New year, new you?! Join us today as we share our weight loss journey, lost 25 pounds each and never worked out once!
6 months ago Jake and I made some HUGE lifestyle changes! Over the past few months, we have had quite a few friends and family notice some big changes in us. Jake and I have each lost over 20 pounds each and have kept it off these past few months (even over the holidays). We have been wanting to write a blog post about what we have been doing for awhile now, but have waited it out because we wanted to make sure it was something we felt passionate about and maintainable for our lives. Now that it’s been a good 6 months we decided it was time to write this post.
It’s been amazing having family and friends see that change in us mentally and physically. In fact 9 family/friends started doing exactly what we have been doing too! I love when others are up for growing and learning with us!
Weight-loss is such a hot topic this time of year! Everyone has goals to live a healthier lifestyle, shed some pounds, get stronger, eat more veggies, drink more water, etc. Firstly, I want to start off by saying we are not certified health coaches or anything of the sort. We are just sharing our experiences and in addition to what worked for us.
For Jake and I we strongly felt we couldn’t keep living the way we were living. I am not someone who enjoys working out everyday and pizza was my go to food. For example, dinner I would switch between pizza joints each night. Then I would make a batch of brownies to eat for a late night snack. So for breakfast I would finish off the tray of brownies, lunch eat the leftover pizza and dinner get a fresh new pizza again. Seriously though….. We needed some changes. I could feel my body craving a new life but I didn’t know what to do or where to turn.
Before and Afters
Well friends, here are our before and afters. We decided to post these for ourselves to see where we started and in addition to seeing where we are now. I have taken a million “before” photos in the past but it’s nice to be proud of myself because this time I really tried, applied myself, made a plan and stuck with it, even when I didn’t want to! Everyone’s start is different and we hope you know that is beautiful! Each of us are perfect just the way we are, but if you want to make some changes, that is ok too!
Since our goal was to “be more healthy” I didn’t think we needed to take before photos, however after loosing weight and putting these pictures side by side… I am so grateful we took these photos! Sometimes you don’t realize how far you have come until you look at where you have been.
If you are setting out to loose some weight this year, do yourself a favor and take before photos. You will also want to grab your measurements too! I know it may be something you won’t want to do, but trust me…. you will want those photos to compare side by side later down the road! Just do it!
When we started our new lifestyle changes our goal was to get our bodies healthy and strong. Our focus was to start having a better relationship with food and as well as learn how to make better food choices. Jake and I thought it would be nice to loose a few pounds, but our biggest focus was wanting to get healthy and create a lifestyle that would actually be something we could keep up with.
Above all, we didn’t want to do any diet plans or fitness regiments that we knew we wouldn’t stick with. We’ve done all of those before and after we lost weight ended up right back where we started. For us we needed something that could fit into our lifestyle we already had and something we could incorporate into rest of our lives.
We also knew we were going to be doing IVF later in the year and we wanted our bodies to be in the best condition possible for our adventures ahead! Plus… it was just time for some changes!
How Did We Loose The Weight?
To be honest, Jake and I have not worked out or stepped into a gym in over a year. Crazy right?!?! We have not worked out at home, or done any physical activities.
We have focused solely on food and lost all of our weight by changing how we ate. I lost 25.5 pounds and Jake lost 21 pounds just from making better food choices.
Today we are going to share the secret sauce and exactly what we did! Essentially we did 4 things. Well dive into each further below!
- Cut out all Sugar
- Cut out all Flours
- 3 Meals A Day
- Weighed Every Meal
Did You Follow A Program?
We started a program called Bright Line Eating by Susan Pierce Thompson. I had seen 2 of my sisters (mom’s of 4 kids each) have success with the program and it really intrigued me! Surprisingly though it wasn’t the weight-loss that intrigued me, it was their new perspective on food and life. My cute sisters were beaming and feeling so good, I had to learn more! Plus they each had some serious weight loss to that was pretty awesome, and they were keeping it off!
Then a few of my friends started to do Bright Line Eating. I kept running into people who were doing BLE and so I just knew Jake and I had to find out more about it!
Jake and I read the book and it really made sense to us. A few days later we went on a road trip and listened to the audible book. Right then and there we decided to make some changes and picked out start date to do Bright Line Eating- July 13, 2018.
Four Bright Lines to Weight Loss
Essentially with Bright Line Eating there are 4 “Bright Lines” you keep each day. The four bright lines are no sugar, no flour, 3 meals a day and weighing your meals. By sticking to your bright lines each day you are able to gain trust again with yourself and your relationship with food, be accountable, etc.
If you would of said to me I would be someone who cut out sugar from my diet, I would of thought you were crazy! I was always the gal going for treats first, and wanting a treat before and after every meal! This however was a big key to loosing weight for us!
