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Bright Ticket Week Ends Today!

This is just a reminder that Bright Ticket Week ends Monday, November 22 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time. If you need a bright ticket code, my code is ghnfk8.

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A Fresh, New Start to 2022

I am part of the Bright Line Eating movement.  It is not a diet, but a lifestyle which I have now adopted.  I tried the 14-day Challenge in November 2018 and then spent two years proving to myself that I could not do it alone.  In October 2020, I went all-in by joining bootcamp and then Bright Lifers to get the support I needed.  I am now a few pounds from my goal range and am the healthiest I’ve ever been!

The mission of Bright Line Eating is to have one million Bright Body Transformations by 2025 and to have global obesity trending downward by 2030.  I will be one of those million Bright Body Transformations.  I would love for you to join me.  2022 is going to pass us by no matter what.  Why not start your Bright Transformation now and enter 2022 with a fresh, new start?

On November 16, Bright Line Eating will be changing to a membership plan.  From November 16 to 23, you can lock in the All-In membership at a cost of $40 a month or $400 a year (vs. $50 a month and $500 a year) using my Bright Ticket code ghnfk8 at this link:  https://ble.life/BrightTicket .

Starting November 23, Bright Line Eating will offer a Core membership at $20 a month or $200 a year.  There is no code needed to get this price on the Core membership.

The 14 day challenge is free until November 16 at this url:  http://ble.life/free14 .

Bright Line Eating has changed my life.  There is no other program like it available.  My goal is to share my Bright Body Transformation so that others can also experience a life of being happy, healthy, and free.

Please contact me with your questions.

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The New Bright Line Eating

This week’s vlog is about the new membership structure for Bright Line Eating. Bright Line Eating will soon be affordable for everyone! November 16 is when the new membership structure goes into effect.

As I understand it, there will be two levels of membership: Core and All-In.

Core: $20 per month or $200 per year. This includes Boot Camp, Bright Line Holiday, and what we now know as Bright Lifers. Once Boot Camp is completed, you will get an invite to All-Access.

All-Access: $50 per month or $500 per year. This gives you all-access to Boot Camp, most former Bright Line Eating courses, and all future Bright Line Eating courses. This includes Bright Line Holiday which will begin on November 23, Reboot/Rezoom which starts January 1, and Maintenance 1, Maintenance 2, and Maintenance 3 which will run consecutively after Reboot/Rezoom. That’s a year of courses for $500.

You may have heard about Bright Tickets floating around. With a Bright Ticket, you can get a discounted price on All-Access from November 16-22–$40 per month, $400 per year, or $1750 for five years. Those that choose the five year option will get the opportunity to beta test the new app Bright Line Eating is creating. This price will be “locked in” and you can renew your membership continually at this rate.

To use a Bright Ticket go here between November 16 and 22: http://ble.life/brightticket . You are welcome to use my Bright Ticket number: ghnfk8 .

Susan does a great job in this week’s vlog explaining the membership and the new courses coming up.

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Want to Give Bright Line Eating a Try?

The 14-day Challenge is now free through November 16. This is a great way to dip your toe in the water. And, you are doing just that. This is only a glimpse of the support and information you get during bootcamp or any of the other courses offered by Bright Line Eating.

The 14-day Challenge is FREE through November 16 using the link below. Use this link for yourself and/or pass it on to your friends who might want to give Bright Line Eating a try.

After all, what do you have to lose?

https://ble.life/free14

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Reflection: What I’ve Gained this Past Year

I started boot camp one year ago today. Not just any boot camp, but Bright Line Eating (BLE) boot camp. I actually started sticking to the plan the week before, so this is week 53 of following the plan.

Prior to that, I spent two years proving to myself that I could not do BLE alone. I was doing Almost BLE which basically put me on maintenance. I maintained my weight for those two years, which I’m thankful for. The scale was starting to go up and I decided that I had to do something about it now!

Joining boot camp was the best thing I ever did. I was put in a Facebook group of about 500 people going down the same path that I was. We learned the intricacies of BLE together and encouraged one another. Our House is still going strong–people are still posting and encouraging each other every day.

I’ve met some incredible people that I would’ve never met otherwise. Some of my closest BLE friends are several time zones away, some are right here in my city. Some I’ve gotten to meet in person, many I hope to meet one day. We have literally been through thick and thin together.

