice

    So many times you have been in my prayers of thankfulness for you and BLE and the freshness, order and thoughtfulness to my life. Thank you for sharing so that now I can also pray for you and David in this journey together! Thank you for sharing your heart.

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  140. Sandra Keiter

    Rarely have I encountered a person with such a gift of communication and connection. You were called to this work, and you are the perfect person to guide someone like me into serenity. Thank you, Susan, for your love.

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  141. George

    Dave, you should thank your lucky stars! Susan, you should run for POTUS! Your openness is a force of nature- breath-taking

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    1. David Thompson

      I am very aware and very thankful. This video is a fraction of how awesome Susan is.

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  142. Valerie Cannon

    OMG, this could have been my story. Except no one gave me such good advice and I went ahead and did it. Biggest mistake of my life. It has taken me 10 years to recover from what I did. The marriage didn’t last. I wish so much it could have been different. this is mine to live with. Blessings to you, you’re fabulous for opening up like this. Thanks so much!

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  143. Randy May

    Susan,
    I want you to know how well I connected with your video blog today. I am a recovered alcoholic/addict and I am familiar with “The Point of Jumping Off” … there have been so many “Points” in my recovery journey that I can’t count them all! I got clean and sober in July of 1989. I have progressed in rebuilding, or it might be more properly to say building the “real me” to what I hope is my last “Point of Jumping Off” … my food addiction. I do not know why I landed in your “space” in this universe, yet my vibrations of desire for truth and contentedness has brought me here, I guess!

    I can not afford at this time to join in the 8 week process, yet I am already working on my limited budget as a retired 69 year old, to implement the program cost into my financial plans so that I can join the program sometime in the future.

    I was very impressed with your story you shared and I relate to some of the specifics very closely. Thank you for your openness and courage to confront your issues head on. I know that my relationship with eating must change and this video, the first I have seen by you, has made a profound impact within my psychic as to the journey I must now embark upon. Thanks!

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  144. Gina

    I thank you for sharing your own story it takes a lot of carige to do God bless you and thank you for sharing your story it’s a very long journey as i face a lot of hard days with my own personal problems Gina

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  145. Carolyn

    God bless you….you & your family will be in my prayers….

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  146. Annie

    Dear Susan, thanks for this wonderfully honest vlog! There is a different way to look at this that I’d like to share with you: You are yearning for appreciation and acknowledgement and attention . That means that your inner child, little Susan, is yearning so badly. She probably didn’t get enough of that as you were young and your parents busy with their own relationships. The yearning is not the problem, the problem is where you look for to fill that void. There is only one person in the world who truly can give your inner child the amount and quality of attention and appreciation and security that it needs: you! When you take care of little Susan on a regular basis and give her what she needs you won’t be dependent on others telling you that you are wonderful and precious (although they still will continue doing so!), and you will be free from that sort of craving. The universe is taking good care of us serving us learning opportunities until we get it. You’re on your way and I am happy for you and David, your best coach ever (and vice versa!). Big hug!

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  147. Mandy

    Omg love your honesty!!! You have moved me. Thank you for this!

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  148. Carol

    Wow, You are cause in the matter, you are authentic, you have integrity! Glad you finally asked and received the advice you needed.

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  149. Heide

    Thanks for sharing this. I guess, there is a Will-Power Gap also considering fidelity, when we’re longing for that compliment or real connection. for too long, not knowing, how to get it. You did well, asking for it and take your husband with you. That’s what marriage is for.. I did a magiour change in my life and I got some more pounds, and the age is not helping… I also have an Arthritis issue and I think, it has to do with unhealthy eating in my younger years, Your ingights about those changes which occur with unhealthy eating, are very important to know. The planning and preparation-thing and the energency action plan are high wisdom… Be blessed!!
    I left the community, because my English is not good enough to keep reading so much material, so often. There are too many emails. I have to act on what I understood until now. There are some areas in my actual life, in which I have to face the trouth, and let the chips? fall… I need to make ajustments, after this magiour change. Thanks for being truthful and encouraging that.
    All the Best to you!

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  150. Karen

    WOW!! I am new to the tribe and am so proud of you… I’m grateful that I decided to join BLE and with that am getting to know you. You are amazing… such a wonderful role model for me. Your authenticity was one of the main reasons I signed up… yes, the program is probably awesome, but it was you I trusted. How you so graciously talk about your past, and to see the woman you have become is inspiring to me… I know you’re not perfect, but you are real, and that is even better. Thank you for sharing your journey… it gives me courage to share mine. Blessings to you and David.

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  151. Ronda Stocks

    Wow. I want to give you a hug! Your courage and honesty are indeed very endearing. Great work. I’m so happy that you maintained your integrity and found a path to peace with your husband. So much respect!

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  152. Sharon Cook

    Oh, my goodness, Susan. Bless you to the core of your very being for being so honest and truthful with us, especially when you don’t really know us, but trust us enough to experience part of your soul. I have only known about BLE and about you for about 3.5-4 weeks now, and I feel that I love you as a dear friend already. Hold onto that love from David and your girls and cherish it close to your heart and never let it go. It is a precious and sacred thing. You are so blessed. I am so fortunate to begin BLE in the October 2016 group. I got assigned to a FB house yesterday. I ordered food scales this morning. I will print off all the info from you tonight and food shop this weekend. I will tell my family members about what I am starting this weekend, and that’s a little scary because it significantly raises the accountability bar. I am so excited that I sobbed at joy for the chance to enroll, but at the same time I am scared to death. Your honesty helps. Bless you for all the good you are doing. Hang on close to that family if yours. They are worth saving.

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  153. Barbara

    Thank you from deep within my heart.

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  154. Anne

    Hi Susan, thank you for sharing your journey with such honesty.
    Really glad that it worked out for you and you had friends to guide you on the path that would write a history for your children that best embodies who you really are. That can be hard to do alone when you are caught up in the emotion of a situation. You are inspiring to others in keeping it real.

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  155. Estelle d'Almeida

    Wow! Susan! You are amazing!!! Your post was so honest that I am in complete awe. I am also so happy for you. Once we are awake, we cannot go back to sleep. In deep gratitude for you and all that you do! Estelle

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  156. CarolynfromCanada

    Wow! Susan! I had tears ready to spill while I was listening to your post. I feel so honoured to know you, in the many ways you present to us. One thing that is consistent is your honesty. And what you had to say about your relationship with your husband took such stark honesty and courage. You hit a chord in this vlog that has led to an outpouring of love and support for you. I have never met anyone like you. You are singular. I had been feeling a bit out of touch with BLE, but you just brought me back in, metaphorically wanting to hold you in my arms and say “there, there”. Our world lacks what you possess as a leader. Is “Susan for President” too much, lol? I wish you the very best for your marriage and personal life, and, of course, for the BLE movement. I think it was Rumi who said “don’t go back to sleep”. It applies impeccably to this life we live. No matter want, don’t go back to sleep; just don’t go back to sleep, no matter what. That’s for all of us and superb for a BLE chime. And trust. And Gratitude for finding you. xo CfC

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  157. Joyce

    Susan you are amazing! God Bless you and your family for all you are doing to help others !
    I’m unable to join the boot camp this go round’, but hope to join the next one.
    Until then I will be following your guidance. Thank You, Thank, Thank You!
    With Love, Joyce

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  158. Natasha

    Wow! Thank you! That’s real!

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  159. Janet

    Hi

    This was a succinct way of placing the truth in front of you and being about what you want form life! I want to leave the harassment behind and focus on not being a core 9 on your quiz being from the addiction son caffeine and sugar that constantly cause gut ache like my ex-husband friends and family. It has to stop and your video has inspired me to do so!

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  160. Gábor

    Dear Susan, thank You so much! You are really congruent! And this openness is amazing! I had the same situation with my wife, who is around the same age as you. Somehow it is so typical. And there is only one way to remain together: changing together. Thank You for sharing! I wish lot of courage and inner energy for the next years. It won’t be easy… It will be worthwhile.

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  161. Anthony Wilson

    This made me think about my relatioship because i know i use food as a comfort cruch. Food is my outlet and thrre is a lot going on i. My relationship the make me turn to food for comfort.

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  162. Astrid Jansen

    WOW! I am very touched in my heart by your story and encourages and inspires me even further to never give up on ME. Thank you very much. Hope to meet you in person one day.

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  163. Michelle

    Thank you for being so open. I can relate and I have been fighting the same battles over the last 14 of my 25 years of marriage.
    I commend you and hope your life goes in the direction that you are working very hard for. Stay awake and move forward to whatever that brings!
    It felt good to hear there are others that go through the same thing…….Thank you !

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  164. Durita

    Your honesty is astonishing. I was in your situation and didn’t handle it as well. You will be so glad you listened to Ocean and his wife. Things may still not work out the way you want but you will know you gave it your best effort. I wish you well.

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  165. Sherri

    Wow, that was amazing Susan. For myself, a secret affair would be nothing more than a new compulsion and that in itself would unravel my bright lines. If I’m dishonest about that, its not a huge leap to start being dishonest about eating and drinking etc. I can relate so much to what you said, I am struggling as well as I am not the same person I was before I found BLE and now that I am not numbing myself at every turn, I find that I am very unhappy in my marriage too… I am thinking I need to have the talk about our disconnect before it gets any worse. You were spot on because I feel like we are great roommates and we do a great job raising the kids but I need way more than that. Our 18th wedding anniversary is coming up in a week and I don’t want to throw all this away, he is an incredible man that I am just needing to reconnect with, maybe even fall back in love with. I don’t want to be just a roommate anymore. Thanks again Susan for your amazing honesty, you always say what I need to hear at the exact right time. Thank God for Ocean and his wife and much love to you and David…

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  166. Deb

    I’m so amazing and blown away at your honesty. Thank you for being strong enough to share this with us all. I have “I’m not going to live a sleep anymore” taped to my computer! Thank you.

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  167. Sheila

    You are fabulous, I loved every single video. You are the first person that helped me understand how this addiction works and motivated me to jump into the gap. The clarity I got is worth everything. Thank you!

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  168. joen

    The reason I’ve signed up is that I felt your honesty in all the videos – not the sneaky pitches that almost all salesmen/women put forth – and that was what convinced that this program would work for me. Bless you, and keep going.

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  169. Carly Owen

    Bless you Susan for staying so real and honest. I’m so happy for you and David ????????????

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  170. Linda Viehweg

    AS GLENNON DOYLE MELTON WOULD SAY, YOU ARE A WARRIOR FOR LOVE.

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  171. Rachel

    Susan, you’re ability to speak your truth with such openness, transparency, and vulnerability has blessed me more than once. This might have been the most powerful analogy to date. All I can say is thank-you! I will play this again and again for the lessons it offers until I can jump with my shoulders squared. It may be sooner than I think. Bless you.

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  172. Carla

    Thank you Susan. I needed to hear this today. You are incredibly brave and generous.

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  173. Wendy Dillard

    I feel compelled to comment although I don’t have words to express how your blog has touched my heart. For now, I will allow the meaning and the message permeate throughout my being and see where it takes me. Thank you, dear Susan for showing up in your authenticity.

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  174. Pat

    Thank you! I love the way you describe the awake vs asleep part. I can relate.
    I am happy for you that you managed to ‘wake up’ your husband and get him on board. Relationships are work in progress.

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  175. Dr. Razia S.Siddiqui Ph.D. Neuropsychology

    I was very much touched by your confession. However my dear, they say marriage is not a “gift’ but it is an achievement. You have to sacrifice a lot of yourself to make a marriage a success. Now you might be able to understand why your mother had to divorce. It is a selfish act and does not lead to any solutions. One should look at life from a higher point of view. why is there an institution of family? So that children may not have to undergo what you had to undergo. We all have our responsibility in making humanity a success. Why not be a hero and adopt a leading role in this process. Get used to accepting your husband as a non expressive person, but I am sure you know that he loves you, only he cannot express. Accept your loved ones with their shortcomings and to improve a relationship it is very good to discuss this point with your husband face to face. I am sure you will get the solution.

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  176. Wendy

    Wow. Thank you so much for sharing. While I was listening to you I had a realization about my own marriage which ended this year. You have really opened up new possibilities to me in the past couple weeks since I found your site. Thank you!!!!

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  177. Bobbie

    words cannot express my gratefulness for your honesty. The comment you made about no longer wanting to be asleep hit home. I appreciate your vlog, all the best to you and David. I am so glad he is an adult about listening and taking action to encircle you with the words you need.

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  178. Laura

    Susan, this just pulled at my heartstrings. It was what I needed to hear right here and right now in my life and in my marriage, and I’m going to watch it over and over. I believe you may have just changed my life path in many ways. Thank you!

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  179. Dr. Razia S.Siddiqui Ph.D. Neuropsychology

    If you have any more questions I am ready to answer for you. Lots of love Razia.

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  180. Emily in MT

    Here’s to jumping off points, both large and small! I agree that courage is needed to take the first step into the abyss, but then the universe – and the good people who are along on our journey – carry us along. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. I’m proud of you and David.

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  181. Ronna Berezin

    This talk should be broadcast worldwide not just because it is life changing, but of its profundity as well as its far reaching consequences and its departure from tradition. Susan … you best represent millenial women ( what they have learned and what they can teach all women today. I am proud of your effort as much as of your strength.

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  182. Philomina

    Now that is integrity and authenticity and freedom. “…surrender to it fully and up level our game the way the Universe is calling us to.” However I wonder what or who this universe is.

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  183. Kathy

    Wonderful Susan! I am on my third marriage and know all about the jumping off place in relationships – AND how hard it is on the children to split up. What a great thing that the two of you are willing to do and that you decided to stay out in front with it. Whether it’s a secret bag of chips in the closet or a lover – what a powerful sharing and lesson – as always THANK YOU !!!

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  184. LM

    Your sharing brought me to tears. You are a wonder to behold. Thank you.

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  185. Victoria

    Dear Susan,

    First of all, I want to tell you how courageous I think you are for talking with David & sharing with us. You brought me to tears. I think David is a special guy who is now awakening, too, & I thank him for agreeing to you opening up to us. Just my thought, but I think that affair would have been only that & I think you’re too real to want to live your life so superficially. My husband left me and our daughter after 17 years; I, too, needed communication & straightforwardness. I had a husband who ran away from that. I think for some people it’s easier to hide. I wish you and David well on your new journey. Someday, I hope to see you somewhere in our city so I can hug you.

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  186. Ruth

    Thank you so much for sharing this story, really resonated with me, and couldn’t believe the coincidences, same husband’s name, same number of children, similar ages, and also similar issue. Great seeing how synchronicities work! Thanks again for your honesty and bravery!

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  187. Deniese

    Loved this, Susan. I have been sleeping through my life in various degrees for years! I am excited to begin this journey with you and everyone participating. God bless you for sharing!????

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  188. W

    Raw honesty is rare.

    Life events come in many forms. Typically we to not share them which makes them appear (to the person experiencing them) as if they are all alone. Silence can be deafening. Glad that during the event, you had people in your life you could share with. Community is critical.

    Numbing our with food and other substances is often done as we lack the skills (and community) to address life on life’s terms. Numbing does not help, and in my experience, enhances the problem.

    Congratulations that taking this risk with your husband is working out and giving you both the connections you sought.

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  189. Wendy

    Thank you. This is the most important vlog I’ve heard to date. Thank you for your honesty, your story, you squaring your shoulders. I will be doing the same. Thank you, Susan.

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  190. Carolyn

    Amazing testimony Susan, I really appreciate your willingness to share so openly, something so personal. I really wish I had heard this message decades ago. My marriage did not survive the unconnectedness. I’ve been unmarried for almost 50 years. But I’m waiting on God to send me the right life partner.
    That being said I have 6 more pound to goal weight, I’ve purchased a digital food scale. But am unable to join Brighline Eating at this time, maybe someday in the not to distant future. Until then I’ll stay connected with you vlog.

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  191. Laurie

    God is doing great things through you. Don’t let anything steal it. This is your time. Keep your family. David is in my prayers today to be empowered to fill your empty well. Blessings.