We still have fruit at breakfast and lunch, but no juice or refined/processed sugars. It’s nice to be able to still have something “sweet” with some of our meals 🙂
Cutting out flour for us includes all processed flour, be that wheat flour, almond flour, coconut flour, etc.
We still eat whole grains like oatmeal but only at breakfast as we are in the loosing weight phase. Once we get to a good weight and want to maintain it, we will introduce grains at lunch and dinner.
3 Meals A Day
Having 3 meals a day was a really big switch for Jake and I. We really enjoyed our late night snacks (or I should really say 3rd dinner..) and getting out of this habit was hard.
The cool thing about the 3 meals a day is there are big meals! At first they were honestly too big for me to eat and it would take me a good hour+ to finish my meal. There are a ton of vegetables to eat, especially at dinner. Now I eat the entire meal right up. With the large portion size of healthy and good foods it keeps us full in-between meals.
It’s really great as well, because I always know when my next meal is too!
Each part of our meals is measured and weighed. That way we know exactly how much we need to eat and our mind can’t trick us into wondering “Did I eat enough? Am I still hungry?”
It’s nice knowing with each meal that there is plenty of food for my body, in addition to foods that are healthy for my body.
Here is a link to the scale we have been using. We got two of them and it’s handy to have 2 around! With this scale you can put a big plate on it and the digital monitor can extend to where you will see it.
This is the one we bring on travel adventures.
Crazy enough, just doing these 4 things Jake and I both lost some serious pounds. Jake lost most of his weight in the first 2 months. Likewise for me I lost majority of my weight in the first 2 months, and the rest over the next few months. Looking back at our journey, this is the easiest thing we have ever done to loose weight. Don’t get me wrong there are hard days and hard times, but overall in comparison to how much time we have spent in a gym, worked out in the past, or did meal plans before this was a much better path for us.
When Jake and I found when we focused on getting healthy and filling our bodies with better food, we were able to focus on our real issues which were our really bad eating habits. In the book, Susan recommends not working out at all. As much as I didn’t want to not exercise at all, I was so grateful we took the last 6 months off from working out and focusing on our relationship with food. Now I feel like when we want to start working out again, my body is a a healthier weight to really have some fun at the gym!
4 Ways to Be Successful With Bright Line Eating
In the book Susan recommend keeping a 5 year journal, a gratitude journal, a food journal and a nightly checklist. Honestly, I don’t know if we would of been success without doing those steps and incorporating them into our routine. For me these 4 things are the “secret sauce” and my method for keeping the weight off. It’s so easy to gain weight right back after loosing it, and these 4 items below hold me accountable every single day.
5 Year Journal
Ok have you seen these before?! Each page is a day of the year, and it is divided up into five sections so as you continue writing short daily thoughts and feelings, year by year, you get a chance to see what was on your mind in years past. This really helps you see how far you’ve come!
Here is the one I have, and the one Jake has.
I love how the author shares how important it is to be grateful. Expressing and writing down things we are grateful for helps generate willpower and the willpower is what can help you stay strong and stick to your bright lines. We have really enjoyed having gratitude journals and look forward to writing in it every night!
This part is so helpful at the start. In your food journal, you plan for tomorrow the things you will eat for each meal. You then commit to yourself that you will only eat the items you wrote down. Doing it the night before makes the decisions easy and so then the next day when you are hungry, instead of wondering what to eat, and then buying a pizza, you look at your food journal, put your meal together and then eat it without giving your mind any thought.
This is another way to help generate willpower to stick to your bright lines. Make a checklist of things that can help prepare you for the next day. Our would include for example:
- Commit to food in
- Say morning/evening prayers
- Morning meditation
- Write in
- Be in bed by
What an Average BLE Weight Loss Plan Day Looks Like For Us
With our new lifestyle changes there are a few things we do every single day to keep us in check and keeping our bright lines. At first adding anymore to our routine seemed like a lot but now it all feels routine and we love it!
- Pray/Read Scriptures
- 5 minute mediation/stretch/diffuser with Lime and Tangerine
- Breakfast 4oz Grain, 4oz protein, 6oz Fruit
- Listen to 10 minutes of a self help book
- Lunch 4oz Protein, 6oz Fruit, 6oz Veggies, 1 Fat (2oz avocado, 0.5 nuts, etc.)
- Dinner 4oz Protein, 14oz Veggies, 1 Fat
- Food Journal– Plan out the next day’s meals
- Gratitude Journal, 5 Year Journal and Nightly Check List
Now that we’re where we want to be with our weight for now, we started the “maintenance” mode food plan. The thing I love about Bright Line Eating is once you get your weight off, you are not left stranded in the dust. The author created a plan where you add extra grains and a few extra proteins to your meal plan once you hit your goal weight. It’s pretty cool! You really are set up for success with this program if you decide to give it your all and go all in.
