It is Time
It's time to purge. Clean out your kitchen. Get rid of anything that does not suit your new lifestyle. Donate it, toss it, or separate what you are no longer eating and put it in a separate cabinet.
Make sure you have the following:
- Digital Food Scale. I linked one in the tools below, but it is a worthwhile investment. You cannot trust your eyes to determine portion sizes. We learned that after yesterday's podcast on "cues" that we are not always aware of.
- Food Journal. This can be a simple notebook you keep. I use an app called PlanToEat and you can use my referral
- Gratitude Journal. I cannot stress this one enough. It is imperative that you take time each day to express your gratitude and to focus on the joy in life.
- Daily journal. This can be along with your food journal and gratitude journal, or it can simply be a calendar. I love to look back and see where I was, read old prayers, and tap back into the joy of occasions. It's very therepeudic.
- Bathroom Scale: use the same one throughout this process.
Comment when you finish purchasing these items. Tell us your official "start" date. At this point we have been dipping our toes in. Once we have the tools, it's time to start using them.
I want to help you visualize what your day could look like if you are truly embracing the Bright Line Lifestyle.
When I wake up, I immediately go to the kitchen for a glass of tepid water and lemon oil. I always begin with 20 ounces. Then a cup of coffee. Breakfast is always before 10am. I take a look at my meal plan on my app or in my journal, and then I meditate. My favorite meditation is Soul Space. It's Bible based and lasts less than 10 minutes, but it completely focuses my mind on gratitude.
Then I have lunch 3-4 hours later. Finally, I have dinner 3-4 hours later--and this is where it can get hard if I let it. I don't love cooking something separate for my family, but I do it. I do it because they aren't losing weight. I try not to deviate so much that I am frustrated, and I have leftovers I can use from previous meals as well. I check in with my accountability partner (which I highly encourage you begin this with me or with someone you are connected to). We use Marco Polo and just send a quick message recapping our day and how well we did towards accomplishing our goals.
After the kids are in bed, I have set aside a spot in the house that is just for me. My hot tub room has a comfy chair, a little table with a succulent, a diffuser with my favorite oils, low lighting, my journals and pens, and it's all mine. I sit and reflect on the day, focusing on the gratitude I feel for the blessings and reframing the frustrations. It's amazing how much it lowers your stress levels and allows you to feel more relaxed.
I go to bed feeling grateful, proud of myself, and ready to embrace another day of Bright Living!
What does your Bright Day and Night look like? Download the PlanToEat App and add me as a friend if you want to follow my eating journey!