The 3 Huge Mistakes That Almost Everyone Makes When They Try To Lose Weight
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When did I realize I had a problem with food? At the age of eight, when I became self-conscious because I had a bigger body than all my friends. When I found myself sneaking food and hiding it under the bed so no one would know how much junk food I was eating. When I found myself isolating from friends and social engagements because I didn’t want to experience the embarrassment from people seeing how fat I had gotten.
I tried everything I could think of to overcome my weight problem. I completed a twenty-one-day water fast and began the craze of juicing. In my thirties and forties, I joined Weight Watchers several times and tried the Atkins diet, the cabbage soup diet, and other popular diets of the day. In my fifties, I did a two-week live-in stay at Optimum Health in California where I ate raw foods and drank wheatgrass exclusively. In addition to the dieting, I spent thousands of dollars taking courses, joining gyms, and buying exercise equipment, all to no lasting avail.
In 2005, I began a serious lifestyle change when I came across a book called Maximum Weight Loss by Dr. John A. McDougall. It was a convincing account of how a starch-based vegan diet was not only healthful, but a natural and easy way to lose weight and keep it off, so veganism became my next solution. I lost fifty-three pounds and loved it! But unfortunately, before I was able to reach my goal, I reintroduced sugary treats into my diet again and before I knew it I was drowning in all my unhealthy eating practices once more. I regained all 53 pounds and then some within a short amount of time.
Then I found Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat to Live, which also advocated for a vegan diet, but emphasized more green vegetables instead of starches. I was convinced this would do the trick! And yes, it worked for a little while, but then I returned to my old habits and gained the weight back. I was up to 184 pounds by February of 2015.
But the twentieth of that month marked the beginning of a journey for which I will be forever grateful. It was the day I signed up for the Bright Line Eating™ Boot Camp with my daughter Corina. During the Boot Camp I lost 22 pounds, and since then I have lost a total of 60 pounds. Finally, I found myself in a right-sized body after a lifetime of failed attempts, free from food and weight obsession.
I’m not saying it was easy. At first, it was actually overwhelming—trying to get organized—and I lost my weight slowly. But once I got into the rhythm of weighing my food and preparing for my three meals a day, my eating became automated and easy. I became happier and more outgoing. My health improved (my doctor says he rarely sees labs as good as mine in his practice).
These days, walking into my closet is such treat because it is now full of more modern size four clothes that are colorful and beautiful and reflect my own personal style. I have the blessing to be a co-leader for Harbor House, a section of the BLE Online Support Community, and have been able to pay forward all the encouragement, love, and support that was offered to me when I went through my Boot Camp.
I will tell you what I tell my friends in Harbor House: if you are willing to trust and follow the Bright Line Eating™ program, you will experience a freedom from food and weight obsession that you never could have dreamed was possible. And whether you lose weight quickly like my daughter or slowly like myself, you will get to your goal weight. The secret is to be UNSTOPPABLE!