Whether your goal this year are to lose weight, run a marathon, read more, or whatever you want to do…. YOU CAN DO IT! Trust me, if we could stop eating flour and sugar, you can do anything! There will always be distractions and things that get in the way, but when you make up your mind and decide what you want, go after it and never look back! In other words, if you focus, put in the time, commit and hold yourself accountable, YOU CAN DO IT!
Stay tuned this month as we share more from Bright Line Eating! For example, we have a few posts ready for you on Tips and Tricks for Starting Bright Line Eating, A Look at our Our One Month BLE Update, plus well be sharing some of our favorite meals that are all Bright Line Eating approved!
Thanks for stopping by today! Are there any food plans you have loved and subsequently, stuck with it? We would love to hear what you have enjoyed in the comments below! Have a great week!
QuinnJanuary 14, 2019
This is so wonderful that you two changed your lifestyle for the better! And that you did it together. Such a beautiful transformation for you both in your married life xx
LolaJanuary 10, 2021
Wow! Congrats! I’m looking into BLE and also going for IVF this Summer! Out of curiosity, what was your meal schedule- breakfast time, lunch, dinner? Bed time? I’m scared but very excited/motivated seeing your results!
SamanthaJanuary 14, 2019
Love this! You guys look great!
Julie | This Main Line LifeJanuary 14, 2019
You guys look great and this sounds like a really solid, healthy plan that you’ve followed. Sugar is my biggest issue. I really have trouble avoiding all the desert foods and I’ve thought different times that I may actually do better by just totally cutting it out. This idea of moderation is a slippery slope. It’s too easy to say “Oh, just this one will be OK” and then of course we say that for the next and the next, etc…
KatieJanuary 14, 2019
Thank you for sharing! I recently started Bright Line Eating… that’s how I came across your BLE review videos on youtube. I loved hearing your comments so thank you! I am on day 12 of the 14 day challenge and I am trying to decide what my next step is and HOW I want to continue. I’ve loved the freedom from food that I’ve experienced since I was also a 9 on the susceptibility scale. The only thing that scares me is following my “bright lines” forever. I just saw your anniversary video and you guys had so much fun and had some fun treats. Do you think it’s possible to going back to live in moderation? I hope so… but I really can’t think much past today and what I’ll be eating today. But I’d love your thoughts if you don’t mind sharing!
JakeJanuary 14, 2019
Katie, so I was totally bad and ate treats! Kelsey on the other hand has stayed strong!! I’m lower on the susceptibility scale, but that is no excuse! The times when I’ve broken a bright line made me feel immediately sick and sluggish and I immediately regret it! It is so true that having only a little bit of sugar or artificial sweetener makes your body crave more. I’ve had to take the same approach as when I started and just look at day by day. And that included not looking back at previous days mistakes, because that can get you down. I remember saying to myself “but what if I never eat _____ ever again?!” and that is mentally really hard to do. Instead, I just tell myself “I’m not going to eat _____ today”. And tomorrow comes what may.
Kelsey BangJanuary 18, 2019
Hi Katie! That is so neat you are doing BLE! So on our anniversary Jake just ate the treats and I didn’t have any! Hehe its been 7 months now and I am still going strong. Jake will occasionally have a treat here and there. I am a 9 on the susceptibility scale too. To be honest I think there will be a time in my life I will be able to do like a 90, 10 rule with my eating but for now I am still working on having a good relationship with healthy foods, so not anytime soon! hahah I for sure think moderation eating is in my future but for now I take it day by day 😉 When I first started the thought of never having a certain treat again, was hard to think about so to be honest I try not to think about those things. Now that it has been so long, I don’t want that kind of food anymore because I feel so good. Plus when Jake has had some treats, he immediately has regretted it every time. So that has been motivation for me too. Hope that helps! Just know what ever you want for your end goal, I think you could have that! It just takes time!
KimJanuary 14, 2019
I love this! I actually went sugar free for a month over the summer and it was awesome! I am a sugar addict, like I buy a tube of frosting and sit down with a poon and easily eat it all. Not good! But I read this book, drawing on the powers of heaven, you guys would LOVE IT!!! It’s mainly about missionary work, but you can use it to hit any goal. Anyways, it has you set your own something (I can’t remember the word!) to show the Lord you are serious about wanting your goal and needing His help in accomplishing it. the guy in the book decided he wanted to be nicer to a coworker…. I decided to give up sugar because that’s basically impossible for me 😉 I was about to do it because I wanted this goal so bad. I have never been able to do it for a weight loss goal! Check out that book!!! It could really help you guys on your infertility journey! PS. I knew you in college, we were fhe sisters at one point and I’m still obsessed with your homemade Oreo cookies hahaha. I obviously started eating sugar again after my month was up. Oops.