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  192. Joyce Peters

    I felt every emotion and word you said Susan! Thanks so much for being brave and sharing! Hugs and love to you xo

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  193. Teri

    Hey soul sister, how can it be we share this too?? My husband (of 16.5 years) and I have traveled a similar path and I’m going to share your vlog with him tonight. I think I’ve stuffed my needs down with food. Thank you for your bravery and willingness to share!!!

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  194. Pamela Day

    Wow, what a story and given that you shared is publicly is extremely courageous. May God bless you as you live an authentic life.

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  195. Dorothy

    Wonderful! And Hurray for David! And Hurray for the life you are giving your girls together!

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  196. Mary Ann Massey

    You are incredible! Since I started watching your videos I have felt a shift in me and if does feel like “awakeness”. I’m very excited to get
    Started. I just joined your boot camp today!
    Thank you for everything!

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  197. Carrie

    Wow! Honesty! What a great place to live.
    Thank you.

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  198. jennifer lacefield

    with all my heart…. thank you thank you thank you

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  199. Jen

    Wow. So powerful. I’m so grateful for your honesty. It’s very inspiring!

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  200. Jessie

    Love the honesty!

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  201. Hannah

    Your courage is unbelievable and inspiring. God bless you and your family!

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  202. Toni

    Thank Susan!

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  203. Darla Blacconeri

    Thank you so much for sharing. Love you!

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  204. Diane Carpenter

    Is there any way you could make a sample menu for all of us who would love to do this but can’t afford the boot camp,which I would do in a heart beat,if I had the money. I want to have a new life. My goal for the next 6 mouths is to be alive again. I need to change many things about how I relate to other people. I just need a starting point. Nothing I have ever tryed has worked long term. Now that I’m disabled and not working full time, I find something that could help me. If you can’t I understand and will do it on my own. The information you have given is a blessing. I really believed something was wrong with me that I could not keep the weight off,now even loosing it is hard. Thank you for helping me see there is a reason I was having so much trouble. Have a great day.

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  205. Peggy Dunne

    Awesome. No words. only a full heart.

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  206. Tara

    I’ve listened to about 3 minutes of this and my eyes are already watering – that’s how I feel about my marriage too 🙂 :-\ Longing for more connection. Words of affirmation!!! I feel so grateful for this VLOG!!! Thank you!

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  207. Andrea

    Thanks for sharing Susan. Your honesty is admirable.

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  208. Young

    Hello, Susan,
    I’m not used to leave a comment after watching your videos, but for this one, I need to, I have to leave a comment. I’m Korean and I’ve got a very traditional education, it means that I’m quite reserved when it’s a matter of personal story, I must admit that you blew me away by your honesty and authenticity. You are so wonderful ! I’m so happy to know you, even it’s only virtual. xoxo

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  209. Robin

    BEAUTIFUL! Touching, heart-warming, affirming, and important for us to hear. Thank you. As the saying goes, “The truth shall set you free.” You are a great example to all of us, and a wonderful teacher and coach! Forge on! to our stronger commitment to BLE. Much love to you and your family.

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  210. Patricia

    Sending a loving prayer of Gratefulness to you.
    Warmest!

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  211. Alexander de Bouter

    Merci, for your inspiring courage and excelent work. I’m impressed whith how clearly you see where the problems lie and how to adress them. Thanks for sharing it the way you do.

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  212. Margie

    Thanks for letting me in your life… I love listening to you… I am going to JUMP OFF…. Thanks for the push

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  213. Susan

    God bless you and the wisdom of Ocean and Michelle Robbins. Speaking as someone whose 40th anniversary was yesterday, and whose marriage has been road-tested (as all are), I concur that you made the right decision. It is more vital to be honest, real, authentic, face challenges and grow and put others before yourself (like your kids) than to shrug off uncomfortable situations like an old coat. God puts people together intending them to grow and work things out. And praise God for giving you a husband who is waking up to the needs of the marriage.

    Best wishes for your latest chapter.

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  214. Jeannine

    I do love a happy ending, but I love truth, integrity and courage even more. When they come together, there are no words for that feeling. Thus, you have become my #1 person to watch in the world right now, and it’s a joy to see you exceeding my hopes at every turn. Sending showers of blessings and so much love.

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  215. Cherise

    That’s gotta be the most candid and honorable testimony ever. Bless you, Susan. I appreciated your other educational videos, but this just earned my respect for you at a whole new level. Every person should watch it, and be transformed by your exemplary spirit!

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  216. Jodi

    Wow! Powerful. I am so glad you made that choice to jump in that gap! Thank you for leading with integrity!

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  217. Deborah W.

    Thank you for sharing your heart with us Susan. I also am thankful that you looked for and took to heart the wise counsel, “No.” You made the right choice Susan. I pray that your efforts, your family unity and happiness will increase! Love never fails!

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  218. Ruby Lee Burch

    Thank you Susan – Your VBlog was amazing – I was riveted to it…wish I had seen it 36 years ago when I walked away from a marriage with 3 girls – didn’t think there was any point in talking, and neither of us was very communicative. I felt it was just better to keep my unhappiness to myself…..anyway you are a blessing in my life. I would like to share this with my daughters…..is that okay?

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  219. Judith Shill

    Susan ,

    This was an extremely powerful blog . I feel very inspired by your truthfulness and openness . Thank you !
    I now know that I am in correct place with BLE . I love how honest and revealing you are .
    Sending you my love and wishes that your relationship only gets stronger .

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  220. Philip

    Your raw emotion got to me. I have reached a similar point in my marriage. And we have been married for 51 years

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  221. Sherrie

    Thank you for trusting us with your story. You expressed so much that is is real for me. You are loved supported and appreciated.

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  222. Nikki Johnson

    I had almost the exact same conversation with my husband last week and we also “jumped off.” It’s been great and hard and awesome. Thanks for sharing yourself so generously, as always.
    Love
    Nikki

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  223. Deb

    Awesome. Best to you on your new journey. A peaceful life exists when the head & heart are on the same page.

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  224. Angela

    I cried with you. Good for you to for doing the brave, hard thing and going to your husband and telling him. What a wonderful story! I lived asleep for 11 years in a miserable marriage and I’m now in a relationship with a level of connection that I never thought possible. Living awake feels SO GOOD. I love all of your work, I’m pretty sure I’m one of your biggest fans. I’m deeply appreciative for you sharing this and being so vulnerable . Sending hugs and love!

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  225. Ela

    Susan I love you for your strength, wisdom and integrity. You are my hero and my heart is with you! Thank you for sharing another beautiful lesson❤️

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  226. Martha

    I am proud of you too Susan. Thank you fro sharing your story with us. Sending love and Blessings to you and your family.

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  227. Linda

    Dear Susan,
    I normally never leave comments on the internet, but I just have to say thank-you for your honesty, integrity, and authenticity. I hear my sister’s frustration in her marriage echoed in your words – so this really hit a chord for me. I am proud of your husband too, for taking steps to change and meet you somewhere in the middle. It takes two to make a marriage work; I’m happy for you both that you are committed to do so, hand in hand. God bless.

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  228. Ellen

    Susan, how very brave to choose the harder, more risky way to confront your internal conflict. I’m so glad you could hear and take in what Ocean and his wife advised you. We do not go through this life without struggles and you can once again be very proud of yourself as you choose living with integrity instead of perhaps choosing the easier path. Best wishes, Ellen

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  229. Susan Robertson

    Dearest Susan,

    WOW oh WOW….just listened to your weekly vlog: THE JUMPING OFF POINT 9-28-16

    I was deeply touched by your courage, your honesty, your vulnerability, your openness, and your ability to express yourself and articulate where you are
    I commend you for standing in your integrity and truth….for owning up to your own needs, wants, and desires

    Your personal story was potent and powerful and moved me. Thank you for your incredible share….it was heart wrenching and instructive.
    How blessed you are to have friends that call you to your highest self. Your mindfulness, consciousness, awareness and surrender are incredible. You are learning to truly connect at the most intimate level.
    You are standing on the four pillars of the BLE Healing Course. I commend you for telling the truth so clearly and for being willing to say no to the short term immediate gratification of an affair and for the ability to consider the costs and consequences. I am inspired by the role model you are, your tenderness, transparency, and authenticity. Thank you for slowing down and listening to the wisdom of your heart. You are awake and alive!! You are standing true to your values. YOU ARE LOVED and APPRECIATED!!! (by God, by your husband, your family, your friends, your clients, your students, the UNIVERSE and mostly by yourself) I acknowledge you, I see you, I love you. Trust that the Universe has your back and you are stronger than you think you are. May you continue to walk in the LIGHT.

    Thanks for the tie in to BLE…Eating uncontrollably without restraint is not the answer. Being out of integrity with flour and sugar is not acceptable. Living consciously is about “ponying up” and facing our addictions head on. Unconscious eating or unconscious living does not serve us. The gap needs to be bridged as we step into complete surrender and jump off in love. I will not live ASLEEP! I am awake, aware and conscious. I am willing to forego the short term gratifications of excess food and live Happy, Free and Thin.

    Congratulations for rewriting and re-imagining your marriage, your relationship to David and to yourself and to your daughters. Continue to up level your game!!! You are filled with peace, lightness, freedom, and joy!!! Standing in this place you shine a bright light to others. You are truly in service.

    A wonderful book I recommend for couples who need to renegotiate long term relationships is Esther Perel’s “Mating in Captivity-Unlocking Erotic Intelligence”. Her take on couples promises to liberate, enchant, and provoke.
    May you continue to grow, expand, and evolve in your capacity to give and receive love authentically

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  230. Jody

    Thank you for being authentic.
    I understand it all and appreciate you.
    I have the same kind of marriage.
    For years I have not given an ultimatum because
    I am not financially secure.
    I wish you well.

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  231. Sandie

    My heart was in my throat listening this week! But it gave me a new perspective on my BLE, I am now divorced from flour and sugar, it’s over, period.

    I wish you a long and happy marriage.

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  232. Nikki

    Thank you so much for that!! Thank you for being honest and real. Love, love, love!!!

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  233. Angela Rodgers

    You take my breath away with your authenticity, honesty and deep love and caring. I feel so blessed and honored to have found you, to have followed your program, and, finally, to have met you at Breitenbush. I can definitely relate to the sense of waking up and never wanting to go back. Feeling called to live life fully and passionately in service. Thank you for sharing this. You have touched so many and this is just the beginning. Love you!!

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  234. San

    Wow! I just had a load of tears run down my cheek. Thank you, Susan, for your honesty and courage. This is what we all want: not to sleep! In any area of our lives. God bless you for your courage and your forging ahead and living in the uncertainty with love for yourself ????????????❤️

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  235. Danelle

    Thank you for your truth. It is inspiring! Much love to you and your family.

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  236. Linda Stegman

    I am so glad you changed direction. You obviously are not going to regret that decision. So happy for you. I am still asleep with the food. When I almost died in 1981, the flour, sugar, dairy lines were drawn and I survived and succeeded with weight and health. It felt wonderful. As time went on I started experimenting with different foods that I thought I had been missing. I was able to get away with eating a few things without much repercussion. I went back to sleep since I was no longer close to death. Now I continually cross the line just so much that I don’t get TOO sick or TOO obese. I want to wake up but I am not sure how. I even ended up in the hospital a couple years ago but haven’t been super sick since then; so I am still asleep.

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  237. Eve McWilliams

    Susan, once more you have demonstrated to me what having integrity and being authentic really is. Your courage in revealing this aspect of your life is truly awesome. I am so glad to have the opportunity to get to know you better.

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  238. Sinead O'Connor

    JEEPERS!!!!! I What a superb vlog Susan. It is absolutely inspiring. I am close to my jumping off point, not there yet but definitely getting there.

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us. It is profound and so totally raw, authentic and coming from the heart, I am truly speechless.

    Sinead

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    1. Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D.

      Sinead O’Connor the musician/singer?

      If so: thank you for sharing your gifts with the world. Your music was a huge part of my coming of age and is woven into my soul. Super nice to be in touch. 🙂

      If not: no worries….sorry for the confusion. Though I’m sure you get that all the time. 😉

      Either way: I am sitting with you, right where you are right now, loving you and watching for the jumping off point to take form.

      It always does. 🙂

      xoxo
      Susan

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  239. PA Dolittle

    {{{ <3 }}} thanks for sharing, Susan! i'm glad to be part of the tribe 🙂 😀 <3

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  240. Jayne Del Rio

    The book you mentioned has been very helpful to me in my relationships. You will never regret remaining faithful to David. Your children will not have to be from a dysfunctional family. Losing my husband because of an affair was not worth the momentary pleasure. God forgave me. I forgave myself. My daughter forgave me. But life will never be perfect while we remain imperfect. I encourage you to leave your life of pain and live the life that only God can offer. Eternal. Abundant. Bearing good fruit. He is the Creator of the Universe. love you!

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  241. Linda

    Oh Susan I love you, your spirit, your heart, your integrity! I thank God you had a divine intervention with Ocean and his wife. I knew when I started bright line eating that I too would have to face something in my marriage. I love, adore and appreciate my husband of 33 years, Sept 30th. My love language is physical touch and that has been on hold in our marriage for 10 years. While I have expressed my needs, desires, wants, hopes for our marriage nothing has changed in that area. I have concluded by tremendous wrong choices and pain and suffering that an affair is not the answer and either is living life asleep. Thank you for inspiring me to have the difficult conversations and to stay in integrity with myself, which is one of my highest values. I bless your marriage and for breaking ground that divorce is not that answer and that your children will not have to be a product of divorce. May your honesty, vunerability, and transparancy pay huge dividends! May your marriage be blessed beyond your wildest dreams!

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  242. Hara Maderich

    I am humbled by your openess and willing devotion to your authentic self. Affairs are cheating just like not following your Bright Lines but I wouldn’t have put that together without your deeply emotional video. I will be married 30 years in October and there are squiggles in the line past too but it is never about sex, its about validation and feeling good. Thank you and I am sure David realizes how terrific his wife is!

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  243. Catherine Baker

    What a beautiful, truthful and generous vlog that was. Thank you for sharing your vulnerability so articulately and with such honesty and grace.

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  244. Christina Galay

    Susan, thank you so much for sharing your heart.! I am an RNT and work mostly with weight loss. I love your ideas and although I have not experienced your protocol I truly gain a lot from watching your VLOGs. The thing that I most want to thank you for is this…..I also am very open and personal with my clients because I want them to know that life is messy and wonderful and amazing. I get that…I’ve been through stuff….they see me as a real person with the same issues as them and can therefore better respond to what I ask of them. I have been told to be more “professional” and truthfully don’t know how. Thank you for making that alright!
    Blessings today dear lady!

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  245. Francina

    What can I say that everyone has not already been said! Susan you are amazing ! I admire your honesty and know that you have helped countless people …me included! Keep up the great work! We all love you!

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  246. Tahnee

    Wow! Such honesty. Thank you for sharing. So proud of you and I wish you a wonderful marriage. You have made me want to jump off and be ready to learn how to eat right. And to surrender control and to be honest with myself.
    I’m not okay living like this and telling myself I’ll start tomorrow.

