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How to Make a Celebration Page for Your Weight Loss Victories!

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This celebration page is what true weight management looks like through the real seasons of life. I lost those few pounds without going to a gym. I changed a few things in my routine and tried to stick to it, factoring in responsibilities and times when I can’t give my fitness my full attention. For Your Celebration Page, here are things to consider:

  1. What did you do right?
  2. What exercise of meal plan did you enjoy?
  3. What would you like to do more of?
  4. What put you in a better mood?
  5. *Use bright colors or motivational images!

These bright benchmarks help me to set new goals. I don’t reach for something too drastic. Just small, incremental steps. This takes a clean level of honesty &  taking it easy on myself.

If you’re working out at zero hours a day, then decide you’re going to suddenly start doing 60 minutes, it’s easy to fail. Set yourself up to succeed with small goals. One victory is better than none.

Start with five minutes.
I started with walking for five minutes. MyFitnessPal counts house work & cleaning as calorie-burning activity (under cardio). That already brought me up to fifteen minutes!

I celebrated going from moving an average of 8min/day to 17.7min/day. That’s doubling my purposeful physical activity (excluding cleaning). This way, I can see my progress & I have real numbers as data.

Decide in advance when to stop meals by 7pm.

It’s not realistic to stop eating by 7pm every day. There are days in the week when I’m out past 7pm and dinner time is negotiable. Feeling disappointed that I didn’t accomplish that deadline will lead to no action. I gave myself wiggle room and aimed for eating before 7pm for 3-4 days out of the week. If I don’t do it, then I need to look at what happened and instead of coming down on myself, embrace the numbers. Adjust it for the next week. It is a win-win situation when I can see the trends and tendencies. You want real-life weight loss wellness – not a 30-second commercial with before and after photos!

Weight Range Success:

  • Starting point: 146lbs
  • 5-month mark: Average weight between 139lbs and 142lbs

At 5 months, people who have committed themselves to a workout routine will probably have more noticeable results.

It may not seem like a lot of weight, but remember, I’m trying to lose this for life. This means that I need to keep this weight off, whether I’m indulging in holiday sweets or going through a rigorous work week.  I don’t ever want to have to blame “not having time to work out” as the only cause of poor weight management.

I encourage you to make your own celebration page! Here is what you’ll need:

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I look bloated but happy.

I am in my first year after chemo and radiation. It is also my first year after my hysterectomy. My body is still changing and adjusting in ways that are new. I’ve spoken with other women who have had hysterectomies and they share their stories about those ten or fifteen pounds that won’t go away. The majority of them shrug it off. I see that my body and face has taken on this bloated look that I didn’t have before. I’d be the first to blame age and gravity. But I feel the difference – the puffiness in my face and arms, the pull of midsection weight. It doesn’t feel good.

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March 2014
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Christmas 2013
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2012 – Before surgery

 

But I’m learning that I can make progress one pound at a time. To put things in perspective, I’ll take a stubborn fifteen pounds and a chance to enjoy my life with my daughter over cancer any day. 

I am discovering what it means to be good to myself and to be gentle with my progress. This is isn’t the same as making excuses. It’s the skill of mastering that self-talk and to celebrate the small and triumphant victories that show me I’m healthy enough to watch myself go through these changes.

I learned that I don’t want to go BACK to what my body used to be. I am in a new stage of adjustment and I need to get to know my body all over again, with it’s new dimensions and tendencies. I want a NEW body – the one that I took time to get to know and shape into a powerhouse that I visualized.

One step at a time. One dream at a time.