The 3 Huge Mistakes That Almost Everyone Makes When They Try To Lose Weight
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I’ve had a long list of disordered eating issues over the years. Suffice to say, moderation does NOT work for me. And neither have the other approaches I’ve taken to get my eating and weight under control pre-Bright Line Eating™—Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Eat to Live, and Whole 30. I noticed when I was very young I couldn’t stop eating certain foods (I craved flour and sugar) and for most of my adult life I have carried around twenty-five or more extra pounds. Perhaps that’s not all that much, but I had no peace around food. I was a major binge eater.
Then, in 2013, it was recommended that I stop eating foods that were inflammatory for me (grains, beans, and dairy) in order to treat ongoing health issues. That’s when things started to turn around, but the real changes came with Bright Line Eating™ and the suggestion that I completely remove sugar and flour from my diet.
I found BLE through my friend Marianne. I watched from the sidelines and asked a lot of questions as she lost her weight. A year later, I desperately wanted what she clearly had—to be Happy, Thin, and Free™. So in June 2015, I joined the Boot Camp at 153 pounds. I lost seventeen pounds and was down to 136 by September. I decided to reenroll in the October Boot Camp and managed to get down to my goal weight of 128 pounds. It was less than I weighed in high school.
Initially, I was scared I would fail, that I was wasting my money. I worried I’d never get over the urge to turn to sugar for comfort. But after a few days in the Boot Camp, I relaxed. I became confident that BLE was just what I needed. I started a new fulltime job at the same time, so I wasn’t sure I’d be able to manage, but I took it one day at a time and it was fine.
One of things I appreciate most is that I’m able to do Bright Line Eating™ within a paleo-style template. I eat clean, local organic meat, eggs, and wild caught fish. My diet is primarily vegetables, more than I ever imagined eating. My eating is pretty automated now. I feel more stable, emotionally, now that I have a clear program I can trust and relax into. I don’t want to ever go back to the desperation of my struggle with food and overeating.