The 3 Huge Mistakes That Almost Everyone Makes When They Try To Lose Weight
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I realized a long time ago that I had a problem with sugar. As far back as I can remember, I’d have one piece of chocolate and need to devour the entire bar in one sitting, and even if I felt sick afterwards, I would do it again the next day.
I grew up in the boonies far away from my friends. My mother didn’t get her driver’s license until I was seven years old, so play dates were few and far between, and most days after school, I sat alone in front of the television with a bag of chocolate bars and a pail (yes, a pail) of chips. I realize now that loneliness and isolation contributed to my problems with eating at a very young age.
I’ve attempted to reach goal weight at least sixteen times over the course of my life. Sixteen times. At least. My first attempt, at age nine, was when my mother and I joined TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly). After every weekly meeting, we would go home and have our “cheat night” and I would down a bag of chocolate fudge cookies and two glasses of milk. The two times I joined Weight Watchers, I did the exact same thing.
I was at my heaviest after the birth of my first daughter eighteen years ago—I ballooned up to 271 pounds. Needless to say, I was uncomfortable in my skin. I couldn’t wear the clothing I wanted to, always covering up in long sweaters, and I never wanted people to hug me because I was afraid they would feel the fat bulging out the top of my jeans. Ironically, food, my childhood solution to loneliness and isolation, had now become the driving force of loneliness and isolation in my life.
Then in September of 2016, I realized my true passion lied in health coaching. I registered for an eight-month online course to become a transformational nutrition coach and realized I had to get rid of my excess weight once and for all if I wanted to be taken seriously in my new profession. Thankfully, Susan Peirce Thompson’s Food Freedom videos were released the following month. I knew the universe had answered my prayers for a solution.
I received a link to Susan’s Susceptibility Quiz through an affiliate by email. As soon as I completed the questions and received the results, I saw that this program could be the key. The Food Freedom videos spoke to me like no other program ever had. I joined the Boot Camp and never looked back.
The first few weeks of the program were exhausting, but writing down my food the night before became incredibly liberating and took away the stress of having to decide what to eat in the moment at mealtimes. My weight declined steadily, so every day I stepped on the scale was a celebration. In eight months, I dropped from a size fourteen to a size four!
My struggles in Bright Line Eating™ were mostly social. My family ridiculed me for weighing my food; some continually pressured me to drink wine, eat birthday cake, and eat foods off plan. Willpower in general was a huge issue for me during the Boot Camp, but my Bigger Why kept me going—I was determined to become a successful transformational nutrition coach. Now that my meal planning, food prep, and measurements are automated, even ordering in restaurants is easy because my structure is firmly in place.
Without Bright Line Eating™, I seriously doubt I would have ever lost this weight or been able to help others look and feel as amazing as I do. If you are even considering it, sign up for the Boot Camp as soon as it is available. Yes, it is tough in the beginning, but it gets so much easier as you go along, and before you know it your excess weight will be gone and you will be able to focus on the important things in your life. NOW is the time to invest in yourself—to get the life and body you deserve.