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Sounds like great restaurant meal!
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Ate out again last night. I'd ordered this meal weeks ago before deciding to start BLE.
I left the burger bun, ate a few of the fries and my husband took the desert home with him so I feel I did pretty well. Weight wasn't up this morning and energy levels were good for Parkrun (5K run)
It's going well for now

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Hi Tessa, I'm glad eating out went well the second time.
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I'm doing well too, stuck to my BLE friendly food plan, and made a new one for today.


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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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11/24/19 5:27 P

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I'm mostly doing OK but need to create more meals that work with my husbands eating.
I ate out twice last week (very unusual for me), did better the second time.
Taking it one day at a time

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Andee, hats off to you, managing grown up children with such complex health conditions is a huge commitment!
Certainly most of your time, energy and loving energy goes to your children, taking care of their present and future..
Take good care of yourself too!
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I have a pleasant, resting weekend. I have a good BLE friendly food plan and I stuck to it. So far so good!

Edited by: KRISZTA11 at: 11/24/2019 (05:03)
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Goal weight:
59 +- 1 kg /// 130 +-2 pounds
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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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11/23/19 2:29 P

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WOW! emoticon

Your encouragement is appreciated! Really!

My family is affected by a genetic disorder, Ehlers-Danlos; it's a connective tissue thing, which essentially can (and often does) affect everything anywhere in the body. We're still needing to narrow down the specifics - which is complicated by all of the many varied problems we have, collectively & individually. We are still learning so much!

When I said special kids - I really did mean that as "special needs kids" - with chronic conditions, IEPs & 504s, multiple meds, multiple healthcare visits, multiple needs to be met, and multiple ways each one has difficulty with the typical, normal, everyday adult life. And why the 1 lives with me and the other 2 really need to - they are the worse of the 6. 2 others now have spouses that help them, live near each other but still 90 mins drive from me. The last one, lives with 4 others who are all committed to helping each other with whatever challenges they live with & she's in a different state. The 3 near me... well we were together until moving to this city. Formerly living in a small town in the same area for 24 years (most of their lives).

We moved here (almost 3 years ago) primarily for the deaf community here. We could not find housing suitable for all 4 of us at the time; so we're split, 2 & 2. We're only 1 mile away from each other - and waiting on the rosters with city & county subsidized housing for something that will put all 4 of us back under the same roof. It's a process - a really long one. But so is MY reason for moving. Realistically, my 2 youngest will always need some support. They are on the Autism Spectrum, and also have global dyspraxia, dyslexia, dyscalculia, some vision issues, some hearing issues, weak immune systems, some GI issues, chronic pain, lots of sprains & dislocations, postural orthostatic tachycardia, mast cell activation, multiple food & med allergies, along with a multitude of lesser problems. They are also identical twins, a subset of quadruplets (2 pairs of identicals) with the loss of a wombmate late enough that they remember him even now. Add to all this PTSD from everything their dad put us through. They were 6 when the sheriff came and removed him from our home 21 years ago - he's never been back in; but he was & still is an active part of our lives --- less so since moving 2 hours away. These girls can learn new things - over time - a lot of time - a lot of repetition & patience. Since life does end at some point for all of us, I need them to learn how to allow others to help them & when to allow that without risking their own autonomy. We've worked very hard to instill a sense of independence in each of my children - not giving up when they couldn't do something the way everyone else could or said it should be done. They are also, like all their siblings, twice-gifted or twice-exceptional or 2E, meaning they all have rather high IQs once one can distinguish the disabilities from the extraordinary abilities.

Now that we know EDS (Ehlers-Danlos) is behind so many of our health issues we're understanding a lot of things much better. Also understanding that life itself is very much more susceptible to sudden endings. Connective tissue is everywhere - it's what holds our bodies together literally & when it is compromised the affects can be devastating. I know that when the time comes that I'm gone, they will all be okay; but - the more I can set in place now, the better they will be when that time does come.

Given all the above - perhaps now it's easier to see the how/why my life can so suddenly go off track every single day.

As I make progress of my own, in CPTSD counseling & working with a psychaitrist on medication problems, I hope to be more able to accomplish all that's needed on my part; including doing whatever is necessary to lose weight & maintain what mobility I have. I am considering just taking BLE a day at a time... we'll see if that's even possible yet.

Again, I thank you all, so very much, for being so supportive here!

