Are you ready to find out if your brain is blocking you from losing weight?
Barbara Hughes’s Story
I grew up poor, so we ate cheap most nights. Things like macaroni and cheese, hot dogs, and soda were normal staples in our kitchen. My mother seemed to have her own love/hate relationship with food and would often hide bags of chocolate in her room.
As a senior in high school, I weighed a happy and thin 125 pounds and stayed there until I began having children. To my dismay, my weight inched up after each child, and by my third, I was at my heaviest ever: 174 pounds. I was able to shed a few pounds by walking as often as possible, and a few more from the depression and stress of a divorce in 2005, but I was still fat and self-conscious about it.
I did the usual next step: exercise. After all, THAT’s what it takes to truly lose weight, right?! I bought tons of various workout DVDs—dance videos, walk videos, yoga, Pilates, you name it! Nothing worked. I continued to beat myself up for never staying motivated enough to stick with an exercise program, thinking that MUST be what’s missing for me to be successful.
Around age thirty-two, still fat and frustrated, I realized I had to change something—specifically my relationship with food. So I began reading books trying to get the facts. I started with books by Jillian Michaels and Dr. Daniel Amen and soon, that path led me to Dr. Joel Fuhrman. In 2011, I jumped into veganism with both feet and never looked back. Surprisingly, I lost only little weight and, although I felt better overall, the program was just too impersonal and vague for me to commit to it properly. I still felt “lost” and knew I needed more direction. I looked into a lot of other great plant-based gurus and tried some of their meal plans. I was eating healthier than ever before in my life, yet I was STILL fat. I didn’t get it.
Then I discovered Katie Mae, author of the Bright Line Eating eCookbook, and that same month she sent out an email link to Susan Peirce Thompson’s Food Freedom video series. Something about Susan and what she had to say about sustainable weight loss resonated with me so much I joined the Boot Camp.
In the beginning, I felt overwhelmed. Eating a plant-based diet was normal for me, but getting used to weighing portions for each meal had my head spinning! I had never worried before about things like eating enough protein—I just ate—so I was learning a whole new way of eating with BLE. And I struggled with my kids. There were a lot of “food fights” early on—picky eaters tend not to like giving up pizza, pasta, and sugar, but mommy simply could not have those foods in her house anymore! My husband and I had a lot of discussions about what to eat and what boundaries to set, how we could feed the children without putting my program at risk. Slowly, we adjusted to a new routine, and now my husband and I know exactly how many ounces of each type of protein I can eat without a second thought. We’ve got go-to meals we can make work for our family of six and the kids have acclimated. We’ve also got a handful of restaurants we can make work.
During the Boot Camp, I relied a lot on the modules, where Susan discusses the BLE program in depth, and still do. I watch them over and over. I also loved the Online Support Community—having like-minded people to talk with and learn alongside made me feel so supported, even on hard days. In seven months I got down well beyond my original goal weight of 125 pounds and have comfortably settled at 114 pounds today. I also feel I’ve become less complacent since starting Bright Line Eating. There’s this desire to make more shifts in my life for my well-being. At age forty-one, I took a huge leap, enrolled in a trade school, and hope to make a complete career change after I graduate in 2017.
I believe Bright Line Eating will work for ANYONE who is willing to surrender to the program. It won’t always feel easy (then again, nothing new ever does), but you can do it—just use the tools, take advantage of the support, trust in your bright lines, and never give up!