The 3 Huge Mistakes That Almost Everyone Makes When They Try To Lose Weight
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I am 40 years old, I live in Oslo, Norway, and I run my own business as a writer and publisher. I like to think of myself as a competent, successful, fun-loving, and outgoing woman who reaches every goal she puts her mind to. That was true for almost every part of my life, except when it came to managing my weight.
I had been overweight all of my life, or at least for as long as I can remember. I wasn’t even 10 years old before I went on my first diet. Since then, I’ve tried every diet I’ve come across, from the healthy ones to the really unhealthy and crazy ones: Weight Watchers, the 5:2 Diet, the Crisp Bread Diet, the Soup Diet, Only Eat Cauliflower Diet, and lots of others I won’t even mention. All of them worked. I lost the weight. But none of them gave me the tools I needed to maintain the weight loss. If I start adding together all the pounds I’ve lost (and gained) over the years, it’d probably be more than a 100.
The only “famous” diet I never tried was Atkins (or the Low Carb Diet), which was probably because I knew I would never be able to keep up a diet where I wasn’t allowed to eat pasta or bread—that says a lot about where I came from. I was the one who always emptied the breadbasket at the restaurant while we were waiting for the food to arrive. I wouldn’t mind forgoing sugary sweets, chocolate, or cakes. But don’t take away the white, floury stuff—the bread, homemade rolls, pizza, or pasta.
I have tried other solutions as well, including excessive amounts of exercise, hypnosis, and different mobile phone applications. My low point as a life-long dieter came at the end of my twenties. At that point, my doctor prescribed me diet pills. They worked—they blocked my body from absorbing all the fat I was eating. The pounds just melted off my body. Those pills were truly effective, but the side effects were horrible. I had never felt worse in my entire life. As soon as I stopped taking the pills, all the weight came creeping back, plus some extra pounds, of course. Not to mention the shame and self-hate that came along with every failed attempt to lose the weight again.
I became a mother in my early thirties. Within a couple of years, I had two wonderful daughters, but after the kids, my body gained even more weight. I reached my highest weight of nearly 200 pounds in early 2012. At that time, I was actually in the “obese” category.
I remember being invited to a 40th birthday party for a close friend of mine in March of 2012. I almost called in sick because I couldn’t find anything to wear. Clothes that I had worn just a few months earlier no longer fit me. I was sad, disappointed, and angry with myself for having gained weight yet again. That night at the party, I sat in a corner and just wanted to go home and hide. I felt worthless.
The very next day, I signed up for a new Weight Watchers course, and then joined four consecutive courses throughout the rest of 2012. I managed to lose about 20 pounds during that year. I kept the weight stable during the following years through a rigorous training regimen, which included running several times a week. In 2015, I completed two half marathons, and I was in the best shape of my life. However, I was still overweight and not at all happy with my body. I was fit, but still fat.
Only a couple of weeks after my second half marathon in September of 2015, I noticed that I could no longer fit into a pair of pants I had bought less than two months prior. I was devastated. How could this be? How was it possible to be as active as I was, eat healthy, and still gain weight? I was clueless, angry, and more desperate than ever to find a solution.
That night, I came across Susan’s Food Freedom videos through Facebook, and I watched the video where she explains the one big mistake that almost everyone who wants to lose weight makes (relying on their willpower to succeed). I could not believe what I was seeing and hearing. For the very first time in my entire life, I heard an explanation of MY problem—based on brain science—that made everything fall into place.
Every word Susan said, every example she gave—even examples from her own story (of how she used to make cookie dough with no intention of baking cookies)—resonated with me. I was speechless. I knew from that very moment that this was the right solution for me. I didn’t need any more proof. This was it. I was going all in. As soon as registration opened for the October 2015 Boot Camp, I signed up. And I have not regretted it for a second. Yes, it was a huge investment, but the value of this program has been priceless for me.
October 8, 2015 was my First Day of Bright Line Eating™. When I weighed myself that morning, the scale read 176 pounds. That was the first day of My New Life, and I have never looked back. It took me 200 days to reach my goal weight of 136 pounds. Since then, I have experimented with finding the weight range that is right for me. I’ve been as low as 130 pounds (but that felt too thin, as I’m 5 foot 7 ½ inches tall), and I’ve been as high as 138 pounds. My preferred weight is to hover somewhere in the middle of those two numbers—that’s when I’m feeling Happy, Thin, and Free™.
I turned 40 earlier this year. After having struggled with my weight for more than 30 years of my life, finding Bright Line Eating™ feels like a blessing. It’s as if I’ve been given a precious gift that I cherish and treasure. I am so grateful.
Bright Line Eating™ deserves all the praise and appreciation I can give. It has changed my life on so many levels. The weight loss was just the beginning, and it was nothing compared to the tons of shame that have been lifted off my shoulders. This program has also given me more energy than ever before. I eat better, sleep better, and I’ve become a better mother for my two daughters by having stable blood sugar levels and a better mood. I never become “hangry” between meals, which was often the case in my old life. I actually feel smarter, as if a fog has lifted from my brain, and I feel more connected with myself and my purpose in life through my new rituals with mediation and journaling.
My story is not unique. If you’re struggling with losing weight or finding peace with food, this could be your story a few short months from now. Don’t be afraid. Just trust. Follow the program. Be patient. Ask for help. And you will get the results. I promise.