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11/23/19 4:09 A

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Sheila, the baked apples with butter, oats & spice sound great. A perfect BLE friendly choice,
I too feel the natural sweetness of fruit, even sweetness of milk and oats.
Before my lifestyle change I didn't. I didn't eat much sugar, but a lot of artificial sweeteners, and I guess they knocked out my tastebuds.

Andee, I hear you, it is hard to be (and feel like!) a good mom AND reaching our goals at the same time. It is not easy to change, and put our own needs higher on our priority list...
But it can be done, one day at a time.
Time is on our side! Children mature and become more independent year after year.

Marilyn, it must be difficult to manage health issues of your youngest daughter, it is a blessing that you are there for her, and provide all that loving care.
I imagine you need take the best possible care of yourself too, to be there for her.
Sounds like BLE is a good way for you to achieve this.

Edited by: KRISZTA11 at: 11/23/2019 (04:29)
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Goal weight:
59 +- 1 kg /// 130 +-2 pounds
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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Hi team, I'm glad to see your posts!
Here is how I'm doing:
My sprained ankle is still not 100%. I refrained from all exercise and driving for 4 days. Driving is still not OK but I can do gentle yoga and short walks - what a relief!
I'm grumpy if I'm sentenced to be sedentary.
It is time of year end appraisals at work, and i have a year end review meeting every day, it is nice because my people do a great job but still a lot of mental energy. Plus I go to MIL after work to administer her subcutaneous injection (2 more weeks to go!).
I eat well all day, but some days after dinner I feel "I need something more". Usually I can dismiss that thought and move on. Last night I didn't, and ate a small amount X from husband's stash. A powerful trigger food for me, but managed to stop after 2 small portions. So I broke my Bright Lines, but got back on track
Today is another day and I commit to do better!


Edited by: KRISZTA11 at: 11/23/2019 (04:11)
Kriszta

Goal weight:
59 +- 1 kg /// 130 +-2 pounds
CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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11/22/19 9:34 P

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I hear you Andee - life can be a challenge - and when we suffer from pain well it is not nice.

I must say that is why l like this plan. I make up my food plan the night before - and then just work it into my schedule the next day. But there are days I wonder how I am going to do that

Last night our 1st born called to say she would be in town at lunch and she wanted to have lunch with us. So we agreed on a time (12 noon) and a restaurant. Then I sat down my journal and thought about the next day (today) Breakfast was a no brainer. Lunch I had to think over but supper was a no brainer. So wrote out breakfast menu and supper menu and then sat and thought about lunch and what this restaurant would or could do.

We got there a bit early and I had the goal of asking if they would be willing to accommodate my plan (if not I had a 2nd plan ready) I was able to get the meal I wanted so was a good meal plus an excellent visit.

Because I knew that today could be a day where lunch might be difficult I looked at the maintenance plan for this program - and I put together 2 meals for lunch that I thought the restaurant would be willing to do. They took my 1st choice - over the moon. So now when I look at what I ate I know I was on plan - but on the maintenance part of the program though I am not near there yet. But I didn't have any sugar and I didn't have any flour - successful day.

I believe you are a good mother to your children - and they are special aren't they. I know all 4 of ours are - and in fact the younger two are actual 'special needs' children. Our son is 31 and lives where we used to live (8 hour drive from here), holds down a job and is doing well - we are very proud of him as it took a long time to get him to where he is at. Our youngest (a daughter) is 30 and has Down Syndrome. Both of the younger children we adopted knowing that had special needs.

Our youngest daughter lives at home with us and always will - as long as our health holds up. Besides Down Syndrome she has seizures - they are pretty much managed with medication (they are called absentee seizures) but they come with halluications (spelling) and when she started to have them at age 17 it was scary as we couldn't get a medical diagnose for about 10 months - eventually we did. During that time with having so many seizures she lost most of her speech. But during the last 13 years we have been able to get the speech back with a lot of work though she still has many of them on any given day.

So I can relate with how things can change in a day - should she have a bad day well plans go down the drain so to speak. But I have found that I have to keep meals consistent not just for my health but for hers (also hubby).

So I have written down on my paper journal when meals will be knowing somedays that can change somewhat. As for pain I understand - I have severe osteoarthritis throughout my back - shoulders and spine - and I also have another conditions ( large name) that causes me difficulty standing for long.