I’ve lost 56 pounds in the last year. But what I’ve gained is enormous:

  • A morning routine that smoothly starts every day.
  • A night time routine that finishes the day and prepares me for tomorrow.
  • I’ve learned to love myself so that I can love others.
  • I’ve learned to care for myself first so that I can care for others.
  • I’m learning what my triggers are and how to keep from pulling the trigger and causing an explosion.
  • I’m learning to feel the feelings instead of running to the kitchen.
  • I have peace with my food.
  • The food chatter is gone!
  • I know that I have the support of a community of Bright Line Eaters.

Bright Line Eating is a lifestyle. I finally jumped all in–came all the way in and sat all the way down so to speak. Getting rid of the food chatter and gaining peace with my food has freed up my mind for so many other things. I have lots of energy now because I am not wasting it on food chatter.

It’s been a long journey that isn’t over yet, but I believe God has brought me to each place and brought certain people into my life at the perfect time. I am so thankful to be happy, healthy, and free.

O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!

Psalm 34:8
Then and now.
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Happy New Decade!

Happy New Year! Can you believe it is here? The start of a new year . . . the start of a new decade! Have you thought about it? Where were you (physically, spiritually, emotionally) in 2010? How has your life changed?

Physically, I weighed more than 100 pounds than I do today. I truly did not realize how big I was. I could not walk from the front door of my house to the street/mailbox without huffing and puffing. My oldest graduated from high school in the summer and moved to Florida in the fall. My dad passed away in June. My husband had his third joint replacement surgery in less than a year. It was definitely a year of ups and downs. It felt like the downs outweighed the ups in 2010.

Sometime after that, I decided that it was time for me to pay attention to myself and what I needed instead of devoting all of my time and energy to others. My two older children were out of high school, married, and on their own. My youngest was not school age yet, so I had the time and energy to focus on what I needed.

I started by walking. I didn’t really focus on my diet. I tried to eat “healthier,” but my focus was getting exercise. After all, we hear all of the time that to lose weight you need to eat less and move more. Eventually I tried some group exercise classes at my local community center. The best thing I got from that was a personal trainer that convinced me that I could do anything I wanted.

A friend at church introduced me to juicing. This was a big influence in changing the way I ate. Not only did juicing itself help stop the cravings, it also acted as a stepping stone to adopting healthier food choices. I decided to cut out as much highly processed food as possible. This put an end to most junk food and foods containing flour and sugar. Adopting the Bright Line Eating lifestyle was just another step from where I already was.

Most people over estimate what can be achieved in a year and under estimate what can be done in a decade.

Neil Martin

Convinced that I could accomplish anything, I signed up for a Couch to 5K program. After watching me run my first 5K, my oldest daughter started running with me and came up with the crazy idea for us to run a 5K a month. This has kept me running all year long and has led to meeting new people and some wonderful friendships.

Now, as we go into a new year and a new decade, I’m thinking about not only how my life might be different in a year, but also how my life might be different in a decade. Ten years ago if you told me I’d be starting off 2020 with a run with my running buddies, I’d tell you that you were crazy–and so were they! Today, I can’t wait to get out there!

That said, I’m excited to see what the next year and the next decade have in store! In the next decade, my youngest will be an adult. I have grandchildren that will be teenagers. Perhaps there will be more grandchildren! Will I still be running? Will I still be writing this blog? I can’t imagine how technology will change between now and then. What are your expectations for the next decade?

‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:11
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Breakfast; an Early, Smelly Winter; and a Kitchen Safe

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I am sorry for not getting a post out last week. I have noticed for many, many years that October and April are traditionally our busiest months of the year. Even though last Wednesday was technically November, it seemed like the busyness of the previous month had accumulated and I was drowning.

I have managed to try one recipe out of the Official Bright Line Eating Cookbook. This one has gotten a lot of attention on social media. It’s called Banana Rice Bake. It’s intended as a breakfast meal, and consists of banana, rice, and egg. It had a custard-like consistency and tasted delicious. I also had it right out of the oven, so it was nice and warm. Even though this was a delicious meal, I probably won’t have it very often. Most days, I eat a simple breakfast that I can have ready in a few minutes. This breakfast required me to mash a banana and mix several ingredients together before baking it in the oven. It’s about 30 minutes total by the time you count prep work, baking, and then clean up. Still, this would be nice to have on occasion as something different if you have some bananas or rice that needs to be eaten.

Banana Rice Bake

I went through the cookbook a few days ago and marked recipes that I would like to try, so I will be slowly trying new recipes.

It seems like winter has come early again this year, and it has already been a struggle to keep running. Two weeks ago, still in October, we ran in the snow! What was mother nature thinking? Last week it was warmer, but the winds were blowing fiercely. As we ran along a sidewalk that backed up to a neighborhood with lots of barking dogs, I could smell what I thought was something the barking dogs had left behind. I didn’t learn until the next day that the cold front had passed through so quickly that it brought barnyard odors from hundreds of miles away!

