Monday, April 27, 2020

2 years on Bright Line Eating - Update

I can't believe it's been a year since I wrote a blog post. A lot has happened in a year! Last spring my husband was accepted to Texas Tech to pursue a PhD in Accounting. We left the Black Hills in August and headed back to Texas, this time to Lubbock.

My BLE journey went as follows...

The lowest weight I got down to was in September 2019 when I weighed in at 119. I read over the post I wrote last year and I said I didn't think I'd ever go on maintenance. That was a huge mistake. I was so hungry once I reached my goal weight. I believe I could have avoided some of what follows if I had gone on the maintenance plan.

September 2019 - at my lowest weight

September 2019 - a true Texas backyard complete with chicken coop and pecan tree
 Fast forward a month... I was out of town for a work trip but I mostly stayed "on plan." But a couple of weeks later I was in Austin for another work trip. No kitchen and eating every meal at a resort. And an 8 hour solo drive. It was a recipe for disaster spelled T-R-A-I-L-M-I-X (the kind with yogurt covered raisins).

Fast forward another couple of weeks and I was on another work trip (and solo car drive). More eating out and more trail mix.

And then about 4 weeks after that, the week before Christmas, my best friend, Alisa (yes, the Alisa -the friend that inspired my first natural birth) was killed in a car accident. To say it was/is devastating would be an understatement.

It's very easy to justify eating because of emotions and the hard things life throws at you. I've tried to give myself grace over the last few months but I am, nonetheless, disappointed. Throwing in a quarantine was unexpected and has had its own set of challenges. Since November, my weight has fluctuated between about 129-135.

January 2020
Here's the thing - I've stayed on Bright Line Eating for breakfast and lunch, but by about 3:00 or 4:00 in the afternoon, I start sliding. At first, I was cheating with BLE compliant foods (nuts, Triscuits, yogurt with fruit, etc), but eventually I was throwing in an occasional Sonic Blast. I'm just not good with moderation. I can't do it. Before I knew it, I was getting one every day! Ugh.

February 2020
So, I'm back on Bright Line Eating full time. Based on how long it took me to get from 135 to 120 last time around, I should be there just in time for my 50th birthday on January 29. It doesn't take long to put the weight on but it sure does take a long time to take it off.

In other news, I have totally stayed off the Diet Mountain Dew. Today is 2 years since I had one. That's pretty amazing.

March 2020
As for David, he's done about the same as me. We really influence each other - good and bad! We both are about 10-15 pounds from where we were when we moved here last summer. But we are grateful to be a positive influence on each other as well.

April 2020
The takeaway from my story - Susan Pierce Thompson (author of BLE) said that the real work begins when you get to maintenance. I admit that I totally rolled my eyes when I heard her say that but it is true. I'm glad I've had this experience so that I am able to learn for myself and know what I need to do this time around. I'll report back when I reach 120 again. ;-)

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