I am sharing this because I have now been eating this way for 18 days - and though the daily pain is there is has decreased a huge amount, I am sleeping better (longer than 1 1/2 hours at a time). I am smiling as I am writing this as I can feel the pain increasing across my shoulders especially my right side where I broke my arm at the top near the socket and it damaged the bone that moves when you use your arms. When the pain flares up - nothing seems to take it away - I do have some essential oils that help a huge amount and my doctor would prefer me to use them before I use the prescription for pain.

Andee all I can say (don't want to come across as pushy so please don't take it that way) but out of all the eating plans I have done over the years this is the only one I have been able to stick to and that I literally immediately saw and felt results.

I do not look at it as a 'diet' or that I have to lose so much weight then I can go back to eating as I was before. I have made a lifechange, I will eat this way the rest of my life, the benefits outway the pain I was on when I consumed all that sugar and flour.

I take it one day at a time - I have finished eating for the day, am about to make up my meal plan for tomorrow - taking into consideration anything that we have planned for the day - and then in the morning I get up, look at the plan and say 'Marilyn you just need to eat like this today don't think about tomorrow just do it for this one day' - have done that now for 17 days and today marks day 18 completed with eating this way, I never said things like 'oh I am going to do this for 2 weeks' I just told myself that I needed to do it just that current day - and during these past 2 weeks I have even had to say after a meal - I just need to get to the next meal with out a snack - I can do it just this once - and before I knew it the day was over and I was on track.

Sorry I have rambled but am thinking of you I know where you are coming from - when you are ready you will do it - but consider trying it just one day and see what happens. Then means planning for the day and measuring everything. I believe you can do it. I have never before been able to stick to a plan but this I have.

So keep coming to this group sharing how your day was so that we can maybe give suggestions when things comes up on how to handle the food part of the day.

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Really enjoy reading of the successes here! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I'm still not ready to jump in - even though all I'm learning seems to say it would be good for me.
Sticking to it, sticking to anything, it really an issue with me. Life is chaotic & subject to change in every minute. Like today - I was planning on a 'slow' day, an 'easy' day, ... due to pain I couldn't even get out of bed til nearly 11 this morning. Then, no sooner did I get dress, in comfy home clothes, I get a call from one of my girls in need of a driver. She picks me up about noon; I don't get back home til almost 3. Now I'm exhausted - need to seriously rest. Fine - I manage an hour before another daughter, the one that lives with me, comes in - an hour earlier from work. So I got nothing done that I wanted to do - didn't even look at any Spark stuff til after 6 tonight. Exhaustion & pain leave me eating whatever is easy, whatever I don't have spend time preparing, and not getting all my activity done that I wanted to do.

I need more time to figure out how I can do what my body needs me to do - and still be the mom my 'special' kids need. emoticon

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11/22/19 5:21 A

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Marilyn - Congrats on your success! This way of eating really does have remarkable results. And the added benefits of clear thinking and overall feeling better are amazing.

Like Kriszta, I try to keep it simple most of the time. For holidays, I will sometimes bake apples. No sugar/flour but top with some butter, oats & spices. I notice the natural sweetness of fruit much more now. Real food tastes so much better than food-like substances loaded with chemicals.

I commit to 3 BLE meals today, no f/s, no snacks.

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Just a quick check in - am on Day 17 and still over the moon

Thanks Kristza for posting - will see about putting up a recipes thread.

Anyone else going to come and say hi

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Yes, a recipe thread would be nice!
I agree with the comment that complex recipes are hard to translate into BLE portions.

Most of the time I keep it very simple, out of 21 meals of the week I rarely eat something that deserves to be called a recipe:
7 breakfasts: oatmeal, milk, nuts, fruit
5 workday lunches: sandwiches made of BLE friendly bread, cucumbers, fruit
7 workday dinners: cooked grains, olive oil, vegetables with legumes or eggs.
So, these are basically portions of food groups thrown together, not really recipes, but I find them satisfactory, filling and delicious.

That leaves room for recipes for the 2 weekend lunches, when I cook for my family, not only myself, so I need to cook something they too like and accept. I'm glad to share those recipes!
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My main problem with desserts is that they don't really fit anywhere in my food plan.
I love my food plan more than desserts, so I don't want to swap anything for it.
That leaves me eating dessert on top of my planned food, and I don't want to go there!




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Goal weight:
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CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Krista thanks for the suggestions will see what I can work up with that. I did ask the same question on the large facebook group and got some suggestions, one being to not go that way as it then gets complicated as to how to break it down re protein / fat / fruit.

