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Track Your Goals in Style with 'Counting Jewelry'

By: , SparkPeople Blogger
12/16/2011 1:00 PM   :  25 comments   :  13,978 Views

Editor's note: The writer reached out to Count on Me Jewelry because she is a fan of the company, which in turn provided her with bracelets to review.
 
Count on Me Jewelry takes counting anything to fun new level.  Each piece is hand-made and unique.  You get to choose your counting charm, which moves around a set of beautiful beads subtly counting for you.  They are “A healthy reminder that you are beautiful and can feel better.”
 
I found the concept intriguing, so I tried it.  I thought it was a bargain at $14.95.  When the bracelets arrived, I was very surprised at how beautiful they were. These bracelets looked like something from an upscale department store.  You get to personalize your bracelets by picking your colors and counting charm.
 
The two bracelets I got were the 100 calorie and the 50 calorie bracelets.  You start at a heart shaped stone on each, which points the way around the bracelet.  The number of beads and spacers on the bracelet let you know whether you are counting 50 or 100 calories.  Every bracelet allows for 2,000 calories.  If you need more, the site suggests counting past the heart stone a second time.
 
Obviously the same bracelet does not work for all purposes and more jewelry is coming sooner.  They are planning to offer pregnancy and fertility tracking jewelry.  I would personally suggest they offer bracelets to track exercise minutes and glasses of water.  If those could somehow be added to the calorie counter bracelet along with another 2 counting charms, that would be my perfect bracelet.
 
When I wore the jewelry, it felt good.  There were no rough edges to catch or scratch my skin or clothing.  The mixture of colors allowed it to look nice with any outfit.  I REALLY liked the subtlety of being able to count calories without making a big deal of it.   Having arthritis in my hands, I was pleasantly surprised that they simply stretched on and off.  If this is a concern of yours, I would address it when ordering.  They are very customer friendly and willing to please. 
 
I have seen other counting jewelry online, however it costs much more per piece. One bracelet was lovely, but also carried a price tag of nearly $100.  This was the first bracelet that caught my eye as far as being both beautiful and inexpensive.
 
If you or a friend are looking for a new fun way to count calories together or separately, this is a really fun place to start.
 
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  • 25
    I don't think I could use it for calorie counting... Moving the charm multiple times a day would get on my nerves after a while. However, I definitely think I would use it to track my weigh loss!! Each bead could be 5 pounds...hmmm. - 2/17/2012   11:12:57 PM
  • 24
    this is a neat idea. But I have hundreds of beeds and I crochet myself so no need to order from anything. I can make my own. Thanks for the neat idea though. - 12/26/2011   8:03:28 PM
  • GRANDMA_SANDRAR
    23
    I have always loved this idea but was wondering...and maybe someone here can tell me...It says you count by 100 or 50. Dosent that leave a huge difference that will leave you eating over your calorie amount? For example i eat something that is 275 calories, i can chart 250. that would leave 25 not charted. If i forgot that I would end up over eating at the end of the day. Especially if this happened several times throughout the day. So what I am asking is, i know how to mark 100 and 50 but what about 10's? - 12/21/2011   3:56:06 PM
  • 22
    If I don't have access to the Nutrition Tracker I usually just write it down. This is a good alternative. - 12/21/2011   3:32:23 PM
  • 21
    I made and sold these on my website when I used WW online and was counting points. My bracelet was a good reminder to be mindful. - 12/20/2011   1:18:57 PM
  • 20
    I keep track on my own.
    I have problems with the food tracker freezing up when I do use it.. - 12/19/2011   2:51:40 PM
  • 19
    I love 'counting bracelets' I made one that I use to count laps as a run. Just pony beads, parachute cord with silk cording macrame to make a slide for taking it of and on easily. As i run I slide a bead from 1 side of the bracelet to the other for each lap completed. - 12/19/2011   1:44:54 PM
  • 18
    In high school I used to try to keep track of my water intake by starting with 8 rubber bracelets on one wrist and moving them one at a time to the other when I had a glass of water. But it was hard to convert a drinking fountain visit to a "glass"...

    At any rate, now that I'm a little older and don't want to make a style statement with rubber jewelry on a regular basis I still have use for three of them. When I strength train, I start with 3 on one wrist and as I go through my sets I switch to the other wrist. (They're loose enough that they don't interfere with my form.)

    Yes, I can usually count in my head, but there is something satisfying about physically seeing the progress I'm making! - 12/19/2011   10:12:41 AM
  • 17
    Okay, this is wild! As a knitter, I'm familiar with counting jewelry used to track stitches and rows, and over the past few weeks, I've been thinking I need to make or buy something of that sort to help me track laps when I'm walking. How surprising to see this show up on SparkPeople right when I'd been playing around with the idea myself. :o) I wouldn't use this to track calories. I keep mental track of what I've eaten if I can't get to SparkPeople right away, or I make notes on my cell phone and update when I can get online. But now that I'm walking greater distances, counting laps has become a real challenge. I'd like something that can hold up to perspiration, be cleaned easily, and would be easy to tally without breaking stride. - 12/19/2011   2:41:31 AM
  • 16
    Love the idea. I'm a beader and $15 would barely pay for the supplies, so this is a great deal.

