Back at work from our sabbatical in January 2016, I felt different. For the first time in my professional life, I was putting myself front and centre. I continued focusing on the basics I had learned during our time away: getting enough sleep (one of the books I read while I was away was Thrive by Ariana Huffington), and eating better.
The nutrition part was essential because I knew I had to lose weight: I was at 50-60 pounds overweight, my lower and my knees always hurt. I had been tested for rheumatoid arthritis and a few other ailments that plague my family and fortunately nothing had turned up. I was just fat and sore because my joints had to lug all that weight around.
Another book I read while we were away was Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes. As we stepped off the planed in Gran Canaria I swore off bread, pasta, potatoes and rice (Rice, you ask? In Spain, where one can find all that wonderful paella??? Yes indeed!). I came back from that European holiday 10 lbs lighter!
But it wasn’t enough. Still hovering near the 200 lbs, I stumbled upon Bright Line Eating in early February. Watching the intro videos to the program I learned what sugar and flour were doing to my body. On a whim I signed up for a Bootcamp which I really couldn’t afford (I had earned no money for two months, remember?).
It was the BEST decision I had made in a loooong time.
With Bright Line Eating, I started losing 1-1.5 pounds per week. Eating wholesome foods, taking no pills, powders or supplements of any kind, I followed four rules (the “bright lines”):
- No sugar
- No flour
- Three square meals per day (no eating between meals)
- And I weighed my food and ate according to prescribed quantities.
As I was losing physical weight I also began shedding emotional weight; working through issues of self-confidence, which I realized were linked to childhood family dynamics and lack of self-love. With the help of my dear coach, Betty Healey, and her ME First Program (a program in which I have since become certified), I learned that my happiness was no one’s responsibility but mine. I couldn’t ask for my husband to make me happy, or my business to make me happy, anyone or anything else for the matter. I had to choose to be happy first and then work my way towards that goal. Just like losing weight.