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  247. dianne avilla

    I too have had a very similar dynamic in my 40 year marriage. Its only painful for me when I need support in way I myself, or friends cannot give.We are strong business (The business of running a home and family) partners. I have self comforted with food too(mean spirited dad, overwhelmed mom who needed me to support he)r issues. My husband had an affair because I was not filling all his needs when I was teaching fulltime, doing grad work, and healing from a caesarian birth. But he too was emotionally under cared for his whole child hood. I did not want to hurt my child, and he is a decent person; 90% of the time in our young marriage. I reached a similar point and said it was easier to be alone, than to be lonely with him. We found Recovering couples anonymous It was a good support group and my husband heard so many similar stories of emotional neglect and infidelity. that he could see himself in a different light. We do not have addictive issues but it went a long way in helping us to see how we were hurting each other. We still do not have that flash bang omg connection, but we have a peace, He and his whole family are just very private introvert non talking people. With some best friends I have good support. our kids are grown. I am be more free to do as I please because my focus is not on how to just care for him. I’ve accepted that we are here to learn f rom each other, and to support each other. I’ve had to look at myself to see why I need overt approval, and am learning to support and care for myself. He is not mean or bad. just very self contained. I need to give myself my own approval first. Its odd but it is working. Feel good about your own success and how you are a contributor to the world. stay true to you self, and stay honest, but kind.Don’t expect a specific outcome, but be aware to what the universe will bring you. Long distance llove and care to you, dianne

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  248. Chris Elwart

    Dear Susan, from the first time I taught saw you speak , I knew I was in the right place. Although I am 25 or more years older than you ( not knowing how old you are) And although I have been at my goal weight for almost 20 years, your story is so similar to mine. When I signed up for your next Boot Camp , I asked myself why I was doing this. Listening to your last blog, I knew it was because I wanted to help others find long, lasting freedom from food obsession.. I am a Limited Licensed psychologist in the state of Michigan, have been married to my husband for 43 years, have four daughters, am a recovered drug addict, alcoholic, bulimic, compulsive overeater, workaholic, etc. You get the picture. Your radical honesty, refreshing openness and surrendered willingness make me want to learn everything you have to offer . Thank you. Let the journey begin!

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  249. Sherill Roediger

    I have SO much respect for this level of honesty (especially the crystal method part!). I didn’t think ANYBODY could be worse than MY husband of 37 years but yours had him beat. Mine at least will compliment me when i remind him to ????. Your decision was the exact right one and I’m so glad that you had friends that were brave enough to tell you NOT to do the wrong thing. I’m happy for you and your husband but I’m mostly happy for your kids. I hope that things get better and better for the two of you!

    Some of us are doomed to stay asleep forever. Sometimes I feel as if I died some time ago, and just forgot to lay down.

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    1. Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D.

      Oh Sherill, your last sentence pierces my heart. I do hope, through this Bright Line Eating community and all the support you can find here, that you’re ready to start waking up. I love you, and I wish that for you. Being the walking dead is no fun at all. No fun.
      Also, if I may, I’d like to address what you said about David. I just want to say that there is so much more to him that was left out of this video. And so much more to the dynamics in our relationship that led us to that jumping off point over Labor Day.
      It may not have come across in this video, but David has ALWAYS been a very sweet, doting, loving husband. He’s a truly remarkable man. And my side of our dynamic was not discussed in the video–I was inattentive to him. I made plans without consulting him and frequently left him to take care of our kids and shoulder the burdens of our home life on his own. I wasn’t present. He was aching for me to see him and value him more. In that environment, we both created a downward spiral where neither of us felt safe to show up for the other. It was a two-way street. Always has been. Now, in our new marriage since Labor Day, I’m having to grow and change just as much as he is. My job now is to give him primacy of place in my life and in my heart, and let him know, in ways big and small, that he comes first. That I see him and value him and that he is my life partner. When I’m doing that, it’s actually proving to be rather easy for him to communicate his love and appreciation for me. It’s a beautiful thing. 🙂

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  250. Maxine

    Thank you Susan.
    I am in tears….
    Since signing up for your program yesterday, I have been feeling emotional. I have not started yet, I want to be well prepared for the journey ahead. I have cried, and I am so happy that I am finally able to cry now.
    Lots of hugs, and lots of the best wishes for you, your family and your program.

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  251. Paula Want

    I want to join everyone in thanking you for your honesty, and bravery and openness. You didn’t have to do that but you did, and in the process have already helped so many of us, who are or were or will be in similar situations. It is difficult to live with a partner who makes you feel invisible and who does not see the pain that it causes. I know, I have been and continue to be there,. Thank you.

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  252. Margaret Eacott

    Wow thank you Susan yes I am at my jump off point and need to square my shoulders again thank you for sharing

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  253. Barbara Baltz

    Your courage is inspiring. I’m so glad our paths crossed and I am enthusiastically awaiting the start of Boot Camp. I retired under very difficult circumstances 1.5 years ago and struggling with my marriage. It’s time for me to wake up and start living again! Can’t wait!!!

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  254. Ann

    I can’t imagine what it is like to be so open to such a huge tribe, but I know it is in your nature. We have very similar marriage experiences, even down to using the words “like roomates,” our need for verbal affirmation, and our husband’s resistance to our requests for affirmation. Thank you for your company on this road. I tell myself I would not consider an affair or divorce, but there were times I was so desperate for affirmation I would fantasize when another man even looked at me kindly. And times when I would be on the receiving end of out-of-the-blue anger or feeling unsupported, and my mind would be screaming “I want a divorce” yet I had to keep my mouth clenched shut so the words would not escape my lips. I don’t want a divorce, and I don’t want a different husband, but I want so much more than to be roomates who work well together. Over the past decade, my husband was unable or unwilling to hear this. Last week I moved into a different bedroom without futile tears or argument, just a simple explanation that I needed more space because our relationship does not feel healthy to me. So far, it feels better because I’m out of the craziness of constantly seeking intimacy that is not available. The two hardest moments for me since then were moments when he was emotionally unavailable anyway. I’m done thinking in terms of what is reasonable, or how I can change. This is who I am, and I don’t want to be less. So I am being forthright, and caring for everyone as best I can, this time including myself. If I crave affirmation and I don’t get it, I can be strong, but I will not be desperate or self-destructive. I have been praying for the strength for the last few years either way–to work this out with him if possible, or to be strong enough to divorce or separate if not. I don’t to live in resentment to him. I have completely devoted myself to him and our kids and believe in working things out, so I’m not anxious to leave our intact family behind, but I am with you. I can only decide for myself. So far, it feels positive. Years ago, I ruled out divorce, as I still love him and would never feel good about that, but it remains to be seen whether some degree of separation is best for me or whether he will come along with me to a healthier place. I don’t know if and when he will find the time to talk more about what is going on, or want to, but I am choosing not to be that desperate needy wife anymore, always begging for more attention. I am ready to stand strong and confident, even as I am sad and grieve for dreams unmet, without blaming or shaming either of us.

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  255. Lynette

    Yes men r on adifferent planet than us. They express/or not, differently. But great u beard yr soul to inform him of where u r now. Well done and good work and Thankyou for sharing a deeply personal thing. Enjoy what he is now sharing with you.

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  256. Ocean Robbins

    Susan, I am so unbelievably proud of you. And deeply inspired by you. Your path of honesty, integrity, and love are utterly profound. I think this could be the most raw, real, and inspiring video share I’ve ever seen in my life. And I’m so happy that my beloved Michele Robbins and I are blessed to play some part in the story of your life. You are an incredible friend, and a brilliant light for our times. I am humbly grateful to be in service to you and all you stand for, always. And love to David, too!

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  257. Beatrice

    I love you, gorgeous woman!!!

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  258. Jennifer

    So beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  259. Pam

    Well done Susan. You are so genuine and I am touched reading this.

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  260. Maria

    I salute your courage, applaud your conviction, bow to your ability to pull back from temptation, and thank you for relating the challenges in your marriage to our journey with food. Two people deeply connecting at this level is rare. May your marriage be a constant source of joy, from here on forward. And may I one day be fortunate enough to have the same, with a sane mind and sound body. Love you, Susan. I really do.

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  261. Julie

    What an amazing and vulnerable vlog. You put it all out there! What an inspiration to live your truth. Thank you Susan????

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  262. Kelsie

    I have been struck speechless by this VLOG. Your honesty and strength in putting your personal struggles out there, in order to help others, is beyond amazing. It touched me in a way that I never expected. Thank you for squaring my shoulders to this.

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  263. Gina Heese

    Wow, Susan. Thank you for trusting and honoring us enough to share such a deep and personal situation. Wow….I’m floored. I am SOOO grateful ii signed up to listen to the “Food Summit” last May because that decision has changed my life! It will NEVER be like it was before that day and I have Squared my Shoulders to sugar and flour because of it and because of you!
    I have been transformed and today you will see proff of it on HAPPENING HOUSE where I “jumped off” and posted my “Bikini B4 and after” pics! That was hard but darn it i dont care anymore ????. God led me to listen and hear about BLE because he knows my heart.

    A million thank yous to you and who you are. I love you!!

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  264. Dee

    I’ve been married 26 years – you could have been talking about me except I haven’t found someone else. i’me just unhappy in my marraige since getting sober from alcohol nearly two years ago!
    I now realise I have a problem with food and your bright line program resonates with me. I applaud you for your honesty and your work helping others. Truly inspirational. Thank you

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  265. Gail Kelly

    This is my first Vlog with you so I don’t have anything to compare it too; however, I feel that The Jumping Off Point will be applauded as the best presenation you have ever done. I will look forward to the next one (no pressure)… smirk. I wish I could join your Boot Camp, but since I cannot, I will square my shoulders and balance my mind, body and spirit. I have hope again. Thank you so much.

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  266. Pat

    Susan, you made the right decision,you are an honest, compassionate person.You took a step back and considered the needs of your family. I’m so happy for you both now because you talked things out that needed attention. Sounds like you both are considering each others needs. Praise God, Thanks for all of the videos that you have shared.May you continue to be blessed. Pat

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  267. Kat

    POWERFUL! Love your authenticity and vulnerability. Thank you for this gift!

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  268. Janna

    This was perfection. Thank you for being so real and raw with us. Honesty always shines through.

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  269. Annie

    Susan,
    Your blog this week gave me the chills. I know it is not accident that I took time to hear your message. I too have been married for 17 years and over those 17 years I slowly put on 80 pounds and am only 5 ft 1, so needless to say I was morbidly obese. My love language is talking and affirming comments from the people I love, and to my husband he, like yours, is not good at it. He does not understand. Last year when I turned 47 I decided that I was no longer going to live asleep and was going to do what ever I needed to change the 2nd half of my life, Weight has always been an issue and struggle, so for me that is where I wanted to start.
    I had gastric sleeve surgery last February and that has given me a jolt to feel better about my self. I have lost 45 pounds but still need to lose 40 more to be where I would like to be. I have been at a stall for about 6 weeks, and it is because I see that I am at the next point of needing to address my jumping off point.

    I have been in contact with an old boyfriend and he has become my emotional affair. We talk daily, and he and I have been on a trip together and had a wonderful time. He is full of life and adventure. We have not crossed the line of any physical, because we both understand the implications. I have the same concerns with having 3 children myself, ages 15,12, and 9. I do not want to break up the family but I want a more full and exciting life with my spouse. We have been to marriage counseling and our counselor after 8 months has fired us, because she has determined that she can no longer help us, due to my husband being so defensive and closed off. He has made tremendous progress, and I do not want to leave him, but everything I want to do to better myself he does not like and is always concerned about the money.

    I know this is why my weight is not continuing to fall off, and that I need to find a way to take care of myself and my family. You are an inspiration and I am excited to learn more about your program. Surgery is truly just a tool, and to really get the weight off one needs to work through their issues with food and what causes us to use food for comfort, and to numb ourselves. I would love any words of wisdom that you might have..

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  270. Jessica

    Thank you for being so raw. I am taking time off of work due to a dissability. It’s like I got off a roller coaster and for the first time in decades I can discover who I am . Food/weight/ mood is super inportant. Today with you , out there raw , so real stuff most of us keep hidden and ashamed. Feeling shamed and embassassed like we are the only one. It’s people like you to help us grow as humans. Thank you ! If you are ever in L.A. let me know

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  271. Nanette

    You are more amazing than you know. You aren’t just helping us with weight issues, you are transforming our lives. Thank you.

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  272. Summer

    So rare is it in these fast moving times that we adults actually take responsibility for our lives and relationships. Thank goodness you have friends who gave you advice to do the right thing, and that you saw the value in their advice…to BE HONEST AND MATURE AND RESPONSIBLE! I have such respect for your honesty and for you’re trusting us with your story. Gosh, I so want to have a cop of tea with you and chat for hours. I hope that someday I can be that good friend.. or if I am in need that I have good friends like you do who would stop me from myself if it was needed. You just made me feel encouraged that maybe there’s hope for the human race after all. I hope more people follow your example. Thank you.

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  273. Micki

    That was very touching. You really just got to be tried of being overweight and just jump off like you said. IT WAS AN AWESOME VLOG!!!

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  274. Elizabeth Judy

    You are amazing, so glad we”met”! Thanks for your courage to be so honest. I can relate to your quest for deeper meaning in life and relationships. My path led to trusting in Jesus Christ and His free gift of grace. Now I live my life to love and serve Him, and I can’t imagine any greater joy. It has helped my marriage, my family and all my other connections. I can’t afford to do the boot camp right now, so I’m day 8 into following what I’ve picked up of your bright line eating. You’re definitely on to something, and I’m telling everyone I know what I’ve learned already. I’m eagerly awaiting your book so that I can follow your program more completely. Keep up the great work!

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  275. Alexandra

    This is a very beautiful important video. Thank you for being so honest. “Tell the truth and let the chips fall where they may” – such wise words. I hope that you are both excited about this new journey for you. Love what you said “I will not go back to sleep”. Thank you for this message, I will never forget it.
    You are very brave – to have talked to Michelle and Ocean, to have talked to David and now talking to us. Thank you.

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  276. TC

    Susan,
    Vulnerability in sharing that with us= COURAGE, which equals a Wholehearted , Authentic life. Congratulations to you and your husband!
    And yes, to all friends who refuse to be enabling witnesses, Thank goodness for them.
    God Bless and thank you.

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  277. Phyllis

    Susan!
    Thank you so much for your transparency and honesty in this video! You have been a real life changing force for me. Even though I wasn’t able to complete BLE Bootcamp from June, I never let go of the concept, because of you. Because of this video I decided to sign up for the October Bootcamp, and, yes I am ready to square my shoulders and look myself in the eye… I’m at the jumping off point!!!
    Love and respect you so much! I am so thrilled about your marriage success.
    Phyllis
    ❤️

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  278. Barbara Bennett

    Beautiful Susan
    You are shining your light so brilliantly, so courageously, so in your integrity and transparency that my shadows cannot be other than right in front of me to clearly see and take responsibility for. Of course I can deny them and go back to sleep but can we ever unknown what we Know to be true?
    Omg you are a rock star of magnitude and are shining the light on a beautiful path. I pray I have the courage to take the first step. Thank you for sending me your hand and letting me know that I/we are not alone.
    Sending eternal blessings and love ????????????????

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  279. Linda Trecozzi

    To my new best friend, Susan,

    I am once again blown away by your story!
    I have felt so connected to you ever since I found you on Facebook in March but this is surreal! The story of your marriage is MY story! Your words are my words! Your feelings are my feelings! I have had these conversations with myself and my husband. I’m married 18 years with 2 boys..I love my family but long for a deeper connection.
    My husband loves and supports me. He is very happy and content . He is so easy going. We have months of feeling good together and then it goes backwards.
    But I wonder :
    Can he ever really change?
    Am I asking for too much?
    Is it realistic to feel a deep connection all the time?
    Maybe marriage is about the ebb and flow?
    Do other people really experience true connection all the time?
    How many men out there want the same thing?
    Are men and women just too different?

    At this time I have settled back into contentment and commitment. I long for fireworks but is that just a fantasy?
    Too many romance novels?

    I truly hope everything works out for you and your husband. But please don’t give up if things slide backwards sometimes. Using your words..be unstoppable!

    God Bless you and your family
    And may you stay in love and peace…❤️
    Linda

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  280. Cecilia

    Isn’t it amazing the ammount of lives you touch? You give us courage, you give us hope and passion and teach us to trust and be honest, simple things asleep people cannot realize we already have in our hearts. I’ve seen all your videos, this one I liked the most. It came to my life in the exact moment. Thank you. God bless you for helping so many of us ‘asleep’ but wanting to fully live.

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  281. Jen

    Uhhhhmmmmm…………………………that’s all the time we have for today……..

    Just kidding.

