20 January 2016

Weight Loss Jars - How To Make Your Own

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.


How to make your own weight loss jars


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.


Equipment

Counters (1 for each pound you want to lose)
2 containers
Ribbon
Stickers


Method
  • 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?

85 comments :

  1. This is a really good idea, I'm going out tomorrow to get the few little bits I need and then I am definitely making some for myself! Thank you so much for the inspiration and congratulations on your weight loss so far :) XX

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  2. What a lovely way to track your weight loss. Good luck in your weight loss journey xx

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  3. This is a great idea I have been meaning to do for a while now. Thank you for the reminder and best of luck with your weight loss x

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  4. I did this when I lost 7st and it was so motivating to see how much I had lost and how far I had to go.

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  5. What a great idea, I have tried and failed so many times over the years but this may keep me motivated x

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  6. Well done on your weight loss, i am trying to lose weight but my motivation always disappears after a few hours ;) these look great and i can see how they would help keep you on track, may have to try them myself x

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  7. Oh wow. This is a great idea!!!

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  8. what a great idea and may just inspire many more women

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  9. This is a great idea. Well done loosing 18lbs already. I am on a mission to loose weight this year too x

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  10. What a brilliant idea! It's a great idea for a motivator.

    You're "attacking the fridge like PacMan" really made me giggle!

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  11. This is an absolutely genius idea. So pretty and so motivating. Good luck!! x #love2blog

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  12. This is so clever!!!! I would love to see how much weight I'd loss with these two jars. Will think about setting this up this weekend :)

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  13. Oh Emma, you are a genius! I am going to make one of these this weekend!

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  14. This is such a fantastic idea! I can't wait to try this myself as I could do with some motivation with my weight loss journey too. Thanks for sharing x

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  15. great idea, a wonderful visual to keep you motivated, especially when you have those last few pounds to lose. good luck with it x

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  16. This is such a good idea and will give many people the incentive to lose weight! Good luck with your journey x

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  17. Well done on your weight loss - amazing, you should be so pleased! This jar idea is so great, I find a visual aid is so helpful for me. Kaz x

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  18. Such a good idea because then you can just see what you have lost x

    Miss Kitty Kaos - Adventures Of A Riot Grrrl

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  19. That's a great idea and congratulations on the weight loss so far - that's fantastic! What diet are you following?

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  20. What a fantastic idea! Congratulations on the weight loss too - I've lost 6.1 lbs since the 31 of December, but most of that was water weight in the first week. Today was weigh in day for me - I lost a whopping 273 grams (but 5.75 inches!). It's not an easy game is it.

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  21. This is a really great idea. Something to keep you motivated and see how far you've come and reminding you what you've got left to achieve. Congratulations on your weight loss! x

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  22. Such a simple idea and yet such a genius idea for motivation and inspiration. My weight loss journey will be a long one and something like this will help me focus. Remind me of how far I've come when it all seems never ending.

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  23. Such a simple yet effect idea that is also very visual, thank you for sharing x

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  24. This is an amazing idea, I think seeing it visually there would really help me, and they look so pretty too!

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  25. This is a cute idea. Good luck with your weight loss journey! xo

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  26. This is such a good idea and something I think I will try. I am trying to lose a stone and a half, but not finding any motivation

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  27. such a simple but good idea, and looks cute too!

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  28. What a fantastic idea!!!! I'm definitely going to do it! I keep losing a little — then maintaining — losing etc — I need to get motivated again and this could be the perfect solution. Thanks so much for sharing! xx

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  29. Such a simple idea, but they are often the best! I hope you make your goal :-)

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  30. This is a fantastic idea. I have been wanting to loose weight for a while and could do with something like this to keep me motivated.

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  31. What a brilliant idea, congrats on your weight loss so far. I'm going to try this too X

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  32. Well done on your loss so far. This is such a fab idea for motivation.

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  33. That's a great idea. Especially like you say at the start when you don't notice so much, or when you plateau - and it would imagine that putting one back the wrong way would be oh so powerful.

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  34. I need to do this. I've recently rejoined slimming world and I think this would really keep me motivated. Good luck with your weightless. :)

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

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  35. This is an interesting idea. Good luck with it all.

