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The Surefire Way to Lose 20 Pounds This Year~ how I lost weight and kept it off

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Last year I did something amazing. I lost 20 pounds and kept it off!

This collage shows the transformation when I had lost only 15 pounds. I went on to lose 5 more!

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Today I’m sharing links to several of the resources I used and/or recommend that helped me to reach this great goal.

Resources to Help You Reach Your Weight Loss Goal

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The Daniel Plan

I learned so much about holistic health from this book. I love the 10-day detox diet and the recipes.

Noom app

I LOVE Noom! It has taught me, kept me on track, and motivated me more than anything else I’ve tried. See some app screenshots below–but be sure to listen to my video to learn about how I used it!

You can try Noom yourself for free for 2 weeks. Use my special link for 20% off (if you decide to keep it after the 2-week trial.

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Use my special link for a customized Noom course, 14-day free trial, (and 20% off if you decide to keep with it) when you sign up here:

Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God,

Not Food  by Lysa TerKeurst

I just got this one on Audible and am really enjoying it so far.


My Fitbit helps keep me motivated to keep moving and get more steps in.

Water Bottle with times marked on it

Get2Fit Journal for Women 

My friend Kathy Gossen designed this really neat exercise journal. Check it out and use it to keep track of your measurements as you make your way through your weight loss program. (See more about the Get2Fit Journal here.)

Diet Plan Ideas:

I mention these because I have friends who have been successful with them, but I’ve personally never used any of these diet plans.

Trim Healthy Mama

Whole 30

Keto diet

Exercise Plan Ideas:

The Balanced Life Online

Robin’s Pilates workouts from The Balanced Life are what I’ve been most consistent with lately. Some are only 10 minutes long, which is perfect for those days I’m running late or don’t feel I have the energy for a longer workout.


T-Tapp is another wonderful exercise program. I love the Basic Workout Plus and Step Away the Inches workouts. Get the T-Tapp DVDs (check out the Starter Systems) or use my favorite: T-Tapp Digital live streaming.

Teresa Tapp’s Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes. taught me so much about form and how to exercise more efficiently.


Fit2B is the newest fitness site I’ve discovered. They have tons of exercise videos for all fitness levels. If you are a total beginner or have diastasis recti, be sure to check this one out.

Do you have your todo list ready?

Homeschool Mom Fitness

Homeschool Mom Fitness is a fitness program that was put together by the founder of this online conference, Heather Bowen and her fitness trainer husband. There are accessible exercises that you can do throughout the day and which build upon each other week by week.


Oh, yes, walking is also a great way to exercise! Use a walking app, or listen to audiobooks (like Made to Crave) on Audible or your favorite podcasts.

Download and fill out the handout for “The Surefire Way to Lose 20 Pounds This Year” here:

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Scripture to Help You Reach Your Weight-Loss Goals:

All of these are in the English Standard Version:

  • 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,  for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

·      1 Corinthians 10:31

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

·      Romans 12:1-2

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

·      Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

·      Ephesians 2:10

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

·      1 Corinthians 9:27

But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

  • Romans 8:1-2

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

  • 2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

  • Philippians 4:6-8

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

  • Romans 6:14-16

For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!  Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?

  • Romans 14:17

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.


I’d love to hear what your goals are for this year. Please share in the comments. I’m so excited to see what God does with all of us this year. Here’s to a healthier new you!


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  2. Daneele Hayes says:

    The keto diet helped me, too, to lose the extra pounds and not gain them again. It was hard to change my eating habits, but for two years now I’ve been able to keep it up without any eating disruptions.

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