    Sometimes it’s easier to connect with someone sexually when we’re not actually available. It’s safer!
    Your girls are more important than this. Heck I tell myself that all the time!
    Your work is fabulous and I wish you’d appreciate you more.
    Love, a fan

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  282. Norka Espaillat

    Wow!You are remarkable woman. God bless your heart, your marriage, and kids.
    Thanks for sharing your life with us
    You deserve respect and admiration.

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  283. Rose Marie Martin

    I love your authenticity. You are an amazing leader and this is why….blogs from the heart to teach. Can’t wait to meet you in person some day.

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  284. Dianne Curtis

    I have to remind myself that you don’t know me!! I feel like we are friends because you allow me to look into your heart and mind, and you are one of the only people that I’ve ever met that knows my story so personally without ever having met me. You are an angel who has found her true dharma in this life. Don’t ever stop being you!

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  285. Louise

    Thank you so much for sharing at such a deep personal level. What a gift you are to this community. Very proud of your willingness to square off with the truth. May God continue to be bless you and David with patience, understanding, and a willingness to be there for each other.

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  286. Kimberly

    Thank you for your honesty and sincerity. Life is difficult on all aspects be it in relationships with a person or with a substance as in food. WE all have a struggle but the key is to identify and then determine a course of action and you have done that. So glad you were open and receptive to the help that was offered to you. And glad David was also willing to join you with a join action plan.

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  287. Carey L

    You were not kidding when you said it would be personal. Your bravery to share will help many! The biggest thank you should go to Ocean & Michelle for keeping your commitment of your marriage vows front and center and not just telling you what they thought you might want to hear. Friends like that are the best friends of all. Many prayers for your marriage and family.

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  288. Jen

    Let me put this another way… in haiku form
    I was a cheater. A fairly voracious one.
    I drew a bright line around it.
    No more cheating.

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  289. Silvia

    The only way to walk our path is as complete human beings.Authentic and with truth.Our truth.
    Thank you !!!! For the reminder. Wish you all the connection you desire ????

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  290. Sheryl Allen

    Dear Sweet Susan, I just watched this VLOG, and I am speechless. My heart is heavy for authenticity. I will be doing a lot of soul searching this week in relation to my heart, family & life. I want to be real. Susan, you have made an unbelievable impact on my life. May God continue to bless you and your family in ways that you can’t even imagine right now.

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  291. Susan

    I love the way you open your heart to us and I wish you true happiness. My 1st husband cheated on our family after 25 years marriage and the hurt still exists specially for our sons. I’ve moved on but the damage to our family unit has been done and certain things will never be the same.

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  292. Julie

    Thank you so much Susan for sharing your story! Really!! It touched me deeply when you talked about not going back asleep. I cried while listening to you, because it resonate so much with my eating habits reality and my body which i feel does not really represent myself. And yes i do feel the gab between what is asked in the bright line eating program and me not being sure that i will be able to get there. But I cannot go back to sleep. No way! I do want to feel better inside out and go ahead.
    One day at a time with courage, honesty and integrity. Unstoppable!! All the way.

    p.s. sorry if a make mistakes in english, beccause my first language is french. I do my best!

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  293. Liberty Whittle

    Thank you for your authenticity and courage.”I will NOT go back to sleep!” Applicable in so many ways!

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  294. Vanessa

    It great that your husband was ready to step up and reconnect. I had this similar problem for 30 years. When I spoke to my husband he just didn’t get it and was unable to connect to me and blamed my weight on our problems in a sexless marriage for 5 years. I left him and it has been two years and the pain , guilt and fear is sometimes unbearable. The leaving was the best jumping off point in my life until now . Brightline eating is my jumping off point for me after decades of stuffing all the pain and shame of my marriage. Thank you Susan for being an answer to a prayer.

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  295. Caren

    Held my breath through most of this vlog. Thank God you 2 are going to be ok!! Thank you for your bravery. This was an astounding volg!!!

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  296. Karen

    Wow, Susan. As so many have said before me, you ‘re vlog was very inspiring. I cannot tell you what finding you has meant in my life. I haven’t always been my authentic self, and I think that I have paid dearly for that over the years. I have found you at just the right time in my life. Bless you.

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  297. BH

    Beautiful, moving, inspiring…thank you so much for your transparency and honesty about your path.

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  298. Valerie

    Thank you so much for your honesty.

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  299. Anne-Louise

    Susan, although I met you & David as a couple only once at an early breakfast in Toronto, I saw the love & respect you both have for each other. I’ll pray that your new lines of heartfelt communication stay open & real. I’m rooting for you both. Thank you for sharing BLE your truth & your ❤️️ with all of us. God Bless.

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  300. Kimberlie Joy

    You are truly precious. Thank you. Thank you to your family too.

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  301. Esthee

    So inspiring Susan. The only one thing my husband ever asked me to do for him as a favour is to lose weight. Have tried but never succeeded. Can see what exactly was missing . Thank you so much.

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  302. Esther

    Thank you so much for being such an inspiration .

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  303. Christina Moss

    Thank you for sharing such an amazing personal story. I admire your honesty and courage. I am at my jumping off point and want to start living my life instead of going through the motions and staying asleep. The Universe has truly blessed me by bringing you to me at this time when I need it most. I look forward to this journey.

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  304. Yochana

    OMG! I have the same relationship with my husband that you had pre Labor Day! I have tried for years to get him to connect and he tries for a few days and then regresses again! I also have awaken and don’t want to go back to sleep! But a part of me keeps trying to live in the situation! I have not reached the “affair” point. But I know I must do something! Funny thing is at this point I am not even sure that I want him to change because I harbor so much pain and hurt! Which as you know means “I am not willing to open my self up to the chance for more possible deep hurt and disappointment!” Well, I hope it all works out as amazingly well for me as it did for you! I wish you and your family the best life! Thanks for sharing this! It helped me!

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    1. Zoila

      Thank you so much for sharing this with us and u see how by standing by your husband and your kids. Will be the grateful thing Will experience I been whit my husband for 28 years I can honestly tell you I love him more than ever you will be in love whit him as time go on take care and thank you so much for all your videos. And God bless you

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  305. sheila

    If you still lived in San Francisco, you would be my new best friend. Amazing.

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  306. Loretta

    Thank you for example of complete honesty. You are totally awesome I have sensed your honesty from the beginning and it is what did and does draw me to your program. Thank you again . Love Loretta .

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  307. Sharon

    I had almost decided today as I was eating a chocolate chip cookie that I was too old (61 )to give up the things I really like just to lose weight, even though I knew in my heart that I have to because of my health. And honestly I had watched your 4 videos and felt a little betrayed that you would take me so far to just leave me hanging after building me up and giving me so much hope during the first 3 videos just because I couldn’t afford the boot camp. I wanted so much to trust in what you were saying. I know after watching this video that you are truly a person with integrity, a rare find in this world. For you to open up and say the things you said about your own life just to inspire others to love themselves enough to face up to what they need to do, to have the courage to put themselves in that gap, I am moved to end my own suffering and do what I have to do to get out of this hole I have dug for myself. Thank you so much and God Bless You! I am going now to attend your webinar on my badly behaving brain and tomorrow (because it is too late to do it tonight), will go buy my scale to weigh my food and get out of this endless cycle of failure.

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    1. Ann

      One year ago, I too wondered who Susan was, and whether to trust her. Whether or not her program is for everyone, I’ve followed her this long and she is genuine, and this is what finally helped her and helps others who follow it.

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  308. Loretta

    Thank you so much for your complete honesty. Your honesty is what did and does draw me to your program. Your are so real and really loved. God bless you and your husband and children. Much happiness joy and peace . With love Loretta .

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  309. Michele

    Wow, I’ve been there too. After 16 years of marriage, I demanded we see a counselor or I would leave him. We’re at the 22 year mark now and I’m grateful we stood for our marriage. Thank you for your raw vulnerability and courage,

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  310. Carol Heath

    Awesome honesty and integrity! Thank you for relating to all of us on that level; it truly helps.

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  311. Almas

    Thank you! Thank you!Thank you!Yes, I’ve squared my shoulders and ready for the jumping off.

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  312. Laurie Rickerd

    Hi Susan,
    Thank you for showing me, and all of us watching, how to live in 3D! God is good, and working through you. May you and your beautiful family feel his presence more each day.

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  313. Randy

    Mad respect for you Susan! Your radical honesty is so humbling and empowering. That was so freaking brave, such a bold risk. You’ve taught me so much today. Thank you and big hugs!

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  314. Barbara

    Thank you for your amazing message. My food scale came this evening and I didn’t get it out of the box b/c I wasn’t feeling strong enough to commit ‘for real, for real’. HOWEVER, your message has moved me to completely square my shoulders and begin to live AWAKE. I am not going to go back to sleep again, I refuse. THANK YOU for giving me the strength to jump and trust. Thank you!

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  315. Patty

    This is incredibly powerful due to your raw emotion and honesty in sharing your life with us. So many years on autopilot pretending all is well and that comes with a very steep price in my life. Thank you for the wake up call and reminder that every day is a choice of how I want to live and relate with others and myself. Honesty sounds so simple and it is just not easy to life consistently for me. I am learning and your vulnerability opened that spirit of freedom and integrity that I wish to live in and choose to live in most days. I will remember the squaring up forever as challenges and decisions come up. So much love for you and your willingness to help others with your journey. Hugs and gratitude for you and prayers for your mending family.

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  316. Bonnie

    Susan
    Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  317. Meera

    there is such beauty in vunerability, most peopleRe not awareof the huge gift Truth is. THank you so much for sharingyour truthin such a beautiful honest and complete way. You Have deeply touched my heart, and are inserviceto allwith your honesty

    Thank you!

    Lots of love,

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  318. Kari

    You are so real Susan. Thank you for sharing such a personal experience. You are amazing! I am ready to jump!!

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  319. Cathy Garneau

    I cried through most of this vlog and am having a hard time stopping the tears. You are amazing. Thank you

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  320. Mary Knight

    I want to thank you for being willing to share your personal story, which in itself could not have been easy. Sometimes people like your husband need the preverbal two-by-four along side their head to get what is going on, for it to actually sink in. Thank God that you decided to talk to Ocean and his wife because if you would of went ahead with the affair, your integrity along with your self-esteem would have been in the toilet. Kudos for having the courage to tell your husband the truth as well. When we grow those around us either grow with us or leave the picture and obviously his family was his first priority at that point. That being said, I can relate this entire story to eating the right foods for my body, if I am out of integrity with myself with my eating, then my self-esteem will suffer as well. First and foremost I want to be in integrity with myself! My integrity is the most important thing to me that I have. I don’t want to be out of integrity with myself and your story brought this to the forefront for me. Thanks for sharing!

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  321. Mary

    Thanks for sharing such a personal story and struggle. I can relate to your need for connection. I long for more connection also. You were very brave to tell your story. So openly and honestly. I want to learn from you that being honest, and saying the hard things is the better way. Thanks for sharing!

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  322. Rhonda

    Thank you for being so honest and for standing up for marriage. You have broken off the previous ties of your parents choices of getting divorces and now showing your girls that being together is the best gift you can give one another. You are so beautiful, very intellegent and so giving. Thank you for what you do and for what you share.
    Rhonda – Western Australia

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  323. Pat

    Thank you for your honesty and for sharing such a personal part of your life. That takes such great courage. I feel that with the course you are on all will be well with or without. I am in the process of squaring my shoulder to the compulsive overeating, hopefully by listening to your blogs, I will take the leap. Thank you again

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  324. Pat

    Oh my Susan….I wish I had watched this yesterday. Tomorrow I’m squaring my shoulders. I signed up for the October Bootcamp today after 1 year on BLE. Thank you.

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  325. Nick

    Thank you Susan for an important lesson. I am wondering why so many men in our culture are incapable of connecting with their wives…

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    1. Lori Felzien

      I think each usually does the best they can….many never saw it modeled from their own father to their own mother. It will take men to stand up and say, ‘I refuse to lose my wife” before change will./might come. And, for some, it will be too late when they realize their lack of showing love the way the wife needs it.

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  326. Cynthia Woodruff

    Thank you for this. Hoping I’m not to old to wake up!!!!!!!!!!!

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  327. Alethea Lobo

    Thank you for sharing Susan. Wonderful to come across people who are truly honest and unashamed of being authentic. I can relate. Happy to know it worked out well for you. Blessings of love, peace, joy and abundance. Much love.

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  328. Diane

    This is why I love you so much. You’re the most real person I know. Thank you so much for sharing your story ❤️❤️❤️

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  329. RJ

    Thank you, Susan, for your honesty, humility & openness. You have given us all something to take away to think about in how we relate in our lives. You took the high road of integrity; whatever the result, integrity is not a regret if we want to be whole-hearted and true.
    God bless you, and God bless your family.

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  330. Deborah Malotte

    Wow! That took courage! I am happy for you.

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  331. Roberta

    WOW!!! Thank you thank you thank you! I love your transparency! How brave you are! You have inspired me afresh.

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  332. Jenny Hukins

    Thank you – a hundred thank yous for sharing. I could relate 100%. Your are a lovely person and the world needs more of you.

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  333. Khosi Ferris

    Wowwww Susan I’m deeply touched by your honesty . You are so genuine and I’m blessed to be connected to you. Thank you for this insightful vlog that prompts for more inner work.
    Blessings to your and your hubby sending you more love❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  334. Maria

    i applaud you for your honesty, with your friends, your husband and most importantly to yourself. I had my “jumping off” point 6 years ago however, my leap was into the abyss of separation and divorce because my ex and I weren’t able to “connect”. It has been very difficult especially since I don’t come from a family of divorce. The pain I’ve caused my children still causes me to question if it was right to jump. The “heaviness” of my disconnected marriage was lifted however a different “heaviness” of living a very solitary life (outside of my role as mother) has been slowly growing.

    I have struggled (UNDERSTATEMENT of a lifetime!) with food forever (bulimic, off and on, for over 35 years) however I don’t know how to fully get to the jumping off point because, in many ways, it feels like it’s all I’ve got. It’s my only companion/friend/caregiver/lover. It’s exhausting being alone (in so many ways) for so long. I’ve given up drinking and drugs 30 yrs ago but I’m at a complete loss as to how to get to that jumping off place with food. Maybe with good, my jumping off point won’t be a free fall into an abyss, it might be falling off the mountain and “tumbling” down the mountainside on my way down.

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  335. Kathy Johnson

    I really liked your honesty.

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  336. Bett

    You really honor us all by taking us into your confidence on such a deeply personal level. Growth is not for sissies, and honesty is required even when it’s scary. Good for David and good for you. I now have a new mantra: I will no longer live my life asleep. Bless you, girlfriend!

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  337. Barrie Briggs

    Wow! In these days of debates, political correctness it is so refreshing to hear you speak of your relationship with such heart warming feelings. I must say I was moved and deep down I wish thirty odd years ago my best friend who is still my best friend had had a similar conversation. I too have a major weight problem and maybe this will help move me to my jumping off point. Thanks for the words of wisdom. May you and yours be blessed with much love.

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  338. Michael

    You shine Susan. Even in the midst of a dark, dark storm—you just shine. Thank you for sharing your storm on this weeks vlog, it made me cry a little, but it taught me a lot. It taught me that to be a great leader you have to be vulnerable, willing to expose yourself, courageous, strong, and selfless. You embody all those attributes. The bright lines are my parachute–they lessen the fear and make the jumping off point safe. Thank you. You just shine.

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  339. Iwa

    Wow …..what honesty, courage, strength and integrity!!! Thank you for giving……. love and abundance to you and your family xx

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  340. Stephanie

    Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. I just said these four words out loud after watching your vlog. I’m 94 days into BLE, and I’m in deep. Your truth is the fuel that keeps me going each day. When you open up and share such personal experiences and emotions, people like me all over the world reaffirm our commitments to that which sets us free–Bright Line Eating. I’ve never met you in person, Susan, but I could not love you more!!! I’m keeping you and your family in the light…

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  341. Carol

    Oh Susan… What an experience to hear your story. I believe I will be forever changed by it. I thank you from the deepest part of me for your courage and willingness to share such a personal and transformative life event. I am warmed and strengthened by your light. Thank you. ????????????????

