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A Weight Loss Motivation Idea

Monday, March 05, 2012

I recently heard a great idea to motivate yourself while you're losing weight. Take two clear jars (you can use vases or clear plastic containers). Label one of the jars "Pounds Lost," and the other one "Pounds to Lose" or "Pounds to Go." Put marbles, glass "blobs" (the kind used in flower decorating), or whatever suits your fancy in the jars. You can one of those marbles (or whatever you're using) to represent 1 pound; if you want to be more specific, and if you use something smaller, such as dried beans, have one item represent 1/10 of a pound. As you lose weight, move the marbles/glass blobs/beans (etc.) from one jar to the other. This is one idea to really visualize how you're doing. It's also very motivating to move the items from the "Pounds to Lose" jar into the "Pounds Lost" jar. If you choose to use a smaller item (such as dried beans), if, for example, you lose 2.4 pounds, you get to move 24 beans into the "Pounds Lost" jar. That sounds like a fantastic idea to me!

BTW, this idea is adapted from the same basic idea you can find all over the internet; if you use the search term weight loss jars, you can see some examples of what others have done and how they use the system. Here's just one example that I found at

She used red ones; she puts one in the jar for every 5 pounds lost.

I think I just might use this system! I think I would use something to use for each tenth of a pound, though. I like the idea of moving lots of them from the "Pounds to Go" jar into the "Pounds Lost" jar! emoticon

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DEBBIESTY 3/5/2012 11:57PM

    Well, I sound like everyone else...I simply love the idea!

Not sure which one I'll go with beans or marbles. Beans are smaller and represent actual fat, while marbles are fatter and gives one a larger visualization.

Also, I think I'll put the jars on each side of my computer monitor, so I'll be sure to see them mutiple times per day.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 3/5/2012 10:30PM

    Thats fantastic!
Thanks for the goodie, Laura, you're such a sweetheart!

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GWTRIKER 3/5/2012 8:50PM

    Thanks for sharing, great idea.

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    Fantastic idea. I love it!

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BARCLE 3/5/2012 12:23PM

    emoticon I really like this idea too - thanks emoticon

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JCOOK1012 3/5/2012 9:32AM

    I saw this somewhere (I think on Pintrest) and I absolutely loved it! I haven't put mine together yet, but it most definitely does keep you motivated!

The other thing that I like doing is paying myself for exercise and weight loss and putting it into a savings account. I pay myself 5 cents a minute and a dollar per pound lost. You can pay yourself whatever you want to fit your budget, but the end goal is to have enough money that you can reward yourself with new clothes, a trip, or whatever your heart desires!

Now, if the opposite happens and I actually gain weight, I put in $2 and tell myself it's okay, I'll just try harder next week. If you have a workout buddy or someone who is holding you accountable, you can also give the $2 to them for them to hold on to and give you back as you lose the weight. :o)

Keep on finding ways to motivate! You're awesome!

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BELLAJENNIFER87 3/5/2012 8:41AM

    I did this with my sister one time when we first started working out. I loved it because you can see how much weight you are putting off right in front of your eyes! I think I am going to do it again it just something about seeing it just pushes me harder. Thanks for bring this idea back:)

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MRS_PALMER 3/5/2012 8:33AM

    Love this idea!

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GIGALENA 3/5/2012 8:20AM

    Love it I am going to do this! Thank you.

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