Updates from the Follow-Up Research Program

This past weekend, I was in California for a wedding, and the night I flew home, I ended up meeting a Bright Lifer who has lost over 100 pounds on Bright Line Eating. He’s in our Follow-Up Research Program, and his story got me thinking about some of the latest data that’s come out of that program. We’re about to submit a paper with 2-year Boot Camp follow-up data to the Journal of Nutrition and Weight Loss, but if you want a sneak preview, watch this week’s vlog.

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  1. Michael French

    I signed up for the Boot Camp 5 years after my first Susceptibility Test.

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  2. Kara

    My life has changed! I started BLE with a bootcamp in Aug 2017. I have been in a right sized body now for over 1 1/2 years. I love living in a right sized body. It really is fun. Thank you SPT.

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  3. Tina

    It’s taken me 3 years to start BLE

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    1. Kathy Deener

      Some folks read your book and follow your Vlog and do a self service version of BLE. Unfortunately you can’t capture that process easily. Two of my good friends have been working their BLE journey that way and are having success.

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      1. Bright Line Eating

        It would be great to gather more of this data, Kathy! There are many we don’t know about who have tremendous success!

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    2. Bright Line Eating

      We are all on our own timeline and ready at our own pace! Glad you’re here, Tina. <3

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  4. Zoe

    Thanks once again for a great vlog. Not everyone who doesn’t sign up for Boot Camp is a non-BLE person. Some of us did it on our own, others with the 14-day plan, support groups (independently or through BLE, Facebook). It might be interesting to find out how many on your email list on happy, thin and free due to BLE.

    Cheers,

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    1. Kathy Lehman

      Oh yes! I’d love to see those results because I know a few of those having success with just the book or 14-Day Challenge, even just with the help of a BLE friend.

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  5. Kathy Lehman

    It took me like a year to decide it was something I could do. Hope is hard after so long and seeing the dismal results of other programs. But I saw those examples of people who really did it, and those who kept the weight off, and I did have that hope. And then it took me 5 months to start once I did decide to give in to the hope BLE promised. 17 months in, and I am one of the ones continuing to lose and participating in the research program. 135 pounds released so far!

    Yes! Bright Line Eating has changed my life! Thank you Susan! And thank you Trina for taking that leap first and being my example!

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  6. Coleen Sterns

    It really is great to be happy, thin and free. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Susan. I truly wouldn’t be making the other changes in my life had I not gotten my weight to a right-sized body (down 52 lbs in two years). It’s liberating. I feel like I can do anything. And, it’s been easy to maintain. I’m so glad I found you!

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  7. Annemarie DiRe

    I am in a right sized body but have struggled with self care . Automaticity has given me so much freedom to batch cook once or twice a week and arrange my 1 and 2 cup mason jars with stainless lids in frig so I comforted my healthy options even to take on errands. i now look forward to eating knowing that the portions that I predetermine and am not afraid of being hungry since i pack more than enough food each day. My stomach is small due to a fundoplication for gerd and it is tempting to eat quick foods that are calorie dense. I choose whole plant foods that have amazing nutrients per caloriie and are satisfying

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  8. Sherie Cooper

    I had almost given up when my daughter found BLE. I watched her lose 30 pounds in a couple of months and I said, finally, something that is real.

    I started, and lost 27 pounds in the first month ( about twice as much as my daughter had lost in that amount of time). She was so excited at my results. It was easy for me, as food was never my focus. I rarely snacked and skipped meals all the time (a 1 on the susceptibility scale). Too much food was a problem for me but I have continued to follow the bright lines. I have lost 30 pounds and have about 40 more to go. My daughter is and has been at goal for a while now and what a blessing to see the changes in her. She has been a cheerleader for me and so very encouraging all along the way. I will get to my goal (1/2 way there at 76 years old!) and have not let the scale slow me down because I know as long as I stick with “not my food”, (I love that freedom), I will reach my goal weight and continue to eat correctly. We are retired and on Social Security, so the boot camp is not an option for me (I did do the 14-day boot camp to start) but can’t ever afford the other one that is coming up. But, Susan, thank you so much for your dedication to the untold numbers of people who have encountered life-changing success in this wonderful, positive, way of eating. We love you!

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    1. Bright Line Eating

      Sherie! So wonderful to have your daughter on this path with you for support!

