Are you ready to find out if your brain is blocking you from losing weight?
Lynn Coulston’s Story
It’s hard to believe, but I was a really skinny kid. But for the past thirty-five years I have gained and lost and gained and lost, tried every diet, and always gained the weight back. I tried the macrobiotic diet, the grapefruit diet, HCG, gallons of Slim Fast, gallons of water, Weight Watchers, raw vegan—too many diets and way too much exercise to remember. Sometimes I got thin. At my lightest, my wedding day, I got down to a size 5 by starving myself and taking laxatives. I was miserable, but I was thin. I tried to use this method time and again after that, but I could never get the same results. And the worst part was it usually only took three weeks after getting thin for me to eat my way back up to, and right past, my previous weight.
Over the following years I ate from vending machines at jobs where I felt insecure, I ate as I grieved when my doctor told me that I would never have children, when I was stressed out over school, when I tried to save my poor mother’s life. After her death, I stopped caring about myself completely. Finally, I weighed over 250 pounds. It was at that point that I stopped weighing myself. I cried myself to sleep at night and was always astonished when I woke up still fat. It was as if I thought something would magically remove the pounds. I coped with the disappointment by eating more. I’d fill the biggest mixing bowl I had with popcorn, a container of agave, and lots of salt, and I’d eat it. Believe it or not I thought of it as healthy caramel corn.
My worst food memory is regularly going to Taco Bell for three orders of the 12-pack of tacos. I would eat one pack all by myself in the car and then bring the other two home for my husband and me to eat. My husband is 6’1″. I finished mine, but he could only eat half a pack at a time!
Eventually my knees hurt so badly I couldn’t get down the stairs. My husband had to bring food up to me. It was humiliating and painful. I had neuropathy in my toes. I’m sure I was borderline diabetic, but I wouldn’t go to the doctor. When I did go out once for a funeral, I had to leave my skirt unzipped and hoped my fat would hold it up.
Then I became a vegan and eventually I got down to 150 pounds. I was glad, but still perpetually embarrassed by the “apron” of fat around my waist and hanging down my thighs. I thought about my weight all the time and the despair made me eat foods that made me start gaining again. I felt completely wrapped up in my food.
Then someone on one of my vegan websites mentioned Bright Line Eating. I went to look at the introductory videos and I’ve never looked back.
The first few weeks of BLE were very difficult for me. I experienced more hunger than I could stand at first. I couldn’t get used to using the food scale. I reached out to a friend in the BLE universe and she helped to release a lot of anxiety. From then on, I was very diligent about following the program. Before long, I wasn’t hungry anymore and I was at ease with the BLE tools. I read everything in the BLE Online Support Community and eventually began responding and posting. I was blown away by how supportive and smart everyone was. The Community is now the most important tool I have.
My worst struggles were in emotional situations where I didn’t have my planned and prepared meals. The first time I broke my Bright Lines was the worst—I thought I would never go back to BLE, I felt so ashamed. But through the support of the loving people in the Online Support Community, I learned the lesson that being perfect is not the goal. The goal is to be UNSTOPPABLE.
With Bright Line Eating I lost those last 50 pounds, I’m a comfortable size 0 and easily fit into my wedding suit. I can actually stand in one leg of my old pants! I’ve been on maintenance for a while now and am beginning to realize that I can finally trust that I will keep the weight off. Best of all I feel very relaxed about food as I know exactly what I’m going to eat and know that it will keep me at my goal weight.
I no longer have neuropathy, my blood pressure is low, and I ran a marathon in January. Slowly, but I ran it. I used to be filled with self-loathing and self-doubt. I was chronically depressed. Now I have a completely different self-image and am more confident. And I’m not at all depressed.
My biggest reward from Bright Line Eating is the freedom in my mind. There’s nothing like knowing that I will always be able to stay at the weight I want. There is a formula and it works. And it will always work. I am so incredibly grateful for my new way of life!
Bright Line Eating is very best thing I have ever done for myself—on a deeply personal basis. This program saved my life.
If you have any suspicion that you are someone who is susceptible to sugar and flour, this program is for you. I tried and tried to get off sugar for years and I never could until I joined Bright Line Eating. The support and love is amazing and so genuine. You’re going to love it.