The 3 Huge Mistakes That Almost Everyone Makes When They Try To Lose Weight
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I grew up in a traditional Greek family with amazing cooks and bakers. My diet consisted of many healthy foods—such as roast lamb, fresh vegetables, and healthy oils—but also, of course, every sort of Greek pastry. When I was in my twenties, I was a vegetarian for many years. I ate lots of plant-based snack bars and protein shakes. In my thirties, I took a job as an outside sales representative. That job involved eating out a lot. When I scheduled lunch and dinner meetings with clients, I didn’t think much about what I ate. I consumed plenty of fried food, sandwiches, and quick lunches frequently on the go. I also did some international traveling in my twenties and thirties. While I traveled, I fully enjoyed the breads and pastry products readily available in Europe. In my forties, I began to bake with ingredients like stevia, agave, and organic sugars and flours. I was also sold on homemade power bars (dates, nuts, coconut, nut butter, and raw cacao), believing they were healthy and would help me lose weight.
I knew I had a problem with food because I never felt satisfied, even after eating a full meal and dessert. I found myself looking for something sweet after every meal and in between. I got to the point where I ate several bites of ice cream, even after breakfast, and ate sweets in the middle of the night when I woke up to use the bathroom.
I felt lost and trapped inside my own head and unhealthy body. I couldn’t stand looking in the mirror and I hated looking at photos of myself. I experienced extreme self-loathing.
In September of 2015, I received an email about Bright Line Eating™ from Ocean Robbins’ Food Revolution Network. I was immediately impressed by Susan Peirce Thompson’s story and knowledge. I liked the fact that BLE is based on the latest psychology and neuroscience of sustainable weight loss. I loved that it entailed eating real food, instead of shakes or other packaged, fake food.
I felt great during the first few weeks of the program—I was hopeful, clear, inspired, and strong. I felt one hundred percent committed to the program really, from the day I watched Susan’s first video. From the very beginning, I felt supported and loved in a way I never had before. I did experience some cravings and fear of failure, along with fear of eating with others and being accepted by my family. But I was able to face these challenges with the support of the Bright Line Eating™ community. There is always someone there to help me feel connected and loved, who will understand what I am experiencing. I also feel fortunate that my husband has been my biggest cheerleader.
The Boot Camp program offers the support that you need to be successful. I learned how to plan and prepare my foods in advance to make meals easier. Meditation, journaling, and gratitude became part of my daily practice. I took advantage of the coaching calls, the Online Support Community, and my Mastermind Group for help.
I lost 24 pounds during the Boot Camp, and an additional 30 pounds in the following four months. My body fat went from 39% to 20.3%, and I had a dramatic drop in my cholesterol. My skin is clear and even, my hair and nails grow quickly, and the white spots on my fingernails have disappeared. I wake up feeling hopeful and vibrant. I used to feel a late afternoon slump, and now my energy is level throughout the day. I don’t get tired like I used to. My moods are balanced and I feel even-tempered. Little things that used to bother me don’t anymore. I am not as sensitive as I was before—I do cry, but they are happy tears!
I am a social person, but I constantly worried and felt judged. Now, I feel so free and accepting of myself that I don’t worry about what anyone else thinks. I welcome running into people I haven’t seen in a while, and I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I am excited to try new activities and adventures. Another huge change for me is that I now enjoy being alone. I used to find being alone with my thoughts terrifying—not anymore.
When I came into Bright Line Eating™, I had a lot of “nutritional knowledge,” but I learned very quickly how sugar, flour, and processed foods affect weight and overall health. I am beyond thankful for the science that Susan has shared.
My experience with Bright Line Eating™ has been life-changing. I started this journey consumed by despair and feelings of failure. I was lost and trapped inside myself. This program released my excess weight, but more importantly, it taught me how to love myself again. I’m so committed to the program that I was a VIP Poster for both the January and June 2016 Boot Camps. I then became a HHHHouse Leader during the October 2016 Boot Camp, and today I’m still enjoying the work of supporting current Boot Campers.
If you’re interested in Bright Line Eating™—if there was something that intrigued you—there was a reason. Why not write down that reason, that “why,” and keep it close as a reminder throughout your journey? It may get tough, and you may want to quit, but stick with it. Be prepared to dig deep. Give it everything you have—your full attention. When you finish the Boot Camp and look back, you will be amazed at your own journey.