I've even surprised myself recently at how motivated and 'in the zone' I am when it comes to losing weight. If you haven't heard, although I may have mentioned it too many times to remember, I've lost 18lb since 29th December which is quite an achievement for a yo-yo dieter like me.
In the early days you don't always notice the changes to your body which is generally the point where I give up and hit the fridge like Pac-Man. The scales and tape measure may show the loss but if you can't see or feel it yourself then it just doesn't seem real. That's why I decided that this time I would make weight loss jars to help keep me focused.
The idea is to have a pot with pebbles, stones or pretty glass beads like these, to represent the pounds you want to lose. You then have a second container to move these across to when you have lost the weight. You should start to see one jar empty as the other fills up and having a visual like this in your home to look at regularly will remind you of how far you have already come just as you reach for the biscuits.
Counters (1 for each pound you want to lose)
- I made these using two small clip seal glass storage jars. They are a similar size to ones that you may store herbs and spices in.
- Pink and purple are two of my favourite colours so I selected the beads, which are 8mm each, from Amazon at just 90p for 50. They are extremely low cost to purchase although you could take them from an old necklace if you have one to hand. I placed 18 in one jar (my loss so far) and the rest which I wished to use in the other.
- I placed some matching coloured ribbon from my craft boxes around the top of each jar and knotted it into place. This helps to make them more feminine but you can of course use whichever shade you prefer.
- I later attached chalkboard stickers to the top of each container to keep track of the pounds gone and the pounds left to go.
I've placed these in the bedroom for now so they are the first thing I see when I get up and the last thing I notice before sleeping. I'm hoping to reach my goal by the summer.
Are you on a mission to lose weight during 2016?