Am thinking I am going to try the Banana Bake from the cookbook

Have you many BLE recipes that you go to - so far I am using what I know works with food that I like and fits the program.

Wondering if maybe we should have a recipe thread - what do you think?

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Congrats to your compliance streak, Marilyn, I'm glad you are feeling so well!

For the muffins, I'm thinking of banana, mashed carrots or pumpkins, other mashed starchy vegetables or legumes, maybe cooked grains. You would need to decrease amount of fluids.
I have a nice flourless-sugarless brownie recipe, but some ingredients are not BLE friendlym so it is out.

I have 2 100% compliant days under my belt and I feel great too.

Kriszta

Goal weight:
59 +- 1 kg /// 130 +-2 pounds
CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Am 100% complaint now for 14 days - am working through Day 15 today and all is well. Today is my weigh in - and since I started this on Tuesday November 5 2019 I have lost 12.8 pounds - have never before had this success.

Have never felt so good, thinking is so much clearer, clothes are fitting better already, insides are already telling me how good they are feeling - so question is will I continue to stay on plan - YES.

Do any of you know what we can use to replace flour - have been given a recipe for muffins that look good - but it has flour and sugar. I believe I could use applesauce for the sugar but not sure what to use to replace the flour - appreciate any suggestions.

Nice to see some of you are starting to participate - please continue to come and let us know how you are doing sharing tips and suggestions. If you haven't posting yet, we look forward to you coming soon



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Hi, I'm happy to report today I was fully compliant with my written plan, and it was a good BLE friendly plan.
Was it harder than the noncompliant day yesterday?
No. It was a lot easier. Once I committed to my plan, all the mind chatter stopped.
I only had a faint thought after lunch, "it would be nice to eat more" but I resisted and it went away in a few minutes.
I didn't think of food again until it was dinnertime.

How was your day?
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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Hi - Good job writing your plan and committing it yesterday. How did it go? I completely get the need to rigidly follow the plan to avoid a slippery slope! (Not that I manage to do so 100%.)
Interesting you should reference cognitive therapy. The most surprising thing about the BLE experience to me is my increased awareness of the thought process related to food. Iíve been aware of my food thoughts but always considered them something for me to try to tightly control and ďwhite-knuckleĒ through. It would not take much for me to slip back into old patterns. But I know now that I can be free of the intense food thoughts if I consistently follow the plan. The more days I am bright, the easier it is. Having experienced that, Iím eager to get back to that peaceful place. Those little slips can lead to big slips.
I hope you and all reading this message have a peaceful day.
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Hi Sheila @JUNGLEGIRL8 ,
congrats to your long-tern success with BLE!
It is great you returned to Bright Lines once you got home!
Social situations with all kinds of food and distractions are the hardest of all, and getting back on track is not easy either... but you did it!

I had a similar experience yesterday.
Due to minor ankle injury, I have to skip my beloved morning workouts, and I work from home to avoid driving. So I have less structure and food other than my packed BLE friendly lunch.
I felt bored and empty in the afternoon and thought of eating something before dinner.
In retrospect, it was not hungry, I probably missed the satisfaction and peace of exercise and there was food around...
I ate 2 tiny whole wheat crackers.
Then 2 more and a banana.
What's wrong with them, good healthy choices, right?
Not really, because breaking Bright Line of Three Meals "helps"me believe sabotaging thoughts and continue eating... a small portion of X will not matter, nor the next... it is OK to eat a handful of Y... and then I don't care and I'll eat half of Z... adding up to 780 calories.
Before cogntive therapy and before BLE, this chain of events would have discouraged me, thinking "dieting is too hard, I can't do this, now that I've blown my diet I can continue eating this way for the rest of the day (week, month)" and give up on my healthy lifestyle.
Now I know better. I wrote a good food plan for today, and commit to follow it rigidly (this is not the right time to play around!).Will let you know how it went!

I hope you have a peaceful and happy day!