    Only problem I would have for counting fitness points is I'm a swimmer and this would be pretty awkward to count laps. I remember my laps in a couple of ways. There are four basic strokes in swimming and so I play around with the numbers and strokes, trying to make a geometrical progression. Keeping the numbers going in my head also keeps me in the moment, and not thinking about what is in store for the rest of the day, impatient to finish so I can be somewhere else. - 12/19/2011   1:02:28 AM
  • 15
    I can count in my head. Learned that a long time ago. - 12/19/2011   12:45:35 AM
  • 14
    THIS IS A GREAT IDEA ! I'VE BEEN ASKING FOR MOTIVATIONAL JEWELRY ON THE SPARKPEOPLE STORE TEAM BUT THERE HAS BEEN NO FEEDBACK. SPARKPEOPLE NOW SELL THE SILICONE BRACELETS . I WOULD LOVE TO TRACK MY SERVINGS OF WATER, PROTEIN, FRUITS, VEGGIES, CARBS. ALSO ACTIVITY AND POUNDS LOST. A SPARK CHARM WOULD BE NICE TOO ! I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR CHARMS IN THE SHAPE OF A WATER BOTTLE, A VEGGIE, A FRUIT, (NOT SURE FOR PROTEIN OR CARBS) AND A SHOE FOR ACTIVITY. THEY ARE HARD TO FIND. I EVEN THOUGHT OF A 5, 10, 15, ETC CHARM FOR POUNDS LOST. THIS WOULD ALL BE GREAT FOR TRACKING, MOTIVATION, AND SPREADING THE "SPARK". HOPE WE GET SOME RESULTS FROM THIS BLOG. I'M ALL FOR IT !!! WOOHOO !!! - 12/17/2011   10:23:37 AM
  • TUPPERMOM1
    13
    i would use this to sount workouts! - 12/17/2011   8:26:09 AM
  • 12
    This reminds me of the WW bracelets several years back, only prettier. I also think that having the bracelet on would be a visual reminder of your goal.

    What is not indicated is how the charm is moved. Is it a lobster claw clasp? The ease or complication of moving the charm would be relevant to how much it actually gets used.
    - 12/17/2011   8:05:46 AM
  • 11
    You can make water beads which is very easy I learned how at a convention of tops ird. all you need is ribbon and beads. but sure you can make them for other things too and just making it longer . - 12/17/2011   7:18:47 AM
  • 10
    Just checked out the 'Count on Me Jewelry' website. As I was looking at the bracelet and the choice of charms got to thinking, why couldn't a person track more than one thing by getting a second charm. Have one charm be the calorie counter. The second charm could be for say, water drank and each bead would be for one glass. Both charms might be in the same spot at the same time sometimes, but so what! Think about the possible conversations you might have about what you are doing and where one can go to have help, inspiration and support. (Get the 'photo circle' and put the SparkPeople block in it!) - 12/17/2011   2:02:06 AM
  • 9
    Pretty bracelets, but it would drive me crazy tracking calories like that. Years ago, I read about these stretchy beads bracelets, little beads, for tracking my water, and veggies/fruits. For water, you put 8 on one arm, and move one at a time as you drink....with veggies/fruit, same thing. - 12/17/2011   12:03:19 AM
  • 8
    I eat a lot of the same foods or types of food, so tracking calories isn't an issue for me. I either enter my foods first thing in the morning or last thing at night before bed. I always have Spark access at some point during my day. That said, I love the idea of the bracelet for tracking water or exercise minutes. Those are two things that I have to make tick marks for throughout the day as I am on the go so much. - 12/16/2011   9:30:13 PM
  • 7
    What a fantastic concept, thanks for sharing! - 12/16/2011   5:06:57 PM
  • 6
    I use the iPad and mobile app when I don't have Internet available. I love it. - 12/16/2011   4:37:11 PM
  • 5
    When I did Weight Watchers I thought their bracelet wasn't really "me" so I asked a friend who does a lot of beading to make one for me. She made it with two charms--pretty simple for people who do beading--and I used one for points and one for water. I think I'll dig it out now and re-enlist it for the new year! - 12/16/2011   4:31:26 PM
  • 4
    Weight Watchers DID have a similar bracelet, but the string broke. I used to have one and liked it. so, hopefully i will use this one as well. - 12/16/2011   4:13:20 PM
  • IWILLICANIAM
    3
    I think that this is a wonderful idea! I have seen people on the walking track at the YMCA carry things like this around! They use them to count the laps around the walking track. I usually use a notebook, or memory to remember what I have eaten throughout the day, etc. Also another thing that I use to help me track is my meal planner. I ensure that every meal is within the calorie range for the day and use that if I forgot what I ate that day. Its very quick and easy. Although I have to say, that if they made one to count water, I would totally need to purchase it! :D Great blog. I can't wait to read another. - 12/16/2011   2:28:24 PM
  • 2
    Weight Watchers used to have a similar bracelet. I never bought one, but I think they are a great idea. The bracelet style shown here is really pretty and something I would enjoy wearing, as well. - 12/16/2011   1:43:23 PM
  • 1
    after counting for so many months, i pretty much know the caloric content of the foods i eat. if i follow the 5-7 fruits and vegetables and 8 glasses of water, i pretty much stay on target. that said, the bracelet is beautiful and a great concept. i would use it for water! - 12/16/2011   1:27:43 PM

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