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  9. Barb Bridges

    Brightline eating did change my life. I joined the October 2016 Boot Camp at the age of 69. My friend told me about this program and I thought why not try. “What do I have to lose?” I had been on every weight-loss program know to man ( including 7 – 10 years on Weight Watchers where I could not even get out of the obese category) since the age of 16. After 8 months I was at goal weight! I have been maintaining this weight since May 2017. I decided I would not join your research program because I did not want to ruin your results. I truly believed this program would not work for me. Boy was I wrong! Thank you Susan. I am still pinching myself.

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  10. Mereth H.

    This “lurker” has been watching your vlog for the last 2 years. I have been in the 12 step program which fostered Brightline Eating , but I have learned a whole lot from you. I think that whatever helps is a good, no, a GREAT thing. Thank you for all you’re doing for the folks who need what you’re offering. Blessings.

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  11. Marion Miller

    Hi Susan,
    You mentioned the number people on the email list that havn’t joined a boot camp. I am one of thoese people. I am 6 on the scale and am at goal wieght having lost just 21 pounds, using your 14 day challenge, book and videos. So, not joining the boot camp dosn’t mean you havent reached us!
    I am looking forward to your receipe book.

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    1. Barb K

      Marion,
      Thank you for pointing out that not joining a boot camp doesn’t mean that the program hasn’t touched our lives. I have also used the BLE tools to straighten out decades of disordered eating, and I am forever grateful. Your program is life-changing, Susan, and I am sure there are others who came to BLE for various reasons and found what they needed. I follow your vlog and refer to your resources to keep me on track, so I am one of those “lurkers” who will continue in the background because it works for me. Thank you!

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  12. Joy

    I have been vegetarian for forty years and recently went on a mostly whole foods plant based “diet” or lifestyle. I don’t eat meat, poultry, or fish for spiritual reasons, and the rest is for the animals and the planet. I have a super slow metabolism and some low thyroid issues, and I need to lose thirty pounds. How challenging is BLE for someone who primarily eats a whole foods plant based diet? Does the plan support that way of eating? Seems relatively easy at home but challenging at restaurants and dinner parties, but I guess I experienced that while being vegetarian before it was cool and before enough of the world joined me to incentivize restaurants to provide vegetarian and now vegan options. Is anyone plant based doing the BLE program? Results? Thank you!

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    1. Jo

      Yes, Joy, there are many, many people doing plant based eating in the Bright Line world. I am not one, yet, but am trending that way after having great success in a boot camp earlier this year and discovering how my body loved having a lot more veg that I was used to eating. In the Boot Camp you are in a large, loving supportive crowd and can draw on the experience of others and the expertise of the mentor people who are in the group to guide you. People can adapt BLE to their preference, meat-eating or not, and nobody pressures you or ‘shames’ you one way or the other. There is just good information. I believe Susan herself is a plant-based eater now, though wasn’t always and so has that experience to share as well. So as you see, it is definitely possible!

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      1. Jessica Atkinson

        I’m wfpb, great results! I love how she has the plant-based options for protein in the meal plans. I added more grains sometimes when the plan is suggested to add nuts ( I do more grain instead of more fat or protein). I am 5’8″ and athletic so I had to add a lot of food in maintenance, so you can tweak it according to your dietary beliefs, ideologies, preferences, and needs etc. WFPB and BLE are my jam! Feel free to contact me for support as well. The fb groups are awesome too:) I am Jessica Brown Atkinson on FB. secretsocietyofplanteaters@gmail.com

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    2. Bright Line Eating

      Hi Joy! We have a LARGE community of whole-food plant based eaters within Bright Line Eating! Absolutely doable! Eating out is also something that because second nature. In Bright Line Eating we continue to have active social lives that includes events, restaurants, and festivities! It’s something we talk about often! <3

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  13. Jennifer d.

    I love the statistics for the cohort of post Bootcamp survey respondents. Before seeing the vlog today, I checked into the lifers FB page and saw a posting about a doctor on a reality TV (600#???) show stating that addiction was a choice… (apparently not tactfully presented by the doc). You also discussed choice (ah, synchronicity). Pondering… choice for addicts is there but it’s not readily accessible – invisible even. Either it doesn’t show up in an addict’s world or the addict does not know she is addicted or the addict doesn’t see the life rings floating by or makes even more disastrous choices (suicide for instance) or never hits bottom hard enough to open her eyes — so sad. I was lucky (at 71 years old), I saw that there’s the choice to continue (and suffer the myriad consequences) and a choice to break away from a flawed method of self care/compulsion to eat in response to non-nutritive “triggers.” BLE — like AA or NA — is a KEY, a very effective key, to open the door – to reveal that choice, to show us the possibility of a VIABLE, workable choice. Before reading the BLE book, I did not find a key that worked. So deeply grateful…

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    1. Jessica Atkinson

      Love this Jennifer, so grateful as well. I knew this was the answer when I first heard it July 2016; It took me 2 years to mull over the idea of no flour and no sugar, but I am now almost 2 yrs happy thin and free!:) I am glad I held on to this life ring. (I did FA for a year and half too for extra face to face support)

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      1. Jennifer d.

