What You Do Before Breakfast

In this week’s vlog, I talk about the most important time of the day to focus on if you do Bright Line Eating. Watch to hear my thoughts.

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  1. Barbara Hirschfeld

    Dear Susan.
    I loved your advice about the morning but interestingly enough I was just about to write to you about evenings. That’s when I break my bright lines most frequently.
    I hope you have some good advice about that soon! Thank you for being you- an inspiration to me every day!
    Barbara Hirschfeld

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    1. Bright Line Eating

      Thanks for the suggestion, Barbara! We’ll pass it along! <3

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  2. Diane

    Nighttime is really difficult!

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  3. DAWN

    Nightime is very challenging for me on many levels.

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  4. Constance Joy

    Love this, and was ready to start a new early morning routine tomorrow!! Once again, incredibly timely! ❤️🌹✨

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  5. Debbi Neher

    I feed and walk my dog before I eat breakfast. Perhaps I can use that dog-walking time more intentionally to focus my thinking about what I want to accomplish in the day. Thanks for another thought-provoking vlog; I always love how generously you share your experiences and how that inspires others!

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  6. Karen

    I love the time I get to myself each morning. I get up when it’s dark, make a cup of coffee, pray, journal and read. Then exercise a bit, and have breakfast with my hubs. It’s a new routine I just started last week and its really working for me. Once I get to work I feel relaxed on ready to take on the day.

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  7. Shelley

    This is super timely for me Susan, thank you! I just needed that extra nudge to let me know my early is not too early to get those extra productive and oh so important morning hours. The late school snow starts have been giving me this much needed morning time and I’ve been wondering how I could possibly get more time; so thank you for answering my question. <3

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  8. Joyce Jamele

    YES YES YES!!!! I just started my harp practice in the morning a week or so ago when I have a busy day ahead. And it’s true – once it’s done, I don’t have the feeling that it’s hanging over me, no thoughts of “when am I going to practice?”. And it also makes me get to sleep earlier! Now tonight I have theater tickets and will be out too late to get up earlier. But I will still have the same morning routine, just at a later time.

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  9. Valerie

    Since reading the Atomic Habits I have been getting to bed by 9pm up at 5am. A few months back this is now my morning “Stacked Habits” I start a fire in the fireplace, get coffee and read for pleasure until 6:20am go to the basement change into my workout clothes and get the Accountability Call on. Do my warm up exercises for those 30 minutes then do my main workout! Meditation with Monique, then post in FaceBook until 8am. Go outside to feed our5 kitties and 2 horses, clean up the corrals, bring in a couple arm fulls of firewood. Then it’s breakfast for me and the rest of the day is mine!

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    1. Bright Line Eating

      Thanks for sharing, Valerie! Sounds like you’ve got a terrific set of stacked habits!

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  10. Rosa

    Dear Susan, it is very interesting to hear how things work for a “morning” person. It has been the opposite for me. If I don’t do those things in the evening (when I have more clarity) then I toss and turn and can’t sleep, can’t turn off thinking about the things I haven’t done and that need to be done in the morning or the next day. By morning I am sleep deprived and no good for the task anyway. Maybe your experience can’t be generalised so easily to everyone?

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  11. Nannette Hatch

    Yes, I would love to hear any suggestions you might have about getting through the evening without over-indulging in all the wrong foods.

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    1. Silvia

      Yes, please, the 2 hours before dinner are terrible. No willpower, accumulated stress, so difficult not to start eating bites of things…

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  12. Adrienne

    Thanks Susan for this vlog, such a helpful reminder and you’ve encouraged me to believe it’s doable to add value to my morning routine. Your vlog also comes at a time when I’ve been challenged by a fellow BLE’r to meditate daily. I’m getting the message!

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  13. Joyce

    I agree. Working first thing in the morning on what is most important helps the creative process.

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  14. Rose Esposito

    Thank you very much Susan for your thought-provoking vlog.. It inspired me to change up my morning routine, so that I don’t procrastinate doing my very important exercises. You reminded me what I do….thinking all day that I have to exercise, and many times , sadly not getting it done.

