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Rochester, New York 14607
I was born in Edmonton, Alberta, in 1956 – the youngest of 5 children. All of my life I was never really happy with my physical self in the world. I remember being preoccupied with food when I was very young. I was intimately connected with never feeling like enough was enough where food was concerned. I secretly felt quite guilty and ashamed for not having more inherent self-control.
Between the ages of 8 and 11, I was the victim of molestation, which only helped to cement my downward spiral with using food to self-medicate. My self-esteem plummeted even lower than it already was, as I came to hate myself for using food to an even higher degree to muffle my inner feelings of disgust and shame. I used food for comfort, where little else was available to me.
Using food as a crutch was easy to do in some ways – we were quite poor, so our food choices were not the healthiest: biscuits smothered in gravy, for example, and big bowls of steamed rice soaked in soy sauce for lunch in the dreary cold prairie winters. Dinner always had lots of mashed potatoes smothered in some kind of gravy. I used my Church donation money to buy little bags of potato chips on Sundays.
None of it was ever enough to take away the poverty, addiction, or the dark smudge that life seemed intent on imprinting upon me.
In spite of that, I did manage my weight well enough for my younger years. I was plumpish through Junior High School, where I discovered that drugs would help my food and weight management goals. And so began decade upon decade of struggles to get my weight down, only to gain it back again. Worse yet, the general baseline kept rising with each renewed bout of weight loss and re-gain.
I was a work-out guru for numerous years and a gym rat. I tried Weight Watchers, the Eat for Your Blood-Type Diet, Paleo, Atkins, Low Carb, Low Fat, No Fat, McDougall, Fuhrman, WFPB…an endless list really. When Bright Line Eating™ found me back in November of 2014…I was beaten.
A few months earlier, I had shelled out about $400.00 to try the “Skinny B*&%h” Online Eating Plan. It was another epic fail. I was so disheartened and disillusioned with myself and with what life seemed to be offering up to me. More than anything I felt like a fraud and a failure. Sure, I had other success in my life, but to be frank, I just couldn’t fire on all cylinders – not with the amount of food I was packing away and the food comas induced by my overconsumption. I actually prayed to become bulimic to manage my weight gain. Day after long day, I woke up planning my food binge for later in the day and went to sleep at night, promising myself that the next day would be different. It never was! I was in so much pain.
So I jumped on the Bright Line Eating™ band wagon. I was one of the original 40 participants of the very first Boot Camp. I started BLE with a lot of trepidation, at first. But with one 24-hour day on the Food Plan under my belt, I was off and running, despite numerous reservations about my ability to stick to any semblance of an eating plan.
They say that the first time around is a gift. I did feel that way. Although I wasn’t jumping up and down for joy, and honestly spent a few months terrified of what might happen to me if I veered off of the Food Plan, I KNEW that Bright Line Eating™ was working! I was engaged, focused, and committed. I did everything Susan suggested. I didn’t modify anything under any circumstances.
My biggest lifeline was the Online Support Community. I posted my food there in detail, every single day, until a few months after I reached my Maintenance Goal Weight. Slowly, as time passed and I shed pounds, I began to become much more connected to the heartbeat of other areas of my life. Although these areas were not neglected entirely, they were definitely suffering from a lack of engagement. I had nothing like the pure force of energy that I now have, nor the freedom to use my talents and focus in the way I deem most useful.
Everything has changed.
I truly feel UNSTOPPABLE most days.
I reached my Goal Weight approximately 6 months after I started Bright Line Eating™. I lost a total of 63.6 pounds and have been maintaining a beautiful weight loss maintenance range between 126-129 pounds for some time now, with 126 pounds being my sweet spot.
On most days, my obsession from food has been lifted. I truly enjoy a bounty of fresh vegetables, protein, fruit, and healthy fats each and every day. I can wear absolutely anything my heart desires and look great in it. At 59 years of age, I literally flew by my old weight milestones. I’m now at a weight I never would have dared to dream of. I have developed friendships and family here in the Bright Line Eating™ Community that I never thought possible. I have given and received so much love and support in our Online Community, it’s simply stunning! And finally, the icing on the cake: the absolute best thing that Bright Line Eating™ has gifted me with is the ability to “give back” in service and support to the very people who are struggling as I once did.
I began working for Bright Line Eating™ about 4 months into my weight loss journey. I’m not sure who loved who more…myself loving Bright Line Eating™, or Bright Line Eating™ loving me. My work has evolved into my current position as the Director of the Online Support Community…the very place where I found my ultimate freedom from the tyranny of my obsession with food.
I truly live in Freedom today.
I wanted to stop obsessing about food and WOW, wouldn’t you know it…I have been released from that recurring Groundhog Day!
I know if I can do this…so can you.
HAPPY, THIN, and FREE™!
Viva la Bright Lines!