Thursday, July 21, 2011
I am a very visual learner. And I get things and keep em longer if I see them. That being said, I am using a visual motivator that I have used in the past that can be very helpful to me (and others) in reminding me at a glance where my weight loss stands. Paperclips. I bought a package of colorful paperclips and each week when I weigh in, I attach a paper clip for each pound lost to a chain. I like the colored ones, because I can switch what color I use each week so it is also easy to see how much I am loosing each week at a glance. I have my paperclip chain tacked to the wall right between my fridge and my pantry. This also helps, because anyone who comes to visit can see it and usually asks what it is. So it helps keep me accountable to the people who know what I am working on. My friend likes to check to see when I have added more clips. Also, if I gain weight, I can take one off for each pound gained. :( That isn't as much fun. So, after my 1st week, I started my chain with 5 clips. Last week on weigh in day I added 2 more clips. I weigh in on Saturday mornings, so I am anxious to see how many I can add this week. Just another way to track my progress!
Once a few years ago I used a paper chain. I made a chain (like we used to make in kindergarten) with one link for each pound I wanted to lose. Each weigh in day I would remove a link for each pound I had lost. I had made my chain all blue except every 10th link was yellow. It was fun when I would get to remove a yellow link, cause it meant another 10 pounds gone! And I had small rewards written on each yellow link. So, when I got to remove a yellow link, I rewarded myself with whatever I had written on that link. (a new book, go to a movie, new earrings, etc.) However, my husband pulled the whole chain down any time someone came to visit because it embarrassed him. I finally scrapped that idea. Hm, since he moved out, I could start that again too if I want!!! :)
Anyway, we all know that visual motivation can help tremendously. Just thought I would share in case anyone wanted to play, too.