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  15. Kristin frøkjær

    Thank you so much, Susan 💕 In october 2017 I bought your book.
    I have kept my Bright Lines every dag since. After about 9 months I have
    reached my goal weight – or shape, dont weigh my self,
    only weigh my food 😊 but i lost about 50 pounds.
    And I am like you – 10 plus plus plus plus…
    I watch your Weekly vlog and there is always
    good thoughts and inspiration.
    Thank you for having the courage to speak ud about
    Bright Line Eating. Love from Kristine,

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    1. Bright Line Eating

      Thank you so much for sharing this with us, Kristine! So happy for you!

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  16. Constance Joy

    Thank you, Susan!! With your help from this vlog yesterday I have successfully put in place a new morning routine today which I was planning on doing today anyway. But with your timely vlog, your added energy, focus and experience it has launched me into a wonderful morning routine. Thank you again. My BLE program also needed to be greatly tightened up and focused on again, after much success, but than sliding… breaking meals and quantities for a couple of days after bright lines will now be shored up with this beautiful new morning routine with meditation the very first thing! Thank you for all of the wonderful tools that support us all so well. I do this!!! Even if I slip up sometimes, I go back to my “Happy, Thin and Free”!

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  17. Cat

    Thank you Susan, you’ve inspired me, but in an unusual way. I’m retired, but when I was working, in a high pressure executive position, actually throughout my working life, I was a list maker. I got great satisfaction out of making a daily list, of all the things I had to accomplish, sometimes at 6am, when I’d get into my office, and got greater satisfaction out of stroking them off. Of course things came up during the day, that couldn’t be perceived in advance, but I was a go getter, and didnt go home until my list was accomplished. I still make some lists today, around housekeeping chores etc., , but I found my friends used to not too kindly make fun of my making lists, and I got out of the habit. My feelings of restlessness and frustration have peaked lately, and affected my bright lines. Your video today., reminded me of setting goals not related to food, even if it’s just around what I want to accomplish. I never took art in school but find myself dreaming of being able to do calligraphy, with sketches of fantasy art around what I’ve written. I’ve always been fascinated by Beatrix potter, Tolkien, Lewis Carroll etc., but never actually taken the time I need to learn/practice this art form. I’ve been afraid of failure, I suspect. I can always bury myself in housework that needs to be done, (yet keep putting the big jobs off), in books, tv, or negatively in food. I’m going back to my list writing and carving out time to get out of my own way. Thank you so much Susan you inspire me tremendously.

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  18. Diane

    Loved this video but I agree with others…night time is by far the hardest time of day in terms of sticking to the brightlines. Any advice would be much appreciated.

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  19. Judith McQuinn

    Nighttime has always been hardest for me. The sabateur is in the kitchen/pantry with a bullhorn. I wish I could go to bed earlier and get to sleep, but all I do is toss and turn until 11:3, after which I finally get to sleep.. This greatly disturbs my husband who goes to bed at 10PM. So, “Just go to bed” isn’t an option. I’d love some advice.

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    1. Bright Line Eating

      Thanks for posing the evening/night issue, Judith, and everyone! We’ll pass it along! <3

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  20. Helga

    Thank you for this message. I have been thinking about getting up earlier to get in some exercise and meditation and prayer.
    If I don’t do this it doesn’t get done half the time. But when it does get done I feel amazing.
    Setting my alarm earlier.

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  21. linda

    I have tried to follow this program for 3 days now. And each day my sugar cravings over come. Please help.

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    1. Bright Line Eating

      Hi Linda! What you’re doing is hard! You’re making major changes and your body and mind aren’t going to like it very much. You have to just take it one day, one meal, one moment at a time. We can do anything for one day! And then before you know you, you’ve got a week, a month, and more under your belt. We’d encourage you to reach out for support as well. The Boot Camp is an excellent place to get TREMENDOUS support, if that’s something that will work for you. We’re cheering for you Linda! Lots of love! xoxo

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  22. linda k guelker

    Tell me how to sign up for website. Ihave an account but says it has expired?