        I was lucky; it took me moments… I saw someone who had lost 90# plus 3 others I knew one day. They were ebullient! I went home and read the book on my reader by the next day. I was anxious to sign up THAT DAY (a Sunday) so didn’t actually start until the next day with the 14 day challenge, bootcamp, lifers. Still a long ways to go but I’m getting to H,T &F!

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  14. Paula Grimaud

    Lovely blog, as usual. I want to give you another perspective on those of us who receive your email but haven’t signed up for the boot camp. Some of us follow the plan on our own after reading your book, believe it or not.
    I read your book Feb of 2018 over the course of about 3 days and started following the plan. The first section of the book which explained how the brain works was so inspiring, I had my tall thin 23 yo son read it as well. He found it fascinating because he enjoys psychology. I myself, felt like it was describing my brain and behavior. My son is a 2 on the susceptability scale, I’m an 8. I’m wasn’t overweight when I started the program, not because I take any drugs or have any eating disorder behavior, but because I’ve been eating a mostly plant based for more than half of my adult life. Before starting the program though, I would eat things I knew were not healthy, mostly dried fruit, chocolate and bread. After starting the program I lost 20 pounds (I’m 5’8″ and used to weigh 145 lbs. I now weigh 125 lbs), but more importantly, I stopped constantly thinking about food. I stopped worrying about it. It’s the freedom part that hooked me, and keeps me .

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  15. Linda

    I know this is a business and you have worked hard to develope your BLE program. I can not afford your boot camp but am trying to follow the program as I understand it. I have lost all most 20 pounds, in three months. I am 72 and decided to “try” again so we shall see if this actually is sustainable. If after all I gain again I’ll not be fooled again. I have learned a lot from your vlogs, thank you for the truths you have shared. I recognized the truth when I heard it. I’m on the list for the BLE book at the library, hopeful that I will learn more. The problem of boot camp is the expense but I’m trying to follow what I’ve learned. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Linda

      It would be interesting to find out how many BLE’ers are successful after only reading your book/watching vlogs. I’ll bet you could figure a way to include those statistics and see how the big picture changes. It’s all very impressive. I am one who only uses your book.

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      1. Emma

        I am in this category as well as a lot of my friends, we have read the book and watch the weekly vlogs. We have lost all our weight and living happy thin and free! Thank you!

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    2. Linda

      I’d love to be able to help you get a book, Linda. Is there some way I can assist?

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    3. Bright Line Eating

      Good for you, Linda! Thank goodness for the library!!!! <3 Happy reading, friend!

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  16. Jules Nielsen

    Firstly I want to add my deep and heartfelt thanks to Susan and all her team for the incredible work you do. Secondly I felt the need to add the voice of someone who is on the email list AND has jumped into BLE with both feet even though I have not been able to do a bootcamp because I am a single mother on a very limited income. I have only used the book and I had to listen (audible) 4 times for the panic to subside and set my start date. I recently completed a year with BLE and reached goal weight 10 months in. I have lost 230 of weight I had carried for decades (I am 47). More than that though is the peace, the peace from the insanity of the
    way food and eating literally consumed my life. I am not in your statistics, but BLE has still changed my life. Again, I thank you.

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    1. Jo

      Wow, Jules, congratulations! That is an amazing success story. Thank you so much for sharing it here.

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  17. Mel

    Yes your statistics are amazing and yes they are subject to selection bias, but I wonder how many other people like me have been helped to become consistently right sized *without* being in the follow up population. I suspect that you’re information sharing has even more success than you are aware of – bless you for making such a difference.

