Transformations

Meet Rachel Z.

I have raved at nauseum to every person within earshot of the merits of this program. I recommend it to everyone I know. I don’t have to say anything; the proof is in the pudding, so to speak. Before coming to this program, I had suffered through every weight-related issue I can think of for as long as I can remember. I became overweight between kindergarten and first grade. I spent my entire childhood either painfully aware of or actively in combat with my weight. I developed a full eating disorder by the time I was 8 years old but was still always overweight. As a freshman in college, I became very close with a roommate who also had an eating disorder that she would eventually succumb to by the time we were 28. The trauma of watching her battle take her (at 5’9″) to a ghastly 71 pounds by Thanksgiving of our first year shocked me out of my anorexic and bulimic tendencies of “weight management.” I wanted to be thin, I didn’t want to die. Unfortunately, I had no “basic adult self-care” skills and I went the other way—I became an obese binge eater.

I then got married and had 6 pregnancies (including two losses) in 6 years. By the time I delivered my fourth child, I weighed 282 pounds and was suffering from so many health issues that my body was failing. Many of my health issues developed during pregnancy, but they were due to my obesity. Throughout this whole time, I never stopped trying to lose weight. It was always consuming me, even during my worst binge-eating episodes. I believe I have been on a diet since I was 7 years old, but nothing ever got me to a Bright Body or even to a “healthy” BMI. With the worsening of my physical symptoms, I started to double down on my efforts last fall to really lose the weight. One day, I was struck by the realization that my issues weren’t a lack of education or effort, but bad habits. I started listening to books on habit formation on my commute to work, and Audible recommended I listen to Bright Line Eating based on my history. To be honest, after understanding the science of habit formation better (Atomic Habits, Tiny Habits, The Power of Habits, Habits for Weight Loss), this program just felt right and has really been pretty easy.

I have had my challenges, like having to repeat mantras in my head to reinforce my new identity when faced with temptation: “That is not my food, that is poison to me.” But I have, overall, eased into this abruptly different lifestyle almost seamlessly. I have lost a total of 65 pounds so far, but I have gained so much more. I have so much more energy. I used to commute 105 miles a day in my truck, but after Covid made me work from home, I now bike 10-15 miles a day, something I never would have considered doing before. Many of my health issues are resolved and I am living by example a healthy lifestyle for my kids, hopefully putting an end to generational issues with obesity that have stolen the lives of so many I love. I still have around 40 pounds to go, but for the first time in my life, I have real hope that I can get there and stay there, living happy, thin, and free.