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  342. Sara

    Thank you. For your honesty, for sharing with us your turmoil and the way you faced up to a complex, and frankly, terrifying situation. Among other things, telling this story is a way of sending out love into the world, by truly giving of yourself. With no wish to gain from it other than by your experience and words helping others. You are an inspiration. Love to you!

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  343. Lynne Millsopp

    Thank you so much for sharing such an incredibly personal story. Such courage and generosity is so amazing. I hope that your relationship grows and delights you both for years to come.
    Much love!

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  344. Christi Lutgen

    Susan I said this before and I’ll say it again I… Love… You! I have never met you BUT I STILL CAN HONESTLY SAY I LOVE YOU!!!
    You are so amazing! You are like listening to a best friend or sister or favorite relative yet what I love & admire so much about you is that you are still so professional !!!! You have such a way with words & expressing yourself that I could listen to you 25/7!!!!!!! 🙂
    I want to do this WITH YOU…but…I’m sad to say that I am still in the middle of a pymt commitment for the Kris Carr reboot???????? I did great the first week then flunked the next two..I had the same results with the Joe Cross online
    Reboot. I don’t think I can ever get through this lifestyle change unless I’m in an actual retreat for 2-3 wks “away ” from home, away from friends and socializing. ???????? (beyond frustrated & heartbroken with myself again)???? Anyway thank u for your videos!!!!!! I look forward to your own tv show & book someday❤️????

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  345. Deborah Geebel

    Wow thank you for you honesty. I can relate too. Been married 32 & 1/2 yrs & it’s not been easy. My husband has problems with depression & anxiety etc & can’t express his feelings to me, rarely says he loves me etc. I couldn’t have got through these years & raising 3 children if I didn’t have faith & trust in Jesus Christ my saviour & a great number of christian friends who are there for me . God Bless you for your words & encouragement &Bright Line Eating. I pray you can find peace in Jesus Christ too.

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  346. Angela

    THANK YOU so much for Sharing. THANK YOU for your deep insight of relationships and human journey. I happened the same in my life. Really the SAME.

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  347. Tracy

    WOW… WOOOOW (exhale wow)
    I haven’t watched a vlog for months ( giggles shaking head at self ) I was alive and went back to sleep, into a coma.
    Thank you dear Susan, THANK YOU 🙂

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  348. Susan Rae

    Susan, your courage to remain centered in truth and integrity is what I admire and love about you. Thank you for sharing and being a role model of love and respect for yourself and those you love. You are a gift to the world. (((((Hugs)))))

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  349. Arvind

    Thank you very much for sharing this. Your story resonate so much with mine. You are right the Universe has got our backs, we just have to trust it!

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  350. Karen

    You are amazing! Thank you for being such a beautiful, honest, inspiration xx

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  351. Megan

    Thank you for your honesty! You are an amazing and beautiful women. Your words of wisdom, compassion to serve, and love for others radiates and shines profoundly. Keep shining with your BLE self! Sending you, your husband and your children blessings and love.

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  352. Valerie

    Dear Susan, I don’t know how you will possibly read all these amazing comments, but I sure hope you can do some speed reading. I really enjoyed yesterday’s teleseminar and I wish we could have gotten the Q&A’s yet. Please keep me posted, and in the meantime I am really curious to know what are your thoughts on “shakes” such as the Herbalife protein shakes Formula 1, and others. Do you think these are viable options to kick off the weight loss trip? Best wishes.
    Valerie

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  353. Damijana

    God bless you!

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  354. Ellen

    I don’t have anything different to say from the previous comments – just thank you so much for being vulnerable and sharing your journey with us. You truly have a gift for connecting with people and loving them. Thank you, thank you, thank you! (And lots of love to you, David and your girls).

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  355. STELLA LOUKAIDOU

    thank you for sharing!! you are such an amazing soul !!xxx

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  356. Maida

    awesome and touching honesty …..Thank You so much ….Awesome work you do …..

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  357. Valerie

    Dear Susan, I wrote the post above before watching the video, and now I have. THANK YOU for being such a beacon! You are amazing, and I know it is not easy to share what you have shared, but it is so good for me, for us, to listen to what you are saying. In fact I just posted in my closed group a few days back “are you giving and receiving enough primary food?” because I do get it how love, recognition, feeling your job matters, are even more important than what we put in our mouths, becuase they go hand in hand. Thank you for showing the way.

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  358. Mercedes (from Argentina)

    Thank you, Susan. Your honesty inspires. You are such a great source of comfort for me. I love you, you know that. Thank you and God bless you, always.

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  359. Marni McKenzie

    Painfully powerful! I’m sitting here in silence – – a reverent silence. Thank you, thank you.

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  360. Sharon

    Thank you for your honesty.

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  361. Julia

    Oh Susan, this has been my life for 25 yrs…he keeps saying he’ll change, but can only keep it up for very short periods. (2wks to 3months) his behaviour is downplayed by friends, even though they’re shocked by his silence at gatherings. There’s little humour in him and very little conversation at all. He watches tv after work+ prefers silence. I feel I’m just here as a laundrymaid, odd-job lady and cleaner. I’m overeating now and losing control. I’m slim + fit but 60, although people think I’m 45-ish. He’s 57. I’m trapped and sinking fast…

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  362. David Thompson

    I think I need to shout it from the mountain tops that Susan Peirce Thompson is beautiful and amazing. Wow. I so love my wife.

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    1. Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D.

      OMG, just read this. David, I love you. You’re so filling my heart and soul. Thank you. And thank you for supporting me in releasing this video into the world, even though it reveals your most vulnerable “sins” in our relationship while concealing all of mine. I pledge to make that right. You are far more amazing, loving, and strong, AND HAVE BEEN FOR 17 YEARS, than this video conveys. You are the love of my life.

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      1. AnnG

        Thank you both for allowing this level of honesty to be public. I just discovered your videos about a week ago , have travelled some of the same pathways that you have Susan, and somehow I KNEW that this level of honesty was what you were offering in your program. It’s what drew me back to watch the 2nd then the 3rd video. I will be part of the boot camp and have been preparing for today to be my day 1. It won’t be done perfectly today because I really wasn’t all the way prepared yet but that’s ok. Starting somewhere is the most important part. I’ll get this one day at a time. Thank you again, Susan and David.

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      2. vanattac@icloud.com

        I am so glad you both found your way. Ephesians and Colossians both hold the key to a happy home. It is very simple, but so hard to do sometimes. 1. The husband must love 2. The wife must respect her husband above all others. 3. The children must obey. I have been married 48 years, and I have yet to come up with a problem that will cause a divorce IF the husband always loves the wife, the wife respects her husband above all others. Then if the children obey, then you really have a happy home.

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      3. Yoly

        My Goodness Susan & David THANK YOU for opening your hearts and SOULs. You both have a TREASURE. Keep taking steps to heal and strengthen your relationship. Your kids, as well as, all of us in the BLE community will learn so much from your experience and example. Thank you. Love & Energized Hugs!!

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  363. Kathy Fuesy

    Wow, just wow! Thank you, Susan for sharing yourself so freely. You are a wonderful gift to all of us. Here’s to a long, happy marriage!

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  364. Mandy

    I love who you are Susan. Thank you so much for your authentic emotion. Authentic emotion is spartan in my world and I hunger for its fire and earthiness. I don’t want to go back to sleep either. I was getting there but fell into a binge …. fell back into a deep slumber. The binge has been going like a speeding train for over 16 days and I’ve eaten so much (flour) that I’ve put on 2 dress sizes and I didn’t know where to find the breaks this time. You have reconnected me. With God’s grace I will wake up tomorrow morning wanting to return to waking up. My love to you.

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  365. Shari

    Love you Susan!!!!????

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  366. Raheemah

    Thank you so much for sharing this. You are a wonderful and a strong woman. You put yourself out there as you are in reality without any fluff. Wishing you and your hubby long years together in happiness.

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  367. Daphne

    Powerful emotions , amazing words, a volcanic energy of integrity and freedom!! Thank you!!

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  368. Vienna Xuereb

    I’m sure that you are a very genuine person but unfortunately I find your videos are way too long and have too much information that I don’t have the patience for. All I would like is to cut to the chase and show me how and what to do to get to the end result.
    I am not trying to be rude but unfortunately I am one of many people who doesn’t have all that time and patience. In fact, I actually fall asleep when videos go for that long. It is beyond my control.
    Therefore, I would appreciate it if you could email me a condensed version with the most important information in it, as to ‘what can I do? What is the answer that will definitely work’.

    Thank you.

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    1. Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D.

      Hi Vienna. Sounds like my materials aren’t a fit for you. There’s an “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of every email. I could suggest the Boot Camp, but even that has videos that convey the content, and I’m guessing you wouldn’t like them because they go into the depth and nuance of each factor and consideration. Food is a tricky thing, and human beings are living, breathing creatures. I don’t, personally, know of any way to separate the “what do I do with my food” question from the “how do I live my life” question. To me they are intertwined. You could wait until the Bright Line Eating book is released and skim it for the information you’re looking for. Other than that, I have no suggestions, other than it sounds like you’re looking for something that’s not on offer here.

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  369. Claudia

    This arrived in my email this morning, seems appropriate. Sending love to you, Susan.
    “Find out who you are and be that person. That’s what your soul was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth and everything else will come.”
    – Ellen DeGeneres

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  370. Esmarie

    YOU GO GIRL!!!! YOU’RE UNSTOPPABLE in every sense of the word!!! Thank you for being a true example for us. I needed hear this to be UNSTOPPABLE in my bright lines… I’ve been going through a TOUGH time these last 4 days and I needed to hear this, to come clear with my hubby – I always share my BL experiences with him but have been hiding these last 4 days from him and its effecting me negatively. I’m getting back on track NOW, at this very second!! Love you Susan Peirce Thompson! God bless you!!

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  371. Tina

    Wow Susan! I’ve been trying to figure out why after 35 yrs of marriage I feel the way I do…..so disconnected from my husband. I did however, make the mistake and have the affair. Which in some ways, helped, because we went to counseling and learned about the five love languages. That was 2 yrs ago and we’re back were we started. I did feel alive but have fallen back to sleep. You’ve just shown me we have work to do! Thank you so much for this vlog!

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  372. Celine Horan

    Oh baby girl, I so relate to your pains and deep growth. After 20 years married – anniversary Sept 14th – I too had to square my shoulders and jump. Since then I have felt more alive than I have felt in years and closer to my husband than I have the previous 20 years. My marriage is more solid than it has ever been and I feel a freedom within it that I never thought possible. I am so proud of you Susan. I love you very much. From one BLE girl to another; big kiss and a whoosh!

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  373. Sherry

    How brave of you! You definitely demonstrated how to hamdle that jumping off point. Also helps when you actually have a husband who loves you but just needed that “now or never” push. I am not over weight. At 63 I maintain an acceptable weight mostly because I am active. I was a jockey at Finger Lakes Race track for many years and I still ride daily. I have a tendency to binge when not busy. Now I know why it is always bread and pasta that I crave! So my interest in BLE is academic to find out why. The concept of flour being a drug once it is processed into flour is fascinating and obviously a real thing. I applaud your candor about your life and your dedication to spread the word on food addiction. Will continue to follow your work and hope that someday I can “cowgirl up” and try BLE. I am a vegetarian so I know I could do this. Just have to want to. Not quite there yet. You go girl!

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  374. Brenda Shumaker

    I cried at your story and so related to your relationship. My husband is an engineer and not good at words or compliments. We are opposite as I am an author and motivational speaker. We have been married 45 years and I am 100 pounds overweight. I went to a counselor who said I was hungry for love and affirmation.I would never consider divorce or an affair (I would never want another man to see me naked). I have hope that I can be “transformed by the renewing of my mind”. Thanks so much for being real.

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  375. Mary

    Hi again Susan. So glad you and your husband can communicate your appreciation for each other, and talk about the very hard things like this. Wondered if your husband has seen the video, and how he feels about sharing this story. I admire you for telling this. And I admire him if he agreed for you to tell this to the tribe. Your relationship must be very strong. My husband would never agree to me telling such a personal story to anyone. And our relationship would be damaged beyond repair if I told this personal story openly. Are things ok now?

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    1. David Thompson

      Mary, yes, I knew the video was coming out. Susan and I discussed the topic and I watched it before it was released.

      Things are awesome and amazing. Never been better, never been happier. I will make sure Susan see’s this too (she is traveling).

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    2. Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D.

      Hi Mary. I agree, I am deeply grateful and so impressed that David was comfortable with this video being released out into the world. He is a much more private person than I am, but to his core, just as courageous and strong. And yes, our relationship is very strong. In many ways, actually, it always has been. I don’t know that this video conveyed that, but David and I have always done well talking about the hard things and loving and respecting each other. David’s comment is right on–things are more than okay now. They are unbelievable. xoxo

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  376. Catriona

    Wow Susan, that was the most heartfelt , brave vlog I have ever seen. By the number of comments, I think you touched so many hearts, and I wish you and David much success in your journey. I got married when I was 19, and have just celebrated our 47th anniversary. Marriage is all about recreating ourselves as we age, and it’s hard work, to keep the lines of communication open. We must remember our partners aren’t mind readers as we’re not,, so both parties can be uniquely unhappy, but afraid to confront this, because we’re afraid of losing that safety net .Your analogy of being asleep really hit home for me. In my case with food addiction it’s like being in a trance, I eat without thinking, going to the fridge or cupboards almost unconsciously, like sleepwalking, but at the same time I hate myself for giving in, over and over again. You’ve made me wake up to so many things, and I think part of my problem is a restlessness for more, in my life. I’m squaring my shoulders to have a serious discussion with myself. Thank you for your commitment to helping so many struggling people

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  377. flora

    You are amazing…. Thank you for existing!

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  378. Laura Rock

    Thank you, that’s exactly what I wanted to hear and exactly what I’ve thought about talking to you about or asking you to address. But I didn’t ask you because I felt like it was “off topic” (lol…) and probably because I think about asking for things on occasion, but I don’t usually do it. I usually just suffer in silence. What a mess!

    It’s like you’re reading my mind!

    Thank you so much, I had a good cry which felt good!

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  379. kristie smith

    Thank you for being transparent. I LOVE raw honesty. What a blessing to be in the right place and the right time with Ocean and his wife. You will continue to meet fascinating people in your work place but continue to stay strong and connected with your hubby. Break the cycle of divorce in your world, for your girls. Continue your transparency as they grow and share with them that staying married to one person for life is NOT easy but a choice and so rewarding. I can’t wait to be 60, 70 or even 80 and still sleeping with the same partner. Few people can enjoy that true commitment. Thank you again for your blog today. You really made an impression on me.

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  380. Yolande

    Susan! You are incredibly brave and I have so much respect for you. I am at a similar juncture point in my marriage of 19 years. Your words have really resonated with me…I have some thinking to do. I think I’m ready to square up my shoulders to take on my feelings. I truly love you and appreciate your love for us.

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  381. Lori Murray

    Such an awesome vlog here, Susan.

    Thank you.

    Congratulations on getting real at all cost. And sharing this process with us.

    We have all benefitted incredible amounts from your knowledge and here inspired and affirmed by the true knowing of the/your heart .

    God bless you and your family, inside of and outside of BrightLineEating,

    Your life is a beautiful force of healing and guess what? … You look really nice????…????????

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  382. Arlene

    Thank you for sharing….thank you for being you!

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  383. Jeannie

    You really live out loud and I am very envious of that.
    I am in a similar situation and am trying to find the nerve to say something.
    I don’t want to hurt him but, am tired of hurting!
    Thank you for living out loud!

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  384. Anita

    Thank you Susan. Please also thank David for being a love-warrior along with you and being okay with you sharing your story. Very, very empowering to me and therefore to everyone I come into contact with. Blessings.

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    1. Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D.