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    1. Bright Line Eating

      Hi Linda! Please reach out to our support team by going to support.brightlineeating.com. They’ll be able to get you taken care of!

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  23. Chrissy

    Thank you Susan. Your vlogs are so inspiring and affirming. A year ago I started shutting down my computer device a half hour earlier and doing yoga instead (first thing in the morning). I can’t tell you how much better my day goes – more organized, more zen, more energy, more strong!

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  24. Nic

    Have you tried spacing out your meals accordingly?
    I find near to dinnertime really difficult to so I now have my breakfast at 9am and lunch at 2 to 2.30pm so I’m not as ravenous when it gets to dinnertime at 6pm

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  25. Brenda Ayers

    Very helpful. I will give this a shot.

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  26. Melissa Kleinert

    First thing in the morning is the perfect time for my brain, too. I love that time.

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  27. Monica

    Oh I so wish I could get up earlier and do…lots of things, but I struggle every morning to get out of bed. Today should have gotten up at 6 but fell asleep an got up at 7.15. In the evening I am just not tired and can’t fall asleeo easily. Great suggestion anyway thanks for sharing.

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    1. Bright Line Eating

      Monica, thank you for sharing your experience! You may find that, if given enough time, your body may adjust. However, don’t worry if you prefer a different rhythm! That’s okay too. 😉

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  28. barb

    I’ve always been clear-headed and productive in the morning. I just assumed it was because I’d had no food or drink for the previous 10 hours ( a blood sugar thing?) and this energy and clarity disappears the moment anything with flavor passes my lips. If I have an important event later that morning at work, I make sure not to eat or drink anything and this ‘high’ will usually stay with me till early afternoon. Try it and see for yourself.

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  29. Vi

    By far one of your best blogs! I find it is so easy to do the wrong things that do not serve me like checking email or social media. I totally get the super woman thing I feel this way when I get a lot done early in the day. Thanks Susan, you are a gift!

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  30. Helen Spingola

    Doing so many things before breakfast= wow! sounds a bit hectic to me!! And getting up sooooo early?? How many hours does she give herself to sleep??? I
    was getting tired just reading about all those things: mediating, exercising, making phone calls, etc. Too hectic for my well-being but more power to our
    Susan!

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  31. Margaret

    A 5-star blog today, Susan. Thank you! Very timely. I have recently been waking up earlier, naturally, as the days grow lighter. Instead of wishing I could sleep a little longer, I willl make better use of this sacred, peaceful and focused time and see what comes of it.
    I’m not much good during evening hours after a long day. I look forward to your thoughts on an evening routine.

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  32. Karen K

    Well now there’s a good thought! I took an art class 4 months ago and can never seem to find time to paint. .. THANK YOU, you just found it for me. i am so much a morning person and now realize I could do so much more and feel accomplished on top of it all. Love your vlogs. KK

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  33. Dylan

    Every morning after I wake up, I drink 16oz of pure refreshing water to hydrate my body after a night of 8-9 hours of sleep. Then I go jump on my rebounder and then I either do my strength exercises and stretch or just stretch, while I sip more water. It’s my ME time, because my hubby is still sleeping lol. In the evening I found having a routine of doing something that brings me pleasure and comfort, like trivia online, thumbing through magazines, working celebrity crossword puzzles, taking a brisk walk around the lake nearby, hot aromatherapy bath, chatting with a BF for an hour, visiting neighbors, popping in a movie I’ve been longing to see etc works really well in keeping my hands out of the muffin box.

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  34. Heather Gillespie

    Timely and I’m coming late to the party! LOL
    I’ve aleays been more of a night owl so the idea of getting up earlier …. my brain resists!
    And yet what really piqued my interest was the idea of not carrying that cognitive load all day … I need to meditate, I want to commit to daily yoga and closest to my soul… I want to write that book….your vlog is challenging me to ask myself … how badly do I want all of those things? How much am I willing to invest in me?!

    Thanks so much Susan for planting the seeds!!!

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