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  36. Oh, what a good idea. I've never thought of doing something like that. They look really pretty too so you could have them on display without anyone needing to know what they were all about.x

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  37. Love this idea. Well done on your weight loss so far, that's amazing! I've lost weight with weight watchers twice, and will be back there after baby is born, and I also found even though you loose in the first few weeks you don't notice when looking in a mirror. I find once you've hit a stain you can start to tell. I love this idea because its a way of visualising your weight loss. I think that would help motivate a lot of people xx

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  38. Great idea - good luck with your weight loss journey!

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  39. that is such a good idea! I have lost a stone and a half since October 2015 and I have two more stone to go

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  40. that is such a good idea! I have lost a stone and a half since October 2015 and I have two more stone to go

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  41. Oh this is a lovely idea! Will definitely be sharing this idea!

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  42. Margaret Clarkson
    What a great idea! Good luck to you.

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  43. What a great idea - will start on mine tomorrow!

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  44. Pretty idea to help you achieve your goal

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  45. What a good idea, I think I will do this.

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  46. Well done on your weight loss, I think this is a great idea, especially for those weeks when you don't lose and feel like giving up, it's an instant visual of the success you've actually had

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  47. That's a good idea but I don't know if it would make me try harder.

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  48. What a fabulous idea! I am starting my weight loss journey on February 1st so this would really help inspire me!

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  49. Lovely idea for those that are embarking on a weight loss journey! Good luck to all of you lovely people :)

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  50. What a great idea and will look prettier than a chart

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  51. A wonderful idea and great choices for the colour of beads.

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  52. What a fab idea will deffo try this thanks for the inspiration x

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  53. Love the idea such a fantastic way of keeping count :)

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  54. I also am a yoyo dieter and find it really tough to stick at it ... love that this is a visual display, as you said ... difficult to actually invision 2 inches coming off or 2kg .... I used to make jewellery so have loads of pretty glass beads ... think I will be making these for myself ... better get some big jars LOL .... Good Luck losing :)

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  55. grrrr now I picked this as my blog post ... as it was such a good idea .... now I have to comment again :( xxx

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  56. Great inspiring thoughts will bear this in mind but no diets for me for a while will let my friends know xxx

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  57. Great inspiring thoughts will bear this in mind but no diets for me for a while will let my friends know xxx

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  58. I love this idea, its such a fabulous visual bit of motivation xxx

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  59. Love this idea. They look great

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  60. Lovely idea. I am losing weight this year yes. For my wedding in July but I'm not actively doing it because lucky enough I lose it easily.

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  61. That is such a fantastic idea, in a way like a money box but when you are saving pounds!

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  62. very clever, i think i'll give it a go as it seems it will work :D

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  63. What a fab idea! Well done on your weight loss that is a great loss! I have to admit to being a yoyo dieter too which is not good. Thank you so much for sharing with #Slimmerseeker the new linky will be live tomorrow and I hope you can join us again. I will be tweeting and pinning later x

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  64. its a great incentive to have these jars

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  65. my problem is gaining weight my metabolism is too quick and burns off everything so I struggle :(

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  66. Claire Elizabeth Noke30 January 2016 at 11:50

    I love this idea ! :) Congrats on the loss :) x x x

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  67. great news on the loss you've made. this is a lovely idea, for me I don't think there is a jar big enough for what I need lose.

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  68. this is a really good idea and definitely different

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  69. such a cool idea. You can really visualise it this way!

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  70. Thanks for this great idea, very useful as I am trying to lose weight x

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  71. This is a really good idea & I know just where I would keep these to help me stay on the straight & narrow.

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  72. What a fab idea! Might try it myself. Congrats on your successful weight loss.

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  73. Good visual way to encourage you

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  74. This is a great idea, good luck x

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  75. what a lovely idea

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  76. Well Done!

    Nice idea the jars. I agree it is once we feel the difference in weight loss ourself that we truly acknowledge it, and can therefore Celebrate it. In the past when I have done that :- Then treated myself to a new piece of clothing. Found that can help with the continued weight loss, as can be a boost to self esteem, sense of achievement.

    Best Wishes.

    Rachel Craig

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  77. Great Idea , I am always looking for new ideas and want to try this :)

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  78. Fab idea ...going to give it a try ...fingers crossed x

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