Kelsey BangJanuary 18, 2019
Kim, I totally remember you! You are the cutest! I would LOVE to read the book you are talking about, sounds super neat! Ill have to go buy it today! Sounds really great! Oh man how I loved making homeade Oreos… that was my total go to and I would double the batch so I could eat a few dozen myself! heheheh
Missy MayJanuary 14, 2019
This is very motivating so thanks to you guys for sharing. I’m gonna be on my journey too.
Hena TayebJanuary 14, 2019
You both look great.. that is wonderful
Candice SandlerJanuary 14, 2019
I’ve been wanting to eat healthier too! Gosh no flour and sugar?! That is dedication
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Kelsey BangJanuary 18, 2019
yeah cutting those out were really, really big changes for us, but we have felt so good we have wanted to keep with it!
LyddiegalJanuary 14, 2019
Congrats on your success! I’m so happy to hear you and Jake are enjoying your new healthy lifestyle and getting to reap the rewards!
I can’t imagine how hard it must be to give up all sugar and flour!
Chic on the Cheap
JackieJanuary 14, 2019
You guys look amazing! Congrats on the weight loss and the healthy lifestyle you’ve created. The BLE weight loss program seems like a more realistic diet that can be worked into your lifestyle and maintained. And I love that you guys did together, it’s great when you can be on the same page as your partner. Congrats again!
Kelsey BangJanuary 18, 2019
Thanks so much Jackie! Really appreciate it! I think doing it with Jake really made it nice to have an accountability buddy! Hope you have a wonderful week!
RadiJanuary 15, 2019
Amazing transformation for both of you! You look awesome!
NinaJanuary 15, 2019
Great job on changing your lifestyle. I have cut sugar from my life (I was literally sugar-addict) and that’s the healthiest decision I’ve ever made. You both look amazing. xx
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Kelsey BangJanuary 18, 2019
Nina that is so awesome you cut out sugar! that can be a hard one!
JeniferJanuary 15, 2019
This is such great post because you guys really highlight how impactful diet is when it comes to weight loss. I cut out sugar years ago and its really helped me!
Kelsey BangJanuary 18, 2019
that is awesome you cut out sugar! way to go!!
ChloeJanuary 15, 2019
Congrats on reaching your goals!
An NaJanuary 17, 2019
Hi Jake and Kelsey! It’s amazing, your before and after pics show a dramatic difference! I agree, the important part is how you feel and how much healthier you both are now, but still, WOW. 😀 That’s a big effort though. I have never thought of weighing my food haha. But I’m glad it works!
Kelsey BangJanuary 18, 2019
Thanks so much! Weighing my food was a very new concept for us, but it really has been great!
KatherineJanuary 17, 2019
Okay, I LOVED this!! We’ve really been trying hard to shed a few pounds and I think this method sounds fantastic. I never do any fad dieting or crazy weight loss programs. This one seems to be the real deal with a healthy focus all around. Thanks so much for sharing!! You guys both look amazing!
Katherine | http://www.oneswainkycouple.com
Kelsey BangJanuary 18, 2019
Awe thanks Katherine! We have really loved Bright Line Eating and really found its been good for us with our current lifestyle! If you ever try it out, let me know, would love to hear what you think about it all!
jodie filogomoJanuary 17, 2019
It’s amazing how our food choices make such a difference. Not just in our weight but how we feel. Good job to both of you for this!! It’s not always easy, but so worth it!
Kelsey BangJanuary 18, 2019
Totally! Thanks so much Jodie! Really appreciate it!
Raj & DipaJanuary 18, 2019
Both of you did a great job, Congrats!!. I will follow Four Bright Lines to Weight Loss & Nightly Checklist.
Thanks for the post.
LornaJanuary 18, 2019
Wow, you both look amazing and have lost so much! That’s incredibly! The hard work is paying off greatly! Good you kept it off over the holidays too!
Raindrops of Sapphire
MiriJanuary 19, 2019
Wow this was an inspiring read! I was especially amazed at the fact that you didn’t work our at all! You two can be so proud of you.
lots of love, Miri
RenaJanuary 21, 2019
Wow, you can be so proud of you!
GemmaJanuary 21, 2019
Sounds like you have both made some amazing changes! You can really see it too.
Have a great week!
EliseJanuary 22, 2019
WOW!! You guys both look so amazing! When I saw this on insta I was so excited to read about your process. You make it seem very manageable and not scary.
Thanks so much for sharing!
RachelleJanuary 22, 2019
Amazing transformation you guys did so good.
WhitneyJanuary 25, 2019
You both look so healthy and energetic. Good for you two! My husband and I are doing the same thing this year; focusing on changing our relationship with food. As they say, it starts with food! Congrats, and prayers to you all as you prepare for your IVF journey.