It really was that bad!

I’ve had three planned runs in the last month that have been canceled due to weather. This has caused me to look into fitness club memberships in the area. I am finding that I am not good at exercising at home. When I’m at home, there’s always something else to do.

The last few weeks have been a struggle. I have been hungry for some reason and wanting to snack. (I’m still on daylight savings time!) I had a jar of cashews that it was too simple for me to put my hand into and have a few for a snack. I also have a hard time resisting the NMF that is brought to me almost on a daily basis. I have a hard time of putting it in my mouth before I even realize what I’ve done.

So, I bought a kitchen safe! If you haven’t heard of this product, it’s a box with a locking lid on top. It does not have a combination or key. It has a dial, and you select how long you want it locked up. Turn the dial, tap, and you have five seconds to change your mind. Once it locks the only way to open the safe is to break it!

My jar of cashews now lives in the safe. If I feel the urge to dip into them, I can instead quickly lock them up. Any NMF that is brought to me, goes in the safe. This gives me time to come up with a plan of what to do with it once the safe opens. If I think I need to delay longer, I can extend the time on the safe. I have put it to good use, and I am happy that I purchased it. I see it having lots of uses in the future.

“So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.

John 8:36

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Becoming the Best Me

I had this photo pop up on Facebook this week from three years ago. It was a “memory” that it wanted me to share on my page. I didn’t share it, and I usually don’t because I get tired of seeing everyone else’s “memories” from years ago.

This photo that I took three years ago was a great reminder. My daughter and I ran a 5K race that took place on a farm that had a pumpkin patch. Their pumpkins were sold by the pound, so they had a wheelbarrow with 100 pounds of pumpkins in it to give you an idea of what 100 pounds of pumpkins looked like.

After just losing 100 pounds, I had to have a photo with it. It was a great example, a reminder of how far I’d come, and a reminder of where I’d been.

This is what me with 100 less pounds looks like!

What no one tells you is that losing weight is as much mental as it is physical. The obvious things come to mind such as changing your habits and dealing with the cravings and your saboteur. But no one tells you about your mental image of yourself.

No one tells you that if your body changes quickly, it may take a while for your brain to catch up. If you lose weight rapidly, your mind still has the image of the heavier you. This is why you might put on clothing that is way too big without realizing that you are now a smaller size.

I think anyone that is trying to lose weight also has an image in their mind of what they will look like at their goal weight. As I got closer to my goal weight, I realized that my body wasn’t going to look anything like I had hoped. Yes, it was smaller, but it was also becoming wrinkly and flabby. It was to be expected, but it was still disheartening.

Three years ago, this put the brakes on my weight loss journey. I still had 50 pounds to go to my goal weight, and the thought of what was to come was not something my brain was ready to handle. So, I let it simmer. And simmer. And simmer. Until the pot was dry.

My weight slowly crept up. Over the course of about 18 months, I gained about 40 pounds. About 11 months ago, I decided that I had had enough. There was no way I was going back to where I was when this all started. My mind had finally caught up with my body. The added weight was making everything so much harder, and I was now okay with how my body was probably going to look once I reached my goal weight.

Me + 100 pounds

So, here I am, back to where I was three years ago, and I’m ok with that. For the first time in a long time, I’m ok with where I am and where I’m going. Bright Line Eating has been great for quieting my mind. For the first time, I can see clearly where I’m going, and I’m ok with that. It’s not originally what I had envisioned, but it’s the best I can be!

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which [comes] through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Philipians 1:9-11
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The Official BLE Cookbook is Here!

My doorbell rang at 9:00 am yesterday morning. I wasn’t expecting anyone and couldn’t imagine who it could be. I answered the door to find Susan Pierce Thompson on my doorstep!

Well, her likeness, anyway.

In one of her videos I heard SPT describe her cookbook as beautiful. And it is. Inside and out!

I was able to find bits of time yesterday and I read the whole thing! It’s one of those books that you don’t want to put down once you start reading it.

It starts out by saying that this is not your ordinary cookbook. It definitely is not. The first 70 pages of the book are a run down of Bright Line Eating and how it works.

I found Chapter 3 interesting. Here, SPT talks about the science behind keeping your food simple and calls out more than once the cauliflower pizza.

Our data shows that the people eating Bright Line food designed to mimic their old food don’t get Happy, Thin, and Free. They report the slowest weight loss, the greatest frequency of cravings, and the most breaks in their Bright Lines of any group.

