How I Lost 140 Pounds With Bright Line Eating
Hi! Tell us about yourself…why did you decide to start losing weight?
Three years ago I was at a desperate place with my weight and really struggling with food. I spent years relying on food to comfort every emotion. I ate when I was happy, when I was sad when I was anxious, and when I was bored. Consequently, I was extremely overweight and food-obsessed. I had tried everything and just couldn’t succeed. I had an amazing marriage of 24 years (now 26 years) and 5 incredible kids, but I just couldn’t figure out how to fix my relationship with food.
I cried out to God in desperate prayer and asked for deliverance from this food addiction. If I continued this pattern, I was going to “eat” years off of my life and I had too much to live for to do that! That afternoon, I came across the idea of Bright Line Eating. It involves eating with boundaries and Bright Lines; no sugar, no flour, 3 abundant delicious meals a day, and measured portions. Yes – this was the answer! I had to eat to live, but I did not have to eat sugar and flour! At that moment, I realized that my rescue boat had arrived.
What was your workout routine? Can you give us what a typical week looked like for you working out?
To be completely honest, I did not work out at all. I stay somewhat active with my husband and 5 kids, but I did not have a regular workout routine. I learned that exercise can deplete will power and I needed the will power to get the weight off. I knew I could add in exercise once I had a firm grasp on my food.
What was your nutrition like? Can you give us what a typical day of eating looked like?
My meal plan comes from the food addiction recovery program food plan. I eat with boundaries in regards to food; no sugar, no flour, 3 meals a day, and measured portions.
Breakfast – protein, fruit, grain
Lunch – protein, fruit, fat, vegetables
Dinner – protein, fat, vegetables
I eat an abundance of nutritious and delicious food including 20 ounces of vegetables daily. I do not count calories, but I do measure my food and eat exact quantities.
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How did you stay motivated to lose weight? Did you ever slip up?
Losing weight is hard! Being sugar and flour free is hard, but being food-obsessed and overweight is harder! I have learned that I can not have moderation around certain foods, particularly sugar or flour laden choices. For many people, it’s easier to have none than one. I choose to focus on all of the amazing choices that I do eat, rather than what I don’t.
I have not had a perfect journey and I have slipped up and eaten things I wasn’t planning, but I get right back on track. My goal is to be unstoppable, not perfect.
When did you start to notice progress?
I lost almost 100 pounds in 9 months. It happened incredibly fast! My body was so happy and ready to rid itself of the excess weight. The first month was emotionally hard because I had spent a lifetime soothing my emotions with food… lots of it…. and mostly processed sweet and salty type foods.
I decided I would feel my feelings rather than feed them. I spent a lot of time grieving the loss of food, but within a few weeks the cravings went away and food freedom came marching in strong.
I lost an additional 50 pounds over the next year so in total, I’ve lost 140 pounds.
Did you use any sort of trackers/apps/scales to track your progress?
I started with a little journal to keep track of my food, then I designed my own journal that included an area to write meals, water intake, thoughts, feelings, gratitudes, weight loss progress, and more. When I have everything in one place, I am more likely to stay on top of it.
I have a body scale and tape measure to keep track of my physical progress. I also keep track of my nonscale victories (successes that don’t involve the number on the scale, such as being able to cross my legs or sit in a normal size chair.)
Do you have any weight loss “hacks” or “secrets” that helped you succeed?
I enjoy sparkling water every afternoon and whenever I am tempted to each outside of mealtimes.
I plan out my meals the night before and stick to my food plan even if something else “sounds better.” I’ve heard that the average person has over 200 food thoughts per day – By writing my meals down the night before, most of those thoughts are eliminated.
Do you have any fitness books/podcasts/websites that you’d recommend and why?
The book Bright Line Eating is what got me started – I learned the science behind food addiction and discovered why I could not stop eating sugar and flour type foods once I started.
I also spend time in the Bible learning more about surrendering this area of my life. God has given me great strength and when I take time with Him daily and turn this area over to Him, my days go much smoother and the food chatter becomes less.
What is your best advice to beginners who are looking to lose weight?
I would encourage you to stop and really think about your area of struggle. Find what works best for you and just keep trying and never give up. We don’t have to be perfect, but we can be unstoppable! Now that food is in its rightful place and the vicious food addiction cycle is over, I can fully live out God’s plan for my life.
Where can we find more about you?
My mission is to help others end the vicious food cycle and gain food freedom so they can fully live out God’s plan for their life.
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