      Yes, Anita, David is so my Love-Warrior-Partner-in-Crime. 🙂
      I’ll pass along your thanks.
      Though me may read them for himself.
      xoxo
      S

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    2. David Thompson

      Thank you, Anita. Very kind words.

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  385. Darling

    Thank you. That was beautiful, inspiring and so very brave. It’s refreshing to hear such truth. Best of luck to you and your family. xo

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  386. Pam

    WOW! Thank you so much for sharing your life! Brought me to tears.
    You are such an inspiration! I’m in awe!

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  387. Janet Naccarato

    Susan, thank you for the willingness to share and your honesty . Many Blessings.

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  388. Ellen

    Remember that this person you wanted to have an affair with was willing to destroy your family (and maybe his own?) to be with you. That kind of man shows weakness, poor character and poor integrity. Is that really the kind of person you would ever want to be with?

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    1. Sarah

      The thing is, she understands the deep desires and desperation that can lead someone to that place. Remember, she was there herself. She was just about to make the same decision. If she concludes with you that she would never want to be with a person who would do that, she has to condemn herself as never wanting to be with herself.

      She made a different choice when she heard wisdom. That’s wonderful. Her potential lover may have done the same. We can’t conclude anything from this other than that they (and we all) can be susceptible to the temptation to throw away or realign our entire value core around fulfilling our deepest desires. In that time, we are blinded by our desires because we can see that we are designed to want to be happy and alive and fulfilled at the deepest level, but we cannot see how we can be all those things in the situation we find ourselves, or how to get from where we are to where we so strongly desire to go, with full integrity according to our current values.

      When we reach that point, our choice is, as most people see it, either to change our values in light of the new life we can see so we can have that life, Otto give that up and live dead because we choose our values over the life we can see.

      The third alternative is the hardest and most rewarding. We remain committed to pursuing that new life we see only in ways that honor our core values if our core values are founded on fundamental truths that do not change. We instinctively know what at least some of these are. The more consciously we knownthem and understand their foundation and the reason we chose them, the more committed we are to them. This usually involves commitment to a faith system and the tenets of truths it espouses and being convinced of its validity.

      Without that, it’s easier to be tempted to realign everything around the new insights into the nature of life in all it’s possibilities as we wake up, usually by violating the fundamental principles behind that new life. But we don’t know that yet. And it hurts like hell when we find out. Because it is hell that has seduced us into seeking life in a way different from how God designed life to be received and lived.

      Susan and David chose the hardest way, and they are reaping life beyond their imagination. Being tempted to throw everything away to be alive is one of the most basic temptations everyone faces. To reject her potential lover for being susceptible to that temptation is to reject herself and most other people.

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  389. Mimi

    Susan, you are a teacher in so many ways. I wish I had listened to this video sixteen years ago. Love you and thank you.

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  390. Melissa Kerby

    Amen, sista! Thank you for your transparency and honesty and keeping it real. I’ve been married almost 28 years, most of which were not “satisfying,” some on the bring of dissolution. We stuck with it and each have changed to keep the promise we made to one another. Today, my relationship with my husband is still a work in progress – as I am a work in progress – yet I am SO SO grateful that neither one of us threw in the towel. It is better that I had dreamt it could be; not perfect every moment, but who I have become as a result of staying the course – and who he has become – is better than anything I had known possible. Fulfillment, happiness, a connection for which we yearn rarely is found in another person, but in us changing and becoming a new person. Your daughters are blessed by you and your husband.

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  391. Terry

    Loved it Susan!!!! This is so my story! happily married 23 yrs to an amazing man that makes me laugh and fills my life with so much yet I feel so disconnected. I realize now why I feel this disconnection and I know now what I must do! Wake up & Square up!
    I also feel super confident that your bright lines technique is the solution to my weight loss journey. I can’t afford the Boot camp but plan to keep in touch thru facebook, emails and vlogs like this amazing one to succeed thru my transformation….Thank You a million times Beautiful Lady!!!!!

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  392. Menny

    Good luck on your journey together. Most people grow and couples either grow together or apart. It’s up to both sides and willingness to work into growing together. Some activities could be individual though there should be enough important activities that are enjoyable together. It’s a good idea to have a dedicated communication time as a couple. That’s where ideas and brainstorming could review how both sides can plan activities and behaviors that can benefit both sides. It’s OK that initially some could be more for the benefit of one of the partners (as long as there are some balanced that focus mainly on the other partner). Sometime a new person might look like the ideal match but once you are with the person continuously you find other aspects that may not make you compatible (that is when you can fall in a loop of looking for the ideal partner). I believe that you need to be satisfied with yourself first , then you need to be willing to tweak a bit in a way that can make your mate satisfied and then you need your mate to be willing to tweak such that they help you feeling satisfied. With effort there is a chance to succeed – though there is no guarantee.

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  393. Roberta Walters

    Thank you so much for your honesty and love for all people. ..I love how you hit home with your words in my life I was living and how one day you refuse to not be alive!!! Thank you may the whole world learn from you how to be victorious in their walk.

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  394. Lisa Nelson

    Wow, You are amazing! To be that honest is exactly what we all need to do in our lives.
    I have been sugar free/ flour free for 5 day now. I am amazed at how easy it is one day at a time! Than k you for all your talks! Please keep them coming. You mentioned Rochester.. is that where you live? I am in Caledonia… small world!

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  395. Alisha

    I continue to be so very encouraged by the integrity that I see you exhibit – thank you for that, Susan. I have decided that during my BLE Boot Camp experience, I am going to use (as a mantra, of sorts) the Scripture “The truth shall set you free … and you shall be free indeed”. Your message validated this as truly important for the health of my entire being. I will pray for you and David and celebrate with you the gaps which you have closed in order to bring about the intimacy you both have longed for.

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  396. Shirley

    I am SO there…I don’t want to live the rest of my life just getting by. I want to LIVE! Thank you for sharing this with us…you are such an inspiration!

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  397. eleanor

    Thank you……………that took guts!!

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  398. Ann Wedel

    Susan, I love your bravery. You inspired me. I am squaring my shoulders and will live my truth. Thanks for showing me how… I will not forget. Blessings to you and your family. I love that it is someone of your caliber who is leading this tribe… I love you Susan…. Ann

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  399. Tammy

    Wow, how brave of you to share. I believe there are literal good and evil forces in this world. I believe that the evil forces wanted BLE to suffer. BLE is such a blessing and thankfully the Robins were guided by the good forces to draw you to take the actions you did. God Bless!

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  400. Steph

    This might be the first time a weekly vlog has brought tears to my eyes. Bless you, Susan, for your courage, vulnerability and openness. You taught me a beautiful lesson today. I receive it with profound gratitude. All best to you. xo

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  401. debbie

    Thank you for sharing, and in such a productive way. Your honestly has helped me on so many levels <3 Bless you

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  402. MaryAnne

    You drew a bright line on integrity and authenticity. That is hard, so much harder than measuring food. And scary, because ultimatums (“I can’t be asleep anymore – if we don’t wake up, I am leaving.”) leave us so very vulnerable.
    I want to share a quote that comes to mind from a dear friend of mine when we talked about our marriages. He said, “You can’t love someone for what they are not.”
    I had to think about that. I wasn’t being loving if I only focused on what my husband is not.
    It is just impossible to always be exactly what each of us needs in a relationship all of the time. But the more we focus lovingly on what we are, the more we can authentically love. And the more I understand what he is, the better able I can be there for him.
    Thank you for sharing. Cheers to you, your husband, and authenticity!

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  403. Ellen Weinman

    I am filled with awe at your bravery and honesty. I do not usually comment, but this vlog was so heart-wrenching, so personal, and so touching. My mind is spinning, thinking about being real, being alive, living the life I was meant to live. I was in the January 2016 boot camp, and I will be at goal weight soon…. and all of this has given me much more to think about. My identity has been changed, permanently, by Bright Line Eating, in a way I never dreamt was possible. Now there are so many doors opening up… I feel I am still holding back, and I want to square up and “jump off”. So you , my friend, are stuck with me in Lifers, as there is so much more I need to learn from you!
    So thank you, from the bottom of my heart and soul, for your gifts, and for your generosity in sharing!

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  404. Michelle Awe

    So raw and real. I can relate to the issues you blogged about here. I applaud you for reaching out for help and for having the strength to have the conversation with your husband. God bless you

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  405. Katherine

    Heroic. Thank you for sharing your act of sheer bravery and showing us again the depth and nobility of your heart and spirit. Simply beautiful.

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  406. Paula Shin

    Holysh*t! Never commented before, but this video shocked me, resonated with me (in more levels than I’d like to admit) and I couldn’t help but to cry and reflect about myself in every angle.
    Thank you Susan… just thank you so many times. Thank you…

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  407. Rory Sagner

    Dear Susan, out of a WHOLE LOT of amazing vlogs, this one has got to be the most profound ever. I am completely blown away, not only by your amazing honesty, but your willingness to let us share and benefit from your learning and evolution even when it’s so incredibly personal. The timing is perfect as well…right at the start of what promises to be the most incredible Bootcamp to date. I’ve observed for some time how the “frequency” of an organization or business is set by the consciousness of it’s founders/leaders….and this is clearly demonstrated in the Bright Line Eating Program and why it draws so powerfully to those of us desiring a meaningful change in our lives…. and real freedom. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU….I so admire your courage and wisdom!

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  408. Ellen

    WOW!!! You are amazing and your husband must be something else as well. I cannot imagine many men I know being OK with their wives sharing of this kind of info so publicly. Thank you both so very much.

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  409. Nancy Lawrence

    Amazing ????…….. and who would think that this would be a topic that could be used to clearly explain a mind set that is necessary for entering into a new way of Living/Eating successfully…….
    Thanks Girlfriend ????

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  410. Elisabeth

    Wow Susan! I have been so enjoying your vlogs but this one really touched me deeply. Thank you for your openness and vulnerability!
    Also, I want to tell you that I admire your ability to express yourself so well. I love that about you, it is a real gift of yours!
    I am so glad that you were wise to seek counsel and also glad for the wise counsel Ocean and his wife gave you! I’m thrilled to hear that things seem to be improving for you and your husband!????
    I would like to recommend an excellent book I read called His Needs, Her Needs Building An Affair-proof Marriage written by Willard F. Harley Jr.. Your vlog reminded me so much of that book and the deep hungers/needs underlying affairs.
    Thanks again for being real even through your pain. I appreciate you being a role model of that.
    God bless you and your family!

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  411. Deny Knapschaefer

    Your courage is inspiring. Thank you for sharing your story and congratulations on your “new” marriage! I suspect you may have impacted many lives on a level much deeper than their concerns with weight.

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  412. Mandy Blair

    Question
    Susan, I was wondering if you have ever taken the Landmark Forum? About half way through the your vlog, I recognized some of the dialogue that you used is so familiar. I’m just curious… Thank you for sharing your inspiring story.

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    1. Susan Peirce Thompson, Ph.D.

      Nope. I’ve heard of it, though. I think one of my dear friends has done it.

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  413. Melanie

    Thank you so much for sharing your struggles with an abundance of people you’ve never even met. It just makes you, and your husband, David, and your 3 little ones all the more real to a group of people who are looking to you for guidance. It is obvious that you do not just “talk the talk”, but you “walk the walk” as well. I’m glad that things worked out for you and David, even though it will be a work in progress, you are now on the same page and that is such a huge part of the battle. I’ve always believed that marriage isn’t a 50-50 proposition, it’s 100-100.. Thank you again for sharing 🙂 Very much looking forward to this journey with you, along with everyone else committing themselves to making this a way of life, not just another “diet”!

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  414. Elizabeth L Hadley

    I am beyond inspired by your open, candid, heart-opening sharing. So brave, beyond my comprehension. Thank you for being so alive, and helping all of us to learn so much from your journeys and personal experiences. Wow. I am so grateful for you honesty and integrity.

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  415. Jo Ann

    Thank you Susan (and David) for being so open, honest and vulnerable! My husband and I watched it together and his comment said it nicely ” so many times the experiences of our lives are used to strengthen and encourage each other” thank you for encouraging us and speaking words that bring life! So glad to be a bright lifer!

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  416. Christina Sweeney

    OMG I loved this and cried the whole way through. You explained MY life right now. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am so grateful to you for sharing your experience with me!!

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  417. Sarina

    I know everyone loves you Susan, but I love you even more!!! LOL! You are amazing and I am so very happy to be experiencing your program.

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  418. Kim

    I can honestly say I am so glad I watched this blog . I listen to your work because I have a 4 year old daughter with prader willi syndrome and I too have to learn bright line eating so I can give it away to my daughter. I am moved by your truth and honesty and real human struggles and your ability not only to turn up in truth and honesty in your life but to share these gems with us. Honesty in your own life is the magic for you and then sharing with the world is sharing magic for so many people way beyond the benefits of bright line eating. Seems to me your mark on the world is only just beginning, you are a bright light and can awaken many. Embrace your journey, yourself and your loved ones you have so much to offer with the large audience that you have.

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  419. Boni-esther

    Congratulations on choosing honesty with your husband and with people who are following you in a healthier lifestyle. My marriage of 10 years had gotten to a similar place in terms of me being convinced that I might not be able to hang on because of my needs not being met. We happen to find ourselves on our 10th anniversary attending a marriage encounter weekend and began to devote the necessary attention and truth to each other. We developed some habits to establish the kind of automaticity that would take us through that would break through the barriers of not feeling like doing things not unlike those habits to promote automatic city and eating but rather in our marriage. Maybe those habits can help take over with our wills are kind of beat up. On December 31 my husband and I went to the bookstore and chose a daily devotional based on the four love languages. It has a I’ve page daily reading and we would read it every single night and then hold pinkies (dorky, but effective) as we prayed along with the last sentence. We did that nearly every single evening for one whole year. It made a huge difference in our marriage and tonight, three years later, we, frequently read and more frequently play with each other in the evenings.
    I remember one particular very revealing reading which prompted me to ask my husband “What one thing could I do for you today that could really make your day?” He turned to me and honestly yet without any sarcasm, responded, “You’ve never asked me that before.” I had to recognize my own ways in which I was resentful for him not meeting my needs, most of which are just foreign to his way of being and showing love. I had interpret it as withholding but that wasn’t the motivation. Humility has been the key, along with plenty of grace flowing between us.

    How wonderful that you could share with friends the struggle you were going through and then be honest with your husband. And how lovely that your husband would respond outside of his own comfort level because of his love for you. May your steps toward each other that each of you are making be rewarded with a new found communion of your hearts and minds.

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  420. Michelle

    YOU JUST DESCRIBED MY MARRIAGE EXCEPT my husband is still asleep
    Im glad to know I am supported by an authentic coach.
    Cant wait to get started and I also signed up to be one of your experimental testing students, after this video I know that I made the right choice !!!

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  421. Michelle

    I feel the same way , you described my marriage perfectly except my husband is still asleep after years of trying. I’m glad to have an authentic coach like you
    and I signed up to be part of your study as well , after this video I know I’ve made the right choice ????????

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  422. Lori

    Dear Susan
    I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your searing honesty and to David for his courage to reveal a painfully private matter. We live a society in which lies are peddled as truth. But you and David have been truthful and authentic. You are living the truth of your bright lines. They require integrity of self at all levels, not just with food but with words and actions. It’s great to know there are people like you in the world. May you enjoy the remainder of your long, fruitful and successful lives.

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  423. Chuck

    Dear Susan, Thank you for your courage and transparency to share your raw truth. I moved me and I challenged me. I am blessed to have my wife and friends help me to find me Jumping Off Point. I am signed up for your bootcamp and love what I am learning from you already. I am very excited and motivated to start this Bright Lines Eating journey.

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  424. Rita Graving

    Mind-blowing authenticity Susan. I’m not going to live my life asleep any more. Thank you. Namaste.

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  425. Missy

    Susan, you remind us that when we change our behavior, it requires that others do the same. I think it is just the natural evolution of things. Your BLE transformation did not move you from your core values, but you began to address life in very different terms. How lucky you are to have a guy who would grow and change with you..a great example for your girls.