Wow! You don’t have to tell me twice. Simple it is for me!

As far as recipes, the book starts off with breakfast recipes, then goes to plates of food that could be adapted for lunch or dinner. Then there are cold bowls (think salads) intended mostly for lunch but easily adaptable and warm bowls intended for dinner–there are lots of soups and chilies here–but still easily adaptable.

I already know what I’m having for New Year’s! Thank you Cathy Johnson for this recipe!

There’s a chapter on dressings and sauces, and then a chapter with several pages on tips and tricks from Bright Lifers. I found a few that I may give a try. After that there are weekly meal plans–by season and for an entire year! The book is also interspersed with testimonies and before and after photos of Bright Lifers that have met their goal weight. All of the photos in this book are amazing.

This is a beautiful book. I think it would make a great coffee table book if you are looking for something to put on your coffee table as a conversation starter. I also think it would make a great gift for the right person. Maybe a fellow Bright Line eater that you know, or someone that is on the fence about Bright Line Eating. I would not give it away as just another cookbook because it says “weight loss made simple” on the cover and, quite frankly, is not just another cookbook.

If you’ve been on the fence about buying this cookbook, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. This book is a great value for the money. You could buy this book one day and be on to Bright Line Eating the next. It tells you how the program works, gives you recipes, and then gives you meal plans for a year! I don’t know where you can get anything like this for the price! SPT has definitely outdone herself.

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A Bit of a Rant

As I mentioned in my last post, the last few days of my vacation did not go as planned.  I ended up eating off plan and not eating well–including NMF.

I don’t know why, but it only takes one second to go off plan.  But once you do, it is a long struggle to get your act back together and to stay on plan.  I know Susan Pierce Thompson refers to it as “rezooming.”  However, rezooming is a process.

Right now I am very upset with myself, so this might sound a bit like a rant.  I had a great BLE day.  I got up this morning and the morning and breakfast went as planned.  I knew lunch was going to be away from home today, so it was packed and ready to go the night before.  The afternoon and lunch went as planned.

I stopped by the grocery store on the way home as planned.  I was pleased to find that brussel sprouts and asparagus were on sale and was looking forward to roasting them tomorrow.

I was hoping to run when I got home, but it was cold and rainy.  I really wanted to do something since I hadn’t been able to run much in the last week, so I did some exercises at home.  Afterwards I had my BLE dinner.  It was delicious, but for some reason it didn’t seem like it filled me up like it usually does.

Late in the evening my husband announced that he was going to a nearby fast-food restaurant and asked if I wanted anything.  I politely said, “No.”  My daughter, however, put in her order.

It wasn’t long before my husband returned with a ton of NMF.  He had gotten everything to go.  Including NMF that he had bought for me.

Here is why I am frustrated:  When presented with this type of situation, I have a problem not taking and not eating the NMF.  It’s like I feel obligated or that I am being rude if I don’t.  I cannot imagine where this feeling comes from.  The only thing I can think of is that I remember visiting my grandparents’ house as a child.  My grandmother always had lots of NMF ready for us when we arrived.  She was constantly asking us if we wanted something.  It was like she was trying to be hospitable and a good host.  And as a good guest, we were to eat the fruits of her labor.

Photo by Bruna Frias on Unsplash

But now I feel like I am living in a very unhealthy situation.  I am living with addicts that don’t even want to admit that sugar and flour addiction is a real thing, let alone to the fact that they are addicted.  All they’re worried about is that the food that goes into their mouth tastes good; and, in their mind, it doesn’t taste good unless it’s loaded with sugar.

And that has created another problem.  Since I’m no longer cooking with sugar and flour, they’re not very excited about what I’m making.  I’m having a very difficult time trying to figure out how to incorporate BLE into our family meals.  Breakfast and lunch aren’t any big deal, the difficulty comes with dinner.  I’m eating a big salad every night, but I don’t dare serve that to the rest of the family.  Most nights I’m making my big salad for me and cooking something else for everyone else.

I’ve asked for suggestions in a couple of Facebook groups that I’m in but haven’t really gotten any help.  Some days I want to give up.  Some days I want to tell everyone else in the house to grow up.

So, where am I going with all this? I’m not sure. I don’t want to be a complainer, but I don’t have a real solution at this time. A few days have passed, so I’m not quite as frustrated as I was when I started this post. I’m not finding any real help from anyone else which makes me feel quite alone, but surely there are other people out there in a similar situation.

That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 1:9