Kriszta

Goal weight:
59 +- 1 kg /// 130 +-2 pounds
CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Hi,
I returned on Thursday from a few days visiting friends on lovely Daufuskie Island, SC. I did pretty well following the plan while there. I veered off base after I got home. I had a meeting Thurs night and didnít make time to eat first. That triggered me to eat non BLE food there, which triggered a mini-binge on candy & nuts that night and Friday. Fortunately, Iím back on track now. Yesterday was completely bright. I have BLE food purchased and available. Later today, Iíll do some food prep to be ready for the work week.
One of the big differences between now and before BLE is that I know this way of eating works for me (as opposed to feeling helpless and hopeless). I just need to focus on doing the next, right thing. I still have the tendency to be harsh and judgemental with self talk but I am now intentional with trying to find the lesson and also being kind and gentle with myself.
Iím not in the habit of looking in the community. I just changed my setting so that I will get an email when there is a reply to this topic. Thank you for initiating the conversation and for being there!

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Thanks Kristza = am enjoying the program and look forward to seeing much success down the road. Today is Day 11 and all is well though have had the temptation to go to comfort food this afternoon - and only because I have a sore mouth - not sure if I burned the roof of the mouth again or an absess but dentist is not available today so need to see how I feel on Monday.


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Marilyn, congrats to your Day 10 and your success!

I had a good day.
I was rushed in the morning so left for work without a plan.
But breakfast was same as every morning, lunch was same as every working day (simple but delicious and I enjoyed every bite).
Came at 8:30 pm after work, because I visited MIL after her surgery.
No plan. I popped a bowl of green peas into the microwave, fried eggs and added a pear. That was a tasty BLE friendly dinner and it was ready in 10 minutes.

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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Just a quick note today

Am on Day 10 and enjoying the process - am looking forward that down the road to reach my healthy weight doing this program

Am really wanting to hear from more members here - so if you are reading this please come and participate - truthfully it won't work if one of us comes here working the program - far to lonely for one thing - and not very encouraging for another so please come and participate



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My tips for BL eating:
I think the hardest thing is this: OK, I will not eat sugar and will not eat sugar... but WHAT shall I eat instead????
My staple food used to be white bread and rolls. Sugar was not a big issue, only soda (which I quit), and sweets during binges.
Back that time the BLE book was not published yet, but when I joined SP, I found the Super Food list:
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I made an effort to try as many of them as possible, and I found new favorites I never ate before, like broccoli and oatmeal,,, and slowly but surely, white bread was crowded out.
So, that's one cooked grain, oats. But I eat all kinds of grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.
They are tastier and more filling than white bread. Here are some pics from my kitchen, this is what I eat.








The only bread I eat is a very special, thick dark brown rye bread, made from freshly ground rye. SImilar to the Ezekiel bread on BLE-friendly food list.

So my advice is: check out BLE food plan (in the book), it is long and specific - try as many as possible, find your new favorites!
Here is a searchable Frequently Asked Question page on the official BLE website, it is not easy to find so I post it here and there : )
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-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Hi, I'm back to answer Marilyn's question!
From my highest weight (176 pounds) to my current center weight (128 pounds) I lost 48 pounds, but that's a long story. Over the years my skills and my diet improved gradually, and I lost weight in stages, when I learned something new, something better.
2009: 176 pounds, slowly lost 15 pounds by counting calories.
2011: 160 pounds, I felt OK about that weight (BMI 25) but I bought the book The Spark (by Chris Downie, SP founder) which claimed I can change my lifestyle for good in 28 days... too good to be true but it was a cheap e-book... and indeed it changed my lifestyle! Used SP nutrition tracker, became physically active, slept more, drank only water, ate lots of vegetables and fruit... I lost 15 pounds in 3 months... then continued losing, down to 126 pounds. Looking back, I see that already at that time I cut back seriously on sugar and flour. I ate Superfoods and they crowded out the junk.
... but after 2-3 years I fell back into the habit oof emotional overeating (mostly on white flour, less on sugary things) many nights and weight was creeping up.
2015: 143 pounds, this year I learned cognitive therapy against cravings and overeating (Beck Diet Solution) and later in November I discovered Bright Line Eating, and ever since I practice BLE principles: 3 meals only, nothing in between, no sugar, no flour, I measure everything on kitchen scale and plan my meals ahead of time (usually before breakfast).
2016: 128 pounds... and I'm still there, +-3 %.
The main thing is not the weight. The main thing is freedom for cravings and insatiable hunger. and better mood and more energy than ever before.

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Goal weight:
59 +- 1 kg /// 130 +-2 pounds
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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Marilyn, your weight loss is really very fast, congrats to your success!
I think it means you are doing great, and follow the program very well.
I recall the BLE book says the food plan is designed to support a quick weight loss, and it is NOT designed to be as nutritious as a lifetime diet.
I think Susan's intention is to help lose the weight quickly - and then add food back in steps (described in detail in the book) a few pounds before hitting goal weigh. "Few" depends on how quickly one loses weigh. If you continue to lose at this pace, you will need to add the first step of food when you are 10 pounds above your desired goal weight.