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  426. Anthony

    You are beautiful and loved!
    That was pure Soul!

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  427. Kathy

    I feel for you Susan. These guys can come into your life and be so tempting. It´s hard to give them up and will involve a bit of grieving. However I agree that living a lie wouldn´t have suited you and I´m sure it would have led to an even bigger crisis. Wishing you lots of strength and growth in your marriage and sending lots of love to the new puppy too.

    Perhaps the puppy could star in one of your weekly blogs once she/he is old enough to handle it!?

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  428. Tricia

    I had to watch this twice…. once to feel with you, and again to take notes of “words of wisdom”. I know your analogy of relationship is for food, but what was glaring was “claim your life”. Being in a situation who bullies me into non existance, it’s time to “square my shoulders and speak my truth” (and be dismissed and bullied)…. but speak my truth and live my truth to myself- and the harsh repercussions mean nothing. Now, to watch it a third time! Thank you!

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  429. Leone Ward

    Thanks Susan what a wonderfully brave courageous woman you are. I have read Love Languages and mine is also words of affirmation. My partner of 30 plus years will not compliment me either no matter how many discussions we have had . I can see how it relates to BLE and thank you for your courage and honesty. I have reached the jumping off point in my eating and follow BLE now I must watch for that point in my relationship. Thank you.

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  430. Kerry

    I am absolutely blown away by your honesty. Thank you for such a touching, moving, inspirational vlog.

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  431. Iva Lane

    You are awesome ,i love your honesty and dedication .Thank you for sharing your gift with us all

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  432. Linda

    Holy mackerel! That was so helpful in so many ways. In my mind I am saying ‘I would have eaten over this so much!!!” but since beginning BLE in June, it is just a passing thought, thank God not an action. I am ALL your food stories Susan, and just fall down on my knees grateful every day for finding BLE. I have a life again. I feel good. I look good.
    I also have have very loving supportive sweet kind husband whom I put on the back burner so thank you for this very important wake up call as well.
    David you are awesome, and you are both an inspiration, much needed! Here’s to your highest good!!
    Love Linda

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  433. Derek John Thomas

    Thank you for your raw and radical honesty! You are beautiful and brilliant intellectually and emotionally. Welcome to your new world. I am touched and deeply impressed.

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  434. Conrad M

    Mega-thanks and mega-kudos for your candor and courage. Your authenticity sets a wonderfully example and empowers me as I begin a new life.

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  435. Michelle Annis

    So Raw and so Real. Thank you. Once again I sit here watching one of your videos in tears because of the realization that I need to face my own inner demons and just take that leap of faith❤

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  436. Linda Djupstrom

    Wow is right…what an extraordinary journey you have shared! Truth…a double edged sword…yet so worth it! Hang in there kid!

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  437. Katherine Upham

    You respected yourself, your husband and your three daring children.
    Always keep your head high with repect!
    This is too where we should be…
    Repect for our own bodies and with that we will be able to reach our goal in respect .
    Thank you Susan

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  438. Dori Abbott

    Thank you for your transparency and courage.

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  439. Fredde

    Thank you for you. You are amazing and much appreciated. Your story is so very helpful. I will give more genuine appreciation and compliments to all from now on. (this includes to myself.)

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  440. Sandra Longenecker, DC

    What wise advice from true friends. They told you what you needed to hear not what you wanted to hear. You were even wiser when you confronted the situation determined to see it through one way or another. If when you confronted David and agreed to divorce I would respect that decision. If you had an affair I believe the results would have been disastrous for all. I don’t know you personally and it takes me awhile to trust. I couldn’t follow someone who doesn’t have truth as a core value. All through you blog I was distressed on whether I would have to make a difficult decision. Thank you for being truthful. It’s amazing how God/universe responds.

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  441. Sandra Longenecker, DC

    Susan, I am so glad you got the counsel of wise friends. I believe if you would have had an affair it would have been disastrous to your family as well as your entire circle of influence. If you had went to David with the truth and you mutually decided to end the marriage I would have been sorrowful but would understand. I personally would not be able to walk through what I am about to embark on with BLE with someone whose core values did not include truthfulness. Prior to this blog, I had my shoulder turning to square now they are squared and regardless of the results I am ready to jump off. God/ universe, for me it is one and the same, blessed your decision. Well done.

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  442. Lavana Fitzgerald

    I had to smile as I listened to your video. My husband was a complainer, he complained about everything and I mean everything. One day I spent the whole afternoon preparing the very best dinner I could and (I was a pretty good cook without trying). I was proud of the meal and as my husband continued eating and eating I asked him
    “Do you like the dinner?” He looked up and said “I’m not complaining am I?” And that was my compliment. I can smile about it now, but at the time I was pretty resentful.

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  443. L

    Food choice and combination has always looked like chemistry or even alchemy. I realize the importance of it for one’s health but it is really confusing . I try to listen to my body mainly because the information available ,be it on books or from dieticians or clinicians is so contradictory that I do get lost. Starting with the mere water ingestion – hydrate but be aware of water retention. Then salt , fat, sugar, flour, contaminated greens, fish or meat, air. Oh my God! Anyway, I have been struggling with chronic fatigue and pain for half of my life and am still willing to learn and make changes. I have to go slowly, though, and get information “as if I were five”!
    Blessings to you and your family and your work!

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  444. Carol

    Am so happy I have chosen you both to teach me to wake up and really live my life.
    Thank you.

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  445. Jarka

    OMG! Thank you, thank you, thank you! You wonderful creature! I absolutely love you. Finally, a real honest person. They really exist!!! 😀 You and O&J Robbins have helped me and thought me so much in the last year. (I came to you through Collective Evolution email, as they were the only online source I’d trust.)
    Please keep walking your path, with the incredible honesty you just showed.

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  446. Marlene Baldwin

    Susan, I saw in the feed someone posted about Dr. Emerson Eggerichs work, Love and Respect. Please check it out. You have educated me more on food and the topic of relationships is where I have been focused in. His work is full of truth and insight and it will empower both you and David to experience your marriage with greater understanding and fulfillment. I read his book in two days, have lead small groups through his material and will see him live this month with my husband. Blessings to you both.

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  447. Donna

    Thank you for sharing. It hit home for me !

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  448. Shann Bareswill

    Susan you are so enlightening, thank you for sharing your personal life. I’m starting today and at this point in my life
    Only need to take care of me. My husband of 30 years wants a divorce. (Gave me papers last week) I’ve decided to
    Become healthy thin and happy. BL will keep me busy as I feel there is allot for me to focus on, and keep up with, which couldn’t have come at a better time. Thank – you so much!

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  449. Jennifer Sailing

    My God…what an enormous gift you are to this extraordinary world of ours Susan ! Thankyou for being sooooo candid and so open …
    Am thrilled to have encountered you along my journey thus far.
    You inspire me soooo much Susan….. I know you will keep on giving…out there……xx

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  450. Shann

    Susan you are so enlightening, thank you for sharing your personal life. I’m starting today and at this point in my life
    Only need to take care of me. My husband of 30 years wants a divorce. (Gave me papers last week) I’ve decided to
    Become healthy thin and happy. BL will keep me busy as I feel there is allot for me to focus on, and keep up with, which couldn’t have come at a better time. Thank – you so much!

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  451. Mike

    That touched my soul. Thank you

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  452. Vicki T

    What a powerful video! I read in a book one line that I feel changed my marriage forever. It may sound overly simplistic, but it instantly resonated with me. “Love is a verb.” We get so caught up in love as a state of being, that we forget that it takes, it NEEDS, action. And it has been my experience that it doesn’t take much and it has to start with you. You can’t wait for your partner to make the first move, especially if you’ve been traveling down parallel but separate paths for years. I started with simple little loves notes randomly placed on mirrors, in brief cases, etc., special home cooked meals by candle light, an inexpensive “happy Tuesday” gift, etc. what happened was almost magical. My husband started responding in kind. We started talking more, we did more things together as a couple. Now, 31 years later we are still going strong and I love him more than the day I married him. Life is good!

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  453. Shira Nomi

    Dearest Susan,
    It is such an honor to know you!!! You are honest, caring, giving, warm….a real gift to the world. Thank yo so much for bright line eating. I am so excited for the Blog to start! Lots of love!!

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  454. Lynn Eriksen

    Thank you for being brave enough to tell your truth- and thank your husband for supporting you in this painful revelation to a thousand people you dont know in the hope of helping them with their struggles. I have admired you since I saw your first vlog- and boy was I right- you are the real deal Susan!

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  455. Daniela

    Thank you with much love ????! Your words Made me thinking how many Times we suffocate our thinking, our words, our sentiments……..
    The key words for today ??? …….be honest, live authentically, integrity , speaks your truth, ………”squadre shoulders” ????????
    Much gratitude dear Susan !!!!!

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  456. Caroline

    Wow so many commente on this week’s vlog. I respect you so much Susan. You are an amazing woman with lots of courage. I wish I could be half that. Wishing you all the best in your new start in marriage. Caroline

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  457. Cathy

    Leap…. and the net will appear.

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  458. Rebecca

    Cried at your story. It means so much that I am following a woman of integrity. Cheers to you and David for setting the leadership example that we didn’t know we needed until we heard it. God bless you!

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  459. Diane

    You are a power of example. Living your truth! Kudos to you????????

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  460. Arlene McNeil

    What courage to be able to be that open & honest about your marriage. I respect you for that!!! I’m so glad you didn’t follow through with having an affair. And that your marriage is doing so extremely well now!

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  461. Angie Martin

    You are amazing with this vulnerability and fearless honesty! I had a good feeling about starting BLE already, but now I know I’m in the right group with this kind of integrity in charge! You rock!

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  462. jane

    Please thank David for being willing to let you tell your story. You are together a great encouragement to so many couples! Thank you both for your willingness to be vulnerable and deeply honest.

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  463. Kathy

    Whatever little twinges of fear and doubt I had jumping into yet another program in an endless series of efforts over the decades aimed at finding the ultimate solution for dealing effectively with food and weight were put to rest because of what you shared so openly and authentically in this vlog. What sealed the deal for me was your no-holds-barred revelations that made it clear to me who you are as a human being at your very core. I no longer feel I am making a leap of faith joining this program. I am so glad I trusted my instincts signing onto this thrilling journey with you as my guide. (P.S. David also sounds like a very special human being. The very best to you both on your adventure.)

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  464. Sandra Wilson

    You blow my flippin mind. I love you Susan. You are one of the bravest people I know. Your way of wanting to be loved resonates me.

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  465. Marie Bauer

    You know what, Susan, when I first started watching this weeks vlog I had to pause it momentarily to do something & when I walked away I thought to myself & actually said out loud, “Geez, I hope she’s not going to say she’s getting a divorce.” Then I thought, “Why?” And said to my myself, “Because I don’t want to see my friend, Susan, hurting.” Although we’ve never met I have grown to love & respect you & consider us “friends.” You see, I’m from a divorced upbringing also & am actually married, happily, to my 2nd husband. And I just THANK & PRAISE God that you chose #1) to discuss this very personal struggle over with Ocean & Michelle Robbins, whom I just adore, & #2) that you listened to them & could see that going “outside” your sacred marriage to find love & affirmation from someone other than your husband was not ever going to work out. I truly believe that. And I choose to believe that God (the universe you call it (no judgement)) wants NOTHING more than to see you both in a happy/healthy marriage & that for your beautiful daughters as well. You are loved by SO many & I hope you read each one of these messages because you are SO special to each of us! May God continue to Bless & keep you. Always & forever, Marie Bauer XOXO

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  466. GLORIA

    ALL THE POSITIVE COMMENTS JUST SHOW HOW MUCH WE VALUE HONESTY, AND THOSE WHO CHOSE TO MAKE IT ONE OF THEIR BRIGHT LINES. THANK YOU OCEAN AND MICHELLE FOR THE WISDOM AND SUPPORT YOU GAVE TO OUR MENTOR. YOU HAVE BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN BLESSING HER FAMILY AND ALL OF US.

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  467. Teri Eisenhauer

    Raw. Powerful. Honest. Thank you for opening up. Thank you for bringing this program to us. You are amazing!

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  468. amber

    I have never commented on anything…EVER… but I just joined BLE boot camp and came across this video. I love that you’re HUMAN. i love that you’re so very honest. having 5 young kids of my own and been married for 13 years… we all know it takes WORK. but I just want to say that you and david are rockstars. seriously. he sounds like such an amazing man. actually a lot like my husband…. does so many wonderful things for me, but I just needed more of MY love language in the mix! haha. I’m so proud of you guys. for sticking it out. for being honest and open. for not giving up. I feel so blessed to have found this website. I feel as if it’s going to do SO MUCH for me… like actually posting comments:) love from texas:)

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  469. Debbie

    That was amazing. I am not over weight but have had an eating disorder for many many years. I need to jump off. I eat healthy for a long time then binge and purge. Then the cycle starts over again. You just talked,about my life too. Thank you for your honesty. I totally get it.

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  470. Carlyn Morales

    Wow. Just wow. Thank you for sharing with us. BLE aside, I literally just took the 5 love language test and made my husband do it too. I felt 100% the same as you in your marriage. I just never said it out loud. Your words were the exact words I was feeling and thinking. Turns out, my husband and I are 100% complete opposites in the love language department. So since we have learned that 3 weeks ago, we have been trying to cater to the others real needs. Finding you has been a blessing and I believe in signs. You were put in my life on my computer this week, for a reason. And although I can not afford the BLE boot camp at this moment, I will try to get into one of the boot camps in the future. Your words and realness is exactly who I strive to be and do. Just hearing you speak has been an honor and I hope to watch many more of your vlogs. Thank you. Thank you for saying every word in the vlog.

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  471. Cher

    Powerful message Susan. You inspire others to live a honest, truthful life. You have inspired me to get back into life. I have found my jumping off point. Thank you

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  472. Jen

    Thanks Susan for your honesty! Thank you for choosing the path that you did. I know that your other intended path would have left you in ruin as well as all those involved. Kudos to David! He luckily had the fortitude to accept the challenge and step it up. He could have chosen differently as well. He’s a definite keeper! It makes me realize that I need to do some stepping up myself (two sides to every road) and have realized that suffering in silence when things don’t feel right is not ok. It isn’t true for me or my husband nor is it good for our relationship. I have a keeper too….so grateful for him! Thanks for your inspiration and your example of being authentic. Bless you!

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  473. Summer

    Hi Susan,
    I was just watching a vlog that you and Ocean put out earlier this week and a thought popped into my mind….You have crossed over from Bright Lines EATING to Bright Lines LIVING with what you have been dealing with in your personal life. As all of us food addicts know…all we need is that trigger to push us towards our UNhealthy Eating Responses…much is the same with other behaviors. Eating is not the only behavior that requires Bright Lines, but so do the rest of our behaviors…you’ve just demonstrated this to us in the most real way.

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  474. Janice Hague

    Hi Susan, I have been off of my Ble for a while now and have gained back all that I have lost and then some. I have felt defeated and ashamed. I was just praying for God to please help me change and get back to eating healthy with Ble. I saw this vlog and had no idea what you were going to say. Oh my goodness. I feel so connected to you through this and I am so proud to have you in my life. I felt that through your honesty that God was leading me to this video. I want to be awake too and be healthy, thin and free. Thank you from the bottom of my heart

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  475. Riadh Ghanma

    Devils come in may shapes

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  476. Riadh Ghanma

    Devils come in may shapes.
    Some times you love the understanding of someone of your disease because he has it, and not love the person, take care

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  477. Donna

    I’m catching up on vlogs and just now saw this. Wow. I love that you and David had your conversation and he wants to be awake too, for you and him, your children and their life work Mom and Dad. I waa crying qith you. Hugs and love.

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  478. Tania Walters

    Dear Susan, I am so grateful for your perfect combination of passion, knowledge, expertise, experience, endearing vulnerability, loveable personality, and unstoppable determination. You WILL take Bright Line Eating global and it will be a beautiful thing!