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  18. Esmarie Cooper

    I’ve signed up for the BLE boot camp Oct 2015 – that completely change my life for the better; however just 2kg before i reach my set goal, i decided to do BLE my way and starting to incorporate some old habits and slowly but surely BLE were smothered with my old habits and i picked up more than half the weight i’ve released back. Today is Day 32 back on my BLE journey, where i want to stay – BLE is my new identity – this is who i am. Goal is still about +15kg / +/- 30lb away but this time round i know that i’ll get there and live there happy thin and free. PS: This is the first time since 2015 that i’ve been having 32 days in a row of clear bright lines. SOOO happy about that. Thank you Susan P Thompson. You and your team are amazing and i’m so happy im back in Heart House – such supportive and beautiful friends there. I’ll be praying for the BLE Team and all the Boot campers. Love

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  19. Jessica Atkinson

    Amazing Statistics!!! So excited! I am in there…I am gaining muscle doing crossfit now. It is so nice to workout without it being triggering. I love living happy thin and free. Cannot even begin to thank you for everything BLE has done for me the hope and the life. Really the possibilities and confidence. Forever grateful!! And I would work for you for free. Need any Unpaid internships/volunteers? I feel like I owe this company my life!! lol

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    1. Bright Line Eating

      Hey Jessica! Feel free to reach out to our support team for any possible volunteers! Go to support.brightlineeating.com to get in touch with them!

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  20. Joy

    Perhaps some of the people who never sign up are like me. I want to but I just can not afford it and I as struggling to do it by myself.

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  21. Sue Schwass

    I have been watching your vlogs since 2016 every week. I did not join the boot camp but bought the book and did a 14 day challenge. I have been in a right sized body since January 2018. I lost 25% of my body weight. So you may find that those on your email list who haven’t done a boot camp would boost your success rate even more. I was looking back at some photos in 2012 last night and was shocked at how unhealthy I looked. It is a good reminder of what I have achieved and where I would be if I didn’t find BLE when I did. Thank you Susan for your passion to help people, I think a lot of people could say “you have saved my life” but need to add that they have saved their own lives because like me they made that choice to commit to just doing it.

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  22. Susan Francis

    I got on the email list in early 2017 ..bought the book in March 2017 and finally started the program in feb 2019 I just followed the book and got a friend to buddy with me on this journey and have released 29 lbs. thank you Susan

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  23. Raven

    Another person already posted something about price, but I wanted to chime in again that in some cases, the price might be the reason a person hasn’t joined the boot camp for some time — maybe it took them 5 years to save up the money — they were committed right away in spirit and mind, but didn’t have the money. (This isn’t my reasoning, I have other reasons, although price IS a consideration — not the only one because I HAVE chosen to pay for other classes at a similar price that were of higher priority to me). It is just occasionally irritating that choice/commitment is conflated with being able to pay, that you automatically assume that if they didn’t sign up right away it was because they decided it wasn’t for them. But they could have known right away that it WAS for them, but couldn’t afford it.

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  24. Judy

    I’m another one who has to choose between paying the utilities or the Boot Camp. I spent what I can afford which was the book and the 14-day Challenge. I watch the Weekly Vlog to keep motivated. Thank-you.

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  25. Shelley Solomon Cull

    BLE changed my life. Lost 25 lbs. 3 years ago. I am happy, thin and my brain is FREE. IM 66 years young and forever grateful. Come for the vanity Stay for the sanity!!!

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  26. LISA FERGUSON

    Every time I watch your vlog, you say something that resonates with me. This time it was many things… The part about going out with my husband and feeling like I wasn’t good enough to be on his arm. The shame I feel when he introduces me as his wife. I’m thinking that they are thinking “man, you could do ALOT better than that”. He’s a slender handsome man and although he also has never made me feel that way, I just know people are thinking it. I also have bins of clothes because I never know what size I will be from season to season and well lets just say I don’t have a lot of “smaller size bins” because I don’t go down in weight. I guess what Im saying is that every time I watch your vlog, or the series, I just feel like there’s hope and that you give me new resolve to keep on with this. Addiction os hard, and I mean, heroin addicts don’t have to see endless commercials about shooting up, like i have to see pizza, burger etc commercials on every second. But I see your videos and that totally battles those commercials. I wish there was a daily vlog LOL but thankfully when I’m feeling hopeless like I can’t do it, I watch a vlog and get re-empowered. So THANK YOU!!

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  27. Sherill

    Great vlog! But don’t forget that there are many of us who haven’t signed up for Boot Camp because reading your book was enough. It got me to my right sized body 18 months ago, and I am still there. I wish there were a way to track our data too.