I'm glad to respond to your questions, I'll write another post later today.
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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Good morning team mates - hope you are all having a great Wednesday.

Kriszta = happy to read your message - need to hear from you a lot as I am looking forward to maintenance so will need tips when I get there - but you might want to share here some tips you used for this program as you took off the weight. Can I ask how much you lost and how long it took?

Today I am working through Day 9 (2nd day of week 2) and this morning the scale looked up at me and said that I have lost 12.1 pounds - 2 pounds lost since yesterday. I am finding this amazing but at times I wonder (diet mentality) if I am getting in enough calories or to much. I do have a paper journal for this program but I also keep track here on spark where I add the food but don't scroll down to see what the total calorie intake is as that is a 'diet mentality' I know I am eating a lot. I know the book says as long as you are following the plan you are ok with nutrients - so guess that is one small area that I need to work on - not thinking I need to check to see if I am getting enough calories when I have never had so much food on my plate before.

So that is it for me today - how about the rest of you - please come and share

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Good morning everyone, I'm so glad to hear from all of you, thank you for sharing your BLE experience
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@POLARBEARSCAT it must be difficult to stay free from sugar and flour when you work with food. Congrats to your 30 pounds lost, and to your new Day 1, may there be many more!

@MAMADEE016 I think intermittent fasting can work well with BLE. Eating 3 meals a day, nothing in between, is in itself a long pause between dinner and breakfast. The key is to have a plan and stick to it. I hear you, consistency is hard, especially with high susceptibility.
But I found it is a paradox: once I have complied with my food plan for, say, one day, consistency feels easier.... and after a few days, weeks it becomes a lot easier.
Yes you are very welcome in this team!

@MARILYNS481 I love your approach of taking it one day at a time. It is easier to focus on than trying to embrace "doing this forever" - today is the only day we can actually do something. Tomorrow we can take care of tomorrow.
Congrats to your weight loss success! Nice compliments, well deserved!

Thank you for asking me about my maintenance in BLE!
I learned about BLE from a SP Friend's blog in November 2015, and started to practice the 4 Bright Lines, and I loved it from the first day. But I didn't have the BLE food plan until BLE book came out - I bought it immediately and read it very carefully.
At that time I was already at a healthy weight since 2011.
So I never ate the Weight Loss Plan, I went to Maintenance Food Plan in the book, and I was delighted to see that my actual food plan was very similar to Step 8 - I only had to make a few minor adjustments.

I write a food plan for every day, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and stick to that plan.
I only eat BLE friendly food, and go off track rarely.
As I mentioned above, when I'm in a good routine, it is pretty easy to stay compliant for several days or weeks in a row.
I run into problems if I eat sugar or flour, even if I'm "only " a 6 on the susceptibility scale.
I can easily resist as long as I don't put the first bite in my mouth - once I do, everything becomes harder, and if I don't get back on track quickly, it gets harder and harder.
Right now I have been compliant for several weeks and it feels easy... and will remain easy as long as I keep up my Bright Lines.


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Goal weight:
59 +- 1 kg /// 130 +-2 pounds
CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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I was impressed with the picture - made me thing not just about my eating but about all areas of my life.

Thought I would share where I am at now with BLE

Officially started the program Tuesday November 5 2019 - weighing in at 271.4
Monday November 4 I wrote down what I was going to eat the following day.

Day 1 came, I looked over my meal plan for the day and said 'I am going to follow this plan just for today as I am not sure if I have the strength to do it 2 days in a row.' At the end of the day I noted on my food plan I wrote - I DID IT. Then I turned the page of the paper journal and wrote down what I would eat the following day.

Day 2 dawned, I looked over my meal plan for the day and said 'I am going to follow this plan just for today as I am not sure if I have the strength to do it 3 days in a row' At the end of the day I wrote on the food journal I DID IT. I turned the page and wrote down the next day. I did this for each day till Day 7 was finished (last night)

Day 8 I got up looked at my food plan and said again the same as I had every morning when i looked at the food plan - just give me the strength to get through just today. I then went off to my TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) meeting where I get weight. Having someone else weight me regularly is another accountable tool that I use. But another option if you don't have that option is to get our your cell phone and take a picture of the scale and take a picture of what it says - and then post it once a week - a great way to be accountable.