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  479. Constance Stamas

    I am actually kinda creeped out by this video. My immediate thoughts were first for your husband’s privacy and feelings of being outed to the world in this manner, and having the affair be used as a tie-in to my life as a jumping off point, was a stretch. And then also thinking of your girls. Nothing ever goes away on the World Wide Web, and what will they think, seeing this when they are older?
    You are a brilliant woman Susan, and you have a caring heart. But I think this was not a great choice. This video haunted me for at least a couple days, and I found no value in it at all, in regards to helping me with BLE.

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    1. LAVERNE

      I invite you to dig deeper Constance. Everything in our everyday life and personal relationships is connected to our bright line eating somehow. because bright lines are not only relative to eating but in all areas of our life and when we bring our bright life lines congruent to the level of Integrity as weighing and planning and executing our food choices, pure joy and satisfaction, even worldwide impact show up because we are all in. I invite you to look inward and not blame outwardly. The answers to your discomfort from this video will manifest as you are honest about your why.

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  480. Riad Ghanma

    I will have to thank your friends who told you to give it a try, but still, i think it was you who wanted to go in that direction, otherwise, you would have consulted others till you reach to someone who would tell you to do the wrong thing,

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  481. Riad Ghanma

    Than k you David

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  482. Riad Ghanma

    Regarding how this will affect you david and his image, and how it will affect your kids in the future, from my life story, what you did is right righr right.
    The first right, David should be happy to get his love back full.
    The second right, the girls will know what there mother and father did to keep them in a house full of love, in fact what matters to me is house of truth.
    The third right is for all who read and watched your vlig to learn and know how honesty is the most important thing in you program, or any program ti fight addiction

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  483. Martita

    Thank you for your “courage” to share about your personal life. I really do admire from where you have been and where you are now. “You go girl” 🙂

    So bummed I missed your videos for the weight loss, I hope you will show them again. I did start watching them but life got in the way.

    May God continue to bless you for what you are doing to help others.

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  484. brook

    Many women make the mistake of thinking they have to get ALL of their (emotional) “needs” met by their husband. Your need for praise, for example, should be more than met by the thousands of plaudits you receive regularly from your adoring fans. Why do you also have to demand your husband’s praise? That being said, I applaud him for stepping up and committing his time and energy to saving the marriage you were ready to throw away. For the addict, too much is never enough regardless of the substance of one’s addiction. Don’t forget to be grateful for what you have, that includes loving your husband for what he does provide (great sense of humor, etc.) and not faulting him for not providing the “more” you want out of him.
    This did take great courage on your part to share so openly and “honestly”, but I agree with Constance that this does not relate to my BLE path. Maybe if I were ready to jump ship it might, but it doesn’t. Some of us take commitment more seriously, especially where the marriage bed is concerned.
    The longer I’m in this the less I relate to you. However, no doubt your loving and protective staff will shield you from ever reading this comment in all its naked honest, which makes this a futile effort.

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    1. LAVERNE

      I hear and respect your view as your opinion and I don’t agree with it. I hear your disconnect, cutting off and making wrong. You and I know all the praise in the world doesn’t mean a thing if we can’t mean something to or hear that special something from are very most significant person in our lives. What does all the connection in the world mean if you can’t connect to your own love? When I got that BLD is not about food or eating solely that it is a string that connects my whole life, I get that being in Integrity and relating to my food is the way I relate to people is the way I relate to God is the way I relate to myself. It’s all woven together. It may be a level of honesty you’re not willing or ready to reach. But I wouldn’t make someone wrong for choosing it or not.

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  485. Claire Elisabeth Elliott

    You are an incredible person, Susan Peirce Thompson! Thank you so much for opening up to the world like this. All married people need to realize how much our culture truly limits us. With love, there is always a solution that works for everyone involved. Bravo!

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  486. Lisa Phelps

    Thank you for sharing your story. Your story, like all other stories was meant to be shared. People need this, I needed this! This was an eye opener for me. My confusion and turmoil is just a result from not living an authentic life, My shoulders are squared and I’m more than ready to face the truth and let the chips fall where they may. Life is too short to do otherwise. Thank you again and God bless.

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  487. Janet Shull

    You are such an inspiration! Thank you so much for sharing your personal life making it easier for me to be honest with myself.

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  488. Sherry Fox

    Thank you Susan for being so open and honest! You are an incredible woman! I watched this video with my husband today and it started a much-needed dialogue. Baby steps…in the right direction! Thank you. xo

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  489. Jenna C Reed Livingston

    Amazing. Thank you for inspiring me.

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  490. LAVERNE

    Wow! Thank you Susan. And David, as I assume you approved of this share. I am moved to tears and an emotional stirring awareness of my own station and slumber. I really cried when you recounted that David choose you and to be awake with you. It so much parallels my experience. Very different details.
    Susan, i believe you chose true to yourself. You are spiritual and sensitively loving. I sense that any choice in the other direction would have effected how you show up in the BLE world, and of coarse, at home with the girls. What courage… Vulnerability to be honest and confront that and to let go of the other. And then to share with the world. So true to humanness it is to justify and rearrange our core values to fit our desires and otherwise healthy passion. Wow wow wow! So much to chew on and digest.
    From week one of my boot camp last July, I began to contemplate, share and rewrite my life. I knew, before I started that this was it. BLE was a start to my new life. Timing was perfect. I was ready. I will succeed. I was/am humbly confident about that. But my eating was connected to so much of my emotional life. I got the integrity you are to your eating and desired deeply to restore ntegrity in not just my eating, but to my life.
    I truly see that you made/are making that leap to make your personal life congruent to your public, professional and other areas of your life, true to who you are. So beautiful that David chose to do it with you.
    It’s not about the food. It’s how we relate to everything. I’m inspired by your story. I realize that the beautiful in my husband wanted to join with me but because of my incapability or unreadiness, he self medicated and turned outside sources. Meanwhile, over the years I become ready to play full on and he’s not present. I was at jumping point for years. Once registered for boot camp, I began to shift. I decided to get out that teetering cliff and choose to stay. To invest. To risk and to fight. Thank you. I’m still in the thick of things but i have hope. I am determined and I am empowered. I owe that largely to you. I love you. So happy for you and David and your girls and puppy.

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  491. Jazz Lee

    (((HUGS))), you are my private hero….I absolutely have loved being a part of your life and yours in mine since we spiritually met with Bright Line…I was group II. I think it was March 2014 now. I am sitting here just to tears…I feel you and you resonate with me…You give me a reason to not stay sleep and to feel. I needed to hear this today. Thank You…(((HUGS))).

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  492. Barb Conte

    OMG Susan – once again you are speaking to me, and are saying exactly what I need to hear. I did the June 2015 Boot Camp after listening to you speak to me in your three videos and it was exactly what I needed to hear. I’ve lost 75 pounds and have loved my BLE journey. However, since reaching my goal weight in February and starting maintenance, I have struggled. Like so many others, I get a few perfectly bright days under my belt and then I buy the foods that I know are my triggers – fruit and nuts, and cheese and Triscuits, and I play with fire for a few days. My mastermind group continues to give me strength and keep me grounded, and my buddy is such a wonderful gift to me, but I struggle. Today, my buddy forwarded me the link to this blog and told me to watch it. Oh my God – I am at the jumping off point and I am so grateful to have listened to your story. And to how you tied it back in to our journey. I am so grateful that I hear you so loudly and clearly – and I’m so happy for you and your jumping off point…and your continued journey with David. Much love to you.

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  493. Guni Hinchney

    O. M. G. I got an inkling last year that things weren’t quite right with you and David. You mentioned at least twice that there was an attraction to another guy.
    Your honesty then as well as now is bowling me over once again. I wish you well with your ‘new’ relationship, it may work.
    I’ve learnt that causing myself to do something for my relationship, that I normally wouldn’t do, helps once I get my head out of the way.
    Everything you’ve said here rings true to me on multiple levels of my beingness, bringing me closer to the mothership once more.
    Whether you do or you don’t make it work, I (dare I say WE as a group) have your back.

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  494. Dawn

    Hi Susan, I am 8 months into recovery from addictive eating; So thankful that God brought me to FA, and that FA brought me closer to God. I am almost in my right sized body and it feels great. I shared with a friend from FA my marital problems that were similar to yours. She told me about your blog. Many times during our 26 year marriage, starting in the first year, I brought forth the problems I was having with our relationship. It didn’t work so I went back to my old standby: emotional overeating and gained over 90 pounds. I was truly asleep and the counselor I have started seeing is helping me shed light that I have been emotionally abused by my husband. Before I read your blog I did what you did, squared my shoulders and told my husband I was at the jumping off point. We have had 2 discussions that seemed to go well on the surface. But he has taken no action, and even got angry, started blaming me, and indicates he probably can’t change. He will go to counseling ONCE to tell them what is wrong with me, not him, me. I am making plans to take a legal break from him soon, but boy this is hard. My children are grown so that helps a little, But one of them has severe physical and emotional problems and this will be hard on her. The whole thing is hard, hard, hard. He thinks that everything is back to status quo, but it is not for me. He is content with a woman who takes care of him, and he is satisfied. I am not going to stay asleep to this. But I am staying abstinent and taking care of myself through it. I am so grateful for your honest sharing. I pray that if I leave, my husband may see the light, but if not, we will just remain friends, like we are now, just in different locations, unmarried. THANK YOU!!!!!!

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  495. Julie Burchstead

    I am slow getting to this, but I want to say, you are brave and courageous to share this part of your journey. To live with complete consciousness, to be open and wide awake in our lives is so very hard. We need a world of integrity more now than ever. Thanks for being such a role model in both struggle and celebration.

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  496. Stephanie

    You are amazing. Love your videos and your honesty. Thank you!!

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  497. PniB

    I think I love you 🙂

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  498. Sophie Lagacé

    Wow, so true. Thank you Susan, you really are courageous and inspiring.

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  499. Toni S

    Bless you – you beautiful soul. I really want to hug you.

    By the way – you looked lovely in this vlog. xxx

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  500. Carol

    I just recently came across you and your program and for some reason I came across this vlog and decided to watch it. I do not have issues with food, but I am trying to help my teenager who is beginning to struggle with food issues. But this particular story you tell really struck me deeply. Your message about living in consciousness, integrity and authenticity is a powerful one. It is what I want for myself and my loved ones. For too long I have let fear dictate many of the pathways in my life and only in recent years (and I am over 50) have a realized this. I am trying to have courage, and your message that living with authenticity and integrity is “always better than living asleep and suffering quietly” is inspiring. Thank you for sharing your story; it is a difficult one to put out there, and it took a great deal of courage. But it is helping me, and I am so grateful to you.

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  501. Janette

    Love you so much!!!!

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  502. Jane

    Thank you Susan just starting today!
    Being vulnerable and real. Just what I needed. Your story feels very similar to me.
    Wake up oh sleeper.

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  503. S B

    Your bravery in the service of the LIFE you want really moved me. I am so happy you got such a good reward! Thank you for sharing.

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  504. Ki

    Routed here from Aug 16, 2017 Nightly Connection Ritual vlog… been following you for a while but missed this vlog…. All I can say is oh my! I felt my heart squeeze and I cried along with your words… your words sound like words I would speak, your situation sounds like mine… My heart aches and my eyes burn… I thought BLE was all about food but I am learning more and more that it goes SO MUCH DEEPER. Thank you for your bravery, authenticity, and willingness to share and be vulnerable. I can’t thank you enough for everything that you do. I can’t thank you enough…. Much love and gratitude to you, dear Susan!!!

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  505. Monica

    Dear dear Susan, you are such a courageous woman and I admire you deeply. You made me cry but in a good way. Thank you so much for your openness which has really touched me. I’m glad I decided to partake into BLE and BLH. Thank you agin so much. Bless you.

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  506. Kathy Gardner

    Dear Susan
    Thank you putting words to honesty about your life and challenges.
    Doing Brightline Eating is on my radar.
    Challenges of a big move, empty nest, and being overweight is dragging me down.
    I have the book and look to the program to help me improve my health and
    The ability to play with 5 beautiful grandchildren. I am grateful for
    Your work.
    ❤️🤗

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  507. Cherie Glasgow

    Wow! So grateful for you sharing this.

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  508. Nancy

    WOW!! Now that’s honesty! Thank you! You are so refreshing! Read your book and gradually watching your video’s and VLOG’s. Lost 48.5 lbs last time I checked. Currently unemployed because I reached a jumping off point. I will remember your words and this too shall pass quicker than what it feels like.

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  509. Daniella

    Susan and David
    This Vlog has truly given me a AHA moment in that I need to square my shoulders and stop giving into the voice that tells me oh here she goes again with weight loss. I am just starting the Boot camp getting all my prep items done and I was scared to push that button to say start day 1 because I have failed so many times but after seeing this Vlog I have opened my eyes and stepping into that space of uncertainty and take it one day at a time. Thank you to Both David and yourself for giving us the special opportunity to hear your story. You are truly an amazing couple and Susan you are an amazing person and I am very blessed to be in your program.
    Let the tough but good times begin!

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  510. Barbara

    So beautiful. So powerful. Thank you.

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  511. Andrea

    Just listened to your recent Vlog and came back to this one as you recommended, and I can easily see why this one is one of your most frequently viewed! Great, powerful, and engaging stuff! I love the way you share your personal stories even if they might not portray you in the most favorable light.. This vulnerability makes you and your message so much more real. I found incredible similarity in your story to my own, except I was on the receiving end. I was the “David” in the relationship. It was really something to hear the other side coming from you! Thankfully my partner had the guts to square up her shoulders and jump off. I guess I had what could be considered a de facto jump? Anyway so happy to not be stuffing my misery with comfort food anymore! I may not be an official Bright-lifer but am a huge fan! 9 months at goal weight and counting!

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  512. Todd

    This is so raw and beautiful. There is much for all of us to learn in this VLOG. Thank you!

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  513. Lisa S.

    WOW. WOW. WOW.

    That might be the bravest most touching thing I’ve seen.
    It hit me at the heart.
    I do believe the universe gives you what you need when you need it.
    This program, your videos have shaken me to the core. And I desperately needed to be shaken. I felt like I was twisting in the wind of a hurricane. Now I have a tether that I refuse to let go.

    Thank you, Susan Peirce Thompson. Truly. I am grateful.

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  514. Vivian

    This VLOG is exactly what I needed to hear right now regarding my food intake, my relationship, and my life. Thank you!

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  515. Heidi

    This is badass. Brave and beautiful. I’m so inspired. And how better to guide us than with a story that may suggest that what I consider the curse of my addiction is an opportunity to evolve, to be hopeful, and to make the most of this life. Thank you for sharing your struggle and your wisdom. I am grateful for you.

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  516. ELOISE VOGEL

    I just want to say, Susan, I was where you are a few days ago. I broke it off. I am working through the letting go of the man I dreamed would fulfill my passion. IT IS SO HARD!! I am in a 38 year marriage. I appealed to the Bright Lifers FB community. Oh, my GOSH!!!! I WANT TO HAVE A HUGE GROUP HUG WIRH ALL IF THEM!!! They have me great wisdom and it is helping me too let go of this emotional affair and work my heart back to my husband. Along with this it is providing me with daily spiritual encouraging food to move in the right direction. THANK YOU FOR CREATING BRIGHT LINE EATING. hey referred me to this vlog. So comforting to know I’m not alone in this slip. Like you, thank God I did not cross physical lines. However emotional is deep and the cuts jagged and hard to heal. I will not share with my spouse as I had an emotional affair six years ago and confessed and he was DEVISTATED. We are friends together with the man. We go to festivals (Bluegrass) with him (he’s just divorced and now seeing a divorced lady) and a large group of friends. So my healing will take longer as I can’t cut him out completely. Thank you for sharing your story. Loving you and your honesty. ~ #50 gone #60 to go then learn to maintain.
    Eloise Marie

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  517. Teresa Hamblin

    Susan, I want to acknowledge you for your vulnerability and courageous share. You are a bright light.

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