Dark garden path, with only the closest stones lit.

We all know that one of the best things we can do for ourselves is to eat right. I’m obscenely guilty of eating way too much of really bad food. Not only does it taste good, but it’s a lot easier to eat quick, highly processed crap than to slave for hours in the kitchen.

Well, a gal can only do that for so many years while at the same time working a desk job. You get the picture – not pretty. When I hit the big 6-0 this year, I decided things had to change.

Now, nobody can accuse me of being a planner. I kinda fly by the seat of my pants most of the time, with procrastination being one of my superpowers.

Yet when I start a new project (blog, hobby, diet), I love to geek out on all the details before I dive in. Some people call that being prepared. Experts sometimes call it paralysis analysis.

Anyway, so I decided it was time to tame my eating and waistline. This is not a new venture. I started dieting at age 13 (when I didn’t need to lose weight) and finally stopped last year (when I did). I’ve had a lifelong obsession with sugary carbs and have tried every diet with a bestselling book title.

After awhile, a person gets tired of the yo-yo life: weeks and weeks of food deprivation to drop the weight. Then weeks of glorious food binges when you finally can’t take it anymore. And the weight comes barreling right back like a distant relative when you’ve won the lottery.

So why not just eat moderately? Non-foodies ask that question and just don’t get it, do they? When you’re a carb fanatic, there IS no “moderately.” It’s like an alcoholic with their favorite bottle. With foodies, it’s either feast or famine – literally.

So anyway, I decided that if I don’t stop eating like this, it’ll kill me. I mean, we only get a free ride for so long, right? At some point, heart disease, cancer or diabetes will get us. And the fastest way to make that happen is by mainlining sugar as I love to do.

Well, I decided to do something different and get rid of the sugar. I mean, just cut it out completely. From trying keto in the past, I know that I don’t miss sugar at all when it’s gone; I just can’t handle full keto.

The other thing I binge on is breads and pastas. Those are made from flour, so that goes, too.

I realized I was describing the Food Addict’s diet (no flour, no sugar), but I’m just not up for a 12-step program. (Yep, I tried OA, too. Great program, but not what I need.) It turns out that Dr. Susan Peirce Thompson advocates exactly this eating protocol – without the 12 steps – in her program called “Bright Line Eating.” Basically, it’s got four tenets or “bright lines” to stay within: no sugar, no flour, 3 meals without snacking, and portion control.

I read Dr. Thompson’s book and then dove right in. (I’m doing a DIY version with an awesome Facebook support group, not the official paid membership and bootcamp.) Today is day 12 for me, and it’s really going well. I’ll write more about it later.

The takeaway here is that I didn’t procrastinate this time. I didn’t read everything and watch every YouTube video and listen to every podcast before I started. I didn’t even wait till Monday. I started on a Thursday before I even got the right groceries.

Sometimes I think we spend so much time preparing for our big trip that we never actually launch.

The truth is, we don’t need to know the entire journey beforehand. We don’t need to know every mile marker of our trip. And how could we? The person we become along the way is someone we don’t know yet. So how can we write that person’s whole journey?

It’s enough to know the first few steps of where we’re going. It’s okay if the road ahead is still dark. The path will light as we step forward, and then we’ll take the next steps after that.

We just need to make the next right choice.

We’re tough. We can do it.