So off to my meeting I went this morning with a big smile on my face because according to my scale I knew I had been successful. I went into the private room to be weight - the weight recorders (there are 2 of them) asked why I was smiling - I said ' am excited to get on the scale today ' = then I got on they looked at the number then looked at my weight chart and a scream came out of their mouth and in both said at the same time -You really lost weight this week. When the ladies at the meeting were made aware not of my actual weight but that I had lost 9.6 pounds they were astonished. And though they said good job there was some that said (thinking they said it quietly) 'bet she gains most of it back next week' After the meeting I was still over the moon and while having lunch with my husband and a close friend that joined our TOPS group some time ago said to me 'Boy are they going to be surprised when you go next week and have another great week.' I told them I would be happy with either staying the same or losing 1 - 2 pounds but my dear friend said 'I believe you are going to have another great week with a possible 5 more pounds off' = I thanked her and said it would be nice but am not looking that far ahead - just need to get through today and then work on tomorrow - one day at a time.

So that is where I am at with this program.

@KRISZTA11 - would be nice to hear from you as you are in maintenance and how you work your program - maybe you could share what a day in your life looks life looks like with respect to food for the day and how you handle the ups and downs of everyday life while on this plan

Look forward to hearing from all of you - please come and share your successes or struggles

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@MAMADEE016 - hi there - thanks for posting your message. I understand where you are coming from re medical conditions and you know what is best for you. You mentioned that you weren't able to avoid both sugar and flour for long. I had thought that also when I first did some research - my reasoning was that I wasn't really sure if I could or really wanted to give up sugar (sweets) or flour (bread).

I also understand about consistency - that's a big problem with me - pretty much all of the 'diets' that I have tried I just seemed not to be able to follow through with them - therefore how could I do that.

I can tell you that I have a lot of medical problems, am pretty immobile, and have been told that with all the weight I am carrying that I am killing myself. Because of having type 2 diabetes now for 10 years I have damaged my kidneys - they are not function where they should be - with just getting in more water has helped but was told that if I didn't want to be on dialysis that I needed to change things up. I did to some extent and brought the function up some but still not where it should be - so I now have Chronic Kidney Disease. Then I got an infection on one of my legs and this in turn became a auto immune disease - when realized how bad it was doc told we I was lucky that I didn't have to have my legs from the knees down removed. So now I have to watch my legs to make sure it doesn't get any worse - have to hear horrible compression socks that are very warm in the summer and do not look nice with short pants or dresses.

I am sharing this with you hear as I know it can be difficult especially if we have strong food addictions or really any other addictions for that matter. But I am a believer that we can change - we don't need to continue down the road we are on or the road of the family (I have family members that have a few addictions that are not really nice). But now at the age of 71, I am wanting to break that cycle - so I am giving this program a try. I am not thinking of doing it for a long time but rather every morning I am telling myself 'I just need to eat what I have written down just today' and then commit to doing it just for the day.

For me it works doing it this way - the program of eating no sugar and no flour is easy - what the hard part is actually be willing to doing it just for a day.

I appreciate you saying that you believe BLE would be beneficial for you but you are not sure if you can do it right now. I understand. I believe maybe what you might want to do right now is stay with the team, post as often as possible as to how your day was, maybe what the food look like, maybe what you are struggling with on that day - and see if that helps. I have found that the more I participate the better. I know you are a member of another team I have and if you have been following the messages you will know that I am now having success but I wasn't when I first started the group. But with participating and getting feedback from others I came to believe that if I give myself a change with this plan one day at a time MAYBE it would work for me.

Long post - sorry about that - but you are more than welcome here - but I would encourage you to come as often as possible - if I might be so bold I would suggest at least once a week if not a lot more - sharing what your day was like - there is no judgement here - we are hear to encourage while we work our own program.

So please consider staying with the group agreeing to participate regularly sharing whatever you feel up to sharing and reaching out for suggestions on what changes you might work on.

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@POLARBEARSCAT - than ks for posting a message - good to hear from you. So today is your Day 1 - it can be done as you are aware. I found when I started 8 days ago I just did it for the one day and when the next day started I just did it for that day - and now I am on Day 8.

Come and share how with us how your Day 1 went - maybe share what your food looked like - just something about the day.