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    1. Bright Line Eating

      Definitely something we hope to look into more, Sherill! Congratulations! <3

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  28. Karen R, San Francisco

    Hi,
    This really works. I’ve been in a “right sized”body now at goal weight for 3 years and 3 months. I’m wearing s size I never thought possible. Mostly I am graced with food freedom. Yes, it takes work and commitment but it’s so worth it. Get off the fence and commit. It’s such a supportive group. Best thing I ever did for myself. Just got bloodwork back and the numbers for A1c and Cholesterol are “fantastic “ days my physician.

    Thanks SPT fit taking the time to share the wealth.

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  29. Wendy

    In this vlog, you wonder why many of the people on your email list don’t sign up for the boot camp. Your emails are probably reaching many people like me: people who have long maintained a healthy weight and who have things under control in their own way (I have my own bright lines, which are different from yours), but who can still glean some helpful tips from your presentations.

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  30. Susan J Edwards

    Hi, this is one of the best vlogs ever!! I only did the 14-day challenge when the free book was released. I am not sure of my right-sized body, but I decided that my goal was to eventually weigh less than I do today. Struggled with weight for 67 YEARS, but with BLE I have lost 69 pounds and am on a steady path of losing a pound a week. I don’t eat sugar, don’t eat while watching TV and know most days what I am going to eat. Just had a sleep study; NO MORE CPAP, nurse practitioner said: “No suggestions, just keep doing what you are doing.” Nothing hurts, e.g. knees, hips, joints, etc. BUT and this is the BIG BUT: FOOD OBSESSION AND CRAVINGS are 98.9% GONE. I am Happy, HEALTHY, Free. I am 77-1/2 years old and even though I knew what to do, it was SPT who inspired me TO DO IT. BTW, I have never missed a VLOG. Another Susan, P.S. I KNEW over 40 years ago what to do (12-steps), BUT it was SPT who INSPIRED me to do it AND her SCIENCE and the Vlog she shot talking about trying to contact Oprah years ago triggered a realization that I could NOT eat while watching TV (as a widow, dinner is lonely). P.P.S. I was a private pratice psychotherapist specializing in “Healing the Hidden Wounds of the Inner Child,” which was important for my personal weight journey, but I give credit to SPT for the impetus to continue on the journey. I don’t remember ever being more peaceful. Blessings to you and all those you hold dear.

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    1. Bright Line Eating

      Thank you for watching and for sharing this with us Susan! We are thrilled for you! <3

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  31. Elena

    I read the book … loved it. Watched the Freedom videos … loved ’em. Did the 14-day challenge … exactly what I needed to get the ball rolling. While I’m not “officially” a BLE-eater, the BLE program has driven me to incorporate dozens and dozens of changes to the way I shop, prep, eat, and relate to food. Forty pounds later and only half-way to my goal weight, I’m feeling like a million bucks! At the rate I’m going, it may take me a couple of years to eventually reach my goal weight, but I don’t care. I’m eating better, I’m feeling better, I’m healthier (proven lab results!), and I’m happier. BLE has provided me with so much to make this happen. Thank you BLE!

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  32. Cynthia Hamilton

    Regret to share that I have yet to achieve the peace and automaticity I sought when I joined in fall 2017. I did achieve 126 consecutive days last winter and spring but fell into the ditch and have yet to emerge. I have a small support system including scheduled calls with buddies and an MMG group. I look forward to the advent of the next ReZoom course – as I believe diving deeper is the only route to freedom.

    My heartfelt thanks, though. I have the utmost respect and gratitude for the remarkable contributions SPT is making and please know I refer and send loving and Light to SPT and BLE daily.

    On another note – in my earlier career I was a member of Tony and Academy Award winning costume design teams and when the organization I work for now (University of Santa Monica) started presenting the work of Ron and Mary Hulnick (Hay House authors of 2 books) online, I consulted on wardrobe for a number of years.

    The USM community is global, like BLE. AND – I received a piece of feedback about our Western style of dress which I am passing along to the marketing team at BLE or whomever supports SPT with her vlog appearances – and it is this – open necklines on women are considered pornographic in many parts of the world.

    Given that there is NO area of the globe not impacted by the obesity affliction, it would be a shame to have Susan’s important information not available because of her clothing style. It apparently isn’t necessary to do turtle necks but the when the clavicle is concealed with a jewel neck style top, this is much more likely to be considered professional and acceptable.

    Light ahead for ever amplifying morphic fields and optimal success for BLE.

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    1. Bright Line Eating

      Hi Cynthia, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and experience in wardrobe. We’ll be sure to pass your thoughts along to the team and we are all sending you so much love and cheering for you in your own food journey. <3

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