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Lynda Hahn’s Story
Hello everyone. Let me introduce myself…
I am a 68-year old Londoner Expat-turned-Canadian. I’ve been living for many years in Ontario, an area lovingly referred to as “Cottage Country.”
I am also a FORMERLY obese woman.
I think I’ve been unhappy with my weight all of my life. I was teased by my father about not being athletic enough. He was such a sports fanatic and desperately wanted me to run, jump…anything but be overweight. Truthfully, I wasn’t really overweight—I just didn’t meet his expectations.
Back in the days of the 60’s and 70’s I was an airline stewardess. I tried to keep trim and slim due to the constant unannounced pre-flight weight check-ins—oh, they were so much fun! I was once or twice called a “butterball” (yes, like a turkey!) by the airline doctor because I went over the height/weight allowance ratio by 4-5 pounds. (For context, I was 5’7 1/2″ at the time and only weighed between 135-140 pounds.) Being called a “butterball” was the one thing that ALWAYS stuck in my head. I’m sure most of us have a memory of something that started it all.
I was twenty when I received my first prescription for “diet pills” from the airline; remember, it was 48 years ago so they weren’t illegal then. They kept my weight in check and also gave me tons of energy. When I left the airlines, I left the diet pills behind. I’m thankfully not an extremely addictive person—I’m a 6 on the Susceptibility Scale.
Fast forwarding…I got married and gave birth to a wonderful, handsome, kind, and loving son. But I never lost that weight I gained while pregnant—I just kept putting more on. Once I moved up to Ontario (where it got pretty lonely and very quiet), I tuned into the Food Network, became quite the gourmet cook, and even started taking courses!
I realized I had a problem with food around the time I could eat an entire baguette with butter and jam (my total downfall) and still be able to eat dinner. The most I ever weighed was 283 pounds. I’ve never ever admitted that before…EVER…TO ANYONE!! I lost 100 pounds in 2005, but then my husband had a heart attack at age fifty. This was an incredible source of stress, as we owned a busy business with a large crew! I was lonely, depressed, and miserable, and I ate my way back to over 200 pounds.
Then my parents moved in with us, and my husband and I became their caregivers. As many of you know, it’s not easy looking after aging parents. Mum had a stroke, but she recovered well. Unfortunately, we had to move Dad into a nursing home because while all of this was happening, I was diagnosed with cancer. I had to have major surgery but I refused all post-surgical treatments. I wanted to do this myself because the doctors said they had got everything!
It was then recommended for Mum to have heart valve surgery. We were scared for her but she wanted to do it. She was 88 and the doctors said she was a good candidate for this particular surgery. Sadly, she passed away during the operation while under anesthesia. I couldn’t believe it happened…not in this day and age…not whilst undergoing a procedure that was supposed to help her! I was totally devastated and ate myself into oblivion.
At this point in my journey I was a big woman, weighing 243 pounds. I started Whole Foods Plant Based (WFPB) eating. I read every book I could find—my go to was Dr. Campbell’s The China Study. (It’s brilliant and I highly recommend it, along with the Netflix documentary Forks Over Knives.) I also stopped putting any fats, oils, or salt in my food. I managed to release 30 pounds but the weight loss stalled as I was allowed to eat any amounts of WFPB foods I desired. And thus began my dried fruits addiction! I couldn’t release any more weight. I was not a happy camper and I didn’t know what to do.
In February 2015, a shining star named Susan Peirce Thompson appeared on my iPad. It was life changing! I knew Bright Line Eating was for me from the start. The Online Support Community was amazing. I met the most wonderful people and loved the camaraderie; being a “buddy” to many others has been a true blessing. I always wrote up my food plan for the week in advance, and haven’t missed a day yet. I stayed totally within my bright lines, luckily never, ever wavering. I really never had any struggles at all. The food was my kind of food. During the first two weeks of the Boot Camp I was somewhat hungry, but it never really bothered me. I felt absolutely bloody marvelous! I just kept losing weight, day after day, week after week. I put every breath I had into this program—I would not, could not waver! It would have devastated me to do that.
Fast forward again: I am at a new goal weight of 125 pounds!
My total weight loss has been 118 pounds, losing 89 of those pounds on Bright Line Eating. My total measurement losses add up to over 48 inches as of today. Not bad, eh? My health is the ultimate reward—I am still cancer-free. I’m no longer taking any medications I used to take, my blood pressure is always 110/65-70, and my cholesterol is so low it’s crazy! (My cardiologist calls me his “star.”) I have far less pain in my hip and knees. Life is sooooo good.
One of the most significant changes in my life has been my disposition towards others. I smile so much more now. I know I’m a kinder person and I’m much more pleasant to people. I would say I definitely have a better attitude all around—I’m far less argumentative. My anger is not there anymore at all. In fact, I tell others to be more loving and less angry.
As of writing this story, it’s been almost 560 days that I have been a totally HARD CORE Bright Line Eater. I love those words—HARD CORE—they fully represent my attitude towards BLE! To me, those words mean I always stick to my Bright Lines: no sugar, no flour, and eating only three meals every day and loving them. I never falter.
Have I said how much I love Bright Line Eating?! How much I owe to Susan? How’s she’s saved this seniors life?! I haven’t? Well, guess what—bless you. Bless Bright Line Eating and everyone who has made the dream of this older woman a reality. Thank you for bringing BLE to us, Susan. I’m not sure who I’d be or where I’d be today without finding it. (Most likely I’d be on anti-depressants, obese, and miserable!) I’m amazed at my transformation. I’m lighter, freer, and so much healthier. I feel twenty years younger. Thanks is truly not enough.
I want readers to know that no matter your age or the circumstances you are in, don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do this. Bright Line Eating is the best thing that you will EVER do for yourself. No more misery—your life is going to change and you will be truly happy. This program is so easy…you just have to work it. Use it wisely and lovingly. If you work it, it will work for you.
I hope to see so many others reach your ultimate selves in the not-too-distant future.