Looking forward to doing this together and seeing great results down the road

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My first connection with BLE and Susan Peirce Thompson PhD was back in 2016. She was part of 2 different docu-series. I was "intrigued" with her idea that one could successfully cut out sugar and flour completely from one's diet... and still be fine, even healthier. In my own research followed with trial and error repeatedly I'd figured out that I feel physically better, and have less pain with more energy when I can avoid eating sugar and/or flour for a while. Problem was, I just wasn't able to avoid both for very long. emoticon
I've been getting emails from her since at least May 2016. I love her videos! I've watched a webinar she did back in August this year and got connected with her website and facebook groups. At some point I searched out this group on SP.
Someday I do want to buy her book & her cookbook. I've done what I can to pick up bits'n'pieces of BLE. What I'm understanding makes me doubt if this is something I can do at this time. I get Bright Lines are very defined. Me sticking with them would be anything but defined. emoticon
Sorry, but consistency is really hard for me!
My life is a mess! I'm still working on finding all the pieces and putting what I have together. I scored a 10 on Susan's susceptibility quiz. There are addicts all over my family tree and I married into a family with an even higher percentage of addicts. All 6 of my kids have struggles with some type of addiction. emoticon
Anyway, I'm also doing Intermittent Fasting - when I can - maybe 3 to 4 days in a week. My fast starts at whatever time I eat last on a day and then I only have water or tea for at least 12 hours, mostly 16 hours, and sometimes 18-20 hours before eating again. Not sure how that might work with BLE.
I'm also eating Gluten-Free, and cautious with many foods due to random allergic reactions (may or may not be related to mast cell issues).
Without getting into more details (due to length) the combination of all my health conditions (some genetic, some acquired) makes every single day of my life completely unpredictable.
Guess what I'm saying is, as much as I believe BLE would be beneficial for me I am not as sure that I can do it right now. Not sure what that means for me staying on this team.

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Hi Marilyn and all your Bright Line Eaters!

I have been a believer in BLE since 2017, but have fallen off the wagon many times. In my early months, I lost about 30 pounds and got within ten pounds of my goal. But.... life happens, and I went back to eating sugar and flour. Part of my problem is that I cook professionally, so I always around food! I KNOW the plan works, but I am still working at stringing several successful days together. Today is another Day 1, but I plan on making tomorrow Day 2!
Oh, and I haven't updated my Spark Page in a L O N G time, so the info there is out of date.

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Evening everyone - am hoping that some of the members here will be interested in coming and sharing how they are doing with following BLE.

Today marks Day 7 for me - and my scale says I am down 9.1 pounds - but I am not recording that number yet as Tuesday is my official weigh in date - the day I officially started this great program.

Do you keep a food journal? I do - I write out my meal plan for the next day every evening. I confer with my husband as to what he would like to have for supper the following day and then work at incorporating that into my plan

I also have a good digital scale beside the stove and measure everything. I find this is very important as eyeballing has never worked for me. I am surprised with following the weight loss part of this program just how much we get to eat - my husbands' comment on day 1 at supper was 'I you can eat that much every night and lose weight I will be impressed. And I must say he was impressed when he saw the scale this morning.

The plan says 3 meals no snacks, no sugar, no flour, and to journal your food daily. Have done that and must say it makes my day so much easier with respect to food - I know what I am having for the day don't need to think about it all day as I have written down what I am going to cook so no thought has to go into it on any given day.

I have had to work through 2 challenges this week re the food plan - and I did well - one was a potluck dinner and I took food that I new I could eat (beef stew) and before going to the potluck I took my large spoon and with the use of the digital scale I measured out 6 - 8 ounces. I put the food back into the crockpot - and when we went to the potluck I also took my large spoon as I knew exactly how much I could have using this spoon - so I was on track even with measuring. Goal meat

Tomorrow will be the big day - my weight in - it will be nice to see the official number (I am a member of TOPS and am using the weigh in there for my official weight) I want to have an unbiased person weigh me each week to hold me accountable.

It is getting late - I need to think about quieting down before bed - so I am going to sign off - and I am so hoping that others will respond to this thread - would really life to see some activity here - so come on ladies lets reach out and support each other

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This is a new 'forum' and a new thread - we will start with just one for now.

Please come and check in sharing where you are at with the program

Are you just starting the program?

Are you on maintenance?

Can you share how the plan has helped you - maybe share how much you have lost?

Do you need help with any part of the program?



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