The That Almost Everyone Makes When They Try To Lose Weight
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Bright Line Eating™ literally fell into my lap(top) via an email from Ocean Robbins inviting me to listen to Susan. I was at the end of my rope. I knew I had to do something but I had no idea which way to turn.
I have struggled with weight my entire life, starting from a very young age. I was much thinner in high school and college, but I always felt heavy (even though I wasn’t). The first major weight gain happened after I quit smoking in the 80’s and since then I’ve been living in yo-yo land. I’ve tried everything from Weight Watchers (many times) to several rounds of the homeopathic version of the HcG/500 calorie diet and the McDougall diet (I actually gained weight!), and everything else in between.
I never considered that I was attempting to manage stress and anxiety through the foods I was consuming until Bright Line Eating™. I see it clearly now! Having to make so many choices every day was exhausting. Throw in a little stress, and you’ve got a sugar free-for-all—always my drug of choice, whether through food or a lovely Chardonnay.
I received that email from Ocean introducing me to Susan on a Wednesday and the first Boot Camp coaching call was the very next day, so I signed up immediately. I knew this was it and that if I thought about it too much I could create millions of reasons why I should wait! I actually met up with Susan and a nice group in San Francisco that following Sunday because she happened to be visiting, and my Bright Line Eating™ journey began on Monday, June 8, 2015. She told me I could get back to my high school weight, and I distinctly remember looking at her like she was completely crazy, but I tucked the idea away in the back of my own mind. No one had ever suggested such a thing before! This is what happens when you finally decide to act instead of intend, and it was truly an answered prayer.
So how has my life changed since starting Bright Line Eating™? At first, I found I had to change several other habits that went along with snacking, such as watching TV at night (especially cooking shows), drinking several cups of coffee throughout the day, and having all kinds of “healthy” snacks on hand (which, it turns out, weren’t so healthy at all). I had to learn the basic food plan and how to create some options at each mealtime to make it easy. I had to start planning my food if I was going to be away from the house or going out to eat (which I avoided for a couple of months). Most importantly, I had to make the choice that I would follow BLE the next day.
At this point, my food planning is automatic. I have very simple go-to meals, with the food on hand in advance. I have new habits to manage anxiety. I have a very sweet, supportive Online Support Community that is both serious and fun-loving. There, I am surrounded by people who motivate me every day. I have released 62 pounds, I’m actually thinner than I was in high school, and I know with absolute certainty that I will never see those pounds again. I re-introduced exercise after achieving goal weight and I’m able to do things I have never even attempted—I am having fun in this body! One year after starting Bright Line Eating™, I signed up for a 5K because I am looking at completing a Triathlon within the next year. This part is completely unexpected, having never competed in sports, but it’s delightful!
I feel healthier, happier, thinner, and more free. I’ve been at war with my body most of my life and it was time for it to stop. And it has, almost all the time. What a relief to have finally found a sustainable food plan that frees me up to funnel my energy into other areas! Staying within the four Bright Lines is do-able in the real world. After many years devoted to personal and spiritual development, I can match up how I feel on the inside with how I look on the outside. I always knew this body was inside the other one, just waiting for the chance to come out. And I am grateful beyond words!
Susan offered the biggest missing piece of the puzzle: food addiction. Once I heard that, it all made sense why my many previous efforts never worked and/or were not sustainable. Another missing piece was the community and the support to be found there; it is truly the best online community I’ve ever experienced—full of love, support, and guidance. Another important part of sustainable weight loss is making your choices in your own environment so they become long-term habits that get easier to make the longer you do them. And finally, the real proof comes from reaching a weight you never thought possible and staying there!
If I could say anything to someone who might be considering Bright Line Eating™, it would be this: if you feel you have tried every single option out there, you’re so tired of trying to lose weight only to gain it back, and you are flat out of hope…start here. This program is 100% sustainable in the real world. It is full of people who have lost all their excess weight AND kept it off. Including me. Make the choice. We will help you. You have finally found your answer!