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


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:


Foto – 71 miles worth it


It was my cousin’s 14th birthday. That side of the family lives 71 miles from my home. With the health issues of the past couple of years, I had not been able to visit them – until last Saturday. The sitting position of driving was typically uncomfortable for me: the weight and pressure on my hips, the muscle strength it takes to sit up, the energy and alertness I need to drive. We might take those things for granted when we’re healthy. Even with the long drive ahead of me, my spirit told me, “If I’m healthy enough to go, then go.”

This foto is a picture of energy. I know what it took to get there and the giggles and lightness that you can see in the picture makes it worth it. I should add that both of these young men are black belts in martial arts! Visiting them was fun.

What are the little things you overlooked today? What have you taken for granted, because you can? Is there someone you need to visit and you haven’t done it? Are you healthy enough to go? Then, go.

“For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established” Romans 1:11