The 3 Huge Mistakes That Almost Everyone Makes When They Try To Lose Weight
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I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. I was nine years old when I went on my first diet. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve tried to lose weight in my lifetime. I’ve tried Weight Watchers, Atkins, Overeaters Anonymous, The Zone, Dr. Oz’s diet plan, Dr. Phil’s diet plan, Suzanne Somers’ diet plan, the Eat-For-My-Blood-Type plan, and the honey, lemon, and cayenne fast. I know there have been more, but I can’t remember all of them. The plan on which I lost the most amount of weight was when I followed Dr. McDougall’s program and became vegan for ten months, but I just couldn’t sustain it. I got down to 163 pounds, but then I gained it all back, plus more!
I’m definitely a food addict, an 8 or 9 on The Susceptibility Scale™. I used to eat when I was happy, sad, stressed, bored—you name it—I could find a reason to eat. After having two kids and juggling a very busy life between their school and activities, running my own business, working on my degree in Podology, and maintaining a household, my weight crept up to its all-time heaviest of 225 pounds.
I looked happy on the outside, but on the inside I was so disappointed I couldn’t get my act together, not only for me, but for my family. I wanted to be a good role model for them, as I was afraid my bad eating habits would be passed onto them. I never want my kids to have to go through what I did growing up, feeling fat. Emotionally and physically, I was tired a lot of the time. Once I was finished with work for the day and the other thousand things that had to be done were done, I would laze in front of the TV and snack.
Back in February of 2015, my mom (Lorna Grant—she’s in the Goal Weight Gallery too!) sent me the links to Susan’s Food Freedom video series. When I watched them, they made total sense to me. All of the programs I had done before had usually focused on the food or the exercise, but none of them had really focused on the emotional and behavioral parts of eating. That was the missing link for me.
I worked the program exactly how Susan teaches it. I did not break my Bright Lines once throughout my whole weight loss journey. In the first few weeks of the program, I felt great. I loved not having to worry about my food—there was nothing to obsess about. I had already planned out my food the night before, so there was no stress. I lost 11 pounds in my first week! I had so much energy that I started organizing and cleaning my house. I was finally starting to feel in control of my life again.
The tools of the program I find most helpful are, first and foremost, my Bright Lines—very clear lines I just don’t ever cross. I love weighing out my food. I remember when I was a kid, my mom had done a diet at some point that required she weigh her food. I thought that was a stupid concept. I used to think, with my busy life, who’s got time for that? But I find weighing my food to be one of the most freeing things I do. It really doesn’t take long, and what I love about it is I don’t have to think. My saboteur can’t try to convince me what I’ve already eaten is not enough and I should go back for seconds. Once I have weighed out my food, that’s it. I know I have the right quantities and that I will be fully nourished with what I have on my plate.
Having the Bright Line Eating™ Online Support Community where I can ask questions, or get some support when needed, or share a celebration, has been another huge factor in my success. There is a wealth of knowledge and support in this community. You make some really great friends and we take care of each other. We’re definitely one big, happy family. I didn’t feel like I was ever on this journey alone.
My journey hasn’t been without struggles, of course. At first, going out to restaurants was a bit stressful. The fear of the unknown was difficult: will they be able to accommodate me? Will I get enough food? But the celebrations and rewards I’ve experienced in Bright Line Eating™ far outweigh the struggles.
When I started, my goal was to lose the weight before I turned 40 and finally put my food issues behind me. I was tired of feeling like I was missing out on things in all aspects of my life, especially with my husband and kids. Well, I’m happy to say it happened. I reached my goal weight the day before my 40th birthday! I was so thrilled. Instead of cake to celebrate, I enjoyed a candle in my oatmeal at breakfast and my hubby and kids singing “Happy Birthday” to me.
It was an incredibly rewarding experience to go through holidays (Easter, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas) without feeling the guilt for eating too much or being disappointed in myself for eating too many sweets. Once the holidays were over, I took the dreaded step onto the scale…and to see that I lost weight rather than gained blew my mind!
I’ve had many physical benefits as well. I have a lot more energy. I don’t have the same kind of aches and pains as I did before. Getting up off the ground and simply moving is effortless now. When I go out for walks, I want to push myself more because it feels so good. I can wake up at 5:30 a.m. every day and don’t have to drag myself out of bed.
I have a new sense of self-confidence and take pride in how I look. I wear nice clothes, take the time to do my hair, and wear makeup more than I did before. I love that my body finally reflects how I feel on the inside—accomplished. Food was one aspect of my life I could rarely control and when I did, it didn’t last long. Now I have the confidence to take chances I might not have taken before. I’m excited to see what happens.
My thinking around food has totally changed. It doesn’t feel like I’m on a diet or like I’m following a particular program anymore. It’s not that I can’t eat certain foods—I truly don’t want to. I’m never white knuckling around food because I never give my taste buds a reason to want it. The enjoyment that I might get for those few moments is not worth the sugar crash and addictive behavior that will follow. Nothing tastes as good as Happy, Thin, and Free™ feels!
If you are someone that struggles with your weight, constantly thinks of food, or just doesn’t feel in control when you’re around food, this is the program for you. No matter how many diets you’ve been on that have failed, never give up on yourself. Bright Line Eating™ works! Not only does it have a great food plan, but it has the structure and boundaries I believe are needed to be free from food addiction. You don’t need to feel like you’re going through it alone because there is a community of people walking the path right by your side. The support and love you give and receive in Bright Line Eating™ is like no other. Susan and her team are very passionate about what they have to offer and it reflects in this program. They are just awesome.
After watching the Food Freedom videos, I felt like this was the program for me, but I was worried about the cost. I didn’t want to invest more money in another program just to fail at it. But I figured at this point, I was no worse off. Guess what? It was worth every penny!!!! I am so grateful I decided to take the plunge.
I have finally learned the skills that I need to succeed once and for all. Bright Line Eating™ has changed my life forever. I use all the tools Susan recommends in the program and I couldn’t imagine my life without them now. I’m so satisfied with my food. I am so grateful for Susan and her team. I love how I look! I love how I feel! I am finally Happy, Thin, and Free™!